Quotes about work

A collection of quotes on the topic of work, working, doing, can.

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Bob Marley photo

„Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.“

—  Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981

„We cannot deny that people who know more about the educational needs of local people are those who work and live within that community.“

—  Sukavich Rangsitpol Thai politician 1935

All for Education
Source: :http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0012/001221/122102Eo.pdf Page53-56

Kobe Bryant photo
Michael Jackson photo
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Hatake Kakashi photo
Citát „Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.“
Henry Ford photo

„Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.“

—  Henry Ford American industrialist 1863 - 1947

Variant: Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.

Robert Baden-Powell photo
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Frank Zappa photo

„Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff.“

—  Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993

Zen Masters : The Wisdom of Frank Zappa (2003)

Tupac Shakur photo
Frank Lloyd Wright photo
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Jane Goodall photo

„Researchers find it very necessary to keep blinkers on. They don't want to admit that the animals they are working with have feelings.“

—  Jane Goodall British primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist 1934

" An Interview with Jane Goodall https://web.archive.org/web/20100920074838/http://www.idausa.org:80/essays/goodallinterview.html", In Defense of Animals (date unknown)
Context: Researchers find it very necessary to keep blinkers on. They don't want to admit that the animals they are working with have feelings. They don't want to admit that they might have minds and personalities because that would make it quite difficult for them to do what they do; so we find that within the lab communities there is a very strong resistance among the researchers to admitting that animals have minds, personalities and feelings.

Malala Yousafzai photo
Billie Eilish photo
Yuzuru Hanyu photo

„If I can't do it, I will work on it until I can. If I become able to do it, I will work on it until I can do it perfectly. If I become able to do it perfectly, I will work on it until I can do it perfectly any number of times.“

—  Yuzuru Hanyu Japanese figure skater (1994-) 1994

Annotation: It's unclear, whether this quote is from Hanyu himself or based on a commercial script, but it's commonly attributed to him.
Original: (ja) できなかったら、できるまでやる。できるようになったら、完璧にできるまでやる。完璧にできるようになったら、何度でも、完璧にできるまでやる。
Source: Attributed, Lines from a TV commercial for 味の素 アミノバイタル (AJINOMOTO amino VITAL), released on 1 October 2014, as quoted in フィギュアスケート14-15シーズン序盤号, published on 15 November 2014 by 日刊スポーツ新聞社 (Nikkan Sports News).

Stephen Hawking photo

„One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away.“

—  Stephen Hawking British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author 1942 - 2018

Variant: Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. If you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away.

Marie Curie photo
Robert Baden-Powell photo
Frank Zappa photo

„A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.“

—  Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993

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„If I die in Atlanta my work shall then only begin, but I shall live, in the physical or spiritual to see the day of Africa’s glory.“

—  Marcus Garvey Jamaica-born British political activist, Pan-Africanist, orator, and entrepreneur 1887 - 1940

Source: Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky photo
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Ronnie Coleman photo

„Hard work and training. There's no secret formula. I lift heavy, work hard and aim to be the best.“

—  Ronnie Coleman American bodybuilder 1964

Herald Sun staff (October 13, 2006) "A good life, naturally", Herald Sun, p. 017.

Vladimir Putin photo

„We will find them anywhere on the planet and punish them. Our Air Force’s military work in Syria must not simply be continued. It must be intensified in such a way that the criminals understand that vengeance is inevitable.“

—  Vladimir Putin President of Russia, former Prime Minister 1952

2015-11-17, vowing to retaliate against the Islamic militants responsible for the destruction of a Russian airliner over the Sinai on October 31, 2015. Tribune India, http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/russians-up-strikes-in-french-fury/159736.html (17 November 2015)
2011 - 2015

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva photo

„The foundation is in place, and now we have to get to work.“

—  Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Brazilian politician, 35th president of Brazil 1945

" Profile: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/5346744.stm" in news.bbc.co.uk, October 29, 2006: About his second term as president

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Emmy Noether photo

„My methods are really methods of working and thinking; this is why they have crept in everywhere anonymously.“

—  Emmy Noether German mathematician 1882 - 1935

Letter to Helmut Hasse (1931) as quoted in Auguste Dick, Emmy Noether, 1882-1935 (1981) Tr. H. I. Blocher, p. 61.

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„Do not wait; the time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.“

—  Napoleon Hill, book Think and Grow Rich

Variant: Do not wait: the time will never be 'just right'. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.
Source: Think and Grow Rich (1938), p. 127
Context: Do not wait; the time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

Colin Powell photo
Rosa Parks photo
Nikola Tesla photo
Osamu Dazai photo
Michael Jordan photo

„Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.“

—  Michael Jordan American retired professional basketball player and businessman 1963

Vladimir Lenin photo
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Ronnie Coleman photo

„It's so overwhelming. It's almost better than winning the lottery, because you worked for it. It's like something you want all your life, but you never thought it would happen, and all of a sudden it did.“

—  Ronnie Coleman American bodybuilder 1964

On his reaction being named the top professional bodybuilder in the world — reported in Nancy Kruh (October 3, 1999) "Ronnie Coleman- Nobody messes with this Arlington cop, a.k.a. Mr. Olympia", The Dallas Morning News, p. 1E.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg photo
Charles Spurgeon photo

„Jesus was a great worker, and His disciples must not be afraid of hard work.“

—  Charles Spurgeon British preacher, author, pastor and evangelist 1834 - 1892

Source: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 128.

