Quotes and Sayings about Profession



"I began wearing hats as a young lawyer because it helped me to establish my professional identity. Before that, whenever I was at a meeting, someone would ask me to get coffee."
- Bella Abzug
(Related: Coffee, Identity, Meeting)

"Machiavelli's teaching would hardly have stood the test of Parliamentary government, for public discussion demands at least the profession of good faith."
- Lord Acton
(Related: Faith, Government, Profession, Public, Teaching)

"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."
- Red Adair
(Related: Job)

"Politics, as a practice, whatever its profession, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds."
- Brooks Adams
(Related: Politics, Practice, Profession)

"Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds."
- Henry B. Adams
(Related: Politics, Practice)

"Politics, as a practise, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds."
- Henry Brooks Adams
(Related: Politics)

"All I do, really, is go to work and try to be professional, be on time and be prepared."
- Ben Affleck
(Related: Time, Work)

"I think one of the greatest joys I have now in my career and in my profession is to be playing at an age where I can appreciate it more than I used to... It's a whole different lens you look through the older you get."
- Andre Agassi
(Related: Age, Career, Now, Profession)

"I think if you want to become a great football player, professional, you must give all the time one hundred percent, you must work hard - to be lucky is a good thing - but if you work hard and you give everything you will have great success."
- Greg Akcelrod
(Related: Success, Time, Work, Football, Want, Will)

"There is a lot of use of ProTools in professional studios, but this is mostly for the special effects it allows, not for sound quality. These special effects soon fall out of fashion, and I don't think this trend will define studios permanently."
- Steve Albini
(Related: Quality, Fashion, Sound, Will)

"I am a professional. At the circuit I am calm. At home I am very different."
- Jean Alesi
(Related: Home)

"Almost any film that you do is an opportunity to open you up and make you more aware of an area that you might not be thinking about. That's what is kind of cool, or one of the cool things about this profession."
- Joan Allen
(Related: Opportunity, Film, Open, Profession, Thinking)

"It's very important to me that people who are actual chefs and other professionals in the culinary world, understand that I'm not, and have never held myself out as being, like a CIA trained chef."
- Ted Allen
(Related: People, Being, professionals, World)

"Here in the United States, our profession is much maligned, people simply don't trust or like journalists anymore and that's sad."
- Christiane Amanpour
(Related: Trust, People, Profession, states, United)

"In my professional work with the Agency, by the late '70s, I had come to question the value of a great deal of what we were doing, in terms of the intelligence agency's impact on American policy."
- Aldrich Ames
(Related: Intelligence, Work, Policy, American, Question, Value)

"Every life is a profession of faith, and exercises an inevitable and silent influence."
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Related: Life, Faith, Influence, Profession)

"I talk about acting to students making the transition from high school to UCLA. Kids going into this profession really need to know the reality of it."
- Loni Anderson
(Related: Acting, Kids, Profession, Reality, School, Students, Talk)

"The prize seemed to change my professional life very little."
- Philip Warren Anderson
(Related: Change, Life)

"I can feel the 60S looming. In my profession, I've just moved along with my age. By thinking in decades, rather than whether someone's 42 or 47, you can give yourself a whole 10 years to turn yourself around in."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Age, Profession, Thinking, Years)

"My mother turned into a professional widow. She couldn't understand why I wanted to be an engineer; she thought I should be a chicken farmer."
- David Antin
(Related: Mother, Thought)

"I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill."
- Edward Appleton
(Related: Enthusiasm, Skill)

"I see myself more as an ambassador of the game. And I hope to bring chess to a higher level in the United States. Making bigger tournaments, more interesting events. Making it a respectable profession for young people to be able to pursue in the future."
- Maurice Ashley
(Related: People, Hope, Chess, Events, Future, Profession, states, United)

"It is a great deal of difference to receive an honorary title or a title in his profession."
- Leon Askin
(Related: Difference, Profession)

"From that moment on I knew my profession in life was and has remained until today an actor's life."
- Leon Askin
(Related: Life, Actor, Profession, Today)

"It's a blessing and a curse. But it's not always the best situation to be in. As a profession, I don't recommend acting at all."
- Armand Assante
(Related: Acting, Profession)

"I had a lot of coaching for the movie and no, I have never sung professionally before."
- Christopher Atkins
(Related: Coaching)

"A poet is a professional maker of verbal objects."
- W. H. Auden
"Murder is commoner among cooks than among members of any other profession."
- W. H. Auden
(Related: Murder, Profession)

"To those who have chosen the profession of medicine, a knowledge of chemistry, and of some branches of natural history, and, indeed, of several other departments of science, affords useful assistance."
- Charles Babbage
(Related: History, Science, Knowledge, Medicine, Profession)

"In England, the profession of the law is that which seems to hold out the strongest attraction to talent, from the circumstance, that in it ability, coupled with exertion, even though unaided by patronage, cannot fail of obtaining reward."
- Charles Babbage
(Related: Talent, Ability, Circumstance, England, Law, Profession, Reward)

"Stardom isn't a profession; it's an accident."
- Lauren Bacall
(Related: Accident, Profession)

"A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit."
- Richard Bach
(Related: Writer)

"Professional competitions are overrated."
- Oksana Baiul
"The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side."
- James A. Baldwin
(Related: Knowledge, Profession, Ugly)

"Jim Carrey is a consummate actor and professional. He comes on set, knows his lines and knows his moves."
- Christine Baranski
(Related: Actor)

"All I wanted to do was ride skateboards - I wanted to be a professional skateboarder. But I had this problem. I kept breaking half of my body skateboarding."
- Travis Barker
(Related: Body)

"This profession has fed me creatively and allowed me to have a home life and a private life."
- Julia Barr
(Related: Home, Life, Profession)

"The word user is the word used by the computer professional when they mean idiot."
- Dave Barry
(Related: Computer, Word)

"I have tried to be as eclectic as I possibly can with my professional life, and so far it's been pretty fun."
- Roland Barthes
(Related: Life, Fun, Pretty)

"You say he's childish, but he's very professional about business transactions."
- Martin Bashir
(Related: Business)

"No wedding bells for me anymore. I've been happily married to my profession for years."
- Shirley Bassey
(Related: Wedding, Bells, Profession, Years)

"Jack made it very comfortable for me on the set. We'd met socially before but never worked together. You know, he's very professional, very disciplined and he's always prepared and knows his lines."
- Kathy Bates
"It is to the Riddle of the Sphinx that I have devoted fifty years of professional life as an anthropologist."
- Gregory Bateson
(Related: Life, Years)

"During a trip to Iraq last fall, I visited our theater hospital at Balad Air Force Base and witnessed these skilled medical professionals in action and met the brave soldiers whose lives they saved."
- Melissa Bean
(Related: Medical, Action, Force, Iraq, professionals, Soldiers, Theater)

"It's only very recently that women have succeeded in entering those professions which, as Muses, they typified for the Greeks."
- Miriam Beard
(Related: Women)

"I just decided that I would not put my professional life on hold to raise children. I know that sounds selfish to a lot of people and I don't know if what I'm doing is the right thing. But that's the way I'm doing it."
- Emmanuelle Beart
(Related: Life, People, Children, Right)

"My mother and my father were teachers. My grandmother and my grandfather were teachers. This is something I really know about. Even when I was a kid, it was a profession my father couldn't stay in, because he couldn't make enough money."
- Warren Beatty
(Related: Money, Mother, Father, Profession, Teachers)

"To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Nature, Successful, Man, Practice, Profession, Study)

"The biggest obstacle to professional writing is the necessity for changing a typewriter ribbon."
- Robert Benchley
(Related: Necessity, Writing)

"We want to christen every city that Kris has played in during his professional career."
- Anna Benson
(Related: Career, Want)

"I am in the Master of Professional Writing program teaching Humor Writing, Literary and Dramatic."
- Shelley Berman
(Related: Humor, Literary, Teaching, Writing)

"I always wanted to act, but I never thought it would be my profession. I thought that I'd end up doing other things, but that in the meantime I'd do plays."
- Gael Garcia Bernal
(Related: Thought, Act, End, Profession)

"I'm learning to accept the lack of privacy as the real downer in my profession."
- Halle Berry
(Related: Learning, Privacy, Profession)

"At this period the enthusiasm of the amateur was fast giving way to a more steady commercial instinct, and I let no opportunity slip of improving my position, but I felt that I was still labouring under the disadvantage of not having acquired some technical profession."
- Henry Bessemer
(Related: Opportunity, Enthusiasm, Giving, Instinct, Profession)

"Being around people with whom you feel a connection, on many levels, not just a professional one, is very relaxing. Your ears are more open to someone who is not a cantankerous bastard."
- Jacqueline Bisset
(Related: People, Being, Connection, Open)

"What a beautiful art, but what a wretched profession."
- Georges Bizet
(Related: Art, Profession)

"A blank wall of social and professional antagonism faces the woman physician that forms a situation of singular and painful loneliness, leaving her without support, respect or professional counsel."
- Elizabeth Blackwell
(Related: Faces, Loneliness, Respect, Support, Woman)

"The grandmother, the mother, the worker, the student, the intellectual, the professional, the unemployed, everybody identified with the songs because they were descriptions of life in the city."
- Ruben Blades
(Related: Life, Mother, Songs)

"The ABC of our profession is to avoid these large abstract terms in order to try to discover behind them the only concrete realities, which are human beings."
- Marc Bloch
(Related: Order, Profession)

"I am interested in the art. I'm a professional woman."
- Claire Bloom
(Related: Art, Woman)

"So I'm in quite the wrong profession obviously."
- Dirk Bogarde
(Related: Profession, Wrong)

"Kat and I were in our 20s when we won in '88. Our personalities were already established. We were ready to move on to a life of professional skating."
- Brian Boitano
(Related: Life)

"The oldest of the arts and the youngest of the professions."
- Derek Bok
"For this reason, it is essential that our Nation's rural transportation professionals be provided with the necessary tools and support to promote and showcase the value, benefits, and accomplishments of rural transportation planning and development."
- Kit Bond
(Related: Development, Accomplishments, Benefits, Nation, Planning, professionals, Reason, Support, Tools, Value)

"The profession of a prostitute is the only career in which the maximum income is paid to the newest apprentice."
- William Booth
(Related: Career, Income, Profession)

"I am committed to ensure that our intelligence community, law enforcement, medical professionals, and military have the information and funding needed to protect the American people from threats at home and abroad."
- Leonard Boswell
(Related: Home, Intelligence, Medical, People, American, Community, Information, Law, Military, professionals)

"Soccer and cricket were my main sports growing up. I had trials as a soccer player with a few clubs interested, Crystal Palace being one, but it was cricket which became my chosen profession."
- Ian Botham
(Related: Sports, Being, Cricket, Growing up, Profession, Soccer, Trials)

"Medical professionals, not insurance company bureaucrats, should be making health care decisions."
- Barbara Boxer
(Related: Health, Medical, Care, Company, Decisions, professionals)

"I started in high school and then I went onto professional training after that."
- Bruce Boxleitner
(Related: School, Training)

"I started acting professionally at age 19."
- Bruce Boxleitner
(Related: Age, Acting)

"He was a top man and a good professional. He was one of those who you know will never play a trick and you can ask him to do anything for you and he will. An unassuming man and a great loss to us all."
- Geoffrey Boycott
(Related: Loss, Man, Play, Will)

"Professionally, I remember Cronkite as a kid growing up, and more so for me, the importance of Cronkite was not him sitting there at the anchor desk, but him out there doing things."
- Ed Bradley
(Related: Growing up, Importance)

"The workplace should have a place where the kids can visit. They should have places at the mother's or the father's work where professionals can have their kids visit them whenever they feel like it."
- Eric Braeden
(Related: Work, Mother, Father, Kids, professionals, Visit)

"The professional arsonist builds vacant lots for money."
- Jimmy Breslin
(Related: Money)

"Incomprehensible jargon is the hallmark of a profession."
- Kingman Brewster, Jr.
(Related: Jargon, Profession)

"I was 20, I was an amateur from 14 but my first professional role was at 22."
- Richard Briers
(Related: First)

"Meek wifehood is no part of my profession; I am your friend, but never your possession."
- Vera Brittain
(Related: Friend, Possession, Profession)

"The professionals are going to be joined by the average Joe. Everybody's a publisher."
- Eric Brown
(Related: professionals)

"Sport must be amateur or it is not sport. Sports played professionally are entertainment."
- Avery Brundage
(Related: Sports, Entertainment)

"Medicine, the only profession that labors incessantly to destroy the reason for its existence."
- James Bryce
(Related: Existence, Medicine, Profession, Reason)

"There's a lot of maintenance that goes into being a professional singer."
- Betty Buckley
(Related: Being)

"I had to get out of America to get a professional life going where I could actually make a living."
- Harold Budd
(Related: Life, America, Living)

"It is not unprofessional to give free legal advice, but advertising that the first visit will be free is a bit like a fox telling chickens he will not bite them until they cross the threshold of the hen house."
- Warren E. Burger
(Related: Legal, Advertising, Advice, First, Visit, Will)

"The Welsh are all actors. It's only the bad ones who become professional."
- Richard Burton
(Related: Actors)

"The most important thing to strive for in life is some kind of personal and professional achievement. Not as a man or a woman, but as a person."
- Candace Bushnell
(Related: Life, Achievement, Man, Woman)

"I sang in a rock band when I was training as a lawyer. You know, not professional, we just did it for fun. We just did gigs all over Edinburgh and some in Glasgow and some at festivals."
- Gerard Butler
(Related: Fun, Training)

"Writing is one of the few professions in which you can psychoanalyse yourself, get rid of hostilities and frustrations in public, and get paid for it."
- Octavia Butler
(Related: Public, Writing)

"And I have this little litany of things they can do. And the first one, of course, is to write - every day, no excuses. It's so easy to make excuses. Even professional writers have days when they'd rather clean the toilet than do the writing."
- Octavia Butler
(Related: Day, Excuses, First, Writers, Writing)

