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Comment#  ·   Fair (101 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to paint it.

Steven Wright, in Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (825 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by Jason Zalinger

Z-man's Law: When the paper is due, the printer will jam.

Jason Zalinger, in Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (138 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

Émile Zola, in Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (149 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.

Unknown, in Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (111 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A life spent making mistakes is not only most honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

Unknown, in Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (90 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A meeting is an event where minutes are taken and hours wasted.

Unknown, in Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (293 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.

George Bernard Shaw, in Success and Failure and Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (132 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Don't remember what you can infer.

Harry Tennant, in Science and Religion and Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (265 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Men have become the tools of their tools.

Henry David Thoreau, in Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (258 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait until that other is ready.

Henry David Thoreau, in Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (356 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Forget and forgive. This is not difficult when properly understood. It means forget inconvenient duties, then forgive yourself for forgetting. By rigid practice and stern determination, it comes easy.

Mark Twain, in Vice and Virtue and Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (136 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.

Mark Twain, in Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (340 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.

Mark Twain, in Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (799 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I function as a channel from which music emerges from the chaos of noise.

Vangelis, (from the album Direct), in Work and Recreation

Direct (audio CD)

Comment#  ·   Fair (256 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have done.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, in Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (715 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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.

Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, 1532, in Work and Recreation

The Prince (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (65 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The quality of an organization can never exceed the quality of the minds that make it up.

Harold R. McAlindon, in Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (113 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.

Charlie McCarthy, in Success and Failure and Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (324 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work.

Robert Orben, in Wealth and Poverty and Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (1649 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Everybody wants to save the earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.

P. J. O'Rourke, All the Trouble in the World, in Altruism and Cynicism and Work and Recreation

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