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Labor Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Labor

Please enjoy these Labor Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

The end of labor is to gain leisure.
- Aristotle

There is no labor a person does that is undignified;
if they do it right.
- Bill Cosby

It is only through labor and painful effort,
by grim energy and resolute courage,
that we move on to better things.
- Theodore Roosevelt

 

Genius is the power to labor better and more availably.
Deserve thy genius: exalt it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome.
No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
- Andre Gide

Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage,
or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb,
with great labor, and incessant anxiety,
but never reach the top.
- Robert Browning

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All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance
and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I want to have children, but my friends scare me.
One of my friends told me she was in labor for 36 hours.
I don't even want to do anything that feels good for 36 hours.
- Rita Rudner

What the country needs are a few labor-making inventions.
- Arnold H. Glasow

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Cats know how to obtain food without labor,
shelter without confinement, and love without penalties.
- W. L. George

If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end,
it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.
- Doug Larson

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of
labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
- Grover Cleveland

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
- James Whistler

Yet in this global economy, no jobs are safe.
High-speed Internet connections and low-cost,
skilled labor overseas are an explosive combination.
- Bob Taft

Everything that is really great and inspiring
is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
- Albert Einstein

Manage the remarkable balance between acting
from your heart and close to your gifts
with completing the obligations
that your labor and tasks require of you.
Leverage opportunity AND seize joy.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The monarchy is a labor intensive industry.
- Harold Wilson

Friends are the greatest labor and the greatest reward.
- Jason Zebehazy

The essential act of war is destruction,
not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor.
- George Orwell

Workers have kept faith in American institutions.
Most of the conflicts, which have occurred have been
when labor's right to live has been challenged and denied.
- John L. Lewis

Undoubtedly a man is to labor to better his condition,
but first to better himself.
- William Ellery Channing

A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd,
like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees,
will often be stung for his curiosity.
- Alexander Pope

We only labor to stuff the memory, and leave the conscience
and the understanding unfurnished and void.
- Michel de Montaigne

Free trade should not mean free labor.
- Stephen F. Lynch

A permanent division of labor inevitably creates occupational
and class inequality and conflict.
- Robert Shea

We have never yet had a labor Government that knew
what taking power really means;
they always act like second-class citizens.
- Dora Russell

No more turning a blind eye to Chinese spies in our nuclear labs.
No more keeping silent about Chinese slave labor camps.
- Steve Forbes

If he wants their labor, let them go to work,
without regard to politics.
- Charles E. Merrill

To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor,
to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life.
The money is the gravy.
- Bette Davis

The seeming antagonism between capital and labor is
the result of deceptive appearance.
- Leland Stanford

It is more noble to give yourself completely to one
individual than to labor diligently for the salvation of the masses.
- Dag Hammarskjold

The credit for much of this rightly belongs to the
late Mayor Daley who forged a coalition of business
and labor that kept Chicago always moving ahead.
- Jane Byrne

Dare to be honest and fear no labor.
- Robert Burns

I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful;
but I have never read in either of them:
Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.
- Saint Augustine

Labor wants pride and joy in doing good work,
a sense of making or doing something beautiful or useful -
to be treated with dignity and respect as brother and sister.
- Thorstein Veblen

Any one who believes that any great enterprise of an
industrial character can be started without labor must
have little experience of life.
- William Graham Sumner

Idleness is a constant sin, and labor is a duty.
Idleness is the devil's home for temptation and for unprofitable,
distracting musings; while labor profit others and ourselves.
- Anne Baxter

Every man is dishonest who lives upon the labor of others,
no matter if he occupies a throne.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

He who labors diligently need never despair;
for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor.
- Menander

There are as many jobs for younger Americans as there
are for other Americans of every age group in political campaigns.
Campaigns are very labor intensive and volunteer dependent.
- Marc Racicot

A White House dinner is the American family assembled,
from labor leaders to billionaires, actors,
architects, academicians and athletes.
- Hugh Sidey

Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed
by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor.
- Karl Marx

Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land,
or lending or the taxation of labor.
- John Ruskin

Having once decided to achieve a certain task,
achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste.
The gain in self confidence of having accomplished
a tiresome labor is immense.
- Arthur Helps

The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest of pleasures.
- Luc de Clapier

Must all of them and their families be physically abolished?
Of course not? They must be 'liquidated' or melted
in the hot fire of exile and labor into the proletarian masses.
- Walter Duranty

People see my photos and think I labor over my image and I'm this cool,
brooding artist.
But I'm just having fun with it.
- Lenny Kravitz

So May 4th in the labor movement has always been an important date.
- William Kunstler

Being a member of the labor force and a full-time parent
means trying to manage against overwhelming odds in an unresponsive society.
- Sheila B. Kamerman

Only with the tools of production in their own hands
could the workers ever hope to control their own lives
and receive the fruits of their labor.
- Ella R. Bloor

When you choose your fields of labor go where nobody else is willing to go.
- Mary Lyon

The most popular labor-saving device is still money.
- Phyllis George

The biggest labor problem is tomorrow.
- Brigham Young

It was a labor of love and they did really well.
- Ian Hunter

Dignify and glorify common labor.
It is at the bottom of life that we must begin,
not at the top.
- Booker T. Washington

I was unaware of the dispute in Brooklyn.
I would never knowingly wear any clothes or support
any company who produced clothing with alleged wage and labor violations.
- Shakira

The way things are going, we are not too far from the
day when it will take an hour's labor just to pay for
the gasoline to get to the job.
- Sherwood Boehlert

Fires can't be made with dead embers,
nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men.
Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns
even labor into pleasant tasks.
- James A. Baldwin

If every American donated five hours a week,
it would equal the labor of 20 million full-time volunteers.
- Whoopi Goldberg

Writing is manual labor of the mind:
a job,
like laying pipe.
- John Gregory Dunne

Certainly if we hope do enhance and extend whatever
natural assets we were given,
we must expect to make an effort, if not actually great labor.
- Dixie Carter

I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell,
unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy
Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.
- Martin Luther

Organized labor, if they're doing a responsible job,
is going to organize the pooling of small amounts of
money to protect the interests of the people who are not rich.
- Warren Beatty

There is no real wealth but the labor of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The increased global linkages promote economic growth
in the world through two key mechanisms:
the division of labor and the international spillovers of knowledge.
- Toshihiko Fukui

By rendering the labor of one, the property of the other,
they cherish pride, luxury, and vanity on one side;
on the other,
vice and servility, or hatred and revolt.
- James Madison

Dignity does not float down from heaven it cannot be
purchased nor manufactured.
It is a reward reserved for those who labor with diligence.
- Bill Hybels

Labor was the first price, the original purchase -
money that was paid for all things.
- Adam Smith

We do want more, and when it becomes more,
we shall still want more.
And we shall never cease to demand more until we have
received the results of our labor.
- Samuel Gompers


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