"Christ: I dislike him very much. Still, I can stand him. What I cannot stand is the wretched band of people whose profession is to hoodwink us about him."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: People, Profession)

"I'm not a professional politician. I'm a professional problem solver, and I believe we should cut the salaries of senators and congressmen 10 percent until they balance the budget. I call that conservative common sense."
- Herman Cain
(Related: Balance, Common sense, Conservative, Senators)

"I'll always be there because I'm a skilled professional actor. Whether or not I've any talent is beside the point."
- Michael Caine
(Related: Talent, Actor)

"The cool thing about my profession is that I can do it until the day I die."
- Candace Cameron
(Related: Day, Profession)

"I would not encourage everyone to take up this profession. Not everyone is suited for any particular field."
- John Cameron
(Related: Profession)

"In our film profession you may have Gable's looks, Tracy's art, Marlene's legs or Liz's violet eyes, but they don't mean a thing without that swinging thing called courage."
- Frank Capra
(Related: Art, Courage, Eyes, Film, May, Profession)

"And I had a big opportunity with Richard Brooks, The Professionals, which is really a magnificent movie."
- Claudia Cardinale
(Related: Opportunity, Brooks, professionals)

"Many other movies, but for me The Professionals is the best I did in Hollywood."
- Claudia Cardinale
(Related: Movies, Hollywood, professionals)

"I recently went to a new doctor and noticed he was located in something called the Professional Building. I felt better right away."
- George Carlin
(Related: Building, Right)

"Law is a very addictive profession."
- George Carman
(Related: Law, Profession)

"Music isn't only a profession."
- Jose Carreras
(Related: Music, Profession)

"At first we got along real well. Now... it's pretty much just a professional relationship."
- Jose Carreras
(Related: First, Now, Pretty)

"My mother was a professional sick person; she took a lot of pain pills. There are many people like that. It's just how they are used to getting attention. I always remember she's the daughter of alcoholics who'd leave her alone at Christmas time."
- Jim Carrey
(Related: Time, Mother, Daughter, People, Attention, Christmas, Pain)

"My decision to register women confirms what is already obvious throughout our society-that women are now providing all types of skills in every profession. The military should be no exception."
- Jimmy Carter
(Related: Women, Society, Decision, Military, Now, Obvious, Profession)

"When you become famous, being famous becomes your profession."
- James Carville
(Related: Being, Famous, Profession)

"My life has flourished in so many ways both personally and professionally that I can't ask for a better life."
- David Cassidy
(Related: Life)

"The first professional play I ever saw was The Importance Of Being Earnest, and I just fell in love."
- Kim Cattrall
(Related: Love, Being, First, Importance, Play)

"Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic."
- Raymond Chandler
(Related: Perception, Necessity, Writing)

"There is also an epidemic of infertility in this country. There are more women who have put off child-bearing in favor of their professional lives. For them, the only way they are going to have a family is to adopt from China."
- Iris Chang
(Related: Family, Women, Country)

"Music is my life, professionally, for nearly 60 years. To be recognized by the academy is still the highest honor."
- Ray Charles
(Related: Music, Life, Honor, Years)

"I went to professional men's soccer games, the old North American soccer league at that time, and I used to be a ticket holder with my family and family friends. We would go every weekend and I thought it was great, but I just thought of it as recreation, as family fun."
- Brandi Chastain
(Related: Family, Time, Thought, Men, American, Friends, Fun, Games, Old, Recreation, Soccer, Weekend)

"In the 1920s, Wall Street was a world that was really dominated by professional speculators and stock pools. These people had a monopoly over information."
- Ron Chernow
(Related: People, Information, World)

"Oh there are lots of doctors and medical professionals out there who buy my devices at whole sale price."
- Alex Chiu
(Related: Medical, Doctors, professionals)

"I trust it will not be giving away professional secrets to say that many readers would be surprised, perhaps shocked, at the questions which some newspaper editors will put to a defenseless woman under the guise of flattery."
- Kate Chopin
(Related: Trust, Editors, Flattery, Giving, Questions, Secrets, Will, Woman)

"Because we employ no professional preachers, it means that every sermon or lesson in church is given by a regular member - women and men, children and grandparents."
- Clayton Christensen
(Related: Women, Church, Children, Grandparents)

"Watching Jodie on this is incredible; it's the perfect role for her. It's so intense and so emotional. She just jumped right into it and is so professional."
- Erika Christensen
(Related: Right)

"Kate is going to come back, she is going to be super-strong again. Everybody is going to want her again because she is that kind of person. She is very professional and beautiful and she is going to be around forever."
- Helena Christensen
(Related: Want)

"I've often wondered about people that come to the profession late in life. I've wanted to be an actor since the first grade. I watched a play being performed by the third grade class, and it was... magic."
- William Christopher
(Related: Life, People, Actor, Being, Class, First, Magic, Play, Profession)

"There was no doubt that sooner or later we will fight. But we will fight not in the way of the dissidents' protests. We understood that we needed to be as professional as possible."
- Anatoly Chubais
(Related: Doubt, Fight, Will)

"The best part of learning any profession, when you're really going through those huge stretching escalated times of learning and energy, is when you want to do it so much."
- Diane Cilento
(Related: Energy, Learning, Profession, Want)

"Even though I play a professional sport now, I love college baseball."
- Roger Clemens
(Related: Love, Baseball, College, Now, Play)

"In almost every profession - whether it's law or journalism, finance or medicine or academia or running a small business - people rely on confidential communications to do their jobs. We count on the space of trust that confidentiality provides. When someone breaches that trust, we are all worse off for it."
- Hillary Clinton
(Related: Business, Finance, Trust, People, Jobs, Journalism, Law, Medicine, Profession, Running, Space)

"I'm lucky to be in a profession where you can keep getting better."
- Cy Coleman
(Related: Profession)

"But it is a hard, it's a hard profession teaching acting."
- Dabney Coleman
(Related: Acting, Profession, Teaching)

"I guess professionally it began when Hal Hartley used some music of mine in his film The Unbelievable Truth."
- Jim Coleman
(Related: Music, Truth, Film)

"Everything that I have professionally, and so much of what I have personally, is because of this great, fair city, and to see it being drowned like this is almost unbearable."
- Harry Connick, Jr.
(Related: Being)

"If you didn't join for the girls, choose another profession."
- Tom Conti
(Related: Girls, Profession)

"A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it."
- Alistair Cooke
(Related: Work)

"I love writing and do not know why it is considered such a difficult, agonizing profession."
- Caroline B. Cooney
(Related: Love, Profession, Writing)

"The professional world was much more unpleasant than I thought. I was always wishing I could get back that enthusiasm I had when I was doing shows at college."
- Francis Ford Coppola
(Related: Thought, Enthusiasm, College, Wishing, World)

"You're in a profession in which absolutely everybody is telling you their opinion, which is different. That's one of the reasons George Lucas never directed again."
- Francis Ford Coppola
(Related: Opinion, Profession)

"Money isn't a major motivating force in my life. Nor is my profession. There are other things that I care more about than being an actor."
- Kevin Costner
(Related: Money, Life, Actor, Being, Care, Force, Profession)

"It really is no different in the way that we make records and shoot music videos. I don't think of the movie as being a great leap out of my current profession."
- Wayne Coyne
(Related: Music, Being, Profession)

"By the time I entered college, I had decided not to have children, a decision that was never regretted. Accordingly, I was careful to court only girls who wanted to have professional careers."
- Donald Cram
(Related: Time, Decision, Careers, Children, College, Court, Girls)

"I mean that what makes me a professional, but the market itself has been fabulous during this whole period and I've got to give the market credit before I give myself credit."
- Jim Cramer
(Related: Credit)

"I think you'll do as well as most professionals. Most professionals don't beat the market. Let's not over-rate my industry. But if you have time, you can be in good mutual funds that have good records."
- Jim Cramer
(Related: Time, professionals)

"Reality is, I'm an actor and an entertainer, and I really wouldn't know what to do with another profession."
- Russell Crowe
(Related: Actor, Profession, Reality)

"The Professional Children's School, it's for professional kids, so if you wanted to ditch, you could just write, Audition on a note and leave. I didn't really like school all that much."
- Kieran Culkin
(Related: Children, Kids, School)

"When you do portraits professionally it's not a desire, it's for money."
- Imogen Cunningham
(Related: Money, Desire, Portraits)

"Acting is the most brotherly and sisterly profession in the world."
- Cyril Cusack
(Related: Acting, Profession, World)

"I spent several years acquiring the obsessive, day-to-day discipline that's needed if you want to write professionally, then several more, highly valuable years studying fiction writing at the University of Iowa."
- John Dalton
(Related: Discipline, Day, Fiction, University, Want, Writing, Years)

"I think becoming an actor because it's a ridiculously insecure profession to go into. I feel very comfortable but very lucky. I think any time that you imagine that it's plain sailing for hereon in, then you're kidding yourself."
- Hugh Dancy
(Related: Time, Actor, Profession)

"The Epistle is a correction of profession without life, and most valuable in this respect."
- John Nelson Darby
(Related: Life, Correction, Profession, Respect)

"We're talking about people who've already got 3-4, if not 5-6 years' experience or more, and it's about trying to help professionals develop, using us as a resource for that development."
- Siobhan Davies
(Related: Experience, People, Development, Help, professionals, Talking, Trying, Years)

"I do not regret one professional enemy I have made. Any actor who doesn't dare to make an enemy should get out of the business."
- Bette Davis
(Related: Business, Actor, Enemy, Regret)

"Our all-volunteer force continues to prove itself with a great level of professionalism, personal commitment and a technical competence that is quite remarkable."
- Geoff Davis
(Related: Commitment, Competence, Force, Remarkable)

"I was 23, and that was my first professional job. Anybody who has curly hair knows you don't want it to be brushed out because it becomes a never-ending tangle."
- Judy Davis
(Related: First, Hair, Job, Want)

"The first professional training I received of any kind was when I was 14 years old and we were in Kansas City, Missouri. I attended the Kansas City Art Institute for one summer."
- Marc Davis
(Related: Art, First, Old, Summer, Training, Years)

"When I joined the band, being that I was going to take this up as a profession, I realized that there were no two finer guitar players in the world that I'd rather play with."
- Michael Davis
(Related: Being, Guitar, Play, Profession, World)

"The University of North Carolina provided me with every tool necessary to rise to the top of my profession."
- Rick Dees
(Related: Profession, University)

"Anyone can write one book: even politicians do it. Starting a second book reveals an intention to be a professional writer."
- Len Deighton
(Related: Intention, Politicians, Writer)

"It occured to me that eating is the only form of professionalism most people ever attain."
- Don DeLillo
(Related: People, Eating)

"Without Police Woman I wouldn't have had a career. The show started about the same time the women's movement was taking off. Ours was the first prime-time one-hour show featuring a strong, professional woman. It paved the way for other series to follow."
- Angie Dickinson
(Related: Time, Women, Career, First, Police, Woman)

"Some people make sharp distinctions sort of between their recreational musings and their professional work. I don't make that distinction very much."
- Whitfield Diffie
(Related: Work, People)

"I always told my dad I'd play professional football."
- Anthony Doerr
(Related: Dad, Football, Play)

"If I would take a job with a professional league, I need to be ready."
- Thomas Dooley
(Related: Job)

"It is disappointing and embarrassing to the science profession that some Nobel Laureates would deliberately use their well deserved scientific reputations and hold themselves out as experts in other fields."
- David Douglass
(Related: Science, Experts, Profession)

"Your law may be perfect, your knowledge of human affairs may be such as to enable you to apply it with wisdom and skill, and yet without individual acquaintance with men, their haunts and habits, the pursuit of the profession becomes difficult, slow, and expensive."
- William Dunbar
(Related: Wisdom, Men, Knowledge, Acquaintance, Habits, Law, May, Profession, Pursuit, Skill)

"I certainly feel my career was a great career because it inspired so many many people, literally hundreds of people to follow a new kind of life and to realize that they could make out and advance their own professional and private and social lives."
- Katherine Dunham
(Related: Life, People, Career)

"My father knew the charming side of my mother, and my mother thought that he was attentive and pleasant and was an architect, which was a respectable profession, but I don't think that they actually got to know one another deeply."
- Christopher Durang
(Related: Mother, Father, Thought, Profession)

"I'm glad Reagan is president. Of course, I'm a professional comedian."
- Will Durst
(Related: President)

"My concern has always been that people who I portray, or the professions that I portray, are not embarrassed by my portrayal of them."
- George Dzundza
(Related: People, Concern)

"I think professional sports, football, to use it as an example, it's fundamentally a form of entertainment."
- Gregg Easterbrook
(Related: Sports, Entertainment, Example, Football)

"Even if your job is a professional singer, we still dork out at home."
- Sheena Easton
(Related: Home, Job)

"My mother has never been involved in my professional life. I am very close to my mother but we keep it on a mother-daughter basis and not a work-related basis."
- Sheena Easton
(Related: Life, Work, Mother)

"Even though we work in the same field, we have an intense private life away from our professional lives."
- Adrian Edmondson
(Related: Life, Work)

"Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Related: Politics, People, Rights, Profession)

"Politics is a profession; a serious, complicated and, in its true sense, a noble one."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Related: Politics, Profession, Sense)

"I feel impelled to speak today in a language that in a sense is new-one which I, who have spent so much of my life in the military profession, would have preferred never to use. That new language is the language of atomic warfare."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Related: Life, Language, Military, Profession, Sense, Today)

"Once the amateur's naive approach and humble willingness to learn fades away, the creative spirit of good photography dies with it. Every professional should remain always in his heart an amateur."
- Alfred Eisenstaedt
(Related: Heart, Photography, Spirit)

"The profession of film director can and should be such a high and precious one; that no man aspiring to it can disregard any knowledge that will make him a better film director or human being."
- Sergei Eisenstein
(Related: Knowledge, Being, Film, Man, Profession, Will)

