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Quotes for
the Journey:


Labor disgraces no person;
unfortunately, you occasionally
find people who disgrace labor.

Ulysses S. Grant


The return from your work must be the satisfaction that work brings you and the world's need of that work.  With this, life is heaven, or as near heaven as you can get.  Without this--with work which you despise, which bores you, and which the world does not need--this life is hell.       -William du Bois


Starting out to make money is the greatest mistake in life.  Do what you feel you have a flair for doing, and if you are good enough at it, the money will come.       -Greer Garson

If you could once make up your mind never to undertake more work than you can carry on calmly, quietly, without hurry or flurry. . . . and if the instant you feel yourself growing nervous and out of breath, you would stop and take breath, you would find this simple common-sense rule doing for you what no prayers or tears could ever accomplish.       -Elizabeth Prentiss

I studied the lives of great men and women, and I found that the people who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.        -Harry S. Truman

I don't like work, but I like what is in work--the chance to find yourself.  Your own reality--for yourself, not for others--what no other person can ever know.        -Joseph Conrad
I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.       -Thomas A. Edison

The beauty of work depends upon the way we meet it, whether we arm ourselves each morning to attack it as an enemy that must be vanquished before night comes--or whether we open our eyes with the sunrise to welcome it as an approaching friend who will keep us delightful company and who will make us feel at evening that the day was well worth its fatigue.       -Lucy Larcom
Work and play can be the same. When you are following your energy and doing what you want to do all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves. Work is no longer what you have to do, and play what you want to do. When you are doing what you love, you may work harder and produce more than ever before, because you are having fun.       -Shakti Gawain
What a person accomplishes in a day depends upon the way in which he or she approaches their tasks.  When we accept tough jobs as a challenge to our ability and wade into them with joy and enthusiasm, miracles can happen.  When we do our work with a dynamic, conquering spirit, we get things done.      -Arland Gilbert
The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously, and taking one's self seriously.  The first is imperative, and the second is disastrous.       -Margot Fonteyn
You cannot build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his or her own improvement, and at the same time show a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.       -Marie Curie

Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul is the work of the soul, and good for either is the work of the other.       -Henry David Thoreau

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Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Half effort does not produce half results, it produces no results. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last.       -Hamilton Holt
Continuity of purpose is one of the most essential ingredients of happiness in the long run, and for most people this comes chiefly through their work.        -Bertrand Russell
Happiness, I have discovered, is nearly always a rebound from hard work.  It is one of the follies of men to imagine that they can enjoy mere thought, or emotion, or sentiment!  As well try to eat beauty!  For happiness must be tricked!  She loves to see people at work.  She loves sweat, weariness, self-sacrifice.  She will not be found in palaces but lurking in cornfields and factories and hovering over littered desks:  she crowns the unconscious head of the busy child.  If you look up suddenly from hard work, you will see her,--but if you look too long she fades sorrowfully away.       -David Grayson
Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven't planted.       -David Bly

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Hard work has made it easy.  That is my secret.  That is why I win.     -Nadia Comaneci
Manual labor to my father was not only good and decent for its own sake but, as he was given to saying, "it straightened out one's thoughts"--a contention which I have since proved on many occasions:  indeed, the best antidote I know to a confused head or to tangled emotions is to work with one's hands.  To scrub a floor has alleviated many a broken heart, and to wash and iron one's clothes has brought order and clarity to many a perplexed and anxious mind.     -Mary Ellen Chase
St. Francis of Assisi was hoeing his garden when someone asked what he would do if he were suddenly to learn that he would die before sunset that very day.   "I would finish hoeing my garden," he replied.     -Louis Fischer
There is a big difference between service and working for the sake of getting something.  When you serve, you are not tied to the outcome.  You are not invested in what people do as a result of what you do, or what people think about what you are doing.  You give what you have because it makes you feel good.  You give what you have because you know that the unique way in which you do what you do will make someone else feel good.  In situations when your service is not rewarded by monetary or public recognition, you are not depleted or defeated.  You are encouraged to take your service to a higher level.  You are inspired to pour more love into your work.     -Iyanla Vanzant
Work has to include our deepest values and passions and feelings and commitments, or it's not work.  It's just a job.     -Matthew Fox


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