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Lesson 2. Daily LIFE

By doing nothing we learn to do ill.

English saying


1. Study the following quotations about work and discuss which ones you most, or least, agree with.

  1. The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work. (Robert Frost)
  2. Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment. (Richard Bach)
  3. The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work. (Richard Bach)
  4. Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. (Aristotle)
  5. Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence. (Author Unknown)

2. Read the text and answer the questions below.


Have you ever thought that 24 hours isn’t enough to do all you have to do? All of us have so many duties and obligations! In addition to the daily routine at offices, schools, hospitals, etc., we have always got some housework to do and shopping, we have to cook the meals and keep the house clean. It is really surprising how much work some people manage to do! But it often happens that we don’t have enough time to do everything and put it off till “some other time”. What do you think is the reason? Why do some people manage and not others?

A lot depends on how you plan your daily round. If you plan your day carefully, you’ll be able to do more and it takes you less time.

Planning the day is especially necessary for people who want to make time for important things. Many outstanding people say that a daily timetable has helped them greatly to achieve what they have.

1. Do you agree that 24 hours isn’t enough to do all we have to do?

2. Do you often put off things till some other time? Why?

3. Do you find it necessary to plan your daily round? Give your reasons.

4. Some people say that a strict timetable makes life dull and uninteresting. What do you think?

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