It is surely significant that the adults who feature in children's books are rarely, if ever, Regional Sales Managers or Building Services Engineers.

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Our jobs make relentless calls on a narrow band of our faculties, reducing our chances of achieving rounded personalities and leaving us to suspect (often in the gathering darkness of a Sunday evening) that much of who we are, or could be, has gone unexplored.

The Architecture of Happiness
Let a man practise the profession he best knows
Of all the damnable waste of human life that ever was invented, clerking is the very worst
Every person who has mastered a profession is a skeptic concerning it
Let every man find pleasure in practising the profession he has learnt
To become an able man in any profession, there are three things necessary: nature, study, and practice
When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life
Can you find a man who loves the occupation that provides him with a livelihood? Professions are like marriages; we end by feeling only their inconveniences


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."