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My occupation now, I suppose, is jail inmate.
      - Theodore John Kaczynski,
        when asked in court what his current profession was

We must strive to make ourselves really worthy of some employment. We need pay no attention to anything else; the rest is the business of others.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

One of the principal occupations of man is to divine woman.
      - Jacques de Lacretelle

If every man works at that for which nature fitted him, the cows will be well tended.
      - Jean de la Fontaine

No thoroughly occupied man was ever yet very miserable.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Want of occupation is the bane of both men and women, perhaps more especially of the latter.
      - Horace Mann

One only "right" we have to assert in common with mankind--and that is as much in our hands as theirs--is the right of having something to do.
      - Dinah Maria Mulock (used pseudonym Mrs. Craik)

Occupation is the scythe of time.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

Let a man choose what condition he will, and let him accumulate around him all the goods and all the ratifications seemingly calculated to make him happy in it--if that man is left at any time without occupation or amusement, and reflects on what he is, the meager, languid felicity of big present lot will not bear him up. He will turn necessarily to gloomy anticipations of the future; and except, therefore, his occupation calls him out of himself, he is inevitably wretched.
      - Blaise Pascal

Be not a jack of all trades, but a master of one.
      - Proverb, (Chinese)

The great happiness of life, I find, after all, to consist in the regular discharge of some mechanical duty.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Occupation is the best safeguard for women under all circumstances--mental or physical, or both. Cupid extinguishes his torch in the atmosphere of industry.
      - Marquise de Sevigne, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal

The hand of little employment hath the daintier sense.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at V, i)

All professions are conspiracies against the laity.
      - George Bernard Shaw, The Doctor's Dilemma
         (act I)

All that is great in man comes through work; and civilization is its product.
      - Samuel Smiles

It is observed at sea that men are never so much disposed to grumble and mutiny as when least employed. Hence an old captain, when there was nothing else to do, would issue the order to "scour the anchor."
      - Samuel Smiles

I believe one reason why women are generally so much more cheerful than men is because they can work with the needle, and so endlessly vary their employment.
      - Sydney Smith

Let every man be occupied, and occupied in the highest employment of which his nature is capable, and die with the consciousness that he has done his best.
      - Sydney Smith

One man, perhaps, proves miserable in the study of law, who might have flourished in that of physic or divinity; another runs his head against the pulpit, who might have been serviceable to his country at the plough; and a third proves a very dull and heavy philosopher, who possibly would have made a good mechanic, and have done well enough at the useful philosophy of the spade or anvil.
      - Bishop Robert South

No woman or man need ever suffer from ennui or despair; the panacea is occupation.
      - Mme. de Surin

Thus Nero went up and down Greece and challenged the fiddlers at their trade. Aeropus, a Macedonian king, made lanterns, Harcatius, the king of Parthia, was a mole-catcher; and Biantes, the Lydian,filed needles.
      - Jeremy Taylor, Holy Living
         (ch. I, sec. I, Rules for Employing Our Time)

The happiest man is he, who being above the troubles which money brings, has his hands the fullest of work.
      - Anthony Trollope

We protract the career of time by employment, we lengthen the duration of our lives by wise thoughts and useful actions. Life to him who wishes not to have lived in vain is thought and action.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann


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