Quotes #15: Do What You Love
and The Money Will Follow:
""Life, it'sa Work an' You Earn-a 'Bout $14.95 a Day"("Guido Sarducci")
The first time I heard the quote "Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow?" I kept hearing the song "I Don't Wanna Work" playing in my mind.
That was because most of my work experience could be summed up by the famous quote from the movie "Ben Hur": "We keep you alive to service this ship. Row well and live."
It took me a long time to find out that "work can be play for which you get pay".
"Work is Like Life - It is What You Make It
"Take this Job and Shove It"
"Working nine to five, what way
to earn a living.
"WARNING TO ALL PERSONNEL:
"Employees are the rungs on
the ladder of success.
"I love my job, it' s the work I hate."
"Hardly a competent workman can
be found who does not devote a considerable amount of time to
studying just how slowly he can work and still convince his
employer that he is going at a good pace."
"There is no substitute under
the heavens for productive labor. It is the process by which
dreams become realities. It is the process by which idle
visions become dynamic achievements. Most of us are inherently
lazy. We would rather play than work. We would rather loaf
than work. A little play and a little loafing are good. But
it is work that spells the difference in the life of a person.
It is stretching our minds and utilizing the skills of our
hands that life us from mediocrity."
". . . there is no more dreadful
punishment than futile and hopeless labor."
"Drudgery is doing under strain
what you don't now enjoy and for no end that you can now
"We have too many people who
live without working. We have too many more who work without
living. At some point in our 'career' we must choose between
living to work and working to live
"More men are killed by overwork
than the importance of the work justifies."
"He worked like hell in the
country so he could live in the city,
"If your work is becoming
uninteresting, so are you. Work is an inanimate thing and
can be made lively and interesting only by injecting yourself
into it. Your job is only as big as you are."
"Life is just a dirty
four-letter word: W-O-R-K."
"A bad day of vacation is
better than a good day at work."
"Opportunity is missed by
most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks
"Wanting to work is so rare
a merit that it should be encouraged."
"The world is filled with
"Many hands make light work."
"Hard work spotlights the
character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn
up their noses, and some don't turn up at all."
"The world is full of
wishing-folks, Who sit and dream and smile,
"Work relieves us from
three great evils, boredom, vice, and want."
"A classical education
enables you to despise the wealth that it prevents you from
"The work of the individual
still remains the spark that moves mankind forward."
"My experience has taught me,
and it has become a principle with me, that it is never any
benefit to give out and out, to man or woman, money, food,
clothing, or anything else. If they are able-bodied and can
work and earn what they need, when there is anything on earth
for them to do. This is my principle and I try to act upon
it. To pursue a contrary course would ruin any community
in the world and make them idlers."
"Just because something works
doesn't mean it is desirable. Concentration camps work, if
your purpose is to enslave people. Stealing works, if all
you care about is money. Lying works, if you don't give a
damn about your personal integrity. Literally anything, no
matter how monstrously immoral will work, depending on your
desires and how you define
work. So it's not whether
it works, but whether we like the way it works."
"No labor, however humble,
"Laziness travels so slowly
that poverty soon overtakes him."
"If you cannot work with
love but only with distaste, it is better that you should
leave your work."
"If you do not feel yourself
growing in your work and your life broadening and deepening,
if your task is not a perpetual tonic to you,
"Without work, all life goes
rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies."
"Work and play are words used
to describe the same thing under differing conditions."
"When you cease to make a contribution,
you begin to die."
"If I rest, I rust."
"It is better to wear out than
to rust out."
"Work your way up or rust your
"Labor disgraces no man, but
occasionally men disgrace labor."
"Laziness may appear attractive
but work gives satisfaction."
"I never did anything by accident,
nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work."
"Are you bored with life? Then
throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your
heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness
that you had thought could never be yours."
"Thank God every morning that
you have something to do that day which must be done; whether
you like it or not. Being forced to work and forced to do
your best will breed in you temperance and self control;
diligence and strength of will; cheerfulness and content;
and a hundred virtues which the idle never know."
"How is it that the fable
ever originated of God's having cursed man with the doom of
toil? How is it that men have ever been blind to the exceeding
profitableness of labor, even for it's own sake, whose
moral harvest alone - industry, economy, patience,
foresight, knowledge - is in itself an exceeding great
reward, to which add the physical blessings which wait
on this universal law - health, strength, activity,
cheerfulness, the content that springs from honest
exertions, and the lawful pride that grows from
conquered difficulty." (Kemble supported herself
most of her life by her talent alone... This amazing
book is a look at slavery as it really was! - EM)
"No true work since the
world began was ever wasted; no true life since the world
began has ever failed. Oh, understand those two perverted
words, failure and success and measure them by the eternal,
not the earthly, standard. When after thirty obscure, toilsome,
unrecorded years in the shop of the village carpenter,
one came forth to be pre-eminently the man of sorrows, to
wander from city to city in homeless labors, and to
expire in lonely agony upon the shameful cross -- was
that a failure?" (I think not
"Work for the fun of it, and
the money will arrive some day."
