Alec Nevala-Lee

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John Ruskin on the joy of work

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John Ruskin

It may be proved, with much certainty, that God intends no man to live in this world without working; but it seems to me no less evident that he intends every man to be happy in his work…Now in order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: they must be fit for it; they must not do too much of it; and they must have a sense of success in it—not a doubtful sense, such as needs some testimony of other people for its confirmation, but a sure sense, or rather knowledge, that so much work has been done well, and faithfully done, whatever the world may say or think about it. So that in order that a man may be happy, it is necessary that he should not only be capable of his work, but a good judge of his work.

John Ruskin

Written by nevalalee

March 17, 2013 at 9:50 am

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  1. I think that situation applies to absolutely nobody I know, unfortunately…

    David Yerle

    March 18, 2013 at 1:56 am

  2. I’d like to think that it applies to me, at least in my good moments. But it really depends on which day you ask.

    nevalalee

    March 19, 2013 at 8:29 am


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