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46 Work Quotes from Literature

"As long as there is no work attached to the mission, it may be agreeable to me." ~ Gunman's Reckoning by Max Brand I seemed to hold two lives—the life of thought, and that of reality; and, provided the former was nourished with a sufficiency of the strange necromantic joys of fancy, the privileges of the latter might remain limited to daily bread, hourly work, and a roof of shelter. ~ Villette by Charlotte Bronte So is man's heart. The desire to perform a work which will endure, which will survive him, is the origin of his superiority over all other living creatures here below. It is this which has established his dominion, and this it is which justifies it, over all the world. ~ The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne To get things done, you must love the doing, not the secondary consequences. The work, not the people. Your own action, not any possible object of your charity. ~ The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand "But you see, I have, let's say, sixty years to live. Most of that time will be spent working. I've chosen the work I want to do. If I find no joy in it, then I'm only condemning myself to sixty years of torture. And I can find the joy only if I do my work in the best way possible to me. But the best is a matter of standards--and I set my own standards. I inherit nothing. I stand at the end of no tradition. I may, perhaps, stand at the beginning of one." ~ The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand "Man came into this world, not to sit down and muse, not to befog himself with vain subtleties, but to gird up his loins and to work." ~ The Confidence-Man by Herman Melville She was twelve years old when she told Eddie Willers that she would run the railroad when they grew up. She was fifteen when it occurred to her for the first time that women did not run railroads and that people might object. To hell with that, she thought-and never worried about it again. ~ Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand "Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself." ~ Animal Farm by George Orwell Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. ~ The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain Continual complexity makes it impossible for any of us to know anything outside our own personal field-I can't follow the work of the man sitting at the next desk over from me. Too much knowledge has piled up in each field. And there's too many fields." ~ The Variable Man by Philip K. Dick

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