Work

Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy. For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger. And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine. And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.

— Kahil Gibran, The Prophet

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelanglo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, �Here lived a great sweeper who did his job well.�

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

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