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Labor Day Quotes and Sayings

Labor Day is one of very few universal holidays. Not all countries celebrate Labor Day on the same day, but nearly all celebrate it. The reason why this holiday resonates so much with people around the world is its dedication to the ordinary workers. As each one of us has been a worker at some point in our life, Labor Day is especially endearing and important. Here are some Labor Day quotes and sayings to enjoy on this wonderful occasion. 

“Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day.  It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.” Bill Dodds

“I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being in.” Theodore Roosevelt

“Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” Abraham Lincoln

“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

“What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures.” Samuel Gompers

“The only liberty an inferior man really cherishes is the liberty to quit work, stretch out in the sun, and scratch himself.” H.L. Mencken

“Appraisals are where you get together with your team leader and agree what an outstanding member of the team you are, how much your contribution has been valued, what massive potential you have and, in recognition of all this, would you mind having your salary halved.” Theodore Roosevelt

“Labor is work that leaves no trace behind it when it is finished, or if it does, as in the case of the tilled field, this product of human activity requires still more labor, incessant, tireless labor, to maintain its identity as a ''work'' of man.” Mary McCarthy

“The tendency of taxation is to create a class of persons who do not labor, to take from those who do labor the produce of that labor, and to give it to those who do not labor.” William Cobbett

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