One of the best maxims in determining our course in life is, to select, at the outset, that in which virtue and principle will be least likely to be put to a test, and in which, from the nature of the calling, a man may bring around him such associations and influences as will be an auxiliary in keeping him in the path of virtue.
I heard my mother remark occasionally: 'A man who accepts a job under anyone is a slave.' That impression became so indelibly fixed that even after my marriage I refused all positions. I met expenses by investing my family endowment in land. Moral: Good and positive suggestions should instruct the sensitive ears of children. Their early ideas long remain sharply etched.
Harry Osborn: Hey, Pete you're probably looking for work now. Dad, maybe you can help him find a job?
Peter Parker: Oh, no. I appreciate it, but I'll be fine.
Norman Osborn: It's no problem. I'll make some phonecalls.
Peter Parker: No. I couldn't accept it. I like to earn what I get. I can find work.
Norman Osborn: I respect that. You want to make it on your own steam. That's great.
J. Jonah Jameson: No jobs! Free lance. Best thing in the world for a kid your age. Bring me more shots of that newspaper selling clown and I might take 'em off your hands. Come on, get out of here, I got deadlines.
Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 565-66.
I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto.
Thus Nero went up and down Greece and challenged the fiddlers at their trade. Æropus, a Macedonian king, made lanterns; Harcatius, the king of Parthia, was a mole-catcher; and Biantes, the Lydian, filed needles.
Jeremy Taylor, Holy Living, Chapter I, Secion I, "Rides far Employing Our Time".