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Look around the inhabited world; how few know their own good, or knowing it, pursue.

John Dryden (1631-1700) British poet, dramatist and critic.

For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.

Clifton Fadiman (1904-1999) American editor and writer.

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an immediate knowledge of its ugly side.

James Baldwin (1924-1987) African-American writer.

Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) French novelist.

It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.


The world judge of men by their ability in their profession, and we judge of ourselves by the same test: for it is on that on which our success in life depends.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.

Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.

Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Albanian-born missionary.

Sweetest Lord, make me appreciative of the dignity of my high vocation, and its many responsibilities. Never permit me to disgrace it by giving way to coldness, unkindness, or impatience.

Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Albanian-born missionary.

Don't worry if your job is small and your rewards few. Remember that the mighty oak was once a nut like you.

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People of genius do not excel in any profession because they work in it, they work in it because they excel.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.