Labor Quotes (1,000+ quotes)
“What does labor want? We want more school houses and less jails. More books and less guns. More learning and less vice. More leisure and less greed. More justice and less revenge. We want more... opportunities to cultivate our better natures.”
Quoted in Mantsios, Gregory. A New Labor Movement for the New Century. Florence, Ky.: Taylor & Francis, 1998, p. 51.
“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
A Psalm of Life (1839)
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day... thou shalt not do any work.”
“Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.”
Das Kapital (Capital: Critique of Political Economy), 1867-1894
“I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.”
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)