Sister, there are people who went to sleep all over the world last night, poor and rich and white and black, but they will never wake again. Sister, those who expected to rise did not, their beds became their cooling boards, and their blankets became their winding sheets. And those dead folks would give anything, anything at all for just five minutes of this weather or ten minutes of that plowing that person was grumbling about. So you watch yourself about complaining, Sister. What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.
— Maya Angelou
If one man has a dollar he didn’t work for, some other man worked for a dollar he didn’t get.
– Bill Haywood, Roughneck, The Life and Times of Big Bill Haywood (1983) by Peter Carlson, p. 146
Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth’s surface relatively to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first kind is unpleasant and ill paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid.
– Bertrand Russell, In Praise of Idleness (1932).
The worker puts his life into the object; but now it no longer belongs to him, it belongs to the object.
– Karl Marx
Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.
– Jerry Seinfeld
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.
– Richard Feynman
Il est bien malaisé (puisqu’il faut enfin m’expliquer) d’ôter à des insensés des chaînes qu’ils révèrent.
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
– Voltaire, Le dîner du comte de Boulainvilliers (1767): Troisième Entretien
Did you get your money by fraud? By pandering to men’s vices or men’s stupidity? By catering to fools, in the hope of getting more than your ability deserves? By lowering your standards? By doing work you despise for purchasers you scorn? If so, then your money will not give you a moment’s or a penny’s worth of joy. Then all the things you buy will become, not a tribute to you, but a reproach; not an achievement, but a reminder of shame. Then you’ll scream that money is evil.
– Ayn Rand, Francisco d’Anconia in Atlas Shrugged (New York: 1992), p. 384.
“i am a museum full of art
but you had your eyes shut”
― Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey
“An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms.”
― J.D. Salinger
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
I may not be smart enough to debate you point-for-point on this, but I have the feeling about 60% of what you say is crap.
– David Letterman