"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,Sir John Betjeman (1906–1984), British poet
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."
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 (1867–1964), 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 cupOgden Nash (1902–1971), US humorist and writer
To understand that people who work sitting down get paid more than those people who work standing up."
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 (1919–1990), US publisher
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