A Quote by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne on living authentically, occupations, work, right livelihood, order, tranquility, true wealth, idleness, foolishness, and nature

We are great fools. "He has passed his life in idleness," we say. "I have done nothing today." What! Haven't you lived? That is not only the fundamental but the most illustrious of your occupations. "Had I been put in a position to manage great affairs, I would have shown what I could do." Have you been able to think out and manage your life? You have performed the greatest work of all. In order to show and release her powers, Nature has no need of fortune; she shows herself equally on all levels, and behind a curtain as well as without one. To compose our character is our duty, not to compose books, and to win, not battles and provinces, but order and tranquility in our conduct. Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately. All other things, to rule, to lay up treasure, to build, are at most little appendices and props.

Michel Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

Source: Essays

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on love, work, and humanness

Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

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A Quote by Vanna Bonta on work, service, and money

Pay me for my work but I don't do it for the money.

Vanna Bonta

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A Quote by David Berlinski on men, women, love, work, and dreams

Bystanders wandered in and out of the merchant's stall, passing the time, talking of dreams they might purchase.  Workers and slaves stooped from labor asked timidly for dreams of wine and ease.  Women asked for dreams of love, and men for dreams of women.

David Berlinski

Source: The Advent of the Algorithm: The 300-Year Journey from an Idea to the Computer, Pages: 37

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A Quote by Honoré de Balzac on work, passion, and fulfillment

An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.

Honore de Balzac (1799 - 1850)

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A Quote by Maya Angelou on self and work


Nothing will work unless you do.

Maya Angelou (1928 -)

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A Quote by John Singer Sargent on work, pray, and prayer

To work is to pray.

John Singer Sargent

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A Quote by unknown on life, happiness, and work

If you love your job, you'll never have to work again.


Source: Gary Parks, My Dad

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A Quote by Alexander Kjerulf on manager, happiness, and work

Here are some great stories from around the web from people who have discovered the importance of happiness at work. First a story from a man with real management potential:

When I get my own department to control, the first thing I am going do is ask people what they want to be happy at work. Truly happy.

My goal would be to get a group of people who loved coming in and loved being there. I would recognize the fact that people the people I hired were adults and would handle their responsiblities.

So what if they spend a day playing a game all day and taking a 2 hour lunch. As long as they get their work done on time and at a high level what difference does it make. If someone was taking advantage of it and not getting their work done, then yeah, it’s a problem. But if they are doing great work, who cares?

In my eyes I look at the results. Sure people do good work right now, but I think by making them more comfortable and making work more enjoyable they would do GREAT work. (Source)

That is the manager of the future - a person who recognizes that a leader’s first responsibility is to make people happy at work. Forget your mission statements, visions statements and corporate values - that is a manifest for great leadership right there.

Alexander Kjerulf

Source: Choose happiness at work:

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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on passion, work, fun, and business

Oh Lord, there it is again. The question;" What kind of business should I start?" Incidentially, it has a twin that also sets me off: "What should I specialize in during the second year of my MBA studies?"

Sorry, but those are two of the most profoundly upsetting questions anyone can ask -- upsetting because the answer should be obvious: Do what turns you on, not what the statistics say is best.

Business, life itself, is damned hard work if you wanna be good at it. Actually, that's precisely wrong. Business ceases to be work when you're chasing a dream that has engorged you. ("Work should be more fun than fun" -- Noel Coward.) And if the passion isn't there. then biotech and plumbing will be equal drags.

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: The Pursuit of Wow!, Pages: 22

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