Marie Curie photo
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Chief Joseph photo
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Roger Bacon photo
LeBron James photo
Arthur Conan Doyle photo

„Work is the best antidote to sorrow, my dear Watson.“

—  Arthur Conan Doyle, book The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Source: The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Susan B. Anthony photo
Simone Weil photo
Johnny Depp photo

„If there's any message to my work, it is ultimately that it's OK to be different, that it's good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgment on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different color.“

—  Johnny Depp American actor, film producer, and musician 1963

Variant: If there's any message, it is ultimately that it's okay to be different; that it's good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgment on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different color.

Sadhguru photo

„You're mind is working at its best when you're being paranoid.
You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation
at high speed with total clarity.“

—  Banksy pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, and painter

Source: Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall

Leonard Bernstein photo
Francis of Assisi photo

„He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.“

—  Francis of Assisi Catholic saint and founder of the Franciscan Order 1182 - 1226

This quote was actually composed by Louis Nizer, and published in his book, Between You and Me (1948).
Misattributed
Variant: He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.

Bruce Lee photo

„Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today.“

—  Bruce Lee Hong Kong-American actor, martial artist, philosopher and filmmaker 1940 - 1973

Jack Kerouac photo

„Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.“

—  Jack Kerouac American writer 1922 - 1969

Sometimes credited to Jack Kerouac, from his book The Dharma Bums. It is not a quote by Kerouac. It first appeared as a very brief description of The Dharma Bums in Esquire's list of "The 80 Best Books Every Man Should Read" in 2010: http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/books/g96/80-books/?slide=71. It was later copied by Kilburn Hall in his list of 30 "Books and Authors Every Man Should Read" which he first posted online in 2012: https://kilburnhall.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/the-books-and-authors-every-man-should-read/
Misattributed

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Vladimir Lenin photo

„America has become one of the foremost countries in regard to the depth of the abyss which lies between the handful of arrogant multimillionaires who wallow in filth and luxury, and the millions of working people who constantly live on the verge of pauperism.“

—  Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924

Collected Works, Vol. 28, p. 62–75.
Collected Works
Source: A Letter to American Workingmen: From the Socialist Soviet Republic of Russia

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George Carlin photo
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Michelangelo Buonarroti photo

„If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.“

—  Michelangelo Buonarroti Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet 1475 - 1564

Found attributed to Michelangelo in non-specialist publications as early as 1929 https://books.google.com/books?id=-0YhAQAAMAAJ&dq=If+people+knew+how+hard+I+had+to+work+to+gain+my+mastery%2C+it+would+not+seem+so+wonderful+at+all.&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=michelangelo, but no source is known. Not found in any known biography of Michelangelo.
Disputed

B. Traven photo

„The creative person should have no other biography than his works.“

—  B. Traven German novelist 1890 - 1969

Source: Quoted by Red Marriott in " Traven, B. – An Anti-Biography https://libcom.org/library/b-traven-anti-biography" (2007)

Ref: en.wikiquote.org - B. Traven / Quotes

Indíra Gándhí photo
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Vera Rubin photo
Josip Broz Tito photo

„To Joseph Stalin: Stop sending people to kill me! We've already captured five of them, one of them with a bomb and another with a rifle… If you don't stop sending killers, I'll send a very fast working one to Moscow and I certainly won't have to send another.“

—  Josip Broz Tito Yugoslav revolutionary and statesman 1892 - 1980

Robert Service, Stalin: A Biography (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2005), p. 592.
Message found among the personal effects of Joseph Stalin.
Other

Tom Watson photo

„All the problems of the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think. The trouble is that men very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think, because thinking is such hard work.“

—  Tom Watson American businessman 1874 - 1956

Actually a remark by Nicholas Murray Butler.
Quoted by Watson in comments about "Think" and attributed to Nicholas Murray Butler - IBM Archives: Comments on "THINK" - Transcript https://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/multimedia/think_trans.html
Misattributed
Source: American Dental Association (1959) The Journal of the American Dental Association. Vol 59. p. 289.

