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I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto.
      - Francis Bacon, Maxims of the Law (preface)

Can you find a man who loves the occupation that provides him with a livelihood? Professions are like marriages; we end by feeling only their inconveniences.
      - Honore de Balzac

Modern society includes three types of men who can never think very highly of the world--the priest, the physician, and the attorney-at-law. They all wear black, too, for are they not in mourning for every virtue and every illusion?
      - Honore de Balzac

Let parents who hate their offspring rear them to hate labor, and to inherit riches; and before long they will be stung by every vice, racked by its poison, and damned by its penalty.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

You see men of the mast delicate frames engaged in active and professional pursuits who really have no time for illness. Let them become idle--let them take care of themselves, let them think of their health--and they die! The rust rots the steel which use preserves.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

The busy have no time for tears.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

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 will follow it! . . . Labor is life.
      - Thomas Carlyle

O God, impress upon me the value of time, and give regulation to all my thoughts and to all my movements.
      - Thomas Chalmers

Let a man practise the profession he best knows.
  [Lat., Quam quisque novit artem, in hac se exerceat.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Tusculanarum Disputationum (I, 18)

It is a great temptation, in these days of fresh activity, for women to leave the more confined field of home duty, and take a place among the workers in apparently more extended spheres of usefulness; but it is, in most instances, a mere exchange of a birthright for a mess of pottage. The glory is very poor, very evanescent; the struggles, the pains, the sorrows, the heart-breaks, in full measure; the loss of sweet home associations and memories, very real and very sure.
      - Jane Croly (nee Cunningham) (used pseudonym Jennie June}

Occupied people are not unhappy people.
      - Orville Dewey

It is now possible for a flight attendant to get a pilot pregnant.
      - Richard J. Ferris

Who does not observe the immediate glow and security that is diffused over the life of woman, before restless or fretful, by engaging in gardening, building, or the lowest department of art? Here is something that is not routine--something that draws forth life towards the infinite.
      - Margaret Fuller (Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli)

The price of excellence is labor, and time that of immortality.
      - Henry Fuseli

Be always resolute with the present hour. Every moment is of infinite value; for it is the representative of eternity.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

No amount of preaching, exhortation, sympathy, benevolence, will render the condition of our working women what it should be, so long as the kitchen and needle are substantially their only resources.
      - Horace Greeley

Even a boring occupation can be interesting when your goal is to do it better.
      - Robert Half

Woman is largely occupied with man's work; in the sweat of her face the eats bread. It is like taking a Damascus blade to hew timber withal.
      - Gail Hamilton (pseudonym of Mary Abigail Dodge)

Occupation is the armor of the soul.
      - George Stillman Hillard

Blessed is that man who knows his own distaff and has found his own spindle.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Cheerfulness is the daughter of employment; and I have known a man come home in high spirits from a funeral, merely because he has had the management of it.
      - William Van Horne

Occupation is the necessary basis of all enjoyment.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

The ugliest of trades have their moments of pleasure. Now, if I were a grave-digger, or even a hangman, there are some people I could work for with a great deal of enjoyment.
      - Douglas William Jerrold,
        Jerrold's Wit--Ugly Trades

Occupation alone is happiness.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

And sure the Eternal Master found
  The single talent well employ'd.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Verses on the On the Death of Mr. Robert Levet
         (st. 7)

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