5 Quotes On Work From “The Book Of Man”

I really enjoyed reading The Book Of Man by William J. Bennett (you can read my book review here). The topics were very broad, so I’ll be sharing some of my favorite quotes on the different sections in this book over the next few days.

Here are 5 quotes about work…

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” —Aristotle

“Every calling is great when greatly pursued.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes

“No man is happy if he does not work. Of all miserable creatures the idler, in whatever rank of society, is in the long run the most miserable. If a man does not work, if he has not in him not merely the capacity for work but the desire for work, then nothing can be done with him. He is out of place in our community. We have in our scheme of government no room for the man who does not wish to pay his way through life by what he does for himself and for the community.” —Theodore Roosevelt

“In America no one is degraded because he works, for every one about him works also; nor is any one humiliated by the notion of receiving pay, for the President of the United States also works for pay. He is paid for commanding, other men for obeying orders. In the United States professions are more or less laborious, more or less profitable; but they are never either high or low: every honest calling is honorable.” —Alexis de Tocqueville

“Our nature consists in motion; complete rest is death. …Nothing is so insufferable to man as to be completely at rest, without passions, without business, without diversion, without study. He then feels his nothingness, his forlornness, his insufficiency, his dependence, his weakness, his emptiness. There will immediately arise from the depth of his heart weariness, gloom, sadness, fretfulness, vexation, despair.” —Blaise Pascal

Thursdays With Oswald—God Builds My Character

This is a weekly series with things I’m reading and pondering from Oswald Chambers. You can read the original seed thought here, or type “Thursdays With Oswald” in the search box to read more entries.

God Builds My Character 

     Character is the whole trend of a man’s life, not isolated acts here and there, and God deals with us on the line of character building. 

     Remember, then, that we have the power to fix the form of our choice. “Delight yourself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart” [Psalm 37:4]. Desire embraces both determination and design. Some people when they read this verse, behave before God as people do over a wishing-bone at a Christmas dinner. They say, “Now I have read this verse, I wonder what I shall wish for?” That is not desire. Desire is what we determine in outline in our minds and plan and settle in our hearts; that is the desire which God will fulfill as we delight ourselves in Him. 

From Biblical Psychology

God is not a cosmic slot machine, where I drop in the coins of Bible reading, prayer time, church attendance, and a few good deeds here and there, and then I can select which reward I would like God to dispense for me. But I’ve met way too many people who feel that it should work that way!

The Holy Spirit changes me from the inside out. He builds my character piece by piece, conforming me to the image of Jesus Christ. There are certainly blessings along the way, but I shouldn’t go into this character-building process with the goal of getting rewarded for my efforts.

When I determine to fix my thoughts on God’s Word, to tune into the Spirit’s direction, then I will experience the reward of God’s approval. And there is no greater reward than knowing my Master says, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

My prayer: Father, I want to delight only in You. I am determined to allow Your Spirit to build the character of Jesus in my heart and mind. I am committed. I am ready.

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