"The best augury of a man's success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world."
- George Eliot
(Related: Success, Man, Profession, World)

"Rather than doing the kind of fact-checking that normally goes with a story, you ran with certain stories for not wanting to get beat. There's a pressure that exists in your profession. I would be surprised in any honest exchange that you say that doesn't exist."
- Rahm Emanuel
(Related: Fact, Pressure, Profession)

"Given the professionalism of Michigan teachers, I think they're not teaching because of the financial rewards."
- John Engler
(Related: Financial, Teachers, Teaching)

"Nowhere has specialization penetrated so deeply into the building professions as North America."
- Arthur Erickson
(Related: America, Building)

"When I went to Philadelphia I was 26 years old and really sitting on top of the world. Family life, a professional career, plenty of friends and associates, and a good reputation, a wish list that could be the envy of many."
- Julius Erving
(Related: Family, Life, Career, Envy, Friends, Old, Reputation, World, Years)

"I grabbed 19 rebounds in my first professional game, and somehow found a way to score 20 points. I felt real good about it. I felt that this was the beginning of something good."
- Julius Erving
(Related: Beginning, First)

"America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week."
- Evan Esar
(Related: Money, America)

"Professional managers, coaches, and players have a right to question an umpire's decision if they do it in a professional manner. When they become personal, profane, or violent, they have crossed the line and must be dealt with accordingly."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Decision, Coaches, Managers, Question, Right, Umpire)

"My main objective is to prepare candidates for professional baseball; however, the majority of our graduates will go home as much better qualified amateurs."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Home, Baseball, Majority, Will)

"Anyone interested in becoming a professional umpire and becoming eligible to work in the minor leagues must attend one of the two umpire schools sanctioned by Major League Baseball."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Work, Baseball, Schools, Umpire)

"He has made a profession out of a business and an art out of a profession."
- Clifton Paul Fadiman
(Related: Art, Business, Profession)

"When I see professional clowns, mimes, or people who makes ballon animals, I think of their relatives and how disappointed they must be."
- Jimmy Fallon
(Related: People, Animals, Clowns, Mimes, Relatives)

"Even though I am a professional, and I know what the steps are, I don't quite know how I'm going to do them, because I haven't lived that moment yet. I always feel very insecure and I get very excited."
- Suzanne Farrell
"And I just thought, this is what I want to be. And I knew that dancing would be my chosen profession."
- Suzanne Farrell
(Related: Thought, Dancing, Profession, Want)

"So much of a professional athlete's success depends upon not necessarily the play itself but how he deals with... always saying how you deal with good, is just as important as how you deal with bad."
- Brett Favre
(Related: Success, Deals, Play, Saying)

"Any professional knows that the flute and the piano is a boring combination. All you've got to arrive at is a kind of typical gestural crap, right? You might agree, though you wouldn't call it gestural crap."
- Morton Feldman
(Related: Right)

"Nothing is more despicable than a professional talker who uses his words as a quack uses his remedies."
- Francois Fenelon
(Related: Nothing, Remedies, Words)

"Most professional players are their own biggest critics. Some of the things you read in the papers that strike you as bang out of order will already have been thought by the players themselves."
- Rio Ferdinand
(Related: Thought, Order, Will)

"My parents and grandparents have always been engaged in teaching or the medical profession or the priesthood, so I've sort of grown up with a sense of complicity in the lives of other people, so there's no virtue in that; it's the way one is raised."
- Colin Firth
(Related: Medical, People, Virtue, Grandparents, Profession, Sense, Teaching)

"A doctor must work eighteen hours a day and seven days a week. If you cannot console yourself to this, get out of the profession."
- Martin H. Fischer
(Related: Work, Day, Profession)

"I've never been out with any of the cast of Coronation Street. We're all very close friends so it's very much a professional attitude."
- Richard Fleeshman
(Related: Attitude, Friends)

"Our worst comes out when we behave like robots or professionals."
- Fernando Flores
(Related: professionals)

"I didn't really think about becoming a professional artist until high school, when I realized that everything else required too much math."
- Phil Foglio
(Related: Artist, School)

"I use a professional researcher in New York who does all the legwork, all that stuff which would take me days and weeks of calling, waiting for people to call back."
- Ken Follett
(Related: People, Waiting)

"I had pro offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, who were pretty hard up for linemen in those days. If I had gone into professional football the name Jerry Ford might have been a household word today."
- Gerald R. Ford
(Related: Football, Name, Pretty, Today, Word)

"I think the director is becoming more important. To work under rushed conditions, you need to have an extremely professional director. If the director's good than the end result will be good."
- Glenn Ford
(Related: Work, End, Result, Will)

"All my friends were going off to be professionals, and I said I wanted to be an actor."
- Harrison Ford
(Related: Actor, Friends, professionals)

"When you are a professional sportsman all the guys are great competitors in the top 50."
- Guy Forget
"To be a professional tennis player you need to put in these sort of hours."
- Guy Forget
(Related: Tennis)

"That is what I always tell service clubs: If you hear of somebody who is very young and talented, pick them up and give them that little assistance to make sure that they get to the professional stage."
- Maureen Forrester
(Related: Service)

"You moon the wrong person at an office party and suddenly you're not 'professional' any more."
- Jeff Foxworthy
(Related: Moon, Office, Party, Wrong)

"We forget that the most successful statesmen have been professionals. Lincoln was a professional politician."
- Felix Frankfurter
(Related: Successful, Forget, professionals)

"I hate the only one of my book jackets when I was made up professionally, my hair made into a smooth bell."
- Antonia Fraser
(Related: Hair, Hate)

"A woman is handicapped by her sex, and handicaps society, either by slavishly copying the pattern of man's advance in the professions, or by refusing to compete with man at all."
- Betty Friedan
(Related: Society, Sex, Man, Woman)

"The informing idea of what you want to say and do, that's what will take you from film school to professional - the idea. That's what is original to you."
- William Friedkin
(Related: Idea, Film, School, Want, Will)

"If a professional musician in a symphony orchestra is playing Beethoven. But this particular orchestra have played this particular chestnut so many times, they can play it in their sleep. Does the genius remain present in the music or not?"
- Robert Fripp
(Related: Music, Genius, Play, Present, Sleep)

"To be a poet is a condition, not a profession."
- Robert Frost
(Related: Profession)

"We're the only dance in town. We don't compete with any professional teams for the entertainment dollar."
- Hayden Fry
(Related: Dance, Entertainment)

"A street thug and a paid killer are professionals - beasts of prey, if you will, who have dissociated themselves from the rest of humanity and can now see human beings in the same way that trout fishermen see trout."
- Willard Gaylin
(Related: Fishermen, Humanity, Now, professionals, Rest, Trout, Will)

"In any profession, there's a sleazy side and an honorable side."
- Gina Gershon
(Related: Profession)

"Actresses are nightmares. I don't hang out with any of them. That's a problem with my profession. I try not to be like an actress."
- Gina Gershon
(Related: Profession)

"I wanted to be a professional baseball player."
- Balthazar Getty
(Related: Baseball)

"When I was playing I never wished I was doing anything else. I think being a professional athlete is the finest thing a man can do."
- Bob Gibson
(Related: Being, Man)

"It is wonderful... Steve and Dan took professional football to a whole different level with the way they played the game. The fact that Steve is going in with Dan is very special."
- Frank Gifford
(Related: Fact, Football)

"He was a professional rugby player in the area that I played as a youngster. So a lot of people who I went to school with knew who he was and knew that he was black. So I would get racist taunts in school."
- Ryan Giggs
(Related: People, School)

"Prior to being allowed to enter the profession, prospective teachers should be asked to talk with a group of friendly students for at least half an hour and be able to engage them in an interesting conversation about any subject the prospective teacher wants to talk about."
- William Glasser
(Related: Being, Conversation, Profession, Students, Talk, Teachers)

"As I grew up, I was interested in other areas, too, especially literature. It became a major love of mine. Later, it became a difficult choice for me as to whether to major in music or literature. It wasn't until my 30s that I began a profession in music."
- Tom Glazer
(Related: Love, Music, Choice, Literature, Profession)

"I couldn't have left my career as an actor on a better note than to have done a cameo in the Lost In Space movie. Doing this part is the highlight of my career. What a way to leave the profession!"
- Mark Goddard
(Related: Actor, Career, Space)

"Psychiatrists always say, Oh, we're very professional. I use exercise as my medication."
- Trisha Goddard
(Related: Exercise)

"A professional player is smarter than a college man. He uses his noodle. He knows what to do and when to do it. He rarely goes up in the air as is the case with most of our college players when they get in a tight place."
- Red Grange
(Related: College, Man)

"Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace."
- Ulysses S. Grant
(Related: Peace, War, Profession)

"I'm talking as a professional impresario. I'm not judging anybody at all."
- Norman Granz
(Related: Talking)

"To be a poet is a condition rather than a profession."
- Robert Graves
(Related: Profession)

"I am sufficiently convinced already that the members of a profession know their own calling better than anyone else can know it."
- Asa Gray
(Related: Profession)

"One cannot escape the harsh fact that as a ministerial profession, the priesthood has very serious problems. They are not new. They did not develop yesterday or last year."
- Andrew Greeley
(Related: Fact, Problems, Profession, Yesterday)

"The professionalism of wire service reporters is constantly being tested because reporters know that if they're late or sloppy on a story, it will show up because the competition is likely to be not late and not sloppy."
- Bob Greene
(Related: Being, Competition, Service, Will)

"I was a good amateur but only an average professional. I soon realized that there was a limit to how far I could rise in the music business, so I left the band and enrolled at New York University."
- Alan Greenspan
(Related: Music, Business, University)

"If people take the film and screen it whenever possible for their social and professional networks, we can continue to make a difference. It is one more element we have to use in the ongoing effort to take back our country."
- Robert Greenwald
(Related: People, Country, Difference, Effort, Film)

"And I'm proud of what I do as a professional, too."
- Lisa Guerrero
"I'm an efficient, good, professional reporter. But I also write. And so what I try to do is write about places that I know that I care about intensely and write about them in a way that conveys the fact that I care."
- Alma Guillermoprieto
(Related: Care, Fact)

"If you want a bourgeois existence, you shouldn't be an actor. You're in the wrong profession."
- Uta Hagen
(Related: Actor, Existence, Profession, Want, Wrong)

"I love mixing amateurs and professionals."
- Lasse Hallstrom
(Related: Love, professionals)

"He has the common feeling of his profession. He enjoys a statement twice as much if it appears in fine print, and anything that turns up in a footnote... takes on the character of divine revelation."
- Margaret Halsey
(Related: Character, Feeling, Profession)

"It's hard to decide how to match words to music. It's not like it's twice the work. It's always difficult for me to explain to the composer what I'm looking for. I'm not a professional; I lack even basic knowledge about writing music."
- Ayumi Hamasaki
(Related: Music, Work, Knowledge, Words, Writing)

"I'm quite sure that all true professional artists, of every description, in all walks of life, whether their craft is painting, music, sculpture, medicine or anything, have one primary concern - mankind."
- Chico Hamilton
(Related: Life, Music, Artists, Concern, Mankind, Medicine, Painting, Sculpture)

"I always treated writing as a profession, never as a hobby. If you don't believe in yourself, no one else will."
- Laurell K. Hamilton
(Related: Profession, Will, Writing)

"So as an amateur Olympic competitor I loved criticism, because it made me better. But now as a professional I don't really know how to channel it or where to take it, so I don't take it quite as well."
- Scott Hamilton
(Related: Criticism, Now)

"When you turn professional, you become an entertainer, and like every other entertainer, you don't want to get a bad review."
- Scott Hamilton
(Related: Want)

"I love what I do for a living, it's the greatest job in the world, but you have to survive an awful lot of attention that you don't truly deserve and you have to live up to your professional responsibilities and I'm always trying to balance that with what is really important."
- Tom Hanks
(Related: Love, Attention, Balance, Job, Living, Trying, World)

"My very, very first professional job was when I was 19 years old - I got a job doing an educational industrial film on Shell Motor Oil's oil products. I really put my heart into it - I wrote a script for it, I did a lot of research."
- Renny Harlin
(Related: Heart, Film, First, Job, Oil, Old, Research, Years)

"So I got interested in singing and I have always used my voice. Not professionally as much, but around the living room, the campfire, that kind of thing."
- Gregory Harrison
(Related: Living, Singing, Voice)

"I love snowboarding, but I would never want to do it competitively or at a professional level. Snowboarding is a spawn of skating, and skating is my passion."
- Tony Hawk
(Related: Love, Passion, Want)

"You never really forget who you are. If you did, you'd need to seek some professional help."
- John Hawkes
(Related: Forget, Help)

"We have indeed at the moment little cause for pride: as a profession we have made a mess of things."
- Friedrich August von Hayek
(Related: Cause, Profession)

"I'm thrilled, I'm grateful, I'm blessed. I played for the world's greatest professional sports team in history. Once a Dallas Cowboy, always a Dallas Cowboy."
- Bob Hayes
(Related: Sports, History, World)

"Increasingly, stars are recruited from the ranks of professional models, with the result that today's starlets are better dressed and better groomed than ever before, though it is doubtful if they are better actresses."
- Rita Hayworth
(Related: Result, Stars, Today)

"The world judge of men by their ability in their profession, and we judge of ourselves by the same test: for it is on that on which our success in life depends."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: Life, Men, Success, Ability, Profession, World)

"People of genius do not excel in any profession because they work in it, they work in it because they excel."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: Work, Genius, People, Profession)

"We do not need to be shoemakers to know if our shoes fit, and just as little have we any need to be professionals to acquire knowledge of matters of universal interest."
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
(Related: Knowledge, Interest, professionals)

"Ladies and gentlemen, on the occasion of my election I received many letters from people representing all segments of the population and all professions, especially from the younger generation, linking my inauguration with great - far too great - expectations."
- Gustav Heinemann
(Related: People, Expectations, Ladies, Gentlemen, Letters, Population)

