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I don't like work — no man does — but I like what is in work — the chance to find yourself.
Joseph Conrad

It's never too late to be what you might have been.
George Elliot

Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.
Franz Kafka

What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.
Bob Dylan

I would rather die of passion than of boredom.
Vincent Van Gogh

In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
Theodore Roosevelt

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
Dr. Johnson

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
Carl Jung

Many people are so busy working that they forget to live.
Andreea Raicu

Unimportant work expands to fill the time in which frightening things should be done.
Paul Wood

Life isn't coursework, baby. It's one damn essay crisis after another.
Boris Johnson

Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody in the room.
Retired General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis

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A man who procrastinates in his CHOOSING will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance. So if you now number yourself among the disenchanted, then you have no choice but to accept things as they are, or to seriously seek something else. But beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living And there’s the crux. Is it worth giving up what I have to look for something better? I don’t know—is it? Who can make that decision but you? But even by DECIDING TO LOOK, you go a long way toward making the choice.
Hunter S. Thompson, aged 20

If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.
Abraham Maslow

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When Sigmund Freud was asked how we can achieve happiness he said two things were necessary: the ability to love and the ability to work.

According to the internet this quotation appears nowhere in Freud’s published work but, even if he did not say it, it is close to things that he did say and, in any case, it is very true. Here are some more thoughts we particularly like on the subject of work.

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Repatriate Romanians have almost always learnt a great deal abroad (in the Romanian expression, ‘through the air’) although they have not always forgotten enough. Some things are hard-wired into Romanians at a very early age. But though a few repats returned to out graft those who stayed at home, the majority come back wanting to do things in a transparent way and make their careers by hard work rather than influence peddling, baksheesh or blackmail.

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I and the team at AppleSearch wish you a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

In 2013 we were steadily busy, recruiting lawyers for leading international law firms on the Romanian market and finance directors for international firms in Romania and Serbia, as well as assignments in various sectors. We worked on a number of sales positions and worked for three investment funds. Our impression is that things are picking up slowly in Romania. We do not expect a dramatic change next year but our clients are cautiously optimistic that things will continue to improve slowly and so are we.

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