„Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career.“


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„80% of success in your career will come from just showing up. The world is run by those who show up…not those who wait to be asked.“

— Steve Blank American businessman 1953
Philadelphia University Commencement speech NPR: "The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever" http://apps.npr.org/commencement/speech/steve-blank-philadelphia-university-2011/. May 14, 2011.

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„The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.“

— Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902
The Fair Haven http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext04/fhvn10h.htm, Memoir of the Late John Pickard Owen, Ch. 3 (1873)

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„The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only—and that is to support the ultimate career.“

— Clive Staples Lewis Christian apologist, novelist, and Medievalist 1898 - 1963
Paraphrased from a letter C. S. Lewis wrote to Mrs. Johnson on March 16, 1955: "A housewife's work [is] surely, in reality, the most important work in the world ... your job is the one for which all others exist", as reported in The Misquotable C.S. Lewis (2018) by William O'Flaherty, p. 63

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„We are human, and nothing is more interesting to us than humanity.“

— M. H. Abrams American literary theorist 1912 - 2015
Context: We are human, and nothing is more interesting to us than humanity. The appeal of literature is that it is so thoroughly a human thing — by, for and about human beings. If you lose that focus, you obviate the source of the power and permanence of literature.

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„Broadly speaking, human beings may be divided into three classes: those who are toiled to death, those who are worried to death, and those who are bored to death.“

— Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
Have You a Hobby?, Answers, 21 April 1934 Reproduced in The Collected Essays of Sir Winston Churchill, Vol IV, Churchill at Large, Centenary Edition (1976), Library of Imperial History, p. 288.

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„My family means more to me than the artificial trappings of my career. If ever I had to choose between my career and my family, the wife and kids would definitely come out on top.“

— Mel Gibson American actor, film director, producer and screenwriter 1956
Excerpted from Wensley Clarkson's "Mel Gibson; Living Dangerously", page 300.