Anne Boleyn photo

„If it ever lay in my power, I will work the Cardinal as much displeasure as he has done to me“

—  Anne Boleyn Second wife of Henry VIII of England, mother of Queen Elizabeth I of England 1501 - 1536

About her dislike of Cardinal Wolsey, "Anne Bleyn" http://www.sixwives.info/anne-boleyn.htm, quote under section "Anne Boleyn and Henry Percy", The Tudors

Hayao Miyazaki photo

„Most people depend on the internet and cellphones to survive, but what happens when they stop working? I wanted to create a mother and child who wouldn't be defeated by life without them.“

—  Hayao Miyazaki Japanese animator, film director, and mangaka 1941

(2009) Independent News article 2009 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/hayao-miyazaki-modern-movies-are-too-weird-for-me-1678129.html
On Ponyo

Basava photo

„Earn wealth through honest and truthful work.“

—  Basava a 12th-century Hindu philosopher, statesman, Kannada Bhakti poet of Lingayatism 1134 - 1196

Basavanna's Preachings

Rosalind Franklin photo

„What’s the use of doing all this work if we don't get some fun out of this?“

—  Rosalind Franklin British chemist, biophysicist, and X-ray crystallographer 1920 - 1958

As quoted by Aaron Klug, interview , 17 June 2005 http://library.cshl.edu/oralhistory/interview/scientific-experience/women-science/aaron-rosalind-franklin/

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„Belief and work, knowledge and action are one and the same thing.“

—  Paracelsus Swiss physician and alchemist 1493 - 1541

Paracelsus - Doctor of our Time (1992)

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„I have succeeded in proving; and what I consider more important, there have been opened up to this vast and most excellent science, of which my work is merely the beginning, ways and means by which other minds more acute than mine will explore its remote corners.“

—  Galileo Galilei Italian mathematician, physicist, philosopher and astronomer 1564 - 1642

Author, Third Day. Change of Position<!--p.153 [190]-->
Dialogues and Mathematical Demonstrations Concerning Two New Sciences (1638)
Context: It has been observed that missiles and projectiles describe a curved path of some sort; however no one has pointed out the fact that this path is a parabola. But this and other facts, not few in number or less worth knowing, I have succeeded in proving; and what I consider more important, there have been opened up to this vast and most excellent science, of which my work is merely the beginning, ways and means by which other minds more acute than mine will explore its remote corners.

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„There are three ways that men get what they want; by planning, by working, and by praying.“

—  George S. Patton United States Army general 1885 - 1945

As quoted in "The True Story of The Patton Prayer" by James H. O'Neill in Review of the News (6 October 1971) http://www.pattonhq.com/prayer.html
Context: There are three ways that men get what they want; by planning, by working, and by praying. Any great military operation takes careful planning, or thinking. Then you must have well-trained troops to carry it out: that's working. But between the plan and the operation there is always an unknown. That unknown spells defeat or victory, success or failure. It is the reaction of the actors to the ordeal when it actually comes. Some people call that getting the breaks; I call it God. God has His part, or margin in everything, That's where prayer comes in.

Marie Antoinette photo

„It is quite certain that in seeing the people who treat us so well despite their own misfortune, we are more obliged than ever to work hard for their happiness.“

—  Marie Antoinette, book Let them eat cake

After learning of the bread shortages that were occurring in Paris at the time of Louis XVI's coronation in Rheims, as quoted in Marie Antoinette: The Journey (2001) by Antonia Fraser, p. 135 . Tradition persists that Marie Antoinette joked "Let them eat cake!" (Qu'ils mangent de la brioche.) This phrase, however, occurs in a passage of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions, written in 1766, when Marie Antoinette was 11 years old and four years before her marriage to Louis XVI. Cf. The Straight Dope http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a2_334.html, "On Language" http://partners.nytimes.com/library/magazine/home/20000625mag-onlanguage.html by William Safire at The New York Times, and in the discussions at Google groups http://groups.google.com/group/alt.talk.royalty/msg/6a7b76d15c411368?dmode=source.
Context: It is quite certain that in seeing the people who treat us so well despite their own misfortune, we are more obliged than ever to work hard for their happiness. The king seems to understand this truth; as for myself, I know that in my whole life (even if I live for a hundred years) I shall never forget the day of the coronation.

Kobe Bryant photo
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Nathuram Godse photo

„I wish to never stop working on the things I love.“

—  Cometan

Book: Cometan, the Omnidoxy

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Anna Akhmatova photo

„I have a lot of work to do today;
I need to slaughter memory,
Turn my living soul to stone
Then teach myself to live again.“

—  Anna Akhmatova Russian modernist poet 1889 - 1966

Source: The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

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Woody Allen photo

„I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying. I don't want to live on in the hearts of my countrymen; I want to live on in my apartment.“

—  Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935

The joke about immortality also appears in On Being Funny (1975)
In an interview in Rolling Stone magazine from April 9, 1987, Allen said "Someone once asked me if my dream was to live on in the hearts of people, and I said I would prefer to live on in my apartment."
Source: The Illustrated Woody Allen Reader (1993)

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