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Late for Work....Again

When you wake up late and are scrambling around to get ready for work, do you automatically start thinking up excuses as to why you are running late for work....again? If so, you are not alone, according to a February 2009 CareerBuilder.com survey of over 8,000 workers, 12% said that they are late at least twice a week.

Before you decide to make up some far fetched version of the truth, just remember that your boss has probably heard them all. The following is from an April 6, 2009 CNN.com article entitled "Twelve amusing excuses for being late to work."

1. My heat was shut off so I had to stay home to keep my snake warm.

2. My husband thinks it's funny to hide my car keys before he goes to work.

3. I walked into a spider web on the way out the door and couldn't find the spider, so I had to go inside and shower again.

4. I got locked in my trunk by my son.

5. My left turn signal was out so I had to make all right turns to get to work.

6. A gurney fell out of an ambulance and delayed traffic.

7. I was attacked by a raccoon and had to stop by the hospital to make sure it wasn't rabid.

8. I feel like I'm in everyone's way if I show up on time.

9. My father didn't wake me up.

10. A groundhog bit my bike tire and made it flat.

11. My driveway washed away in the rain last night.

12. I had to go to bingo.


~ It's a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can't eat for eight hours; he can't drink for eight hours; he can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work. ~ William Faulkner

~ The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. ~ Vince Lombardi


~ The harder I work, the luckier I get. ~ Samuel Goldwyn

~ The harder I work the more I live. ~ George Bernard Shaw

~ Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.~ Voltaire

~ To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.~ Pearl S. Buck

~ When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: 'Whose?' ~ Don Marquis

~ Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden. ~ Orson Scott Card

~ To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness. ~ John Dewey

~ Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence. ~ Laurence J. Peter

~ Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. ~ Henry Ford

~ Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. ~ Albert Einstein

~ Nothing will work unless you do. ~ Maya Angelou


~ We work to become, not to acquire. ~ Elbert Hubbard

~ Work is a necessary evil to be avoided. ~ Mark Twain

~ When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt. ~ Henry J. Kaiser

~ Our work is the presentation of our capabilities. ~ Edward Gibbon

~ One must work and dare if one really wants to live. ~ Vincent van Gogh

~ Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do.~ Oscar Wilde

~ Work is a necessity for man. Man invented the alarm clock. ~ Pablo Picasso

~ A positive attitude may not solve every problem but it makes solving any problem a more pleasant experience. ~ Grant Fairley

~ Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal. ~ Vince Lombardi

~ All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.~ Proverb

~ Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~ Thomas A. Edison


~ The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work. ~ Richard Bach

~ Find a job you like and you add five days to every week. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

~ Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work. ~ Earl Nightingale

~ By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day. ~ Robert Frost

~ Life is not a continuum of pleasant choices, but of inevitable problems that call for strength, determination, and hard work. ~ Indian Proverb

~ America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week. ~ Evan Esar

~ Find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life. ~ Harvey MacKay


~ Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work. ~ Horace

~ When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.~ John Ruskin

~ I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.~ Jerome K. Jerome

~ If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it. ~ Charles F. Kettering

~ Never stand begging for what you have the power to earn. ~ Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

~ Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work. ~ Booker T. Washington

~ Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. ~ Jalal ad-Din Rumi

~ You can employ men and hire hands to work for you, but you must win their hearts to have them work with you. ~Merle Shain

~A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized. ~ Fred Allen

~ Whenever there is a hard job to be done I assign it to a lazy man; he is sure to find an easy way of doing it. ~ Walter Chrysler


~ Do your work, but do your thing. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ You don't put robbers to work in a bank. ~ American Proverb

~ Problems are only opportunities in work clothes. ~ Henry J. Kaiser

~ The deeper the carpet you're called upon, the deeper the trouble you're in. ~ Jim Kenworthy

~ Work: a dangerous disorder affecting high public functionaries who want to go fishing. ~ Ambrose Bierce

~ Liberals say we should end employment discrimination. I say we should end employment. ~ Bob Black

~ Employees make the best dates. You don't have to pick them up and they're always tax-deductible. ~ Andy Warhol

~ Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all. ~ Sam Ewing

~ The easiest job in the world has to be coroner. Surgery on dead people. What's the worst thing that could happen? If everything went wrong, maybe you'd get a pulse.~ Dennis Miller

~Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence. ~ Dr. Laurence J. Peter


~ A bad worker quarrels with his tools. ~ Proverb

~ Work is the curse of the drinking classes. ~ Oscar Wilde

~ The idle man does not know what it is to enjoy rest. ~ Albert Einstein

~ I learned the value of hard work by working hard. ~ Margaret Mead

~ My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it. ~ Abraham Lincoln

~ Doing nothing is very hard to do...you never know when you're finished. ~ Leslie Nielsen

~ If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves. ~ Lane Kirkland

~ Our chief defect is that we are more given to talking about things than to doing them. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

~ One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. ~ Elbert Hubbard

~ Why do I like racing? I was too lazy to work and too chicken to steal. ~ Kyle Petty

~ People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get. ~ Frederick Douglass


~ If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done... ~ Anonymous

~ I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early. ~ Charles Lamb

~ All I've ever wanted was an honest week's pay for an honest day's work. ~ Steve Martin

~ Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind. ~ Henry Ford

~ Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down. ~ Jimmy Durante

~ The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work. ~ Robert Frost

~ The first sign of a nervous breakdown is when you start thinking your work is terribly important. ~ Milo Bloom

~ The trouble with unemployment is that the minute you wake up in the morning you're on the job. ~ Slappy White

~ One way to make sure everyone gets to work on time would be to have 95 parking spaces for every 100 employees. ~ Michael Iapoce

~ Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. ~ Bill Gates

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Great quotes !!!

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