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This is the talk page for discussing improvements to the Work page.

Restoration of Alphabetizations[edit]

Rather than an "era" based organization, which was relatively recently applied, I believe that this article should be restored to an "alphabetical by author or source" organization, as most theme pages are, as many years ago it was clearly discerned that this is nearly always the easiest and least controversial arrangement for theme pages — I might attend to doing that within a week or two. ~ Kalki·· 07:49, 11 March 2016 (UTC)

I completely agree. I think chronological organization is only appropriate in a very few cases where there has been a clear and uncontroversial evolution of thought such that people of different eras have starkly different perspectives on what they are even talking about, or where there is a clear demarcation between perspectives before and after a transformative event that effectively changes the subject. ~ Ningauble (talk) 15:36, 11 March 2016 (UTC)
I agree the chronological organization hasn't worked out very well in the cases I tried it. I am returning this article to alphabetic organization. ~ Peter1c (talk) 17:48, 12 March 2016 (UTC)


  • If you behave as if the meaning of our life consisted in being able to work so many hours a day, you rake away from all sick people the right to live and the justification for their existence.
  • Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.
  • No other technique for the conduct of life attaches the individual so firmly to reality as laying emphasis on work; for his work at least gives him a secure place in a portion of reality, in the human community.
  • The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get into the office.
  • The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.
  • Lose this day loitering, 'Twill be the same story Tomorrow — and the next more dilatory. Then indecision brings its own delays, and days are lost lamenting overdays! Are you ernest? Seize this very minute! What you can do, or dream you can — begin it! Courage has genius, power and magic in it. Only engage, and the mind grows heated. Begin it, and the work will be completed.
  • It is one of the strange ironies of this strange life — those who work the hardest, who subject themselves to the strictest discipline, who give up certain pleasurable things in order to achieve a goal, are the happiest people.
  • Experience is an asset of which no worker can be cheated, no matter how selfish or greedy his immediate employer may be.
  • Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
  • Hard work is damn near as overrated as monogamy.
  • When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: 'Whose?'
  • I have never known a man who died from overwork, but many who died from doubt.
  • Let us realize that the privilege to work is a gift, that power to work is a blessing, that love of work is success.
  • If you don't want to work you have to work to earn enough money so that you won't have to work.
  • You must always work not just within but below your means If you can handle three elements, handle only two. If you can handle ten, then handle only five. In that way the ones you do handle, you handle with more ease, more mastery, and you create a feeling of strength in reserve.
  • The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic, and to some extent even antibiotic — in short, the closest thing to a genuine panacea — known to medical science is work.
  • The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives is to think we work for anybody but ourselves.
  • If work were so pleasant, the rich would keep it for themselves.
  • It's not true that the more sex that you have, the more it interferes with your work. I find that the more sex you have, the better work you do.
  • I don't believe people die from hard work. They die from stress and worry and fear — the negative emotions. Those are the killers, not hard work. The fact is, in our society today, most people don't understand what hard work is all about.


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  • Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
    • Anonymous proverb, often attributed to Confucius.
    • Variant: If you love what you do, you'll never have to work a day in your life.
  • Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence.
  • First secure an independent income, then practice virtue.
  • If a man does only what is required of him, he is a slave. If a man does more than is required of him, he is a free man.
  • The dumber you are the less they make you do.
  • Work is for people who can't fish.
    • Unknown


  • No problem is insurmountable. With a little courage, teamwork and determination a person can overcome anything.
  • All work done mindfully rounds us out, helps complete us as persons.
  • My young men shall never work. Men who work cannot dream, and wisdom comes to us in dreams.
  • The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.
  • Vision is where tomorrow begins, for it expresses what you and others who share the vision will be working hard to create. Since most people don't take the time to think systematically about the future, those who do, and who base their strategies and actions on their visions, have inordinate power to shape the future.