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- One of the best maxims in determining our course in life is, to select, at the outset, that in which virtue and principle will be least likely to be put to a test, and in which, from the nature of the calling, a man may bring around him such associations and influences as will be an auxiliary in keeping him in the path of virtue.
- Albert Barnes, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 437.
- I heard my mother remark occasionally: 'A man who accepts a job under anyone is a slave.' That impression became so indelibly fixed that even after my marriage I refused all positions. I met expenses by investing my family endowment in land. Moral: Good and positive suggestions should instruct the sensitive ears of children. Their early ideas long remain sharply etched.
- Yukteswar Giri Autobiography of a Yogi (1946)
- In the interests of the ideal of maximum output, [our society] judges men by their fitness for jobs, not jobs by their fitness for men.
- John Passmore, The Perfectibility of Man, p. 280
- Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 565-66.
- I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto.
- Bacon, Maxims of the Law, Preface.
- Quam quisque novit artem, in hac se exerceat.
- Translation: Let a man practise the profession which he best knows.
- Cicero, Tusculanarum Disputationum, I. 18.
- The ugliest of trades have their moments of pleasure. Now, if I were a grave-digger, or even a hangman, there are some people I could work for with a great deal of enjoyment.
- Douglas Jerrold, Jerrold's Wit, "Ugly Trades".
- And sure the Eternal Master found
The single talent well employ'd.
- Samuel Johnson, On the Death of Robert Levet, Stanza 7.
- The hand of little employment hath the daintier sense.
- Thus Nero went up and down Greece and challenged the fiddlers at their trade. Æropus, a Macedonian king, made lanterns; Harcatius, the king of Parthia, was a mole-catcher; and Biantes, the Lydian, filed needles.
- Jeremy Taylor, Holy Living, Chapter I, Secion I, "Rides far Employing Our Time".
- Klopsch, Louis, 1852-1910 (1896). Many Thoughts of Many Minds.