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If people knew how hard I have to
work to gain my mastery, it would
not seem wonderful at all.

Michelangelo

   

What you need to do is think of work as "vocation."  This word may seem stilted in its tone, but it has a wisdom within it.  It comes from the Latin word for calling, which comes from the word for voice.  In those meanings it touches on what work really should be.  It should be something that calls to you as something you want to do, and it should be something that gives voice to who you are and what you want to say to the world.     -Kent Nerburn

   
Work is effort applied toward some end.  The most satisfying work involves directing our efforts toward achieving ends that we ourselves endorse as worthy expressions of our talent and character.     -William J. Bennett
   
A man who visited a Quaker sanitarium in 1774 was shocked to see that the patients who were mentally ill were busy spinning flax.  He thought these poor unfortunates were being exploited--until the Quakers explained that they found that their patients actually improved when they did a little work.  It was soothing to the nerves.     -Dale Carnegie
    
God gave us work, not to burden us, but to bless us, and useful work, willingly, cheerfully, effectively done, has always been the finest expression of the human spirit.     -Walter R. Courtenay
  
Work silently. . . . Work is worship.  When there is joy in the work itself, why do you want the fruit of it?  Make work itself worship.  That is possible only when you surrender to God and allow him to work through you.  It means absence of ego-sense.     -Papa Ramdas

    
Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs.  Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger.  If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.     -Dale Carnegie
  
Everybody has heard the phrase "Work hard, play hard."  But I tell my teams "Work hard, play hard.  Don't get the two confused and move quickly from one to the other."  The difference is subtle, but I believe it's crucial for success.
  I think the biggest mistake people make is they waste time and happiness by mixing work and play.  Impatience causes all of us to want want to find an immediate conclusion instead of inching our way towards perfection.  This often leads us to wish we were playing when we're working, and on the flipside, worrying about work when we're playing.  In this way, we fail to get the most out of or enjoy either of them.     -Bill Resler, The Heart of the Team
   
If you love the work you do, you are going to put all of yourself into it, giving freely of energy and of your talents.  When you give of yourself, when you work for the joy of achievement, when you share your bounty with others, the gift of appreciation, tangible or intangible, becomes a part of your daily life.  Tangible appreciation could be a monetary return or a gift from someone for work accomplished.  Intangible appreciation could be gratitude from others for what you have done and a good reputation.  On the other hand, if you're working for the pay check, willing to do only what you believe you're getting paid to do and no more, chances are you'll grow to despise your job.     -John Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life
  
The highest reward for one's toil is not what one gets for it but what one becomes by it.       -John Ruskin
  
The great composer does not set to work because he or she is inspired, but becomes inspired because he or she is working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand with as much regularity as an accountant settles down each day to his or her figures. They didn't waste time waiting for an inspiration.        -Ernest Newman
  
Like the star that shines afar,
Without haste and without rest,
Let each one wheel with steady sway
Round the task that rules the day,
And do their best.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  
When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at a rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.  Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it--but all that had gone before.        -Jacob Riis
  
Work is love made visible.  And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.  For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half people's hunger.       -Khalil Gibran
  
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.  The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.        -Helen Keller
   
Luck means the hardships and privations which you have not hesitated to endure; the long nights you have devoted to work.  Luck means the appointments you have never failed to keep; the trains you have never failed to catch.       -Max O'Rell
  
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--not a doubtful sense, such as needs some testimony of other people for its confirmation, but a sure sense, or rather knowledge, that so much work has been done well, and fruitfully done, whatever the world may say or think about it.       -John Ruskin
  
There is no real wealth but the labor of people.  Were the mountains of gold and silver, the world would not be one grain of corn the richer; no one comfort would be added to the human race.       -Percy Bysshe Shelley
  
So much of unhappiness, it seems to me, is due to nerves; and bad nerves are the result of having nothing to do, or doing a thing badly, unsuccessfully or incompetently.  Of all the unhappy people in the world, the unhappiest are those who have not found something they want to do.  True happiness comes to those who do their work well, followed by a refreshing period of rest.  True happiness comes from the right amount of work for the day.        -Lin Yutang

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Even at the venerable age of eighty, Master Hyakujo worked alongside his students on the monastery grounds.  He gardened, pruned trees, and cleaned up just as the younger monks did.  They dared not ask him to stop, so the students, not wishing to see their old master work so hard, hid his tools.
   That day the master did not eat.  He did not eat the next day, nor the one after.  The students thought, "Perhaps the master is angry at missing his tools, and so the students returned them to their proper place.
   That day the master worked and ate his food as always.  In the evening, he gave a simple teaching:  "No work, no food."     -Traditional Zen Buddhist story
  
No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakes into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted to the sower to see the harvest.  All work that is worth anything is done in faith.     -Albert Schweitzer
  
My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people:  those who do the work and those who take the credit.  He told me to try to be in the first group.  There is much less competition.     -Indira Gandhi
  
Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it.  Autograph your work with excellence.     -unattributed
  

  
Another time, a truck driver pulled his truck to the side of the road and said, "I heard you say over television something about that endless energy and I just wanted to tell you I had it one time.  I was marooned in a town by a flood. I got so bored that I finally offered to help and I got interested in getting people out.  I worked without eating, I worked without sleeping, and I wasn't tired. . . But I don't have it anymore."  I said, "Well, what are you working for now?"  "Money," he said. I said, "That should be quite incidental. You have the endless energy only when you are working for the good of the whole--you have to stop working for your little selfish interests."  That's the secret of it. In this world you are given as you give!     -Peace Pilgrim
  
In a culture that sometimes equates work with suffering, it is revolutionary to suggest that the best inward sign of vocation is deep gladness--revolutionary but true.  If a work is mine to do, it will make me glad over the long haul, despite the difficult days.  Even the difficult days will ultimately gladden me, because they pose the kinds of problems that can help me grow in a work if it is truly mine.     -Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach
  
You cannot do good work if you take your mind off the work to see how the community is taking it.     -Dorothy L. Sayers
  

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