All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
—Aristotle (384BCE–322BCE) Ancient Greek Philosopher, Scholar
As soon as you have finished a job, you start appreciating the difficulties.
I have discovered that I cannot enhance anybody’s performance without getting them not only to live with the butterflies that come with high-pressure jobs but to embrace that kind of physical response, enjoy it, get into it. That’s the first real ticket to being a performer who thinks exceptionally.
—John Eliot (b.1971) American Psychologist, Academic
Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.
—Jim Rohn (1930–2009) American Entrepreneur, Author, Motivational Speaker
The man with the best job in the country is the vice-president. All he has to do is get up every morning and say, “How is the president?”
—Will Rogers (1879–1935) American Actor, Rancher, Humorist
Two can live as cheaply as one – if they both have good jobs.
—Laurence J. Peter (1919–90) Canadian-born American Educator, Author
Being a housewife and a mother is the biggest job in the world, but if it doesn’t interest you, don’t do it – I would have made a terrible mother.
—Katharine Hepburn (1907–2003) American Actor, TV Personality
There is no future in any job. The future lies in the man who holds the job.
—George W. Crane (1901–95) American Psychologist, Physician
Whatever the job you are asked to do at whatever level, do a good job because your reputation is your resume.
—Madeleine Albright (1937–2022) Czech-born American Diplomat
It’s the job that’s never started takes longest to finish.
—J. R. R. Tolkien (1892–1973) British Scholar, Author
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
—Confucius (551–479 BCE) Chinese Philosopher
I want everyone to tell me the truth, even if it costs him his job.
—Samuel Goldwyn (1879–1974) Polish-born American Film Producer, Businessperson
The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my case.
—George W. Bush (b.1946) American Head of State, Businessperson
If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.
Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.
—Ronald Reagan (1911–2004) American Head of State
Here is the answer which I will give to President Roosevelt. Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
—Winston Churchill (1874–1965) British Head of State, Political leader, Historian, Journalist, Author
Monday is a lame way to spend 1/7 of your life.
The job of the poet is to render the world—to see it and report it without loss, without perversion. No poet ever talks about feelings. Only sentimental people do.
—Mark Van Doren (1894–1972) American Poet, Writer, Critic
Happiness is an inside job
—William Arthur Ward (1921–94) American Author
The only job where you start at the top, is digging a hole.
Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it makes it worse.
Anything worth doing is worth doing well.
People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up.
—Ogden Nash (1902–71) American Writer of Sophisticated Light Verse
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
—Henry Ford (1863–1947) American Businessperson, Engineer
To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.
—Simone de Beauvoir (1908–86) French Philosopher, Writer, Feminist
If you don’t get a kick out of the job you’re doing you’d better hunt for another one.
—Samuel M. Vauclain (1856–1940) American Engineer, Industrialist
It’s not my job to motivate players. They bring extraordinary motivation to our program. It’s my job not to de-motivate them.
—Lou Holtz (1893–1980) American Stage Performer
If your children look up to you, you’ve made a success of life’s biggest job.
Professionalism: It’s not the job you do, It’s how you do the job.
Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.