"Well, in our business, it's a very tough profession."
- Skitch Henderson
(Related: Business, Profession)

"THE GODS was my first professional band and I learned a lot during that time. It was very cool playing with so many great musicians as it helped me to learn."
- Ken Hensley
(Related: Time, Gods, First, Musicians)

"The most important thing about my profession is finding the truth, finding the reality of these shows."
- Shuler Hensley
(Related: Truth, Profession, Reality)

"It's a business you go into because your an egocentric. It's a very embarrassing profession."
- Katharine Hepburn
(Related: Business, Profession)

"Acting is a nice childish profession - pretending you're someone else and, at the same time, selling yourself."
- Katharine Hepburn
(Related: Time, Selling, Acting, Profession)

"Acting is the perfect idiot's profession."
- Katharine Hepburn
(Related: Acting, Profession)

"I found one had to do some work every day, even at midnight, because either you're professional or you're not."
- Barbara Hepworth
(Related: Work, Day, Midnight)

"We are very isolated, far from boyfriends and friends, so we have to be strong, smart and very professional."
- Eva Herzigova
(Related: Friends)

"I had been writing professionally since 1988."
- Laura Hillenbrand
(Related: Writing)

"Our record number of teenagers must become our record number of high school and college graduates and our record number of teachers, scientists, doctors, lawyers, and skilled professionals."
- Ruben Hinojosa
(Related: College, Doctors, Lawyers, professionals, School, Scientists, Teachers, Teenagers)

"To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Faith, Religion, Intolerance, Profession)

"All the world is competent to judge my pictures except those who are of my profession."
- William Hogarth
(Related: Profession, World)

"I mean Buckingham Palace has never hired a professional public relations outfit let alone a Madison Avenue type and they would throw up their hands in horror at the very idea."
- Anthony Holden
(Related: Idea, Horror, Public)

"It was delightful but, of course, it was pretty insulting to my professional reputation."
- Anthony Holden
(Related: Pretty, Reputation)

"We are too quick to put labels on things. It is my profession. I get up and paint. Everyone wants to put a label on it, but I am a free spirit, so I fight against that."
- Geoffrey Holder
(Related: Fight, Profession, Quick, Spirit)

"We can trust our doctors to be professional, to minister equally to their patients without regard to their political or religious beliefs. But we can no longer trust our professors to do the same."
- David Horowitz
(Related: Trust, Beliefs, Doctors, Religious)

"The Commission has five commissioners from each side, plus three alternates, so all together sixteen members, people who are independent from the two governments, who have a lot of integrity, professional competence, and who have credibility in their respective countries."
- Jose Ramos Horta
(Related: People, Competence, Countries, Credibility, Integrity)

"My professional life has been a constant record of disillusion, and many things that seem wonderful to most men are the every-day commonplaces of my business."
- Harry Houdini
(Related: Business, Life, Men, Disillusion)

"The people among which I lived - and yet live, mainly - made their living from cotton, wheat, cattle, oil, with the usual percentage of business men and professional men."
- Robert E. Howard
(Related: Business, Men, People, Living, Oil)

"Never the less, it is no light thing to enter into a profession absolutely foreign and alien to the people among which one's lot is cast; a profession which seems as dim and faraway and unreal as the shores of Europe."
- Robert E. Howard
(Related: People, Europe, Light, Profession)

"But whatever my failure, I have this thing to remember - that I was a pioneer in my profession, just as my grandfathers were in theirs, in that I was the first man in this section to earn his living as a writer."
- Robert E. Howard
(Related: Failure, First, Living, Man, Profession, Writer)

"Never the less, at the age of fifteen, having never seen a writer, a poet, a publisher or a magazine editor, and having only the vaguest ideas of procedure, I began working on the profession I had chosen."
- Robert E. Howard
(Related: Age, Ideas, Profession, Writer)

"American professional athletes are bilingual; they speak English and profanity."
- Gordie Howe
(Related: American, Athletes, English, Profanity)

"My public life is before you; and I know you will believe me when I say, that when I sit down in solitude to the labours of my profession, the only questions I ask myself are, What is right? What is just? What is for the public good?"
- Joseph Howe
(Related: Life, Profession, Public, Questions, Right, Solitude, Will)

"My job is to suggest and ratify and use any expertise that I might have gained over the 23 years in professional hockey to make our game a better game."
- Bobby Hull
(Related: Expertise, Job, Years)

"Every professional athlete owes a debt of gratitude to the fans and management, and pays an installment every time he plays. He should never miss a payment."
- Bobby Hull
(Related: Time, Gratitude, Management, Debt, Fans)

"Fairness is not an attitude. It's a professional skill that must be developed and exercised."
- Brit Hume
(Related: Attitude, Skill)

"My name is E. Howard Hunt. I'm currently retired from more than 22 years in the profession of espionage."
- E. Howard Hunt
(Related: Name, Profession, Years)

"For too long nurses have been undervalued, restricted in what they could do, with too few career opportunities in clinical practice. For far too long, nurses have endured a pay system that has held them back - both professionally as well as financially."
- John Hutton
(Related: Career, Nurses, Practice)

"My children have become popular, and they show a tremendous love for the public. They're professionals."
- Julio Iglesias
(Related: Love, Children, Popular, professionals, Public)

"I wrote for a weekly magazine and then edited a literary magazine, but I did not really feel comfortable with the profession of journalism itself."
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante
(Related: Journalism, Literary, Profession)

"I ended up an actor, did my first professional union gig in 1974, and I've been doing it ever since."
- Michael Ironside
(Related: Actor, First)

"And I'm the kind of manager that doesn't believe that you micro-manage professionals. They should understand their responsibility and carry out those responsibility."
- Alphonso Jackson
(Related: Manager, professionals, Responsibility)

"First of all, I really never imagined myself being a professional athlete."
- Bo Jackson
(Related: Being, First)

"I had turned my anxiety into my profession."
- Francois Jacob
(Related: Anxiety, Profession)

"I've been a professional actor now for 38 years. A long time. And it's wonderful to earn your living doing something that you love. To think people actually give you money for it!"
- Derek Jacobi
(Related: Money, Love, Time, People, Actor, Living, Now, Years)

"I'm always conscious of the fact that I am part of a profession that is 80% permanently unemployed. So, to be working in any sense is to be privileged."
- Derek Jacobi
(Related: Fact, Profession, Sense)

"The architecture profession has lost a lot of its integrity, especially in the USA. The general architect here has no scruples, no ambitions."
- Helmut Jahn
(Related: Architecture, Integrity, Profession)

"We certainly will prepare consciously and professionally, but still you cannot predict the future."
- Laurent Jalabert
(Related: Future, Will)

"It's true that this year, following my accident in the pre-season, I kind of lost morale and I felt like quitting at the end of this year. But today I can say that I want to be a professional bike rider in the year 2003 as well."
- Laurent Jalabert
(Related: Accident, End, Quitting, Today, Want)

"They must have a feeling of do or die. It is such an overcrowded profession."
- Louise Jameson
(Related: Feeling, Profession)

"Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Life, Men, Books, Years)

"On the professional side, those 18 years on the farm instilled my love for agriculture."
- Mike Johanns
(Related: Love, Agriculture, Years)

"That's a traditional Samoan dance. I was lucky that I was able to fly my cousins, who are professional dancers, up from Hawaii and they were able to be in the movie with me. We had a great time."
- Dwayne Johnson
(Related: Time, Dance)

"You spend so much time in your profession it ought to be something you love."
- John H. Johnson
(Related: Love, Time, Profession)

"You can have financial strength, professional strength, emotional strength but for me without spiritual strength none of the rest of it matters."
- Star Jones
(Related: Financial, Strength, Rest, Spiritual)

"No one in my family had a retail or marketing background. They were professionals. They didn't understand just what I was doing by going into retailing. After I started, though, it got into my blood. I knew this was what I wanted."
- Andrea Jung
(Related: Family, Blood, Marketing, professionals)

"The integrity of men is to be measured by their conduct, not by their professions."
- Junius
(Related: Men, Integrity)

"Throughout the human experience people have read history because they felt that it was a pleasure and that it was in some way instructive. The profession of professor of history has taken it in a very different direction."
- Donald Kagan
(Related: Experience, History, People, Direction, Pleasure, Profession)

"To have the opportunity to lead the Solicitor General's office is the honor of a lifetime. As you know, this is an office with a long and rich tradition, not only of extraordinary legal skill but also of extraordinary professionalism and integrity. That is due, in large measure, to the people who have led it."
- Elena Kagan
(Related: Legal, People, Opportunity, Honor, Integrity, Measure, Office, Skill, Tradition)

"I was showing early symptoms of becoming a professional baseball man. I was lying to the press."
- Roger Kahn
(Related: Baseball, Lying, Man, Press)

"Amateurs hope, professionals work."
- Garson Kanin
(Related: Work, Hope, professionals)

"To the extent that the judicial profession becomes the daily routine of deciding cases on the most secure precedents and the narrowest grounds available, the judicial mind atrophies and its perspective shrinks."
- Irving R. Kaufman
(Related: Mind, Perspective, Precedents, Profession, Routine)

"Hardly any actor objects to press. It's a question of it being done in the way they like to see it done, meaning to get down to the serious interview what the profession is so we can reach out to the people to help them get along."
- Harvey Keitel
(Related: People, Actor, Being, Help, Meaning, Press, Profession, Question)

"I never saw myself as being ambitious, I saw myself as being in love with the profession. I'm a people person. I love to get to know different kinds of people."
- Jack Kelley
(Related: Love, People, Being, Profession)

"As a former professional patient advocate, I believe prescription drugs are an essential part of high-quality medical treatment, and I supported enactment of the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act."
- Sue Kelly
(Related: Medical, Act, Drugs, Treatment)

"No one is immune from addiction; it afflicts people of all ages, races, classes, and professions."
- Patrick J. Kennedy
(Related: People, Addiction)

"I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it."
- Rose Kennedy
(Related: Love, Work, Duty, Profession, World)

"I think it's imperative to follow your heart and choose a profession you're passionate about, and if you haven't found that "spark" yet, if you're not sure what you want to do with your lives - be persistent until you do."
- Steve Kerr
(Related: Heart, Profession, Want)

"Without hard work and discipline it is difficult to be a top professional."
- Jahangir Khan
(Related: Work, Discipline, Hard work)

"Everything is changing in squash. Lots of television coverage and the game has become very professional."
- Jahangir Khan
(Related: Television)

"Nicol has great potential and there is a huge gap between her and the rest of the juniors. She needs to concentrate full time on the professional circuit from now on and it is the only way for her to realize her potential."
- Jahangir Khan
(Related: Time, Needs, Now, Potential, Rest)

"Being a professional writer is not an easy way to make a living."
- Tracy Kidder
(Related: Being, Living, Writer)

"The mark of a true professional is giving more than you get."
- Robert Kirby
(Related: Giving)

"I would hope we would begin a series of projects that would do more to bring the different parts of the university together in the study of Asia, for example, in the study of the professions in Asia."
- William Kirby
(Related: Hope, Example, Projects, Study, University)

"It came as a surprise to find that a professional society and journal (Econometrica) were flourishing, and I entered this area of study with great enthusiasm."
- Lawrence R. Klein
(Related: Society, Enthusiasm, Study)

"Although I was not aware of it at the time, the experience of growing up during the Great Depression was to have a profound impact on my intellectual and professional career."
- Lawrence R. Klein
(Related: Experience, Time, Career, Depression, Growing up)

"But to do it professionally is a quantum leap difference and my father had to be persuaded by these kind of Ivy League professors that I should go to the Yale Drama School, another one of the stories in there."
- Robert Klein
(Related: Father, Difference, Drama, Ivy, School)

"It's nothing to be ashamed of and that there are even beneficial traits associated with the condition. Most importantly, acknowledge yourself for who you are and if you're struggling with anything resembling ADD get professionally diagnosed."
- Christopher Knight
(Related: Nothing)

"To my father, business was the highest calling, but to my mother, medicine was the top profession."
- William Standish Knowles
(Related: Business, Mother, Father, Medicine, Profession)

"I'd say that my profession ends where architectural thinking ends - architectural thinking in terms of thinking about programs and organizational structure. These abstractions play a role in many other disciplines, and those disciplines are now defining their 'architectures' as well."
- Rem Koolhaas
(Related: Now, Play, Profession, Thinking)

"This is still a man's profession, with a lot of men who intellectually and emotionally have not accepted that the military could be women's work."
- Lawrence Korb
(Related: Men, Work, Women, Man, Military, Profession)

"The professional study of economics has become ideological brainwashing. It is a defense of the excesses of the capitalist system."
- David Korten
(Related: Defense, Economics, Study)

"Boyfriends have to understand me and my needs. They have to know what I want out of my life and about my strict regime. I go to bed at 10pm and not later. I separate my professional and private lives."
- Anna Kournikova
(Related: Life, Bed, Needs, Want)

"You can draw Family Guy when you're 10 years old. You don't have to get any better than that to become a professional cartoonist. The standards are extremely low."
- John Kricfalusi
(Related: Family, Old, Years)

"Christina Ricci is amazing, the most professional actor I think I've ever met. You can be chatting with her and when they call action, she's right there."
- Lisa Kudrow
(Related: Action, Actor, Right)

"The beauty comes with the balance. Everyone should find his own balance in his personal as well as his professional life. Once you do so, you will feel and look beautiful."
- Karolina Kurkova
(Related: Beauty, Life, Balance, Will)

"I always thought after 2002 that I'd hang up my skates and turn professional and just go on tour and do shows. But I don't know when it is enough. I mean, I still enjoy it. I'm the luckiest girl alive that I get to perform in front of thousands of people, do what I love doing."
- Michelle Kwan
(Related: Love, Thought, People)

