I will undoubtedly have to seek what is happily known as gainful employment, which I am glad to say does not describe holding public office.
Work was like cats were supposed to be: if you disliked and feared it ... it knew at once and sought you out and jumped on your lap and climbed all over you to show how much it loved you.
For workaholics, all the eggs of self-esteem are in the basket of work.
Retirement is an illusion. Not a reward but a mantrap. The bankrupt underside of success. A shortcut to death. Golf courses are too much like cemetries.
The kinds of people we employ are not afraid of taking risks. If someone mucks up, they don't get a bollocking from me. They know they've mucked up and they redouble their efforts.
We spend most of our lives working. So why do so few people have a good time doing it?
IBM is like the Stepford Wives. It takes the best people from the best universities and colleges and then snips out some part of the brain so that they become mindless clones.
Without work, all life goes rotten, but when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
Work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind.
Absence of occupation is not rest,
A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
Two things to help keep one's job. First, let the boss think he's having his own way. Second, let him have it.
One of the saddest things is that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is work. You can't eat ... nor make love for eight hours.
The world is full of willing people: some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
Four spectres haunt the Poor - Old Age, Accident, Sickness and Unemployment. We are going to exorcise them. We are going to drive hunger from the hearth. We mean to banish the workhouse from the horizon of every workman in the land.
When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is duty, life is slavery.
People in the company are almost never fired ... they are encouraged to retire early or are eased aside into hollow, insignificant positions with fake functions and no authority where they are sheepish and unhappy for as long as they remain.
I don't think that work ever really destroyed anybody. I think that lack of work destroys them a hell of a lot more.
Tomorrow's typical career will be neither linear nor continuous, nor will it always be upwards. Instead, one's life work will take more of a zig-zag course.
In the not too distant future the notion of the annual pay increase must become as exceptional as it was novel a generation ago.
I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. I love to keep it by me: the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.
Term, holidays, term, holidays, till we leave school, and then work, work, work till we die.
You're fired!No other words can so easily and succinctly reduce a confident, self-assured executive to an insecure, groveling shred of his former self.
I don't know any executive who ever thought about stress, although a lot of other people do. No one ever dies of hard work. But a lot of people die once they retire from an active job.
I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs.
When I find an employee who turns out to be wrong for a job, I feel it is my fault because I made the decision to hire him.
Show me a man who enjoys firing people and I'll show you a charlatan or sadist.
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
People don't choose their careers; they are engulfed by them.
The person who knowshowwill always have a job. The person who knowswhywill always be his boss.
It's true hard work never killed anyone but I figure why take the chance?
We should never be allowed to forget that it is the customer who, in the end, determines how many people are employed and what sort of wages companies can afford to pay.
I became a newspaperman. I hated to do it, but I couldn't find honest employment.
Work keeps us from three great evils: boredom, vice, and poverty.
Never burn bridges. Today's junior prick, tomorrow's senior partner.