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He was at a starting point which makes many a man's career a fine subject for betting, if there were any gentlemen given to that amusement who could appreciate the complicated probabilities of an arduous purpose, with all the possible thwartings and furtherings of circumstance, all the niceties of inward balance, by which a man swings and makes his point or else is carried headlong.

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist

The most successful career must show a waste of strength that might have removed mountains, and the most unsuccessful is not that of the man who is taken unprepared, but of him who has prepared and is never taken. On a tragedy of that kind our national morality is duly silent.

Author: Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)

Profession: British Novelist, Essayist

Sometimes you wonder how you got on this mountain. But sometimes you wonder, ''How will I get off?''

Author: Joan Manley


The life-fate of the modern individual depends not only upon the family into which he was born or which he enters by marriage, but increasingly upon the corporation in which he spends the most alert hours of his best years.

Author: C. Wright Mills (1916-1962)

Profession: American Sociologist

People don't choose their careers; they are engulfed by them.

Author: John Dos Passos


I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.

Author: Gloria Steinem (1934)

Profession: American Feminist Writer, Editor

Each of the professions means a prejudice. The necessity for a career forces every one to take sides. We live in the age of the overworked, and the under-educated; the age in which people are so industrious that they become absolutely stupid.

Author: Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)

Profession: British Author, Wit