Walter Reuther Quotes (5 quotes)
“There's a direct relationship between the ballot box and the bread box, and what the union fights for and wins at the bargaining table can be taken away in the legislative halls.”
Proceedings of the Constitutional Convention of the United Auto Workers, Vol. 22 (1970)
“Labor is not fighting for a larger slice of the national pie. Labor is fighting for a larger pie.”
Writing in The New Republic, Vol. 114 (1946)
“Nature is an aeolian harp, a musical instrument whose tones are the re-echo of higher strings within us.”
Variant translation: "Nature is an eolian harp - she is a musical instrument whose tones in turn are the keys of higher strings in us" - Notes for a Romantic Encyclopaedia [Das Allgemeine Brouillion] (1799), No. 966
“Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit.”
Conversations With Norman Mailer (1988 edition)
“Man is his own star, and the soul that can
Render an honest and a perfect man
Commands all light, all influence, all fate.
Nothing to him falls early, or too late.
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.”
The Honest Man's Fortune, (1613; published 1647)
“It is simply in the nature of Armenian to study, to learn, to question, to speculate, to discover, to invent, to revise, to restore, to preserve, to make, and to give.”
First Visit to Armenia (1935)
“As I grow older and older, And totter toward the tomb, I find that I care less and less, Who goes to bed with whom.”
―Dorothy L. Sayers
As quoted in "The Random House large print book of jokes and anecdotes: for anyone who needs a laugh", edited by Joseph Claro, 1994, p. 210. Also in: Lantern, Volume 38, Union Education Department, 1989, p. 14
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsWalter Reuther
Born: September 1, 1907
Died: May 9, 1970 (aged 62)
Bio: Walter Philip Reuther was an American labor union leader, who made the United Automobile Workers a major force not only in the auto industry but also in the Democratic Party in the mid 20th century. He was a socialist in the early 1930s becoming a leading liberal and supporter of the New Deal coalition.