"The work praises the man."
"As for me, prizes are nothing.
My prize is my work."
"Success is the ability to go
from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm."
"If you don't have the time to do
it right, where do you think you're going to find the time to do
"There's no labor a man can do that's
undignified - if he does it right."
"Even in the meanest sorts of labor,
the whole soul of a man is composed into a kind of real harmony the
instant he sets himself to work."
"My mother drew a distinction
between achievement and success. She said 'achievement is the
knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the
best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That's
nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim
for achievement and forget about success.'"
"Desires are of value only when
they drive us to action. Will and work must accompany desire.
Then high resolve is born. Desire is the design - Will spurs us
into achievement -- Work achieves."
"If you have built castles in the
air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them."
"All growth depends upon activity.
There is no development physically or intellectually without effort,
and effort means work. Work is not a curse; it is the prerogative of
intelligence...the only true measure of civilization."
"The love for work needs to be
re-enthroned in our lives. Every family should have a plan for
work that touches the life of each family member so that this
eternal principle will be ingrained in their lives."
"It is not wealth one asks for,
but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered,
to be generous, frank and independent."
"I look on that man as happy,
who, when there is question of success, looks into his work
for a reply."
"If the power to do hard work
is not a skill, it's the best possible substitute for it."
"I have always thought that one
man of tolerable abilities may work great changes, and accomplish
great affairs among mankind. If he first forms a good plan,
and, cutting off all amusements or other employments that
would divert his attention, make the execution of that
same plan his sole study and business
The way to
wealth . . . depends chiefly on two words, industry and
frugality; that is, waste neither time nor money."
"Many successful people are no
more talented than unsuccessful people. The difference between
them lies in the old axiom that successful people do those
things that unsuccessful people don't like to do."
"The law of success, here and
hereafter, is to have a humble and prayerful heart, and to
work, work, WORK."
"Begin where you are; work
where you are; the hour which you are now wasting, dreaming
of some far off success, may be crowded with grand
"He that would have fruit must
climb the tree."
"The heights by great men reached
and kept. Were not obtained by sudden flight, But they, while their
companions slept, Were toiling upward in the night."
"If talent doesn't work hard,
hard work beats talent."
"When I was a young man I
observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures.
I didn't want to be a failure, so I did ten times more work."
"I believe in work, hard work, and
long hours of work. Men do not breakdown from overwork, but from
worry and dissipation."
"Hard work has made it easy. That
is my secret. That is why I win."
"The harder you work, the luckier
"Most of the important things in the
world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when
there seemed to be no hope at all."
"Most people do not have wealth
without toil, though some are very fortunate to earn their
subsistence by doing what they want to do. They are fortunate
because although they may think they are working for a living,
they are really not. They are engaged in leisure-work and
getting paid for it. They would continue to do exactly
what they are doing if wealth were secured for them."
"The secret of joy in work is
contained in one word - excellence.
"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."
"When love and skill work together,
expect a masterpiece."
"To each man is reserved a work
which he alone can do."
"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."
"... work well-done does good to
the man who does it."
"The highest reward for a man's toil
is not what he gets for it
"Welcome the task that makes you
go beyond yourself."
"Results! Why man, I have gotten
a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't
"I don't have hobbies. I have
"And only the Master shall praise
us, and only the Master shall blame;
"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."
"Every man's work, whether it be
literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else,
is always a portrait of himself."
"Every job is a self-portrait of the
person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence."
"Our works are the mirror wherein
the spirit first sees its natural lineaments.
"People forget how fast you did
a job - but they remember how well you did it."
"People who never do any more than
they get paid for never get paid for any more than they do."
"Making a success of the job at hand
is the best step toward the kind you want."
"People are not the best because they
work hard, they work hard because they are the best."
"Give the best you have to the highest
you know... and do it now."
"Work as if you were to live a hundred
years, pray as if you were to die tomorrow."
"Work like you don't need the money,
love like you've never been hurt, dance like there's nobody
"The highest reward that God gives
us for good work is the ability to do better work."
"If a man is called to be a
streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo
painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven
and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper
who did his job well."
"When you are in any contest you
should work as if there were - to the very last minute - a chance
to lose it."
"Golf is like everything else in
life--you get out of it what you put into it.."
"Nothing is particularly hard
if you divide it into small jobs."
"The artist is nothing without
the gift, but the gift is nothing without the work."
"Anyone who has never made a
mistake has never tried anything new."
"Trouble is only opportunity
in work clothes."
"If you want something done, ask
a busy person to do it.
"I haven't failed, I've found 10,000
ways that don't work."
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to
be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray
for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work
shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle."
"Nobody ever lost his shirt when
his sleeves were rolled up. However much we guard ourselves
against it, we tend to shape ourselves in the image others have
of us. It is not so much the example of others we imitate, as
the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of
ourselves in their words."
"The work will teach you how to do
"Genius is one percent inspiration and
ninety-nine percent perspiration."
"In reality, serendipity accounts for
one percent of the blessings we receive in life, work and love. The
other 99 percent is due to our efforts."
