Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and ... play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
We must work, work. That is why we are unhappy and look at the world so sadly; we don't know what work is.
There are wise people who talk ever so knowingly and complacently about “the working classes,” and satisfy themselves that a day’s hard intellectual work is very much harder than a day’s hard manual toil, and is righteously entitled to much bigger pay.... As far as I’m concerned, there isn’t money enough in the universe to hire me to swing a pickaxe thirty days, but I will do the hardest kind of intellectual work for just as near nothing as you can cipher it downand I will be satisfied, too.... The law of work does seem utterly unfairbut there it is, and nothing can change it: the higher the pay in enjoyment the worker gets out of it, the higher shall be his pay in cash, too.
Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby!
A person who has not done one half his day's work by ten o'clock, runs a chance of leaving the other half undone.
The pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.
- For not to irksome toil, but to delight,
- He made us, and delight to reason join'd.
I don't like workno man doesbut I like what is in workthe chance to find yourself. Your own realityfor yourself, not for otherswhat no other man can ever know.
All work is an act of philosophy.
Work keeps at bay three great evils: boredom, vice, and need.
Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself, and the more he tries to conceal himself the more clearly will his character appear in spite of him.
I have always thought that work is as common and fine as air, something that we become a part of.
Work seemed something fundamental for man, something which enabled him to endure the aimless flight of time.
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