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The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an immediate knowledge of its ugly side.

Author: James Baldwin (1924-1987)

Profession: American Author

Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.

Author: Honore De Balzac (1799-1850)

Profession: French Novelist

It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

There is no way to penetrate the surface of life but by attacking it earnestly at a particular point.

Author: Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929)

Profession: American Sociologist

My ultimate vocation in life is to be an irritant.

Author: Elvis Costello (1955)

Profession: British-born American Musician, Singer, Songwriter

Look around the inhabited world; how few know their own good, or knowing it, pursue.

Author: John Dryden (1631-1700)

Profession: British Poet, Dramatist, Critic

For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.

Author: Cliff Fadiman

Profession: American Writer

People of genius do not excel in any profession because they work in it, they work in it because they excel.

Author: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

Profession: British Essayist

The player envies only the player, the poet envies only the poet.

Author: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

Profession: British Essayist

The world judge of men by their ability in their profession, and we judge of ourselves by the same test: for it is on that on which our success in life depends.

Author: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

Profession: British Essayist

To hunger for use and to go unused is the worst hunger of all.

Author: Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973)

Profession: Thirty-sixth President of the USA

Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.

Author: Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

Profession: Albanian-born Roman Catholic Missionary

Sweetest Lord, make me appreciative of the dignity of my high vocation, and its many responsibilities. Never permit me to disgrace it by giving way to coldness, unkindness, or impatience.

Author: Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

Profession: Albanian-born Roman Catholic Missionary

Once you get into this great stream of history you can't get out. You can drown. Or you can be pulled ashore by the tide. But it is awfully hard to get out when you are in the middle of the stream -- if it is intended that you stay there.

Author: Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994)

Profession: Thirty-seventh President of the USA

The secret of long life is double careers. One to about age sixty, then another for the next thirty years.

Author: David Ogilvy (1911)

Profession: American Businessman, Advertising Expert