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1. "I welcomed my slavish existence as a surgical resident, the never-ending work, the cries that kept me in the present, the immersion in blood, pus, and tears -- the fluids in which one dissolved all traces of self. In working myself ragged, I felt integrated..."
Author: Abraham Verghese
2. "I don't think healthcare's a right. The only right you have is the ability to go out on an even playing field and work, and then purchase health insurance, or whatever it is."
Author: Adam Carolla
3. "It was a wild, tempestuous night, towards the close of November. Holmes and I sat together in silence all the evening, he engaged with a powerful lens deciphering the remains of the original inscription upon a palimpsest, I deep in a recent treatise upon surgery. Outside the wind howled down Baker Street, while the rain beat fiercely against the windows. It was strange there, in the very depths of the town, with ten miles of man's handiwork on every side of us, to feel the iron grip of Nature, and to be conscious that to the huge elemental forces all London was no more than the molehills that dot the fields. I walked to the window, and looked out on the deserted street. The occasional lamps gleamed on the expanse of muddy road and shining pavement. A single cab was splashing its way from the Oxford Street end."
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
4. "The most challenging part of being a boss is that nobody will tell you if your work is suffering."
Author: Bill Williams
5. "I think what I would say to my younger self, and probably to younger, just starting-out writers is that a lot of times you're just afraid to put yourself out there, and it's uncomfortable because it's working up the courage to do something, to push yourself to do those things."
Author: Carol Leifer
6. "If he wants their labor, let them go to work, without regard to politics."
Author: Charles E. Merrill
7. "There is no generosity in women. They want everything coming in and nothing going out. They show no trust. Lord God, how they hate to pay you! They will get the work of two men out of you and I guess they would beat you with whips if they were able to. No sir, not me. Never. A man will not work for a woman, not unless he has clabber for brains."
Author: Charles Portis
8. "I just want to do really good work."
Author: Chaske Spencer
9. "I became an actor by doing school plays and youth theaters, and then National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. And then I did study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. For me that was a good way to enter the field, to work in the theater."
Author: Chiwetel Ejiofor
10. "She really is a shining star. Imagine how far she's come since she was on the farm in Ohio. She's our Cinderella horse.I can't wait to start riding again.Will my leg work as well as it did before the surgery. What if it doesn't work at all?"
Author: Deanie Humphrys Dunne
11. "Only two bags, huh?" Helga was eighty, feisty, and the fastest knitter Elsie had ever seen. "We'll have to work on that. It's not a respectable stash until it has its own room."
Author: Debora Geary
12. "Art critic! Is that a profession? When I think we are stupid enough, we painters, to solicit those people's compliments and to put ourselves into their hands! What shame! Should we even accept that they talk about our work?"
Author: Edgar Degas
13. "His two great loves were hard work and hard work's reward—whiskey, when he could get it, and gin when he could not."
Author: Eleanor Catton
14. "One must keep working continuously; otherwise, one thinks of death."
Author: Enzo Ferrari
15. "CBS fought very hard on this because it believed and believes that there's a principle at stake here. The principle is that Dan Rather doesn't work for the police, and that people that speak to Dan Rather understand that he's a journalist and not a police agent."
Author: Floyd Abrams
16. "A scientist shouldn't be asked to judge the economic and moral value of his work. All we should ask the scientist to do is find the truth and then not keep it from anyone."
Author: Harmony Korine
17. "There are many females in my life I couldn't function on a daily basis without who I've purposely put there that work with me."
Author: Iggy Azalea
18. "Space and time are the framework within which the mind is constrained to construct its experience of reality."
Author: Immanuel Kant
19. "Sometimes I'd get mad because things didn't work out so well, I'd spoil a flapjack, or slip in the snowfield while getting water, or one time my shovel went sailing down into the gorge, and I'd be so mad I'd want to bite the mountaintops and would come in the shack and kick the cupboard and hurt my toe. But let the mind beware, though the flesh be bugged, the circumstances of existence are pretty glorious."
Author: Jack Kerouac
20. "In the days and months I spent walking through the various communities of this city, I found that Chicago did not work for everyone, however."
Author: Jane Byrne
21. "I'm super athletic and I love to work out, and obviously I need to workout for my industry as well, but I love learning something and developing that skill and feeling strong. Girls who can kick butt are hot."
Author: Jessica Clark
22. "But I think half the battle is figuring out what works for you, and I am much better at being a mother than I ever would have been as a lawyer. I sometimes wonder if it is just me, or if there are other women who figure out where they are supposed to be by going nowhere." - My Sister's Keeper"
Author: Jodi Picoult
23. "I come home from work this eveningthere was a note in the frying pansaid Fix Your Own Supper Babe I Run Off With The Fuller Brush ManWell I sat down at the tablescreamed & hollered & criedI commenced to carring on'till I almost lost my mindand I miss the way she used to Yell At Methe way she used to Cuss & Moanand if I ever go outand get married againI'll never leave my wifeat homeThe Frying PanDiamonds In The RoughJohn Prine"
Author: John Prine
24. "When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day's work is all I can permit myself to contemplate."
Author: John Steinbeck
25. "I am a lover of the cause of Christ and of virtue, chastity, and an upright, steady course of conduct and a holy walk. I despise a hypocrite or a covenant breaker. I judge them not; God shall judge them according to their works. I am a lover even of mine enemies, for an enemy seeketh to destroy openly. I can pray for those who despitefully use and persecute me, but for all I cannot hope."
