It Wasn’t Enough To Just Do Your Job, You Had To Have An Interest In It, Even A Passion For It

“I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.”
― Thomas A. Edison

“The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“I do not particularly like the word ‘work.’ Human beings are the only animals who have to work, and I think that is the most ridiculous thing in the world. Other animals make their livings by living, but people work like crazy, thinking that they have to in order to stay alive. The bigger the job, the greater the challenge, the more wonderful they think it is. It would be good to give up that way of thinking and live an easy, comfortable life with plenty of free time. I think that the way animals live in the tropics, stepping outside in the morning and evening to see if there is something to eat, and taking a long nap in the afternoon, must be a wonderful life. For human beings, a life of such simplicity would be possible if one worked to produce directly his daily necessities. In such a life, work is not work as people generally think of it, but simply doing what needs to be done.”
― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

“The Christian shoemaker does his duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship.”
― Martin Luther

“That’s when I first learned that it wasn’t enough to just do your job, you had to have an interest in it, even a passion for it.”
― Charles Bukowski

“I like to reinvent myself — it’s part of my job.”
― Karl Lagerfeld

“The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always.”
― Arthur Miller