"If your determination is fixed, I
do not counsel you to despair. Few things is impossible to
diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength,
"You can't build a reputation on
what you are 'going' to do."
"Anyone who says something is
impossible is always being interrupted by someone doing it."
"Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do."
"What pioneer ever had chart
and a lighthouse to steer by?"
"A man must drive his energy,
not be driven by it."
"The world stands aside to let
anyone pass who knows where he is going."
"Things may come to those who
wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."
"The answers to three questions
will determine your success or failure.
"One is always seeking the
touchstone that will dissolve one's deficiencies as a person
and as a craftsman. And one is always bumping up against the
fact that there is none except hard work, concentration, and
"The reward of a thing well
done is to have done it."
"Before water turns to steam,
it must have 212 of heat; 200 will not do it. Water must boil
to generate enough steam to move an engine. Lukewarm water
will not run anything; lukewarmness will not generate life's
"And it ought to be remembered
that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more
perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than
to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done
well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those
who may do well under the new. This coolness arises partly
from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side,
and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily
believe in new things until they have had a long experience
of them. Thus it happens that whenever those who are hostile
have the opportunity to attack they do it like partisans,
whilst the others defend lukewarmly..."
"A bee is never as busy as it
seems; it's just that it can't buzz any slower."
"Like the bee, we should make
our industry our amusement."
"It's not so much how busy you
are, but why you are busy.
"Well done is better is than
"I tell people I'm too stupid
to know what's impossible. I have ridiculously large dreams,
and half the time they come true."
"Choose a job you love and
you'll never have to work a day in your life."
"Where our work is, there
let our joy be."
"Work is always my salvation and
I will celebrate it."
"I never practice;
I always play."
"I never did a day's work in
my life, it was all fun."
"I never worked a day in my
life. It's not work when you love what you're doing."
"Fun is when you enjoy what
"The man who does not work
for the love of work but only for money
"Far and away the best prize
that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
"Beauty is also to be found in a day's
"Happiness consists in activity...
it is a running stream, not a stagnant pool."
"Blessed is he who has found his
work; let him ask no other blessedness. He has a work, a life
purpose. He has found it and he will follow it."
"You got to like your work. You
have got to like what you are doing, you have got to be doing
something worthwhile so you can like it - because it is worthwhile,
that it makes a difference, don't you see?"
"A man at work, making something
which he feels will exist because he is working at it and wills
it, is exercising the energies of his mind and soul as well as
of his body. Memory and imagination help him as he works."
"God has created me to do him
some definite service; He has committed some work to me which
he has not committed to another. I have my mission; I never may
know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.
I have a part in a great work; I am a link in a chain, a
bond of connection between persons. He has not created me
for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work; I shall
be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own
place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His
commandments and serve Him in my calling."
"Remember that your work comes
only moment by moment, and as surely as God calls you to work,
he gives the strength to do it."
"Your profession is not what
brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were
put on earth to do
with such passion and such intensity
that it becomes spiritual in calling. "
"God has created us to love and
to be loved, and this is the beginning of prayer - to know that
he loves me, that I have been created for greater things."
"Thou therefore gird up thy loins,
and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not
dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them."
......"For, behold, I have made thee this day a
defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls
against the whole land, against the kings of Judah,
against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof,
and against the people of the land."
"Wherefore also we pray always
for you, that our God would count you worthy of His calling,
and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the
work of faith with power:"
"Destiny speaks for itself,
whispering the knowledge of yesterday, by calling the future
"It is never too late to be
what you might have been."
"Don't undermine your worth by
comparing yourself with others.
"When our eyes see our hands
doing the work of our hearts, the circle of Creation is
completed inside us, the doors of our souls fly open and
love steps forth to heal everything in sight."
"Every calling is great when
"Reach high, for stars lie
hidden in your soul.
"All labor that uplifts humanity
has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with
"Every noble work is at first
"A diamond is just a piece of
charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well."
"Thinking is the hardest work
"No one can arrive from being
talented alone. God gives talent; work transforms talent into
"Work, more and more, is about
the lessons we learn as we try to make a career grow: where
to find inspiration, how to make sense of ambiguity, how to
take risks, how to survive and thrive
"No other success can compensate
for failure in the home. The poorest shack in which love prevails
over a united family is of greater value to God and future
humanity than any other riches. In such a home God can work
miracles and will work miracles. Love is the work we all should
be about doing."
"There is always the danger that
we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where
the respect and the love and the devotion come in - that we
do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it
as beautifully as possible."
"Love is a better master than
"Take no thought for your life,
what ye shall eat or drink or .... wear. Behold the fowls in
the air: for they sow not neither do they reap ... yet your
Heavenly Father feedeth them... Are ye not much better than
"For one human being to love
another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks,
the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all
other work is but preparation."
"If you have a sick or lonely
person at home, be there. Maybe just to hold a hand, maybe
just to give a smile, that is the greatest, the most beautiful
"Too often we underestimate the
power of a touch,a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an
honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which
have the potential to turn a life around."
"If it is to be, it is up to me."
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