Labor Day Quotes

Sparked from the idea of a union leader, Labor Day is “a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers” (US Dept. of Labor). The federal holiday day was put into law by President Grove Cleveland in 1894 and is held on the first Monday in September.


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

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
- Confucius

"A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor."
- Victor Hugo

"Work is no disgrace; the disgrace is idleness."
- Greek proverb

"Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy."
- Ralph Ransom

"Without labor nothing prospers."
- Sophocles

"Labor was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labor, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased."
- Adam Smith

"Each morning sees some task begin, Each evening sees it close;
Something attempted, some done, Has earned a night's repose."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"No great achievement is possible without persistent work."
- Bertrand Russell

"The end of labor is to gain leisure."
- Aristotle

"There is no substitute for hard work."
- Thomas Edison

"Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is the lightning that does the work."
- Mark Twain

"Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them."
- Joseph Joubert

"Labor in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage of capital, but capital solicits the aid of labor."
- Daniel Webster

"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man."
- Elbert Hubbard

"All wealth is the product of labor."
- John Locke

"Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another."
- Anatole France

"It is labor indeed that puts the difference on everything."
- John Locke




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