"I tell her all the time I'd gladly retire and hang out with the kids and clean the house. I want to have a good life and great family, and from a professional standpoint I want to be successful, but it's not the most important thing at all."
- Nick Lachey
(Related: Life, Time, Family, Successful, Kids, Want)

"I was in constant demand, in my professional life and my personal life."
- Hedy Lamarr
(Related: Life)

"When obedience to the Divine precepts keeps pace with knowledge, in the mind of any man, that man is a Christian; and when the fruits of Christianity are produced, that man is a disciple of our blessed Lord, let his profession of religion be what it may."
- Joseph Lancaster
(Related: Religion, Knowledge, Christian, Christianity, Man, May, Mind, Obedience, Profession)

"I must have made a good impression because a club official to us into his office and asked me if I would sign on for a year with a view to becoming a professional."
- Harold Larwood
(Related: Impression, Office)

"My mother, who was professional schoolteacher, was particularly concerned about our formal education and even went so far as to start a private school together with some other parents so that our intellectual needs would be met."
- Robert B. Laughlin
(Related: Education, Mother, Needs, Parents, School)

"At Berkeley I had my first encounter with real professional scientists."
- Robert B. Laughlin
(Related: First, Scientists)

"When it comes to professionalism, it makes sense to talk about being professional in IT. Standards are vital so that IT professionals can provide systems that last."
- Tim Berners Lee
(Related: Being, professionals, Sense, Talk)

"IT professionals have a responsibility to understand the use of standards and the importance of making Web applications that work with any kind of device."
- Tim Berners Lee
(Related: Work, Importance, professionals, Responsibility)

"For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a professional hockey player."
- Mario Lemeiux
"Since the beginning, I always loved the game. When you grow up in Montreal, one day you want to be a professional hockey player. When I was six or seven, I knew that was what I wanted."
- Mario Lemieux
(Related: Beginning, Day, Want)

"It is cycling as a professional sport that represents the problem. It can transform someone into a liar."
- Greg LeMond
"Magic Johnson, former basketball player, may run for mayor of LA in the next election. Remember the good 'ol days when only qualified people ran for office like actors and professional wrestlers."
- Jay Leno
(Related: People, Actors, Basketball, Magic, May, Office)

"It's different when you become a professional, because you also have to become a businessman, and that takes something away from it."
- Sugar Ray Leonard
"There are three subjects on which the knowledge of the medical profession in general is woefully weak; they are manners, morals, and medicine."
- Gerald F. Lieberman
(Related: Medical, Knowledge, Manners, Medicine, Morals, Profession)

"I attribute the little I know to my not having been ashamed to ask for information, and to my rule of conversing with all descriptions of men on those topics that form their own peculiar professions and pursuits."
- John Locke
(Related: Men, Information)

"As a child I wanted to be everything from a doctor, lawyer, flight attendant to an IT pro- fessional and could never make up my mind. I figured as an actor I'd get to play all these professions."
- Lavrenti Lopes
(Related: Actor, Mind, Play)

"Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go so much further than people with vastly superior talent."
- Sophia Loren
(Related: Faith, Talent, People, Profession)

"The practice of patience toward one another, the overlooking of one another's defects, and the bearing of one another's burdens is the most elementary condition of all human and social activity in the family, in the professions, and in society."
- Lawrence G. Lovasik
(Related: Society, Family, Patience, Practice)

"Publishing is a business, but journalism never was and is not essentially a business. Nor is it a profession."
- Henry R. Luce
(Related: Business, Journalism, Profession, Publishing)

"In Hungary acting is a profession. In America it is a decision."
- Bela Lugosi
(Related: Decision, Acting, America, Profession)

"I enjoy my work. I haven't been an actor for 30 years without getting pleasure out of the profession."
- Bela Lugosi
(Related: Work, Actor, Pleasure, Profession, Years)

"Never call an accountant a credit to his profession; a good accountant is a debit to his profession."
- Charles Lyell
(Related: Credit, Profession)

"Even now it is no longer composed of the traditional political class, but of a composite layer of corporate leaders, high-level administrators, and the heads of the major professional, labor, political, and religious organisations."
- Jean-Francois Lyotard
(Related: Class, Corporate, Labor, Leaders, Now, Religious)

"What is new in all of this is that the old poles of attraction represented by nation-states, parties, professions, institutions, and historical traditions are losing their attraction."
- Jean-Francois Lyotard
(Related: Losing, Nation, Old, Traditions)

"We are not yet at the point where our size, our being the drama industry, is sufficient to support full time professional crews, and that is very very important."
- Ann Macbeth
(Related: Time, Being, Drama, Support)

"Universal literacy was a 20th-century goal. Before then, reading and writing were skills largely confined to a small, highly educated class of professional people."
- Hugh Mackay
(Related: People, Goal, Class, Reading, Writing)

"I didn't feel like going any further in this scene with the boy. He was not a professional actor, and if I had pushed the scene any further it would have destroyed the tone of the movie."
- Louis Malle
(Related: Actor)

"In L.A., if you're an actor, your personal and professional lives are too intertwined."
- Jena Malone
(Related: Actor)

"I started to act in highschool and became a professional actor at 19."
- Nick Mancuso
(Related: Act, Actor)

"Today's Little Leaguers, and there are millions of them each year, pick up how to hit and throw and field just by watching games on TV. By the time they're out of high school, the good ones are almost ready to play professional ball."
- Mickey Mantle
(Related: Time, Games, Play, School, Today)

"If I am at a party, I want to be at the party. Too many photographers use the camera to avoid participating in things. They become professional observers."
- Robert Mapplethorpe
(Related: Party, Want)

"I didn't know that people compared Bill Hicks and I but certainly I'm flattered if they do. I knew Bill a bit. We had dinner a couple of times and played guitar together once. I really tried to keep my distance from him professionally."
- Marc Maron
(Related: People, Guitar)

"The development of the comedy club industry destroyed the uniqueness and intimacy of the profession but it also created jobs for comics and bred some great performers."
- Marc Maron
(Related: Development, Comedy, Intimacy, Jobs, Profession, Uniqueness)

"So in one leap we had gone from being a friendly society to something almost professional."
- Neville Marriner
(Related: Society, Being)

"I believe in professionalism, but playing is not like a job. You have to be grateful to have the opportunity to play."
- Wynton Marsalis
(Related: Opportunity, Job, Play)

"My older brother and myself always played together in bands, but we never knew we would be professional musicians."
- Wynton Marsalis
(Related: Brother, Musicians)

"My father was champion of North Africa and he beat the European champ. He was very good, a professional for 12 years. We're from a big family of boxers. My father has seven brothers."
- Olivier Martinez
(Related: Family, Father, Brothers, Years)

"If you compare me to an actor, I'm probably one of the best boxers in the profession. But if you compare me as a boxer, I'm probably one of the best actors."
- Olivier Martinez
(Related: Actor, Actors, Profession)

"I've made a life and career as a professional musician."
- Melissa Auf der Maur
(Related: Life, Career)

"I never really thought about becoming a professional musician."
- John Mayall
(Related: Thought)

"That's how easy baseball was for me. I'm not trying to brag or anything, but I had the knowledge before I became a professional baseball player to do all these things and know what each guy would hit."
- Willie Mays
(Related: Knowledge, Baseball, Trying)

"When I got to professional ball I used to play 150 games every year. It depends on how many games there was."
- Willie Mays
(Related: Games, Play)

"At ten I was playing against 18-year-old guys. At 15 I was playing professional ball with the Birmingham Black Barons, so I really came very quickly in all sports."
- Willie Mays
(Related: Sports)

"Some people in LA are addicted. They have to be here. My personal life is stronger than my professional life, in terms of priorities."
- Debi Mazar
(Related: Life, People, Priorities)

"Amateur bureaucrats are often even worse than professional bureaucrats."
- John McCarthy
"The American character looks always as if it had just had a rather bad haircut, which gives it, in our eyes at any rate, a greater humanity than the European, which even among its beggars has an all too professional air."
- Mary McCarthy
(Related: Character, American, Eyes, Humanity)

"Acting isn't a singular profession, it is a collaborate profession."
- Edie McClurg
(Related: Acting, Profession)

"I have accomplished a lot, but it didn't happen overnight for me. I was 35 when I got the show, and had been working professionally for 15 years. It would be a lot weirder if I were in my early 20s and stumbled into it."
- Eric McCormack
(Related: Years)

"I can fairly be called an amateur because I do what I do, in the original sense of the word - for love, because I love it. On the other hand, I think that those of us who make our living writing history can also be called true professionals."
- David McCullough
(Related: History, Love, Living, professionals, Sense, Word, Writing)

"The two major things that changed the makeup of all professional sports are money generated by television and courts that players went to in order to win their freedom as free agents."
- Will McDonough
(Related: Money, Sports, Freedom, Makeup, Order, Television)

"I think the greatest all-around athlete ever was Jim Brown. He played lacrosse, basketball and ran track at Syracuse. He played professional football for the Browns."
- Will McDonough
(Related: Basketball, Football)

"There's only two givens with choosing acting as a profession: one is you will always be unemployed, always, and it doesn't matter how much money you make, you're still always going to be unemployed; and that you have no power."
- Frances McDormand
(Related: Money, Power, Acting, Will)

"I haven't seen a professional player come out of New York in over 20 years since my brother Patrick came out. Blake spent a few years in Harlem, but he moved to Connecticut when he was a kid."
- John McEnroe
(Related: Brother, Years)

"Technology has been, and always will be, my one true passion professionally."
- John McKinley
(Related: Technology, Passion, Will)

"We need to tap the resource of current and retiring science and math professionals that have both content mastery and the practical experience to serve as effective teachers."
- Cathy McMorris
(Related: Experience, Science, Content, professionals, Teachers)

"If you would be just as content winning a local Golden Gloves fight as you would making a pile of money as a professional, then fine, go become a boxer. But if the whole idea is for you to get rich, my God, stay in school and learn a profession."
- Gerald McRaney
(Related: Money, God, Idea, Winning, Content, Fight, Profession, School)

"I wouldn't change one thing about my professional life, and I make it a point not to dwell on my mistakes."
- Ethel Merman
(Related: Change, Life, Mistakes)

"I've made a wonderful living playing that theatrical character - the professional brassy dame."
- Ethel Merman
(Related: Character, Living)

"We had built up a team in Edmonton that really knew who each other was from a personal standpoint and from a professional standpoint. Our nucleus had stayed together for a long time."
- Mark Messier
(Related: Time)

"It's always been really important for me to try to maintain a balanced life, professional and personal, and this was absolutely something that my husband and I had hoped for."
- Debra Messing
(Related: Life, Husband)

"I think most of us sense that it is a responsibility of the humanities to try to help better the conduct of human beings in their lives and manifold professional activities."
- J. Irwin Miller
(Related: Help, Responsibility, Sense)

"I feel as though we're living in a time where there is very little distinction paid between the personal and the professional."
- Wentworth Miller
(Related: Time, Living)

"I have had a holiday, and I'd like to take it up professionally."
- Kylie Minogue
(Related: Holiday)

"My most important professional accomplishment to date is the ability to keep working with absolutely no skills whatsoever."
- Colin Mochrie
(Related: Ability, Accomplishment)

"The pride and presence of a professional football team is far more important than 30 libraries."
- Art Modell
(Related: Football, Libraries, Pride)

"It was the baseball fantasy of a lifetime - to be able to sit on the bench with all those professional athletes. I got to take my son along because I wasn't sure I would be able to play with them."
- Matthew Modine
(Related: Son, Athletes, Baseball, Fantasy, Play)

"My biggest challenge is trust, and really believing that trust, in letting things just happen personally and professionally and trust with myself. But I'm getting better at it."
- Katherine Moennig
(Related: Trust, Challenge)

"My father was a waiter basically, and when I got my first professional job as an actor, I left a job that he found me for half the amount of money. So anyone would think that they're stupid, that that would be a stupid move."
- Alfred Molina
(Related: Money, Father, Actor, First, Job)

"Having this other career in music made me work harder as an actress. It's made me more professional."
- Mandy Moore
(Related: Music, Work, Career)

"Study until twenty-five, investigation until forty, profession until sixty, at which age I would have him retired on a double allowance."
- Thomas Moore
(Related: Age, Investigation, Profession, Study)

"With honesty of purpose, balance, a respect for tradition, courage, and, above all, a philosophy of life, any young person who embraces the historical profession will find it rich in rewards and durable in satisfaction."
- Samuel E. Morison
(Related: Life, Courage, Honesty, Purpose, Balance, Philosophy, Profession, Respect, Satisfaction, Tradition, Will)

"Every historian with professional standards speaks or writes what he believes to be true."
- Samuel E. Morison
"Literature, the most seductive, the most deceiving, the most dangerous of professions."
- John Morley
(Related: Literature)

"When I was very young I wanted to be a professional horseback rider. Then I wanted to be a pop singer. Then I wanted to be a psychiatrist. Then I wanted to be a movie director."
- Rebecca De Mornay
"At St. Francis de Sales in Atlanta, we do not have an organ. We do not have rehearsals during the week. We do not have a professional choir."
- Richard Morris
(Related: Sales)

"I would hate to see operations in the Congo held hostage to Sierra Leone but I really think that's the way it's got to be. At one point we've got to decide to get it right and we've got to be professional."
- Alex Morrison
(Related: Hate, Right)

"I do believe that the United Nations needs to have more exacting, more enhanced professional standards for the military peacekeepers that are deployed."
- Alex Morrison
(Related: Military, Nations, Needs, United)

"However, I think, first of all, that what's happening in Sierra Leone is going to have the great influence on those governments who will be asked to provide forces to the Congo. Second, of course, the Security Council has no professional military advice organized in any way."
- Alex Morrison
(Related: Advice, First, Influence, Military, Security, Will)

"I don't feel comfortable doing interviews. My profession is music, and writing songs. That's what I do. I like to do it, but I hate to talk about it."
- Van Morrison
(Related: Music, Hate, Profession, Songs, Talk, Writing)

