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"... we wise grown ups here at the company go gliding in and out all day long, scaring each other at our desks and cubicles and water coolers and trying to evade the people who frighten us. We come to work, have lunch, and go home. We goose-step in and goose-step out, change our partners and wander all about, sashay around for a pat on the head, and promenade home till we all drop dead."  (Joseph Heller, Something Happened, 1974)

"Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he's supposed to be doing at the moment."  (Robert Benchley)

"Arbeit macht das Leben s. (Work makes life sweet.)"  (German Proverb)

"Ask her to wait a moment - I am almost done."  (Carl Friedrich Gauss, 1777-1855, while working, when informed that his wife is dying)

"Executives are like joggers. If you stop a jogger, he goes on running on the spot. If you drag an executive away from his business, he goes on running on the spot, pawing the ground, talking business. He never stops hurtling onwards, making decisions and executing them."  (Jean Baudrillard)

"I believe that this instinct to perpetuate useless work is, at bottom, simply a fear of the mob. The mob (the thought runs) are such low animals that they would be dangerous if they had leisure; it is safer to keep them too busy to think."  (George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London)

"I had a divorce to pay for, frankly."  (Billy Bob Thornton, on why he agreed to appear in Armageddon, The London Independent, September 30, 2001)

"If one looks closely one sees that there is no essential difference between a beggar's livelihood and that of numberless respectable people. Beggars do not work, it is said; but then, what is work? A navvy works by swinging a pick. An accountant works by adding up figures. A beggar works by standing out of doors in all weathers and getting varicose veins, chronic bronchitis, etc. It is a trade like any other; quite useless, of course - but then, many reputable trades are quite useless."  (George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London)

"Il faut cultiver notre jardin. [We must cultivate our garden.]"  (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire, 1694-1778, Candide, 1759)

"It is best, it seems to me, to separate one's inner striving from one's trade as far as possible. It is not good when one's daily break is tied to God's special blessing."  (Albert Einstein)

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