Thoughts on work

Published: Dec 2, 2017

g_101339_john_doss_possos_280x210.jpgPeople don’t choose their careers—they are engulfed by them.
—John Dos Passos

g_101343_alain_de_botton_280x210.jpgOffice life typically proceeds behind a mask of shallow cheerfulness, leaving workers grievously unprepared to handle the fury and sadness continually aroused by their colleagues.
—Alain de Botton

Every man’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
—Samuel Butler

g_101345_samuel_butler_280x210.jpgDiligence is the mother of good fortune, and the goal of a good intention was never reached through its opposite, laziness.
—Miguel de Cervantes

g_101349_bette_davis_280x210.jpgThis became a credo of mine: Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
—Bette Davis

g_101355_martin_luther_king_jr_280x210.jpgAll labour has dignity.
—Martin Luther King Jr

g_101351_marie_curie_280x210.jpgOne never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.
—Marie Curie

The three most  harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates and a monthly salary.
 —Nassim Nicholas Taleb

g_101353_francis_bacon_280x210.jpgHow can I take an interest in my work when I don’t like it?
—Francis Bacon

A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
—Proverbs 13:4

g_101357_robert_benchley_280x210.jpgAnyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment.
—Robert Benchley

g_101359_james_baldwin_280x210.jpgThe price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.
—James Baldwin

I have found some of the best reasons I ever had for remaining at the bottom simply by looking at the men at the top.
—Frank Moore Colby

g_101361_bc_forbes_280x210.jpgFill today with work; fill tomorrow with hope.
—BC Forbes

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(This story appears in the 08 December, 2017 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from To visit our Archives, click here.)

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