"I never thought I would live long enough to see the legal profession change to the extent it has."
- Constance Baker Motley
(Related: Change, Legal, Thought, Profession)

"In high school, I discovered myself. I was interested in race relations and the legal profession. I read about Lincoln and that he believed the law to be the most difficult of professions."
- Constance Baker Motley
(Related: Legal, Law, Profession, Race, School)

"I enjoy the work, I enjoy every minute of my professional life."
- Jose Mourinho
(Related: Life, Work)

"I didn't know the organization, but the one thing you can say about the FBI, it's tremendously professional."
- Robert Mueller
"I kind of just lucked into and fell into the other profession. It was really just an outgrowth of the fact that when I was in art school, I had no money whatsoever."
- Martin Mull
(Related: Art, Money, Fact, Profession, School)

"I think that practising the law, particularly litigation, and particularly in Glasgow, has always been difficult enough without adding to it by having problems with professional colleagues or former colleagues."
- Len G. Murray
(Related: Law, Problems)

"Besides, I always thought that one of the great attractions of practising law was what I like to call the collegiality of the profession and I think that duty of collegiality applies even when we are retired."
- Len G. Murray
(Related: Thought, Duty, Law, Profession)

"I think a secure profession for young people is history teacher, because in the future, there will be so much more of it to teach."
- Bill Muse
(Related: History, People, Future, Profession, Will)

"I really identified with Jess, because my own dream was acting, which isn't the most conventional profession."
- Parminder Nagra
(Related: Dream, Acting, Profession)

"As a professional athlete, I believe that I need to explore my opportunities to the maximum, in order to excel and continue to play the best football I can."
- Hidetoshi Nakata
(Related: Football, Order, Play)

"I will never again stand on the pitch as a professional player. But I won't stop playing the game."
- Hidetoshi Nakata
(Related: Will)

"Professional men, they have no cares; whatever happens, they get theirs."
- Ogden Nash
(Related: Men)

"So long as there is one pretty girl left on the stage, the professional undertakers may hold up their burial of the theater."
- George Jean Nathan
(Related: May, Pretty, Theater, Undertakers)

"People are at their happiest if they are true to themselves. I think that applies to their chosen profession, friends and relationships. It goes for your health too. If you are true to yourself, it seems to me everything should work out pretty well."
- Bebe Neuwirth
(Related: Health, Work, People, Friends, Pretty, Profession, Relationships)

"Acting isn't really a creative profession. It's an interpretative one."
- Paul Newman
(Related: Acting, Profession)

"As Mayor, I will fully support my Arts Commission and its professional selection committees so that they can commission a full range of public art that is daring and, when appropriate, daringly traditional."
- Gavin Newsom
(Related: Art, Public, Support, Will)

"Nothing I have done professionally will top the feeling I got when singing with John Farnham at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney."
- Olivia Newton-John
(Related: Feeling, Games, Nothing, Singing, Will)

"Professional golf is the only sport where, if you win 20% of the time, you're the best."
- Jack Nicklaus
(Related: Time, Golf)

"Journalism: A profession whose business is to explain to others what it personally does not understand."
- Lord Northcliffe
(Related: Business, Profession)

"So, through all that early professional career I would occasionally do a musical, a pantomime or a play with songs. The next stop would be a Shakespeare, or an Ibsen, or a play by a brand new writer who had never done anything in the theater before."
- Trevor Nunn
(Related: Career, Play, Shakespeare, Songs, Theater, Writer)

"What you're doing is putting into professional play the way that you relate to other people, the way that you analyze and relate to a written text, the way that you would persuade anybody to do anything. It has to do with listening, with humility and a sense of yourself."
- Trevor Nunn
(Related: People, Humility, Listening, Play, Sense)

"When I was 13 years old, a professional theater company in my town needed a kid actor. I auditioned, and I got the part, so for just a few weeks I became a member of the company and I met some professional actors."
- Trevor Nunn
(Related: Actor, Actors, Company, Old, Theater, Years)

"The thing that I had saved up for myself and wanted most to bring off was a fully fledged professional production of Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Theater in Stratford."
- Trevor Nunn
(Related: Production, Shakespeare, Theater)

"We don't have enough people going into those fields and there is a high burnout rate in some health care professions, so it is very important that we get more people into the pipeline right now."
- David Obey
(Related: Health, People, Burnout, Care, Now, Right)

"We are going to see a tremendous number of health professionals retire over the next 8-10 years. We are not doing nearly enough to deal with this problem."
- David Obey
(Related: Health, professionals, Years)

"The majority of the members of the Irish parliament are professional politicians, in the sense that otherwise they would not be given jobs minding mice at crossroads."
- Flann O'Brien
(Related: Irish, Jobs, Majority, Parliament, Politicians, Sense)

"My professional life in Hollywood has been filled with joy and laughter."
- Carroll O'Connor
(Related: Life, Hollywood, Joy, Laughter)

"It is true that the politician, in his professional character, does not always, or even very often, conform to the most approved pattern of private conduct."
- Frederick Scott Oliver
(Related: Character)

"Poetry isn't a profession, it's a way of life. It's an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that."
- Mary Oliver
(Related: Life, Poetry, Profession)

"My stage successes have provided me with the greatest moments outside myself, my film successes the best moments, professionally, within myself."
- Laurence Olivier
(Related: Film, Moments)

"It was a very exciting time for me to play professional football, finally."
- Jim Otto
(Related: Time, Football, Play)

"Flying is the only active profession I would ever continue with enthusiasm after the War."
- Wilfred Owen
(Related: War, Enthusiasm, Flying, Profession)

"When I begin to eliminate from the list all those professions which are impossible from a financial point of view and then those which I feel disinclined to-it leaves nothing."
- Wilfred Owen
(Related: Financial, Nothing)

"Why has the Democratic Party become so arrogantly detached from ordinary Americans? Though they claim to speak for the poor and dispossessed, Democrats have increasingly become the party of an upper-middle-class professional elite, top-heavy with journalists, academics and lawyers."
- Camille Paglia
(Related: Americans, Democrats, Lawyers, Party, Poor)

"The word career is a divisive word. It's a word that divides the normal life from business or professional life."
- Grace Paley
(Related: Business, Life, Career, Word)

"People who call themselves actors and can't ever get work; they do need to get another profession."
- Estelle Parsons
(Related: Work, People, Actors, Profession)

"You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That's the mark of a true professional."
- Joe Paterno
"There is no prodigy in our profession. If you see all the great singer of the past, none of them are."
- Luciano Pavarotti
(Related: Past, Profession)

"There are, it is true, at present no great prizes in literature such as are offered by the learned professions, but there are quite as many small ones - competences; while, on the other hand, it is not so much of a lottery."
- James Payn
(Related: Literature, Present, Prizes)

"I would never think of crying about any loss of an office, because that's always a possibility, and if you're professional, then you deal with it professionally."
- Nancy Pelosi
(Related: Possibility, Loss, Office)

"I'd always have grease in at least two places, in case the umpires would ask me to wipe one off. I never wanted to be caught out there with anything though, it wouldn't be professional."
- Gaylord Perry
"Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen."
- Pablo Picasso
(Related: Blind, Man, Painting, Profession)

"Most of us take it for granted that the person performing our radiologic procedures is a competent professional. But the fact is, poorly trained individuals examine and treat thousands of patients in this country every day."
- Charles W. Pickering
(Related: Country, Day, Fact)

"The real problem today is the ineffective and inconsistent oversight of professional boxing, which has led to continuing scandals, controversies, unethical practices, and unnecessary injuries and deaths in the sport."
- Charles W. Pickering
(Related: Boxing, Today)

"Without a doubt, professional boxers are the most exploited athletes in our Nation."
- Charles W. Pickering
(Related: Athletes, Doubt, Nation)

"Today, many fans are saddened and upset by the lack of integrity they see in professional boxing that has significantly weakened the sport - the most deplorable problem of which is the treatment of the sport's athletes."
- Charles W. Pickering
(Related: Athletes, Boxing, Fans, Integrity, Today, Treatment)

"Almost all the noblest things that have been achieved in the world, have been achieved by poor men; poor scholars, poor professional men, poor artisans and artists, poor philosophers, poets, and men of genius."
- Albert Pike
(Related: Men, Genius, Artists, Poets, Poor, World)

"Hardly any human being is capable of pursuing two professions or two arts rightly."
- Plato
(Related: Being)

"If you ask the people who are professional political analysts, they would say that the way redistricting has worked, that the Republicans have something of a lock on the House until a redistricting occurs after 2010, particularly as a result of what DeLay did in Texas."
- John Podesta
(Related: People, Delay, Republicans, Result)

"It's not communism, it's shouldn't be that everybody gets a try no matter how good or bad they are. It's our profession and our art, so we should eventually strive to be working with the best people."
- Amy Poehler
(Related: Art, People, Communism, Profession)

"So I had to be careful. I recognized the responsibility that, whether I liked it or not, I had to accept whatever the obligation was. That was to behave in a manner, to carry myself in such a professional way, as if there ever is a reflection, it's a positive one."
- Sidney Poitier
(Related: Positive, Obligation, Reflection, Responsibility)

"Admittedly, scientific authority is not distributed evenly throughout the body of scientists; some distinguished members of the profession predominate over others of a more junior standing."
- Michael Polanyi
(Related: Authority, Body, Profession, Scientists)

"Admittedly, the body of scientists, as a whole, does uphold the authority of science over the lay public. It controls thereby also the process by which young men are trained to become members of the scientific profession."
- Michael Polanyi
(Related: Men, Science, Authority, Body, Profession, Public, Scientists)

"Twenty years ago I wanted to move to a nice place so our Charley would grow up a nice boy and learn a profession. But instead we live in a jungle, so he can only be a wild animal. D'you think I picked the East Side like Columbus picked America?"
- Abraham Polonsky
(Related: America, Columbus, Jungle, Profession, Years)

"Many students graduate from college and professional schools, including those of social work, nursing, medicine, teaching and law, with crushing debt burdens."
- Jon Porter
(Related: Work, College, Debt, Law, Medicine, Schools, Students, Teaching)

"I'm a professional cook. I've worked with other cooks from all over the world, but my family is not that way - they're always lived within 25 miles of my hometown!"
- Paul Prudhomme
(Related: Family, World)

"I desire to assist in attracting to this profession young men of character and ability, also to help those already engaged in the profession to acquire the highest moral and intellectual training."
- Joseph Pulitzer
(Related: Men, Character, Ability, Desire, Help, Profession, Training)

"I am deeply interested in the progress and elevation of journalism, having spent my life in that profession, regarding it as a noble profession and one of unequaled importance for its influence upon the minds and morals of the people."
- Joseph Pulitzer
(Related: Life, People, Progress, Importance, Influence, Journalism, Morals, Profession)

"But to the fighting soldier that phase of the war is behind. It was left behind after his first battle. His blood is up. He is fighting for his life, and killing now for him is as much a profession as writing is for me."
- Ernie Pyle
(Related: War, Life, Battle, Blood, Fighting, First, Killing, Now, Profession, Writing)

"Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children."
- Dan Quayle
(Related: Children, Profession, Teachers)

"A tendency could not but arise to reconcile with Christian profession a good many modes of life, enjoyments, occupations, social actions and customs, from which the first Christians had recoiled."
- Robert Rainy
(Related: Life, Christian, Actions, First, Occupations, Profession)

"Nothing reinforces a professional relationship more than enjoying success with someone."
- Harold Ramis
(Related: Success, Nothing)

"Today many Caribbean workers can be found in the hospital, construction, service and hotel industries, but there is also a growing professional sector."
- Charles Rangel
(Related: Service, Today, Workers)

"So many people aren't ready for Hollywood - professionally or practically."
- John Ratzenberger
(Related: People, Hollywood)

"In L.A., though, people get off busses calling themselves actors, so many are really not professionals."
- John Ratzenberger
(Related: People, Actors, professionals)

"The main professional responsibility of a person in business is business."
- Lee R. Raymond
(Related: Business, Responsibility)

"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: Politics, First, Profession)

"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: Politics, Disgrace, Profession, Succeed)

"Politics I supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: Politics, First, Profession)

"Journalism is a kind of profession, or craft, or racket, for people who never wanted to grow up and go out into the real world."
- Harry Reasoner
(Related: People, Journalism, Profession, World)

"I'd gone professional when I was about seventeen."
- Noel Redding
"I moved to Princeton, Indiana, and became a professional Farm Manager for that Princeton Farms."
- Orville Redenbacher
(Related: Manager)

"You have to be professional and think about the future."
- Jamie Redknapp
(Related: Future)

"In the long run, much public opinion is made in the universities; ideas generated there filter down through the teaching profession and the students into the general public."
- B. Carroll Reece
(Related: Ideas, Opinion, Profession, Public, Public opinion, Students, Teaching)

"I don't want to be famous famous. I'm happy on the second tier, where I have autonomy on a professional level but I can still go out to the movies without being recognized."
- Gabrielle Reece
(Related: Movies, Being, Famous, Want)

"Our home had many books due principally to the educational interests of my sister and two brothers, all of whom where serious students engaged in professional studies; my sister became a doctor of medicine and my brothers became lawyers."
- Frederick Reines
(Related: Home, Sister, Books, Brothers, Lawyers, Medicine, Students)

"Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money."
- Jules Renard
(Related: Money, Profession, Writing)

"The courage of a soldier is heightened by his knowledge of his profession."
- Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus
(Related: Knowledge, Courage, Profession)

"Men and women of high professional standing have been reduced to the status of vagrants."
- Elmer Rice
(Related: Men, Women)

"Is advertising a profession, like law or medicine? How many new parents clutch their baby to their breast and declare, 'I want this child to grow up to be a media planner'?"
- Jef I. Richards
(Related: Advertising, Baby, Law, Media, Medicine, Parents, Profession, Want)

