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  • "More and more people in this country no longer make or do anything tangible; if your job wasn’t performed by a cat or a boa constrictor in a Richard Scarry book I’m not sure I believe it’s necessary."
    Tim Kreider (1967–), US essayist and cartoonist
    Source: New York Times (June 30, 2012)
  • "My father advised me to get a job that didn’t involve running into burning buildings."
    Michael R. Lynch (1965–), Irish software entrepreneur
    Source: Quoted in The Times (London) (July 8, 2008)
  • "Ninety percent of our jobs are in jeopardy, and corporations are in the middle of unprecedented change. If we simply do the job our bosses want us to do, we may soon find ourselves without any marketable skills."
    Tom Peters (1942–), US management consultant and author
    Source: “The Ominous Prediction of Tom Peters,” Small Manufacturing SIG Newsletter (Ira Smolowitz, 2000)
  • "In the past, business was the employer of all those who wanted to work. In the future, there will be lots of customers, but not lots of jobs."
    Charles Handy (1932–), Irish business executive and author
    Source: The Empty Raincoat: Making Sense of the Future (1994)
  • "It is just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up."
    Muhammad Ali (1942–), US boxer
    Source: Quoted in the New York Times (April 6, 1977)
  • "You ask me what I do. Well, actually, you know,
    I'm partly a liaison man and partly PRO
    Essentially I integrate the export drive
    And basically I'm viable from ten o'clock till five.
    Sir John Betjeman (19061984), British poet
    Source: “The Executive,” A Nip in the Air (1974)
  • "Oh brave new world, said Robyn, where only the managing directors have jobs."
    David Lodge (1935–), British novelist and critic
    Source: Nice Work (1968)
  • "I don’t think anybody yet has invented a pastime that’s as much fun, or keeps you as young, as a good job."
    Frederick Hudson Ecker (18671964), US insurance executive and chairman of Metropolitan Life
    Source: Quoted in obituary, New York Times (March 20, 1964)
  • "You don't need to interpret tea leaves stuck in a cup
    To understand that people who work sitting down get paid more than those people who work standing up.
    Ogden Nash (19021971), US humorist and writer
    Source: “Will Consider Situation,” The Face Is Familiar (1940)
  • "If you have a job without any aggravations, you don't have a job."
    Malcolm S. Forbes (19191990), US publisher
    Source: Attributed

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