Author: Joseph Smith Jr.
26. "Things work out better when you're straight up."
Author: Kate Jacobs
27. "The amused heat in Lucien eyes scorched her. In that moment she wasn't ordinary Sophie Black, builder's PA and invisible wife. She was sexy and sophisticated Ms. Black, able to stop Viking sex-gods in their tracks with just a few little words. She noticed the way Lucien's throat worked as he swallowed before he spoke. "You start in the morning. Nine o' clock sharp. Don't be late, Ms. Black."
Author: Kitty French
28. "I like speed, so I like taking the jet skis out and hitting the water, or hitting the lake. In the winter, unfortunately, I used to ski a lot but I haven't been able to ski in the past few years because thank God I've been working, so that's a good reason not to."
Author: Laz Alonso
29. "I want paint to work as flesh."
Author: Lucian Freud
30. "I phoned Joe Roth, who was head of the studio at the time, and told him how beautiful the film was, and that I was fully ready to support it, that Michael's work was wonderful and I imagined that Daniel would feel the same. He listened quietly and read between the lines."
Author: Madeleine Stowe
31. "I'm working on my own life story. I don't mean I'm putting it together; no, I'm taking it apart. If you'd wanted the narrative line you should have asked earlier, when I still knew everything and was more than willing to tell. That was before I discovered the virtues of scissors, the virtues of matches."
Author: Margaret Atwood
32. "Living as a couple never means that each gets half. You must take turns at giving more than getting. It's not the same as a bow to the other whether to dine out rather than in, or which one gets massaged that evening with oil of calendula; there are seasons in the life of a couple that function, I think, a little like a night watch. One stands guard, often for a long time, providing the serenity in which the other can work at something. Usually that something is sinewy and full of spines. One goes inside the dark place while the other one stays outside, holding up the moon."
Author: Marlena De Blasi
33. "I work in colour sometimes, but I guess the images I most connect to, historically speaking, are in black and white. I see more in black and white - I like the abstraction of it."
Author: Mary Ellen Mark
34. "Hey, we have obligations. We all work for a living now."
Author: Michael Irvin
35. "I think that's where reality TV works - you don't know where it's going."
Author: Pete Waterman
36. "Good work is the only thing that would make me feel jealous or envious."
Author: Philip Seymour Hoffman
37. "I didn't do a masters in creative writing until I was 26, which is quite old, and then I found myself in New York and I needed money, so I started working full time as an editor."
Author: Rachel Kushner
38. "Complaining does not work as a strategy."
Author: Randy Pausch
39. "When people of similar frequencies come together, output is not a simple sum of individual work, but exponential. In science we term this phenomenon as resonance. Output at this stage is beyond any logical limit."
Author: Ravindra Shukla
40. "When you work really hard for something for a long time it's almost impossible to believe that it's coming true."
Author: Robert Crippen
41. "By welcoming eager, talented workers, we expand America's potential for growth, and our competitive culture of invention and possibility."
Author: Ron Conway
42. "He's very concealed, Polanski. We became very close friends, but I don't think I ever saw him drop his guard. I didn't see him upset or anything like that, we just did the work."
Author: Ronald Harwood
43. "After developing a primitive theory (1968) I therefore did not pursue this subject. However, the work was taken up by others and in 1974 the first experiments were done in the ISR."
Author: Simon Van Der Meer
44. "No one can remain married today because they are not married to the one they love, they are married to their sacrifice, and pretending to love is too damned painful. Love and build, love and work, love and fight. Always love first. Anything placed before love will fail."
Author: Sister Souljah
45. "You gave me two alternatives that you could live with, and I chose the one that I could live with. That's how compromise is supposed to work."
Author: Stephenie Meyer
46. "The sun, emerged from its gray shrouds of cloud, shone with a summer brilliance on the untouched slopes. Pausing in my work to overlook that pristine expanse, I felt the same profound thrill it gives me to see the trees and grassland waist-high under flood water—as if the usual order of the world had shifted slightly, and entered a new phase."
Author: Sylvia Plath
47. "Protect the workers, encourage the rich."
Author: Victor Hugo
48. "From: The Crown of TelusShe opened her eyes, saw the crown sitting on her bedside table, and wished that it was all a dream. The crown of Trist was nothing special. It had no gemstones, no gold or silver filigree; instead it was simple, a metal circlet with four points and some inlay around a scratched and dented band. "It's a working man's crown," she remembered her father holding the symbol of power out to her when she younger. "See the inlay? Three moons, one for each of our gods, over an oak which represents the mighty forests of the north, a shock of wheat for the Plainsmen to the south, a ship for the Gheltes to the west, and a hashap flower for the spice in the east. Nothing more. We don't need anymore."Tears welled in her eyes. A working man's crown. Nothing fancy or bejeweled, a symbol of the power that guides the land and cares for its people. This was going to be the first day she wore it as queen."
Author: William Laws
49. "...a dozen hands engaged in hard, charitable work will change more lives than thousands of hands clasped in prayer."
Author: Zach Wahls
50. "I find it insane to say, "Work hard," when the harder you work, the more you pay in taxes... Crazy."
Author: Ziad K. Abdelnour

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The root of all virtue and grace, of all faith and acceptable worship, is that we know that we have nothing but what we receive, and bow in deepest humility to wait upon God for it."
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