Monday Morning Wake-Up Call…

What is there in life if you do not work? There is only sensation, and there are only a few sensations— you cannot live on them. You can only live on work, by work, through work. How can you live with self-respect if you do not do things as well as lies in you?

~ Maria Callas, in an interview in the London Observer, 1970 (via The Writer Who Stayed By William Zinsser)


Notes: Quote via The Hammockpapers. Portrait: Maria Callas Fan Club

Comments

  1. amazing; there was far more in her than just an incredible voice!
    Now back to work 😉

    (thought on viewing the photo: I know her but from where?)

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  2. she was amazing.

    p.s. – you can fully live away from work as well.

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  3. Hhhmmm, I’m really good at both. I work well, and I stay home just as well!

    Happy Monday 😊

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    • I bet. You too…

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    • Sawsan, I always loved my work and I was extremely lucky with my jobs. But now I’m a ‘Lady of leisure’ (;) not really) and honestly, I don’t know how many times I’ve been thinking: How on earth could I do a full time’s work as well….? It’s all a matter of mind – I nowadays couldn’t manage a gainful employment in addition to all the things I’m doing all day long. (but needs demand, I know).

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  4. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Amazing woman … ‘You can only live on work, by work, through work. How can you live with self-respect if you do not do things as well as lies in you?’ … Maria Callas, in an interview in the London Observer, 1970 (via The Writer Who Stayed By William Zinsser)

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  5. Her work was a full expression of herself, her passion and her life. Lets find our passion and live it fully 💛
    Thanks for the monday morning thought David 🙏

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  6. Maybe change the word “work” too “purpose”. Give yourself a reason to get up in the morning. Be part of society or of something. Being your work is no good because when you retire, you are no more (not true but some have built their identities with work so when it is gone, they feel they are worthless)…
    Maybe I’m off point here…

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  7. We all work sometimes it isnt paid work

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  8. I wrote a blog today about NOT working..aka retirement. I hear those who are retired are busier than when they were employed. Work work a different kind of work!

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  9. This is poppycock – she died at age 54. That’s where her workaholic mindset got her.

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