Oscar Wilde quote about work from The Importance of Being Earnest - It is awfully hard work doing nothing. However, I don't mind hard work where there is no definite object of any kind.
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It is awfully hard work doing nothing. However, I don't mind hard work where there is no definite object of any kind.
 Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). copy citation

Context

“I can't bear looking at things. It is so silly.
Algernon. Well, what shall we do?
jack. Nothing!
Algernon. It is awfully hard work doing nothing. However, I don't mind hard work where there is no definite object of any kind.
[Enter Lane.]
Lane. Miss Fairfax.
[Enter Gwendolen. Lane goes out.]
Algernon.” source

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