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Monday, September 2, 2013

The man who rolls up his shirt sleeves is rarely in danger of losing his shirt.

Happy Labor Day!*

Sophocles (who didn't celebrate Labor Day) said, "Without labor, nothing prospers."

That being said, Labor day is a day we don't work. As Ovid (who also didn't celebrate Labor Day) said, "Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop."

Here are some more quotes for this day that we take off and celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers:

Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race or nation. -Samuel Gompers

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. -Indira Gandhi

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

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. -Vince Lombardi

Men are made stronger on realization that the helping hand they need is at the end of their own right arm. -Sidney J. Phillips

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. -Thomas Jefferson

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

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

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses and some don’t turn up at all. ­-Sam Ewing

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

The man who rolls up his shirt sleeves is rarely in danger of losing his shirt. ­Anonymous

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. -Albert Einstein

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

When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt. -Henry J. Kaiser

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

There is no substitute for hard work. -Thomas Edison

A man is not paid for having a head and hands, but for using them. -Elbert Hubbard

Nothing will work unless you do. - Maya Angelou

The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work. - Harry Golden

I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living. -John D. Rockefeller

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

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

*LaborDay History (source:

During the late 1800s, many Americans were working long, 12-hour days. Many young children also worked long days with very little pay under less-than-favorable conditions. Labor unions began to form around the country, organizing efforts to protest low pay, long hours and harsh and dangerous conditions. Workers also began demanding age restrictions on workers to keep young children out of factories and the workplace.

While there is some debate as to who actually “created” the “workingmen’s holiday,” Labor Day was first observed in New York City in 1882. 10,000 employees took to the streets to participate in the very first Labor Day parade on September 5, 1882. These workers took unpaid time off from work to march from City Hall to Union Square. Little by little, other areas around the country began celebrating Labor Day. But it was not until 1894 when Labor Day became a federal holiday.

Labor Day serves as an important reminder that without those brave American men and women from days gone by, our working conditions would be entirely different today.

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