Quotes about Work

"Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else."

Sir James Matthew Barrie (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan.


"In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: they must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it."

John Ruskin (8 February 1819 – 20 January 1900) was an English art critic and social thinker, also remembered as a poet and artist. His essays on art and architecture were extremely influential in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.


"My work is a game, a very serious game."

Maurits Cornelis Escher (17 June 1898 – 27 March 1972) usually referred to as M. C. Escher was a Dutch graphic artist. He is known for his often mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints.


"Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, a long with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined."

John William "Johnny" Carson (October 23, 1925 – January 23, 2005) was an American television host and comedian, known as host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for 30 years (1962–1992). Carson received six Emmy Awards.


"It does not seem to be true that work necessarily needs to be unpleasant. It may always have to be hard or at least harder than doing nothing at all. But there is amply evidence that work can be enjoyable, and that indeed, it is often the most enjoyable part of life."

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (born September 29, 1934, in Fiume, Italy – now Croatia) is a Hungarian psychology professor, who emigrated to the United States at the age of 22. He is noted for his work in the study of happiness and creativity, but is best known as the architect of the notion of flow and for his years of research and writing on the topic.


"The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work."

Richard David Bach (born 23 June 1936) is an American writer. He claims to be a direct descendant of Johann Sebastian Bach.


"Number of hours you worked is not important, important is whether it is worth doing, whatever you have been doing in your working hours."

Unknown [Help Us] (-)


"There is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job.
Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what.
Anyone could have."

Unknown [Help Us] (-)


"Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you are doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you don't have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possible have imagened."

Rodan of Alexandria (-) was a great philosopher. According to the Urantia Book, Rodan was from Alexandria and died somewhere in Greece.


"The secret of joy in work is contained in one word -excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it. "

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (June 26, 1892 — March 6, 1973) also known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu was an award-winning American writer who spent most of her time until 1934 in China. Her novel The Good Earth was the best-selling fiction book in the U.S. in 1931 and 1932, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932.