Word Origin Comics: The Wages of Sin: What Are You Really Worth?

How do you go about ascertaining your value? What do your salary, wages, or pay say about you? Read on.

"After reading the salary, I've decided that I must refuse. The reason I have to refuse a salary like that is I would be able to do what I've always wanted to do -- get a wonderful mistress, put her up in an apartment, buy her nice things... With the salary you have offered, I could actually do that, and I know what would happen to me. I'd worry about her, what she's doing; I'd get into arguments when I come home, and so on. All this bother would make me uncomfortable and unhappy. I wouldn't be able to do physics well, and it would be a big mess! What I've always wanted to do would be bad for me, so I've decided that I can't accept your offer."

― Richard Feynman

"A salary is, to a man's employer, what his wife's vagina is to his wife: a tool used to (1) reward; and (2) control him."

― Mokokoma Mokhonoana, Divided & Conquered

"I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store;

For Life is just an employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial's hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have paid."

― Jessie B. Rittenhouse

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