Oscar Wilde quote about work from The Soul of Man under Socialism - Man is made for something better than disturbing dirt. All work of that kind should be done by a machine.
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Man is made for something better than disturbing dirt. All work of that kind should be done by a machine.
 Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism (1891). copy citation

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Author Oscar Wilde
Source The Soul of Man under Socialism
Topic work machines
Date 1891
Language English
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“To sweep a slushy crossing for eight hours, on a day when the east wind is blowing is a disgusting occupation. To sweep it with mental, moral, or physical dignity seems to p. 37me to be impossible. To sweep it with joy would be appalling. Man is made for something better than disturbing dirt. All work of that kind should be done by a machine.
And I have no doubt that it will be so. Up to the present, man has been, to a certain extent, the slave of machinery, and there is something tragic in the fact that as soon as man had invented a machine to do his work he began to starve.” source

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