„A man might as well play for nothing as work for nothing.“
„For of all gainful professions, nothing is better, nothing more pleasing, nothing more delightful, nothing better becomes a well-bred man than agriculture.“
— Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 a.C.
Book I, section 42. Translation by Cyrus R. Edmonds (1873), p. 73
— Gustave Flaubert French writer (1821–1880) 1821 - 1880
Slightly misquoted in "The Red-Headed League" by Arthur Conan Doyle as L'homme c'est rien – l'oeuvre c'est tout.
— Edward Hopper prominent American realist painter and printmaker 1882 - 1967
Hopper's answer to journalists -quoted by Avis Berman in 'Hopper, the Supreme American Realist of the 20th Century' Smithsonian Magazine June 2007
— Toni Morrison American writer 1931
— Anne Frank victim of the Holocaust and author of a diary 1929 - 1945
3 February 1944
„Nothing else has any efficacy, I might as well be myself.
- But your yourself sucks!
- It is, lamentably, all I have.“
— Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
— Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1886 - 1968
„If we were not called upon to work in order to survive, we might simply lie around all day doing nothing.“
— Terry Eagleton British writer, academic and educator 1943
Chapter 5, p. 131
— Roger Fry English artist and art critic 1866 - 1934
E M Forster -0bituary of Roger Fry ,1940 ,'Biography of RogerFry'by Virginia Wolf , Harcourt, Brace and Co, New York 1940.
— George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950
Context: Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting. "The Sporting Spirit" http://orwell.ru/library/articles/spirit/english/e_spirit, Tribune (14 December 1945)