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When you take a stand on something and work from there, you take different actions than you do when you believe that that something is inevitable and your effort is to try to make it "not so bad." When you know the certainty that things can be not just different but entirely resolved, you engage in the work in a more fundamental way. You don't wonder "if." You determine "how to." You look for root causes. You make different choices. --Lynne Twist from "The Soul of Money" (in Resolve)

Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport. --Pope Francis (in Leisure: The Basis of Culture)

An innovation is one of those things that society looks at and says, if we make this part of the way we live and work, it will change the way we live and work. --Dean Kamen (in Top 30 Innovations of the Last 30 Years)

There was a sense of structure and orderliness around the completion of responsibilities with my job; there was a sense of wide-eyed wonder, as well as a bit of uncertainty, about my "work." My job existed within the confines of a clearly defined space with precise boundaries; my "work" was living on the edge. --Ric Giardina (in Volunteerism Encouraged: a New Business Trend)

When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul. --Rachel Naomi Remen (in Teenage Hero of Dhaka's Slums)

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. --Elbert Hubbard (in 5 Reasons Why Meditation Beats an iPhone)

Do not depend on the hope of results . . .you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. . . .you gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. . . In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything. --Thomas Merton (in Hopelessness)

Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. You gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything. --Thomas Merton (in Motivation Maintenance)

To know that you are the timeless reality is all I care to see, and this is our only meeting place. Our journey is to awaken the greatest capacity, to ignite an understanding that combines life's highest ideals with pure practicality. My work is to support and fortify a deepening of spirit, to enhance a sense of trust in one's own authority, love, acceptance, and ultimately enlightenement. This work is ever changing, you are the one that defines it. It is you that call yourself and answer yourself in me. You may wonder why you don't answer yourself directly; the answer is the same: you do. We are one. --Shantimayi (in Untitled)

The sculptor, Michelangelo, was once asked how it was that he could create such beautiful works. "It's very simple," he answered. "When I look at a block of marble, I see the sculpture inside it. All I have to do is remove what doesn't belong." The master says: "There is a work of art each of us was destined to create. That is the central point of our life, and -- no matter how we try to deceive ourselves -- we know how important it is to our happiness. Usually, that work of art is covered by years of fears, guilt and indecision. But, if we decide to remove those things that do not belong, if we have no doubt as to our capability, we are capable of going forward with the mission that is our destiny. That is the only way to live with honor." --Paulo Coelho (in Untitled)

Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul the work of the soul, and good for either the work of the other. --Henry David Thoreau (in Learning from the Wisdom of the Body)

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them - work, family, health, friends, and spirit - and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls - family, health, friends, and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life. --Brian Dyson, CEO of Coca Cola (1994) (in Juggling Five Balls)

Ideas won't work unless you do. --Author Unknown (in 49,000 Grandmothers of Nepal)

I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art. --Madonna Ciccone (in A Month Without Plastic)

Those who do monumental work don't need monuments. --Baba Amte (in Mother of Thirteen)

Retire from work, but not from life. --M.K. Soni (in The Encore Generation)

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art. ---Leonardo da Vinci- (in Learning From Leonardo: Decoding The Notebooks Of A Genius)

Without great solitude, no serious work is possible. --Picasso (in How To Resist Social Distractions)

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art. --Leonardo da Vinci (in New Trail of Hope)

Play is the work of the child. --Maria Montessori (in Barefoot Skateboarders of Janwar)

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that don't work. --Thomas Edison (in Untitled)

Don't check your values at the door when you go to work. --Laura Scher (in Modern-Day Robin Hood)

Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes. --Henry J. Kaiser (in Untitled)

Choose a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life. --Confucius (in Untitled)

Work is love made visible. --Kahlil Gibran (in Love blooms in NYC cab)

When Nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it. --Ralph Waldo Emerson (in Reading A Blade of Grass)

The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes. --Harold B. Lee (in The Green Housing Boom)

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. --Confucius (in Solving Gen Y's Passion Problem)

To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. --Mary Oliver (in Take Your Life Back)

Work is love made visible. --Khalil Gibran (in 8 Ways to Find More Meaning at Work)

Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. ---Nelson Mandela- (in Food for Your Soul: An Interview with Satish Kumar)

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. --Confucius (in An Illustrated Poster For People Who Love Their Work)

The reason why things work is because of love. --Jeffrey Wright (in Mr. Wright's Law of Love)

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. --Anonymous (in How to Run a Company with (Almost) No Rules)

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. --Confucius (in What Makes A Great Workplace?)

To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. --Mary Oliver (in How To Pay Attention)

All my work is meant to say, "You may encounter defeats, but you must not be defeated." --Maya Angelou (in Ultimate Garbage Bag)

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. --Walt Whitman (in Living Machines)

Problems are only opportunities dressed in work clothes. --Henry Kaiser (in World's Largest Love Letter)

How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal, and you have to be willing to work for it. --Jim Valvano (in Running A Marathon On Crutches)

You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however. --Richard Bach (in The Boy Who Built Windmills)

The object behind every true work of art is the attainment of a state of being. --Robert Henri (in Art as Attention to Living)

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same. --Carlos Castaneda (in 5 Steps To Happiness At Work)

If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. --Lila Watson, Aboriginal Australian (in Work Together)

Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war. --Maria Montessori (in Peace)

Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself. --Samuel Butler (in What Your Musical Taste Says About You)

Most people don't recognize opportunity when it comes, because it's usually dressed in overalls and looks a lot like work. --Thomas Edison (in Teen Grocer Revives Community)

I want to work for a company that contributes to and is part of the community. I want something not just to invest in. I want something to believe in. --Anita Roddick (in Anita Roddick: The Queen of Green)

Healing is not a matter of technique or mechanism; it is a work of spirit. --Rachel Naomi Remen (in The Paralyzed Yoga Instructor)

When people go to work, they shouldn't have to leave their hearts at home. --Betty Bender (in Seeking Jobs with Impact)


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