"I thought I was going to be killed. The casualties were so heavy, it was just a given. I learned to take each day, each mission, as it came. That's an attitude I've carried into my professional life. I take each case, each job, as it comes."
- Elliot Richardson
(Related: Life, Thought, Attitude, Day, Job, Mission)

"They do say that the profession gets increasingly difficult, but my career seems to have been inside out. I'm playing the biggest parts now that I'm older. That's probably right, because I wasn't ready for them before."
- Diana Rigg
(Related: Career, Now, Profession, Right)

"And most countries are now reducing the number of conscripts and increasing the professionals that are available because they're available on short notice."
- Lord Robertson
(Related: Countries, Now, professionals)

"You can't let players do what they wish and be professional. That's a fact. As for the team, Boro had two internationals when I got there in 1995. Now they have more than 15. And they didn't cost the fortune some suggest."
- Bryan Robson
(Related: Fact, Fortune, Now)

"In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes the world to believe that he is. Thus we may say that the whole world is made up of appearances."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: May, Wishes, World)

"The doors fly open when you're a professional athlete."
- Dennis Rodman
(Related: Open)

"Golf is the only sport that a professional can enjoy playing with his friends."
- Chi Chi Rodriguez
(Related: Friends, Golf)

"In my early professionals years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?"
- Carl Rogers
(Related: Change, Growth, Cure, May, Now, Personal growth, professionals, Question, Years)

"I come from a profession which has suffered greatly because of the lack of civility. Lawyers treat each other poorly and it has come home to haunt them. The public will not tolerate a lack of civility."
- James E. Rogers
(Related: Home, Lawyers, Profession, Public, Will)

"Being a hero is about the shortest-lived profession on earth."
- Will Rogers
(Related: Being, Earth, Profession)

"Due to a big bust in Cuba, my father's business suffered badly, so I was free to choose my own career. I became a professional dancer, and I went on the road and started making real money."
- Cesar Romero
(Related: Business, Money, Father, Career, Road)

"The world must be filled with unsuccessful musical careers like mine, and it's probably a good thing. We don't need a lot of bad musicians filling the air with unnecessary sounds. Some of the professionals are bad enough."
- Andy Rooney
(Related: Careers, Musicians, professionals, World)

"The great classics that, as a professional you don't get to do, you do as a student, when you don't know any better."
- Marion Ross
"When families observe a later, deeper stage of cult involvement they may find it necessary to consider the involvement of a professional such as myself in an intervention effort."
- Rick Ross
(Related: Effort, May)

"The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it."
- Leo Rosten
(Related: Being, Help, Reason, Writer)

"The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to waste time in order to save it."
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Related: Time, Children, Order, Profession, Training, Waste)

"I was in a profession that received a lot of media."
- Darrell Royal
(Related: Media, Profession)

"I played professional level sports. When you're playing for money, it's a whole other level."
- Kurt Russell
(Related: Money, Sports)

"While I have served in public office for 30 years, my professional training is as a pharmacist, not a lawyer or an accountant."
- George Ryan
(Related: Office, Public, Training, Years)

"I was most impressed with the professionalism of our soldiers stationed there, and I am now more confident than ever that that the operations at Guantanamo are being conducted in a humane and necessary manner."
- Jim Ryun
(Related: Being, Now, Soldiers)

"At this stage, my chief professional goal is simply to keep on writing and making a living at it."
- Fred Saberhagen
(Related: Goal, Living, Writing)

"I didn't actually begin professionally acting until I was 30."
- Katey Sagal
(Related: Acting)

"I never intended to be a professional writer; as the story developed, the one thing I had in my hopes was that this would be something tangible to separate me from the nameless, numbered masses."
- R. A. Salvatore
(Related: Writer)

"Initially I had intended to study medicine, but before going to University I had decided that I would be better suited to a career in which I could concentrate my activities and interests more on a single goal than appeared to be possible in my father's profession."
- Frederick Sanger
(Related: Father, Goal, Career, Medicine, Profession, Study, University)

"Against the State, against the Church, against the silence of the medical profession, against the whole machinery of dead institutions of the past, the woman of today arises."
- Margaret Sanger
(Related: Medical, Church, Past, Profession, Silence, State, Today, Woman)

"The citizen's job is to be rude - to pierce the comfort of professional intercourse by boorish expressions of doubt."
- John Ralston Saul
(Related: Comfort, Doubt, Job)

"Only when God was said to have died did various leaders, professions and sectors risk pushing themselves forward as successors."
- John Ralston Saul
(Related: God, Leaders, Risk)

"So the whole of war, when you look at it is probably run by professional soldiers, and the rest of them are just recruits, or people who are just forced to join the army."
- Gerald Scarfe
(Related: War, People, Army, Rest, Soldiers)

"American politics used to be an amateur sport. But somewhere along the way, we handed over to professionals all the things people used to do for free."
- Bob Schieffer
(Related: Politics, People, American, professionals)

"Because I have sixty years of being a professional composer, conductor, musician, whatever, and you develop a lot of friendships and you get involved with a lot of sort of long-term commitments and obligations."
- Gunther Schuller
(Related: Being, Years)

"But somehow, I felt no inclination to be interested in it in any amateur way, let alone professional, until suddenly I became interested. And the first thing I did was to compose: not play an instrument, but to compose."
- Gunther Schuller
(Related: First, Play)

"I'd like to see the health care professionals making decisions, not some bureaucrat in Indianapolis working for an insurance company."
- Charles Schumer
(Related: Health, Care, Company, Decisions, professionals)

"I think teaching should be an exalted profession, not a picked-on profession."
- Charles Schumer
(Related: Profession, Teaching)

"Under Hitler it was the entrepreneurial and professional classes who were the first victims of Nazi boycotts and exclusion. Today it is Israel, the most powerful symbol of Jewish national resurgence in two millennia."
- Jack Schwartz
(Related: First, Israel, Symbol, Today, Victims)

"You have to act like a responsible professional in the industry regardless of your age."
- Josh Schwartz
(Related: Age, Act)

"My own dreams fortunately came true in this great state. I became Mr. Universe; I became a successful businessman. And even though some people say I still speak with a slight accent, I have reached the top of the acting profession."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
(Related: Dreams, People, Successful, Acting, Profession, State, Universe)

"Several professional athletes have wrongly taught many young Americans by example that the only way to succeed in sports is to take steroids."
- Jim Sensenbrenner
(Related: Sports, Americans, Athletes, Example, Succeed)

"In a country with an overabundance of food, no one should go hungry because of a lack of funds or technical and professional knowledge. We have the food, and we have the networks; we now need to support the providers."
- Jose Serrano
(Related: Food, Knowledge, Country, Support)

"A masculine education cannot spare from professional study and the necessary acquisition of languages, the time and attention which I have bestowed on the compositions of my countrymen."
- Anne Seward
(Related: Education, Time, Attention, Study)

"I think the greatest photographers are the amateur photographers who do it because they love it. Arnold Newman is a good example; he is a consummate professional, but he's also an 'amateur' in the pure sense of the word."
- John Sexton
(Related: Love, Example, Sense, Word)

"An amateur is someone who supports himself with outside jobs which enable him to paint. A professional is someone whose wife works to enable him to paint."
- Ben Shahn
(Related: Wife, Jobs)

"There was no professional theater in Cork, but still I did a lot of performing."
- Fiona Shaw
(Related: Theater)

"Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Fitness, Children, Interest, Profession)

"Every person who has mastered a profession is a skeptic concerning it."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Profession)

"I know that if I went to other studios, like in Vancouver, that those are set up to be as professional and as true, so it's just a different flavour, it's a different sound, but I think both have their place."
- Billy Sherwood
(Related: Sound)

"I'm still very professional about my fitness. I stay in trim as I always did."
- Peter Shilton
(Related: Fitness)

"Music is too important to be left to professionals."
- Michelle Shocked
(Related: Music, professionals)

"The irony of that is, what makes it kind of ironic, is when you do become successful as a professional athlete in particular, a lot of the young children who are emulating these stars do have a different perspective."
- Frank Shorter
(Related: Successful, Children, Irony, Perspective, Stars)

"And then to end up with a total of 347 wins, averaging 10 regular season wins for 33 years and the best winning percentage, and I'm very proud of this, of any professional team from 1970 to 1996."
- Don Shula
(Related: Winning, End, Years)

"The profession of the writer has its thorns about which the reader does not dream."
- Henryk Sienkiewicz
(Related: Dream, Profession, Writer)

"A man must be strong in that profession, he must have vigor of body and mind, yet I am all out of breath if I walk up a hill; I have not the heart to crush even a fly."
- Gregorio M. Sierra
(Related: Heart, Body, Man, Mind, Profession)

"I suspect there isn't an actor alive who was able to truthfully answer his family's questions after his first day's activity in his future profession."
- Simone Signoret
(Related: Family, Actor, Day, First, Future, Profession, Questions)

"Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness."
- Georges Simenon
(Related: Profession, Unhappiness, Vocation, Writing)

"It's one of the strangest attributes of this profession that when we writers get exhausted writing one thing, we relax by writing another."
- Dan Simmons
(Related: Profession, Relax, Writers, Writing)

"The word liberal distinguishes whatever nourishes the mind and spirit from the training which is merely practical or professional or from the trivialities which are no training at all."
- Alan K. Simpson
(Related: Liberal, Mind, Spirit, Training, Word)

"Most reporters who come to me get their stories directly from press releases. Very few do what one would consider to be their professional duty."
- Joey Skaggs
(Related: Duty, Press)

"Larry, I spent probably most of my professional life helping to build Enron Corporation. I don't think there was anyone that was as shocked by the - by the collapse of the company as I was."
- Jeffrey Skilling
(Related: Life, Company, Enron)

"I had such a good time working with John Woo and John Travolta, and it was so professional. I want to work with people who are real professionals."
- Christian Slater
(Related: Time, Work, People, professionals, Want)

"Remember, it's very simple to have an oven tested professionally, and it only takes about five minutes."
- Delia Smith
"Do not try to push your way through to the front ranks of your profession; do not run after distinctions and rewards; but do your utmost to find an entry into the world of beauty."
- Sydney Smith
(Related: Beauty, Profession, World)

"By the time I was 22, I was a professional. A young and flawed professional, but not an amateur."
- Stephen Sondheim
(Related: Time)

"This wealth of experiences, personal and professional, have helped me appreciate the variety of perspectives that present themselves in every case that I hear."
- Sonia Sotomayor
(Related: Wealth, Present, Variety)

"Acting is easy and fun. You earn a lot of money, and you bang out with girls. The profession is given tremendous significance within our society, but it's not really worthy of it."
- James Spader
(Related: Money, Society, Acting, Fun, Girls, Profession)

"Nowadays young people have great choice of occupations, hobbies, etc, so chess is experiencing difficulties because of the high competition. Now it's hard to make living in chess, so our profession does attract young people."
- Boris Spassky
(Related: People, Chess, Choice, Competition, Difficulties, Hobbies, Living, Now, Occupations, Profession)

"Well, first of all, they're all about the music and all I care about in my professional career is the music."
- Ronnie Spector
(Related: Music, Care, Career, First)

"Our profession is very much like going to a cocktail party, you check out the guest list."
- Robert Stack
(Related: Guest, Party, Profession)

"I don't do stunts and I don't think many actors do. For an actor to say they do their own stunts I don't think is very respectful of the profession of stunt men and women."
- Nick Stahl
(Related: Men, Women, Actor, Actors, Profession)

"I am a professional performer and I only appear on TV for entertainment or for philanthropic organizations, and I consider this a very serious matter that doesn't fit into either category."
- Lionel Stander
(Related: Entertainment)

"One could say that in case of need, every normal and healthy woman is able to hold a position. And there is no profession which cannot be practiced by a woman."
- Edith Stein
(Related: Profession, Woman)

"The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business."
- John Steinbeck
(Related: Business, Profession, Racing, Writing)

"I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession."
- John Steinbeck
(Related: Mouse, Pride, Profession)

"In reality, we can prove that the incidents of drug, alcohol abuse and violence have dropped dramatically among professional athletes - but the problem is it would be impossible to convince than fans, because of what they read on the AP wire."
- Leigh Steinberg
(Related: Abuse, Alcohol, Athletes, Fans, Reality, Violence)

"Cameron was able to get an inside look at professional football from the standpoint of athletes and agents and general managers that few people have ever seen."
- Leigh Steinberg
(Related: People, Athletes, Football, Managers)

"Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It's staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in."
- Casey Stengel
(Related: Baseball, Being, Hurt, Night, Woman)

"Law is not a profession at all, but rather a business service station and repair shop."
- Adlai E. Stevenson
(Related: Business, Law, Profession, Service)

"Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
(Related: Politics, Thought, Preparation, Profession)

"The knights of the theater represented to me not only the pinnacle of the profession but the esteem in which the profession was held. To find myself, to my astonishment, in that company is the grandest thing that has professionally happened to me."
- Patrick Stewart
(Related: Company, Profession, Theater)

"And yet I would not freely exchange my science for those of my fellow laureates. They are forever confined in their professional discussions to the small numbers of their fellow scientists."
- George Stigler
(Related: Science, Numbers, Scientists)

"Amherst was pivotal in my broad intellectual development; MIT in my development as a professional economist."
- Joseph E. Stiglitz
(Related: Development)

"That's one great thing about my profession, traveling to locations."
- Dean Stockwell
(Related: Profession, Traveling)

"The professional must learn to be moved and touched emotionally, yet at the same time stand back objectively: I've seen a lot of damage done by tea and sympathy."
- Anthony Storr
(Related: Time, Sympathy, Tea)

"As a professional writer of detective stories, I string along with the ballplayers. I love a ball game."
- Rex Stout
(Related: Love, Writer)

"The dirty little secret of journalism is that it really isn't a profession, it's a craft. All you need is a telephone and a conscience and you're all set."
- Andrew Sullivan
(Related: Conscience, Journalism, Profession)

"I am a very lucky man. I am living my life with my hobby as my profession."
- Jim Sullivan
(Related: Life, Living, Man, Profession)

