When work is a pleasure, life is a joy When work is a duty, life is slavery.
- Maxim Gorky
All of us can think of a book... that we hope none of our children have taken off the shelf. But if I have the right to remove that book from the shelf -that work I abhor- then you also have exactly the same right and so does everyone else. And then we have no books left on the shelf for any of us.
- Katherine Paterson
Whenever you look at a piece of work and you think the fellow was crazy, then you want to pay some attention to that. One of you is likely to be, and you had better find out which one it is. It makes an awful lot of difference.
- Charles Franklin Kettering, (1876-1958)
The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.
- Anna Quindlen
Working hard overcomes a who lot of other obstacles. You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections, you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the true, enduring characteristic of successful people.
- Marsha Evans
I respect every soldier, from every country, who serves beside us in the hard work of history. America is grateful, and America will not forget.
- George W. Bush, September 2, 2004, The Republican National Convention, N.Y.
With malice toward none, with charity for all, ...let us strive on to finish the work we are in, ...to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
- Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, Mar. 4, 1865
A leader is someone who steps back from the entire system and tries to build a more collaborative, more innovative system that will work over the long term.
- Robert Reich