Happy Labor Day!

Notable Quotations for Labor Day

What we learn to do, we learn by doing.

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
-- Pearl S. Buck

The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.
-- Cesar Chavez

Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
--Chinese Proverb

Work is not a curse, it is the prerogative of intelligence, the only means to manhood, and the measure of civilization.
--Calvin Coolidge

It is better to wear out than to rust out.
-- Richard Cumberland

Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.
-- Frederick Douglass

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all
-- Peter Drucker

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

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
-- Thomas Edison

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

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
-- Albert Einstein

What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life - to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent, unspeakable memories.
-- George Eliot

The future depends on what we do in the present.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned -- this is the sum of good government.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverence.
-- Samuel Johnson

One man can make a difference, and every man should try.
--John F. Kennedy

Thank God every morning when you get up, that you have something to do that day which must be done, whether you like it or not. Being forced to work and forced to do your best will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle never know.
-- Charles Kingsley

If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.—
-- Abraham Lincoln

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
-- Abraham Lincoln

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
-- Abraham Lincoln

The strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family relation should be one uniting working people of all nations and tongues and kindreds.
-- Abraham Lincoln

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
-- Matthew 11:28 (KJV)

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.—
-- Thomas Paine

Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
-- Psalm 127:1-2 (KJV)

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

It was not by gold or by silver, but by labor, that all the wealth of the world was originally purchased.
-- Adam Smith

Without labor nothing prospers.
-- Sophocles

God sells us all things at the price of labor.
-- Leonardo da Vinci

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.
-- Frank Lloyd Wright

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