Compiled by Mia Inderbitzin

Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.
—Colleen C. Barrett

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.
—Michael Jordan

The true way to render ourselves happy is to love our work and find in it our pleasure.
—Françoise de Motteville

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting
devotion to the things you want to see happen.
—Frank Lloyd Wright

If you don’t do it excellently, don’t do it at all. Because if it’s not excellent,
it won’t be profitable or fun, and if you’re not in business for fun or profit,
what the hell are you doing there?
—Robert Townsend

I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along,
not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the
tiny pushes of each honest worker.
—Helen Keller

I don’t think anybody yet has invented a pastime that’s as much fun,
or keeps you as young, as a good job.
—Fredrick Hudson Ecker

If hard work were such a wonderful thing,
surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves.
—Lane Kirkland

Never work just for money or for power.
They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.
—Marian Wright Edelman

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word—excellence.
To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
—Pearl S. Buck


Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
—Thomas Alva Edison

Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste,
it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple
and take alms of those who work with joy.
—Kahlil Gibran

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.
—Theodor (“Dr. Seuss”) Geisel

In the game of life it’s a good idea to have a few early losses,
which relieves you of the pressure of trying to maintain an undefeated season.
—Bill Baughan

All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.
—Samuel Butler

In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed.
—Sid Caesar

Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyways.
—Anonymous

What work I have done I have done because it has been play. If it had been work, I shouldn’t have done it. Who was it who said, “Blessed is the man who has found his work”? Whoever it was he had the right idea in his mind. Mark you, he says his work—not somebody else’s work. The work that is really a man’s own work is play and not work at all. Cursed is the man who has found some other man’s work and cannot lose it. When we talk about the great workers of the world we really mean the great players of the world. The fellows who groan and sweat under the weary load of toil that they bear never can hope to do anything great. How can they when their souls are in a ferment of revolt against the employment of their hands and brains? The product of slavery,
intellectual or physical, can never be great.
—Mark Twain