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Employment

Definition: The state of having paid work.
Number of Quotes: 34

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.
Dean Acheson

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.
Kingsley Amis

For workaholics, all the eggs of self-esteem are in the basket of work.
Judith M. Bardwick

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.
Saul Bellow

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.
Richard Branson

We spend most of our lives working. So why do so few people have a good time doing it?
Richard Branson

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.
Bill Campbell

Without work, all life goes rotten, but when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
Albert Camus

Work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind.
Thomas Carlyle

Absence of occupation is not rest,
A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.

William Cowper

Two things to help keep one's job. First, let the boss think he's having his own way. Second, let him have it.
Sam Ewing

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.
William Faulkner

The world is full of willing people: some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
Robert Frost

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.
David Lloyd George

When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is duty, life is slavery.
Maxim Gorky

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.
Joseph Heller

I don't think that work ever really destroyed anybody. I think that lack of work destroys them a hell of a lot more.
Katherine Hepburn

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.
Tom Horton

In the not too distant future the notion of the annual pay increase must become as exceptional as it was novel a generation ago.
Geoffrey Howe

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.
Jerome K. Jerome

Term, holidays, term, holidays, till we leave school, and then work, work, work till we die.
C. S. Lewis

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.
Frank P. Louchheim

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.
Ian MacGregor

I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs.
H. L. Mencken

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.
Akio Morita

Show me a man who enjoys firing people and I'll show you a charlatan or sadist.
Tony O'Reilly

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
C. Northcote Parkinson

People don't choose their careers; they are engulfed by them.
John Dos Passos

The person who knows how will always have a job. The person who knows why will always be his boss.
Diane Ravitch

It's true hard work never killed anyone but I figure why take the chance?
Ronald Reagan

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.
Alfred Robens

I became a newspaperman. I hated to do it, but I couldn't find honest employment.
Mark Twain

Work keeps us from three great evils: boredom, vice, and poverty.
Voltaire

Never burn bridges. Today's junior prick, tomorrow's senior partner.
Sigourney Weaver

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