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Work and Leisure Quotes


Top 35 Work and Leisure Quotes


No 1 (Best quote!) Work and Leisure Quotes

The best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing,

- Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), American president, pictured right.


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Soichiro Honda (1906-91), pictured right, Honda’s co-founder, agrees:

Real happiness lies in the completion of work, using your own brain and skills.


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Albert Camus (1913–60), pictured right, the French writer, also comments:

Without work, all life goes rotten, but when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.



No 2Work and Leisure Quotes

Before 9/11 my whole world was consumed by Wall Street. I still work hard, but work is no longer my first, second and third priority.

Ari Schonbrun, 9/11 survivor, pictured right.


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Nick Park (1958- ), the English creator of Wallace and Gromit, pictured right, agrees that work isn’t everything:

I’m married to my work I suppose, although it’s no substitute.



No 3Work and Leisure Quotes

Good work in pursuit of wrong purposes is more damaging than bad work in pursuit of right purposes,

- Theodore (Ted) Levitt, pictured right, The Marketing Imagination (1983)



No 4Work and Leisure Quotes

Being busy does not always mean real work.

- Thomas Edison (1847-1931), pictured right, American inventor


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Scott Adams, pictured right, in The Dilbert Principle (1996), agrees:

Real Work + Appearance of Work = Total Work.



No 5Work and Leisure Quotes

The intellect of man is forced to choose

Perfection of the life, or of the work,

And if it take the second must refuse

A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.

(from the 1933 poem The Choice)

- W. B. Yeats (1865-1939), pictured right above, Irish poet



No 6Work and Leisure Quotes

Self-worth is about finding out what you do best and working hard at it.

- J.K. Rowling (1965- ), English writer, pictured right.



No 7Work and Leisure Quotes

If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work.

(Prince Henry (Hal) in Henry IV Part 1)

- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright, pictured right.



No 8Work and Leisure Quotes

His brow is wet with honest sweat,

He earns whate'er he can,

And looks the whole world in the face,

For he owes not any man.

(from the 1842 poem The Village Blacksmith)

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82), pictured right above, American poet.



No 9Work and Leisure Quotes

Diligence is the mother of good luck.

- Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) American politician, philosopher and inventor, pictured right.



No 10Work and Leisure Quotes

All that matters is love and work.

- Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), Austrian psychiatrist, pictured right.



No 11Work and Leisure Quotes

All intellectual improvement arises from leisure.

- Samuel Johnson (1709–84), English writer, pictured right.



No 12Work and Leisure Quotes

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.

- Bertrand Russell (1872–1970), English philosopher and mathematician, pictured right.



No 13

Work and Leisure QuotesWork is the curse of the drinking classes.

- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), pictured right, Irish writer.



No 14Work and Leisure Quotes

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.

-Steve Jobs (1955- 2011), co-founder of Apple, pictured right.



No 15Work and Leisure Quotes

Anything worth doing is worth 100%.

-Kanosuke Matsushita (1894-1989), founder of Panasonic, pictured right.


Three other business leaders agree:

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I have always done everything with passion.

- Coco Chanel (1883-1971), the French fashion designer (pictured right)


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Passion should be the fire that drives your life’s work.

- Michael Dell (1965- ), pictured right, founder of Dell computers


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I overcame every single one of my shortcomings by the sheer passion I brought to my work.

- Sam Walton (1918-1992), pictured right, American founder Wal-Mart,the world’s biggest retailer



No 16Work and Leisure Quotes

Lunch is for wimps.

- Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas, pictured right, in the 1987 film Wall Street) .



No 17Work and Leisure Quotes

How do you make your living? If you call that living...

- Groucho Marx (1890-1977), American comedian and film and TV star, pictured right.



No 18Work and Leisure Quotes

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.

- Homer Simpson, pictured right (in the American TV series, The Simpsons).



No 19Work and Leisure Quotes

No race can prosper till it learns there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.

- Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) African American leader, pictured right.



No 20Work and Leisure Quotes

Why should the fun, fulfilment, and freedom stop first thing Monday morning and be on hold until Friday night?

- Ricardo Semler, pictured right, The Seven-Day Weekend (2003).



No 21Work and Leisure Quotes

One must work and dare if one really wants to live.

- Vincent van Gogh (1853-90), pictured right, Dutch impressionist painter


Van Gogh also comments:

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?



No 22 Work and Leisure Quotes

Immense harm is caused by the belief that work is virtuous.

- Bertrand Russell (1872–1970), pictured right, English philosopher and mathematician.


Russell also says:

The morality of work is the morality of slaves.



No 23 Work and Leisure Quotes

I've put my genius into my life; I've put only my talent into my works.

- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), pictured right, Irish writer.



No 24 Work and Leisure Quotes

Anything in life worth having is worth working for.

- Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), pictured right, American businessman (his motto).




No 25 Work and Leisure Quotes

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

- Walt Disney (1901-1966), pictured right American film maker.


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So a song in one of Disney's films, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, pictured right, says:

Whistle while you work.



No 26 Work and Leisure Quotes

To work is to pray.

- St. Benedict (480-547), pictured right, Italian founder of the Benedictine Order of monks (his motto).



No 27 Work and Leisure Quotes

Leisure is the mother of philosophy.

- Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), pictured right, English philosopher.


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Frederick Douglass (c1818-95), the American civil rights leader, pictured right, agrees:

Without money, there’s no leisure, without leisure no thought, without thought no progress.



No 28 Work and Leisure Quotes

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.

- Anne Frank (1929-1945), pictured right, Jewish victim of the Holocaust.



No 29 Work and Leisure Quotes

If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955), pictured right, German-born American scientist.



No 30 Work and Leisure Quotes

Next to the family, it is work and the relationships established by work that are the true foundations of society.

-Ernst Friedrich (Fritz) Schumacher, pictured right, in Small is Beautiful (1973)



No 31Work and Leisure Quotes

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it by not dying,

- Woody Allen, American film actor and director in the film Annie Hall (1977), pictured right.



No 32Work and Leisure Quotes

It is a great mistake to think that the man who works all the time wins the race.

- Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), pictured right, American businessman.



No 33Work and Leisure Quotes

Work is more fun than fun.

- Noel Coward (1898-1973), English actor, singer and writer, pictured right   



No 34 Work and Leisure Quotes

It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure why take the chance?

- Ronald Reagan (1911-2004), American president, pictured right.



No 35Work and Leisure Quotes

A professional is a man who can do his job when he does not feel like it. An amateur is a man who can't do his job when he does feel like it .

James Agate (1877-1947), English writer, pictured right.  

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