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Quotes about employment:


  • 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.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

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.
  • And sure the Eternal Master found
    The single talent well employ'd.
  • 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".


  • "If G-20 governments could spend billions of dollars to rescue banks in trouble, why not find money to help unemployed workers for the environment and for social causes."
    • Kumi Naidoo Environmentalist, Human Rights Activist (2010).

  • "Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. He has a work, a life purpose. Labor is life."
  • "Cheerfulness is the daughter of employment; and I have known a man come home in high spirits from a funeral, merely because he has had the management of it."
  • "Employment, which Galen calls "nature's physician," is so essential to human happiness, that indolence is justly considered as the mother of misery."
  • "Indolence is stagnation; employment is life."
  • 'It is observed at sea that men are never so much disposed to grumble and mutiny as when least employed. Hence an old captain, when there was nothing else to do, would issue the order to "scour the anchor."'
  • "Life will frequently languish, even in the hands of the busy, if they have not some employment subsidiary to that which forms their main pursuit."
  • "One only "right" we have to assert in common with mankind—and that is as much in our hands as theirs—is the right of having something to do."
  • "The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs."
  • "The devil does not tempt people whom he finds suitably employed."
  • "The great happiness of life, I find, after all, to consist in the regular discharge of some mechanical duty."
  • "The rust rots the steel which use preserves."


  • Klopsch, Louis, 1852-1910 (1896). Many Thoughts of Many Minds. 

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