It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.

—Upton Sinclair, 1935

The three little sentences that will get you through life. Number 1: Cover for me. Number 2: Oh, good idea, Boss! Number 3: It was like that when I got here.

—Nell Scovell, 1991

Plough deep while sluggards sleep.

—Benjamin Franklin, 1758

Sick, irritated, and the prey to a thousand discomforts, I go on with my labor like a true workingman, who, with sleeves rolled up, in the sweat of his brow, beats away at his anvil, not caring whether it rains or blows, hails or thunders.

—Gustave Flaubert, 1845

I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.

—Jerome K. Jerome, 1889

The best augury of a man’s success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world.

—George Eliot, 1876

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

—Theodore Roosevelt, 1903

One of the saddest things is that the only thing that a man can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is work. You can’t eat eight hours a day, nor drink for eight hours a day, nor make love for eight hours.

—William Faulkner, 1958

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.

—Aristotle, c. 330 BC

It is shameful and inhuman to treat men like chattels to make money by, or to regard them merely as so much muscle or physical power.

—Pope Leo XIII, 1891

God sells us all things at the price of labor.

—Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1500

Hang work! I wish that all the year were holiday; I am sure that Indolence—indefeasible Indolence—is the true state of man.

—Charles Lamb, 1805

A tremendous number of people in America work very hard at something that bores them. Even a rich man thinks he has to go down to the office everyday. Not because he likes it but because he can't think of anything else to do.

—W.H. Auden, 1946