Tsunetomo Yamamoto on the Shortness of Life

“Human life is truly a short affair. It is better to live doing the things that you like. It is foolish to live within this dream of a world seeing unpleasantness and doing only things that you do not like.”

~ Tsunetomo Yamamoto / Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

Aaron Copland on Art

“The main thing is to be satisfied with your work yourself. It’s useless to have an audience happy if you are not happy.”

~ Aaron Copland

David Brooks on Work

Furthermore, living a great life is more important than producing great work. A life devoted to one thing is a stunted life, while a pluralistic life is an abundant one.

~ David Brooks / New York Times, 29 July 2019

Andrei Tarkovsky on Work

“The great thing is to be free in your work. Of course it’s important to print or exhibit, but if that’s not possible you are still left with the most important thing of all—being able to work without asking anybody’s permission.”

~ Andrei Tarkovsky

Doris Lessing on Work

“What’s terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don’t need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you’re capable of better.”

~ Doris Lessing

Seamus Heaney on Work

“Book learning is the thing.
You’re a lucky man.
No stock to feed, no milking times, no tillage
Nor blisters on your hand nor weather-worries”

~ Seamus Heaney

Bob Dylan on Life

“When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it – don’t back down and don’t give up.”

~ Bob Dylan

Hunter Thompson on Work

“There is plenty of money in the world but there are damn few jobs an intelligent man can do without compromising himself intolerably.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Buddha on Work

“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.”

~ Buddha

Matthieu Ricard on Life

“I think what everyone should be doing, before it’s too late, is committing themselves to what they really want to do with their lives.”

Jane Smiley on Work

“I believe that you either love the work or the rewards. Life is a lot easier if you love the work.”

~ Jane Smiley

Prenta Ljucovic on Work

“”You never think of problems when you work. If I had my nephews here, I would put them to work. They wouldn’t get in trouble. Work is the best medicine for everything.”

~ Prenta Ljucovic

Musonius Rufus on Work

“If you accomplish something good with hard work, the labour passes quickly, but the good endures; if you do something shameful in pursuit of pleasure, the pleasure passes quickly, but the shame endures.”

~ Musonius Rufus.