“Do not waste the vast majority of your life doing something you hate so that you can spend the small remainder sliver of your life in modest comfort. You may never reach that end anyway.

Resist the temptation to get a job. Instead, play. Find something you enjoy doing. Do it. Over and over again. You will become good at it for two reasons: you like it, and you do it often. Soon, that will have value in itself.”
― Adrian Tan

“I’ve decided the act that cannot wait / is the important will to create / But, ah, if my belly is ignored / the pantry door I shall implore / But I’ve been known to reach the bed / ideas still famished in my head.”
― Roman Payne, Cities & Countries

“My mum and dad had worked incredibly hard to afford me an education.”
― Benedict Cumberbatch

“Daja: “He and Rosethorn work together? They hate each other.”
Lark: “I didn’t say they liked it.
– Daja and Lark referring to Rosethorn and Crane’s cooperation on finding the cures for new diseases”
― Tamora Pierce, Briar’s Book

“Llarimar had told him to do his best. That sounded like an awful lot of work. Unfortunately, doing nothing was beginning to seem like even MORE work.”
― Brandon Sanderson, Warbreaker

“This could be a whole life,” she thought. “You work eight hours a day covering wires to earn money to buy food and to pay for a place to sleep so that you can keep living to come back to cover more wires. Some people are born and kept living just to come to this…”
― Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”
― François-René de Chateaubriand