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I hold every man a debtor to his profession.
Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
Through all the employments of life Each neighbour abuses his brother; Whore and rogue they call husband and wife: All professions be-rogue one another.
The bond between a man and his profession is similar to that which ties him to his country; it is just as complex, often ambivalent, and in general it is understood completely only when it is broken: by exile or emigration in the case of one’s country, by retirement in the case of a trade or profession.
In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes the world to believe that he is. Thus we may say that the whole world is made up of appearances.
All professions are conspiracies against the laity.
And there is no trade or employment but the young man following it may become a hero.
There is something tragic about the enormous number of young men there are in England at the present moment who start life with perfect profiles, and end by adopting some useful profession.
To depend upon a profession is a less odious form of slavery than to depend upon a father.
The best augury of a man’s success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world.