"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

"If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly."

[Work: G.K. Chesterton, What's Wrong with the World]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 08.17.2009

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"There is an effort in Japan to cut down on deaths from overwork, known as "karoshi." Such deaths have steadily increased since the Health Ministry first recognized the phenomenon in 1987."

[work: yahoo, yahoo.com]

Posted by Daniel on 07.22.2008

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"'You must be sure of two things: you must love your work, and not be always looking over the edge of it, wanting your play to begin. And the other is, you must not be ashamed of your work, and think it would be more honourable to you to be doing something else. You must have a pride in your work and in learning to do it well, and not be always saying, There's this and there's that--if I had this or that to do, I might make something of it. No matter what a man is--I wouldn't give two pence for him...whether he was the prime minister or the rick-thatcher, if he didn't do well what he undertook to do.'" Mr. Caleb Garth's Polonius moment to the young and idle Fred Vincy.

[work: George Eliot, Middlemarch]

Posted by Daniel on 07.01.2008

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