An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Most teams aren't teams at all but merely collections of individual relationships with the boss. Each individual vying with the others for power, prestige and position.


Douglas Murray McGregor (1906-1964, American management theorist, educator)


After fifty years of living, it occurs to me that the most significant thing that people do is go to work, whether it is to go to work on their novel or at the assembly plant or fixing somebody's teeth.


Thomas McGuane


Every job has drudgery, whether it is in the home, in the school, or in the office. The first secret of happiness is the recognition of this fundamental fact.


M. C. McIntosh


Let us realize that the privilege to work is a gift, that power to work is a blessing, that love of work is success.


David O. McKay


If it's true that men today value their lives outside of work as much as women do -- and research proves it is -- then they have to join women's fight to reconstruct the way we work and create a new, broader definition of success.


Elizabeth Perle McKenna


Where the whole man is involved there is no work. Work begins with the division of labor.


Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980, Canadian communications theorist)


Each home has been reduced to the bare essentials -- to barer essentials than most primitive people would consider possible. Only one woman's hands to feed the baby, answer the telephone, turn off the gas under the pot that is boiling over, soothe the older child who has broken a toy, and open both doors at once. She is a nutritionist, a child psychologist, an engineer, a production manager, an expert buyer, all in one. Her husband sees her as free to plan her own time, and envies her; she sees him as having regular hours and envies him.


Margaret Mead (1901-1978, American anthropologist)


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.


Margaret Mead (1901-1978, American anthropologist)


Toil is man's allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that's more than either, the grief and sin of idleness.


Herman Melville (1819-1891, American author)


It is well with me only when I have a chisel in my hand.


Michelangelo (1474-1564, Italian renaissance painter, sculptor)


Many candles can be kindled from one candle without diminishing it.


Midrash (Jewish biblical commentary)


Instead of asking -- "How much damage will the work in question bring about?" why not ask -- "How much good? How much joy?"


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


Work for the fun of it, and the money will arrive some day.


Ronnie Milsap


Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow.


Maria Mitchell (1943-, Canadian singer, songwriter)


In case of doubt, do a little more than you have to.


Warren Mitchell (1926-, British actor)


I suspect that American workers have come to lack a work ethic. They do not live by the sweat of their brow.


Kiichi Miyazawa (1919-, Japanese politician, Prime Minister)


Work will win when wishy washy wishing won t.


Thomas S. Monson


There can be no substitute for work, neither affection nor physical well-being can replace it.


Maria Montessori (1870-1952, Italian educator)


Work! Thank God for the might of it, The ardor, the urge, the delight of it.


Angela Morgan


Work is the world's easiest escape from boredom and the only surefire road to success.


Marabel Morgan


We will try to create conditions where persons could come together in a spirit of teamwork, and exercise to their heart's desire their technological capacity.


Akio Morita (1921-, Japanese businessman, CEO of Sony Corporation)


A man at work, making something which he feels will exist because he is working at it and wills it, is exercising the energies of his mind and soul as well as of his body. Memory and imagination help him as he works. Not only his own thoughts, but the thoughts of the men of past ages guide his hands; and, as part of the human race, he creates. If we work thus we shall be men, and our days will be happy and eventful.


William Morris (1834-1896, British artist, writer, printer)


Passion is never enough; neither is skill.


Toni Morrison (1931-, African-American novelist)


As American productivity, once the exuberant engine of national wealth, has dipped to an embarrassingly uncompetitive low, Americans have shaken their heads: the country's old work ethic is dead.


Lance Morrow


The worst fault of the working classes is telling their children they're not going to succeed, saying: "There is life, but it's not for you."


John Mortimer (1923-, British barrister, novelist)


Wisdom is harder to do than it is to know


Yula Moses


Our work brings people face to face with love.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in -- that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


We can do no great things -- only small things with great love.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


Busy people are never busybodies.


Ethel Watts Mumford (1878-1940, American novelist, humor writer)


If you don't want to work, you have to work to earn enough money so that you won't have to work.


Ogden Nash (1902-1971, American humorous poet)


I believe in my work and in the joy of it.You have to be with the work and the work has to be with you. It absorbs you totally and you absorb it totally.


Louise Nevelson


If I am anything, which I highly doubt, I have made myself so by hard work.


Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727, British scientist, mathematician)


It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


Housework is work directly opposed to the possibility of human self-actualization.


Ann Oakley (1944-, British sociologist, author)


Work! labor the asparagus me of life; the one great sacrament of humanity from which all other things flow -- security, leisure, joy, art, literature, even divinity itself.


Sean O'Casey (1884-1964, Irish dramatist)


A well-run restaurant is like a winning baseball team. It makes the most of every crew member's talent and takes advantage of every split-second opportunity to speed up service.


David Ogilvy (1911-1999,  American businessman, advertising expert)


In every one of those little stucco boxes there's some poor bastard who's never free except when he's fast asleep and dreaming that he's got the boss down the bottom of a well and is bunging lumps of coal at him.


George Orwell (1903-1950, British author, "Animal Farm")


Work is the open sesame of every portal, the great equalizer in the world, the true philosopher's stone which transmutes all the base metal of humanity into gold.


Sir William Osler (1849-1919, Canadian physician)


Work is the province of cattle.


Dorothy Parker (1893-1967, American humorous writer)


It is very sad for a man to make himself servant to a single thing; his manhood all taken out of him by the hydraulic pressure of excessive business.


