One of the hardest labours of the just man is to expunge from his soul a malevolence which it is difficult to efface.
Work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half.
Work almost always has a double aspect: it is a bondage, a wearisome drudgery; but it is also a source of interest, a steadying element, a factor that helps to integrate the worker with society. Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap.
What’s important is that you’re working. I’ve always said that idleness dulls the spirit. We have to keep the brain busy, or at least the hands if we don’t have a brain.
To constitute taste, it is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it.