"There are some lawyers who think of themselves as basically instruments of whoever their clients are, and they pride themselves on their professional craft."
- Cass Sunstein
(Related: Clients, Lawyers, Pride)

"One of the big draws of the show is here's a guy who is ordinary in a lot of ways but, due to his profession, he's placed in extraordinary situations that he has to make right with action and with thought. That's what is appealing about Jack - he takes charge."
- Kiefer Sutherland
(Related: Thought, Action, Profession, Right)

"There's lots of interesting jobs in the profession besides acting, and I like to try and keep an eye on and understand other people's jobs, rather than just my own."
- Sarah Sutton
(Related: People, Acting, Eye, Jobs, Profession)

"Professional sports is a business."
- Lynn Swann
(Related: Business, Sports)

"Going to college helped me, because I had four years in the conservatory program, which is close as you can get to a professional environment. It's like all day."
- Ryan Sypek
(Related: College, Day, Environment, Years)

"You have to come in on a professional level to make it, otherwise you just can't get into rap."
- Ice T
(Related: Rap)

"I'll be damned if I am not getting tired of this. It seems to be the profession of a President simply to hear other people talk."
- William Howard Taft
(Related: People, President, Profession, Talk)

"Journalism is not just a cause, it's also a wacky profession."
- David Talbot
(Related: Cause, Journalism, Profession)

"I've always thought my soundtracks do pretty good, because they're basically professional equivalents of a mix tape I'd make for you at home."
- Quentin Tarantino
(Related: Home, Thought, Pretty)

"I would advise all youths aspiring to athletic fame or a professional career to practice clean living, fair play and good sportsmanship."
- Major Taylor
(Related: Career, Fame, Living, Play, Practice)

"All of these people kept on being professional musicians and composers in the strictest sense."
- James Tenney
(Related: People, Being, Composers, Musicians, Sense)

"It was not until I had graduated from college that I made a professional commitment to it. Frankly, I didn't think it wise. I was my own interior parental force, and it's very difficult to justify a profession as a dancer."
- Twyla Tharp
(Related: College, Commitment, Force, Profession)

"I watch a lot of professional skating, and I am really looking forward to going to nationals."
- Debi Thomas
"Being a conductor is kind of a hybrid profession because most fundamentally, it is being someone who is a coach, a trainer, an editor, a director."
- Michael Tilson Thomas
(Related: Being, Coach, Profession)

"If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism."
- Hunter S. Thompson
(Related: Truth, People, Journalism, Past, Prison, Today, Years)

"As for doing good; that is one of the professions which is full. Moreover I have tried it fairly and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Constitution, May)

"We know these men are professionals whose services are up for bid and whose bags are packed, and yet we call them our own and take personal, even civic pride in their accomplishments."
- John Thorn
(Related: Men, Accomplishments, Pride, professionals)

"While I was in high school, I started working professionally and got an agent."
- Charlene Tilton
(Related: School)

"It is amazing to me, as a professional geologist, how many otherwise intelligent people have, as some may say, 'drunk the Al Gore Kool-Aid' concerning global climate change."
- Earl F. Titcomb, Jr.
(Related: Change, People, Climate, Climate change, May)

"I was a singer professionally when I was four years old, and I did not really begin to play any instrument - the first one, of course, was drums - till I was about nine years old."
- Mel Torme
(Related: First, Old, Play, Years)

"Programmers are in the enviable position of not only getting to do what they want to, but because the end result is so important they get paid to do it. There are other professions like that, but not that many."
- Linus Torvalds
(Related: End, Result, Want)

"Oddly my name has been no professional help at all! It seems to have made no difference. I admire him hugely, both for his benevolence and his enormous psychological perception."
- Joanna Trollope
(Related: Perception, Benevolence, Difference, Help, Name)

"In love, women are professionals, men are amateurs."
- Francois Truffaut
(Related: Men, Women, Love, professionals)

"The way to know about championship quality is to learn from champions, and that I did; studying them with professional purpose during my time in the ring and from habitual interest afterward."
- Gene Tunney
(Related: Time, Quality, Purpose, Interest)

"Modeling is a profession where your worth is tied up with looks."
- Christy Turlington
(Related: Profession, Worth)

"Thus, during the winter of 2003 I ventured into a new arena as a professional photographer."
- Janine Turner
(Related: Winter)

"I've sung my whole life. I've taken lots of voice lessons and I love to sing. But I've never really sung professionally at all."
- Liv Tyler
(Related: Love, Life, Voice)

"The older one gets in this profession, the more people there are with whom one would never work again."
- Liv Ullmann
(Related: Work, People, Profession)

"I'm against the draft. I believe we should have a professional military; it might be smaller, but it would be more effective."
- Jesse Ventura
(Related: Draft, Military)

"Professional sports are something they can't control."
- Troy Vincent
(Related: Sports, Control)

"Originally a record producer more or less hired a bunch of professionals to participate in a recording session, the performers and the technicians, and a music director was put in charge. That directly related to a film producer's job."
- Tony Visconti
(Related: Music, Film, Job, professionals)

"No one else in our family was a professional musician so this took an enormous leap of faith on their part."
- Tony Visconti
(Related: Faith, Family)

"My profession is called record production."
- Tony Visconti
(Related: Production, Profession)

"The real truth is that the Obama administration is professional at bullying, as we have witnessed with ACORN at work during the presidential campaign. It seems to me they are sending down their bullies to create fist fights among average American citizens who don't want a government-run health care plan forced upon them."
- Jon Voight
(Related: Health, Work, Truth, Government, American, Care, Want)

"Part of the success of This American Life, I think, is due to the fact that none of us sound like we should be on the radio. We don't sound professional; we sound like people you would know."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: Success, Life, People, American, Fact, Sound)

"While women certainly have made great strides toward pay parity in the past 30 years, there is still a gap in earnings between men and women in equivalent professions."
- Ginny B. Waite
(Related: Men, Women, Past, Years)

"My earliest professional musical experiences were really as a session player, and every day was an adventure. Three sessions a day, every day, and you never knew who you would be working with until you arrived at the studio."
- Rick Wakeman
(Related: Adventure, Day)

"I never dreamed about being an actor, because that was out of reach. Coming from a small town that was big in farming, and also big in clothing factories, you don't dream about being a professional football player or an actor."
- Herschel Walker
(Related: Dream, Actor, Being, Football)

"I'm impressed with how professional they are and what they can get an animal to do. I mean, dogs and cats - that's one thing. But when you get into the larger animals, that's a different thing all together."
- M. Emmet Walsh
(Related: Animals, Cats, Dogs)

"But I've worked where they've had animals before, and animal wranglers, the people who raise animals and train animals for films and television, they're all very, very professional."
- M. Emmet Walsh
(Related: People, Animals, Television)

"When I interview people accused of capital offenses, I never even ask if they did it. I would consider that unprofessional."
- Joseph Wambaugh
(Related: People)

"The time has come for professional jurors."
- Joseph Wambaugh
(Related: Time)

"A life spent largely among books, and in the exercise of a literary profession, has very obvious drawbacks, as a subject-matter, when one comes to write about it."
- Mary A. Ward
(Related: Life, Books, Exercise, Literary, Obvious, Profession)

"In any profession it gets to be a grind."
- Denzel Washington
(Related: Profession)

"I had a lot of success from the start. I never really was tested for long periods of time. I got my first professional job while I was a senior in college. I signed with the William Morris Agency before I graduated."
- Denzel Washington
(Related: Success, Time, College, First, Job)

"Do not hover always on the surface of things, nor take up suddenly with mere appearances; but penetrate into the depth of matters, as far as your time and circumstances allow, especially in those things which relate to your profession."
- Isaac Watts
(Related: Time, Circumstances, Profession)

"Professional reviewers read so many bad books in the course of duty that they get an unhealthy craving for arresting phrases."
- Evelyn Waugh
(Related: Books, Duty)

"It's a hard life as a professional cricketer. It's not as easy as everyone makes out. To survive you need a tough hide."
- Steve Waugh
(Related: Life)

"I've always wanted to be a professional golfer and I'm glad that came true."
- Karrie Webb
"I think travel is probably the downside of playing professional golf, but you've got to do it."
- Karrie Webb
(Related: Travel, Golf)

"There are great amateur bodies that have good programs right from the grassroots level to professionals."
- Karrie Webb
(Related: professionals, Right)

"I'm a professional; I feel I'm one of the best in the game."
- Chris Webber
"I hate the whole race. There is no believing a word they say, your professional poets, I mean there never existed a more worthless set than Byron and his friends for example."
- Arthur Wellesley
(Related: Example, Friends, Hate, Poets, Race, Word)

"What worries me is the professionalism of everything."
- Irvine Welsh
"I've always tried to fit what I do professionally into my family, rather than the other way around."
- Adam West
(Related: Family)

"Because of my tremendous respect for Bob Barker and for the show's high standards of professionalism I consider this a tremendous honor that few announcers have ever been treated to. Both Rod's and Johnny's shoes are huge; I can't think about filling them."
- Randy West
(Related: Honor, Respect)

"But day in and day out, the most stimulating part of the work is being a member of a team of so many very bright, articulate and talented professionals."
- Randy West
(Related: Work, Being, Day, professionals)

"Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasurable it my be."
- Edward Weston
(Related: Work, Hard work, Photography, Recreation)

"Politics aside, it will be hard for any new liberal radio network to outdo the professionalism of NPR."
- Paul Weyrich
(Related: Politics, Liberal, Network, Will)

"What can we say about a marketing culture that so openly feeds and colludes with obsession? The Disney empire has developed this to an unprecedented degree of professionalism."
- Rowan Williams
(Related: Culture, Disney, Marketing, Obsession)

"Month after month, Wizard Academy equips people who want to make a difference. This is why journalists and scientists and artists and educators and business owners and advertising professionals and ministers are attracted to our little school."
- Roy H. Williams
(Related: Business, People, Advertising, Artists, Difference, professionals, School, Scientists, Want)

"Every war results from the struggle for markets and spheres of influence, and every war is sold to the public by professional liars and totally sincere religious maniacs, as a Holy Crusade to save God and Goodness from Satan and Evil."
- Robert Anton Wilson
(Related: War, God, Evil, Goodness, Influence, Public, Religious, Results, Satan, Struggle)

"Within reasonable limits, a professional player should keep busy at music."
- Teddy Wilson
(Related: Music, Limits)

"Ordinary professionalism and 20 years' experience can accomplish a lot, but it can't access the hidden places."
- Jeanette Winterson
(Related: Experience, Years)

"But quality of work can be expected only through personal satisfaction, dedication and enjoyment. In our profession, precision and perfection are not a dispensible luxury, but a simple necessity."
- Niklaus Wirth
(Related: Work, Quality, Dedication, Enjoyment, Luxury, Necessity, Perfection, Profession, Satisfaction)

"I went to national piano competitions and did that whole circuit. Then I played professionally to support myself when I moved out to LA."
- Alicia Witt
(Related: Support)

"I was the very first athlete in East Germany allowed to go professional."
- Katarina Witt
(Related: First, Germany)

"There are professional negotiators working for the writers and the actors, but basically you've got the writers and actors negotiating against businessmen. That's why you get rhetoric."
- Dick Wolf
(Related: Actors, Rhetoric, Writers)

"The major championships have always been a special focus in my career, and as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be."
- Tiger Woods
(Related: Career, Focus)

"In therapy I have learned the importance of keeping spiritual life and professional life balanced. I need to regain my balance."
- Tiger Woods
(Related: Life, Balance, Importance, Spiritual, Therapy)

"To depend upon a profession is a less odious form of slavery than to depend upon a father."
- Virginia Woolf
(Related: Father, Profession, Slavery)

"Employ oneself upon trifling professional matters which others could do."
- James Wyatt
"The failure of women to have reached positions of leadership has been due in large part to social and professional discrimination."
- Rosalyn S. Yalow
(Related: Leadership, Women, Failure, Discrimination)

"Well, you know, if you get into the profession because you think you can make a lot of money, you can never become successful."
- Martin Yan
(Related: Money, Successful, Profession)

"I think a lot of times it's not money that's the primary motivation factor; it's the passion for your job and the professional and personal satisfaction that you get out of doing what you do that motivates you."
- Martin Yan
(Related: Money, Motivation, Job, Passion, Satisfaction)

"I am just a normal professional with a great job and a great life."
- Martin Yan
(Related: Life, Job)

"There are numerous bugbears in the profession of a politician. First, ordinary life suffers. Second, there are many temptations to ruin you and those around you. And I suppose third, and this is rarely discussed, people at the top generally have no friends."
- Boris Yeltsin
(Related: Life, People, First, Friends, Profession, Ruin, Temptations)

"In common with many others in the varied branches of our profession, my academic education is subnormal."
- Loretta Young
(Related: Education, Profession)

"You know raising a family in the lifestyle of a professional athlete can be very difficult."
- Robin Yount
(Related: Family)

"My high school coach was Ray O'Conner. He has coached a lot of players that have signed professional contracts, and many of those have gone on to play in the major leagues."
- Robin Yount
(Related: Coach, Play, School)

"And, I may add, from what totally unexpected sources come many of those who from the comparatively modest beginning in the chorus rise to the heights of really great achievement in the theatrical profession."
- Florenz Ziegfeld
(Related: Achievement, Beginning, May, Profession)

"I hadn't focused on mechanics since I signed professionally."
- Barry Zito
"I am like the Jack Nicholson of the Kings - every single game. If there was a game tonight I wouldn't be here. I used to play hockey. That was my original thing. My first thing, I wanted to play professional hockey."
- Rob Zombie
(Related: First, Kings, Play)

"They have accorded me my constitutional rights, and that is to their credit because the media hate campaign against me has been so intense and so vicious that it's a miracle that the police have taken such a professional approach."
- Ernst Zundel
(Related: Credit, Rights, Hate, Media, Police)