Theodore Parker (1810-1860, American minister)


Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. General recognition of this fact is shown in the proverbial phrase "It is the busiest man who has time to spare."


C. Northcote Parkinson (1909-1993, British historian, political scientist, formulator of Parkinson's Law)


You don't grow up in our neck of the woods believing that someone can outwork you.


Joseph Parkinson (American businessman, founder of Micron Technology)


Work either expands or contracts in order to fill the time available.


Parkinson's Law (See C. Northcote Parkinson)


My only concern was to get home after a hard day's work.


Rosa Parks (1913-, American Civil Rights activist)


Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were others who felt the same way.


Rosa Parks (1913-, American Civil Rights activist)


When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellency becomes a reality.


Joe Paterno (1926-, American football coach)


I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end.


Alice Paul (1885-1977, American feminist, social reformer)


A work settles nothing, just as the labor of a whole generation settles nothing. Sons, and the morrow, always start afresh.


Cesare Pavese (1908-1950, Italian poet, novelist, translator)


A work settles nothing, just as the labor of a whole generation settles nothing. Sons, and the morrow, always start afresh.


Cesare Pavese (1908-1950, Italian poet, novelist, translator)


No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent; work transforms talent into genius.


Anna Pavlova (1881-1931, Russian ballerina)


After love, the most sacred gift you can give is your labor.


Don Alan Pennebaker (1930-, American filmmaker)


Work is necessary for man. Man invented the alarm clock.


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish artist)


Work eight hours and sleep eight hours and make sure that they are not the same hours.


Boone T. Pickens (American businessman, chairman of Mesa Petroleum)


Work is its own cure.You have to like it better than being loved.


Marge Piercy


If you could once make up your mind never to undertake more work... than you can carry on calmly, quietly, without hurry or flurry... and if the instant you feel yourself growing nervous and... out of breath, you would stop and take a breath, you would find this simple common-sense rule doing for you what no prayers or tears could ever accomplish.


Elizabeth Prentiss


Work is only work if you'd rather be doing something else.


Ray Prince


Work is good, as long as you don't forget to live.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


The secret of life is not to do what you like, but to like what you do.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


A man grows most tired while standing still.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


If a man does only what is required of him, he is a slave. If a man does more than is required of him, he is a free man.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Elbow grease is the best polish.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.


Ethiopian Proverb (Sayings of Ethiopian origin)


Work relieves us from three great evils, boredom, vice, and want.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


You need to break the shell in order to have the almond.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Work is our business; it's success is God's.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


The work praises the man.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


Grain by grain, a loaf; stone by stone, a castle.


Serbian Proverb


The devil tempts all, but the idle tempt the devil.


Turkish Proverb (Sayings of Turkish origin)


If you don't toil, you won't eat.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Nothing comes easy.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Whoever looks for easy work goes to bed very tired.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong. But I shall not have the strength to carry out this resolution alone unless you join in it with me.


Queen Elizabeth II (1900-2002, British Queen)


Men and women are like right and left hands: it doesn't make sense not to use both.


Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973, American feminist and pacifist)


Industry is fortunes right hand, and frugality its left.


John Ray (1627-1705, British naturalist)


By working together, pooling our resources and building on our strengths, we can accomplish great things.


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


Today whenever women gather together it is not necessarily nurturing. It is coalition building. And if you feel the strain, you may be doing some good work.


Bernice Johnson Reagon


The intellectual equipment needed for the job of the future is an ability to define problems, quickly assimilate relevant data, conceptualize and reorganize the information, make deductive and inductive leaps with it, ask hard questions about it, discuss findings with colleagues, work collaboratively to find solutions and then convince others.


Robert B. Reich


Work and love; these are the basics. Without them there is neurosis.


Theodor Reik (1888-1969, Austrian psychoanalyst)


If you have great talents, industry will improve them: if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency.


Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792, British artist, critic)


Women's art, though created in solitude, wells up out of community. There is, clearly, both enormous hunger for the work thus being diffused, and an explosion of creative energy, bursting through the coercive choicelessness of the system on whose boundaries we are working.


Adrienne Rich (1929-, American poet)


I mind is an empty baseball bat.


Branch Rickey


A particular shot or way of moving the ball can be a player's personal signature, but efficiency of performance is what wins the game for the team.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


Being a part of success is more important than being personally indispensable.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


Coaches who let a championship team back off from becoming a dynasty are cowards.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, its ready to climb.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain away defeat.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


When a milestone is conquered, the subtle erosion called entitlement begins its consuming grind. The team regards its greatness as a trait and a right. Half hearted effort becomes habit and saps a champion.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


I hate housework! You make the beds; you do the dishes.  And six months later you have to start all over again.


Joan Rivers (1933-, American comedian, talk show host, actress)


I think any player will tell you that individual accomplishments help your ego, but if you don't win, it makes for a very, very long season. It counts more that the team has played well.


David Robinson (1965-, American basketball player)


The only way to enjoy anything in this life is to earn it first.


Ginger Rogers (1911-1995, American actress)


The person with the best job in the country is the vice president. All he has to do is get up every morning and say, "How is the president?"


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


By working hard, you get to play hard, guilt-free.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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We have always found that people are most productive in small teams with tight budgets, time lines and the freedom to solve their own problems.


John Rollwagen (American businessman, CEO of Cray Research)


The time spent in trying to impress others could be spent in doing the things by which others would be impressed.


Frank Romer


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