Hate work quotes!
Do you hate your job? Or hate the work you do? There have been an incredible number of people arriving at my blog searching for I hate work quotes, so I thought I’d compile some a list of work quotes along with some quotes and thoughts of my own.
Work, working hard, and hard work are not bad things. One must work hard in life to be able to live the life they want to live. However, certain aspects of the nature work are inherently evil if they starve the soul and rob you of life. You have to work hard to get somewhere. It just isn’t necessarily the hard work you’re doing right now.
If you spend all day pushing a concrete wall and it doesn’t move, did you actually do any work?
You sweat, you exert yourself, you’re tired, you’re in pain, but the wall did not move an inch…
If you spend all day creating spreadsheets and reports that nobody will use or see did you actually do any work?
Your eyes burn with strain, your wrists writhe in pain, while the reports sit and collect dust.
I hate work quotes:
“Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do” —Oscar Wilde
“Any organization is like a septic tank. The really big chunks rise to the top.” —John Imhoff
“You’re a Good Little Slave” —Mark Lawrence
“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.” — Bertrand Russell
“Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.” — Albert Camus
“We’re supposed to be perfect our first day on the job and then show constant improvement.”—Ed Vargo
“The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.” —Jonas Salk
“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.” —Thomas A Edison
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” — Confucius
“Working gets in the way of living.” — Omar Sharif
“Men for the sake of making a living forget to live.” — Margaret Fuller
“Working is for losers, doing magic is for kings, and making yourself a legend is life”—Roda
“There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is willing to risk his fortune.” —J. Paul Getty
Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar. —Drew Carey
Time is an illusion. Lunch time, doubly so. —Douglas Adams
“A cubicle is just a padded cell without a door.” —Anonymous
“When work feels overwhelming, remember that you’re going to die” —Greeting Card
“They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that . . . that doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. That’s right”. … “You know what they want? They want obedient workers . . . Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. … And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shitty jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it.”
—George Carlin (on the American Dream)
I’m still at work and I hate it. What the hell can I do?!
Many of these quotes make an assumption that work is something that everyone hates. You must hate work. It’s normal. “You can’t love work”. “People that do are abnormal”. “They must be delusional”. This is not true. Many people actually do love their jobs. They do work that they find fulfilling and have co-workers they consider great friends. The fact that it’s considered normal to hate work is concerning. In a traditional job, we spend a majority of our waking life at work. (YIKES!!! I also find scary!!!). You need to “grind out” so you can move up. To hate work is acceptable. So people say, “I hate work”.
When you say “I hate work”, what does that even mean? That’s way too general. So what the hell can you do? Be more specific! Identify the reasons why. Then do something about it!
Why do you hate work? Do you hate…
- the commute to work
- the hours
- the feeling you’re working in a mediocre job, and can do much better
- the atmosphere and work culture
- the feeling you’re underpaid
- the feeling you’re underutilized
- that you’re not recognized when your work hard
- a manager or supervisor that you feel singles you out unfairly, or plays favorites
- the mundane routine
- the lack of creativity in your job
- the feeling that your work is useless
- your coworkers
- useless conference calls, useless meetings, and fake work
- sitting in a chair all day
- having to act fake to people above you
- having to conform
- feeling like you have to suppress your personality in order to fit the mold
Some, all, or none of these may apply to you. They can range from minor annoyance to soul crushing pain. Do you hate certain aspects of your job? Or is something much deeper at the root cause?
Think about what you want in life and go for it. All this frustration and anger towards a job is due to the fact that you are doing something that you weren’t meant to do. Don’t live a life of regret. Don’t let so much time go by before it’s “too late”. Not sure what you’re meant to do or what you’re passionate about? Get out there and try new things in different industries. Curious about how it would be to work for a non-profit, volunteer at one. Thinking of quitting and using your savings to start a restaurant? Work part time to get an inside view on how things work. If you have a passion for architecture, take a class. Get a certification in your free time, and volunteer to give tours. In Chicago there are many different types of architectural tours. Something you’d like to take further? Get a degree in architecture.
Find out what’s up in your town. You may be surprised at what you find. Through the internet and websites like meetup.com, you should be able to find a group of people that share your passion whether it’s architecture, language, or origami.
If you have certain obligations (these are usually financial) that require you to be in a traditional job that doing something you don’t want to do, don’t fret. Identify the specific reasons why you don’t like your job. Then look for a position that doesn’t exhibit as many of these negative qualities. The pay may be lower, but your commute cut in half. Is it worth that extra 7 thousand dollars a year to sit in a car for 20 hours a week? Or the commute may be further, yet the office culture fits you much better. Look at the quality of life a job will provide, and not just the dollar signs.
If you’re feeling angst towards work, it’s not necessarily a negative thing. It means you want to change the current situation and have the drive to do something better.
These feelings are good. People are born with this drive. If you’re like, “ I have to get the fuck out of here”, that’s a good thing. Some people have had bad relationships, bad circumstances, and unfortunate events that have occurred in their life. Their drive is beaten out of them and they have settled. That motivation is gone. They become a former shell of themselves as they roll over and accept their fate.
You do not need to accept this fate. If your job sucks, if you hate work, you will be able to find something better. Identify the specific qualities that are making your current position miserable, and don’t stop searching until you find something you like. Don’t wait to see where life will take you. Take life where you want to take it.