Memorable Quotes for Labor Day

Reflect on the Holiday

Float of National Women's Trade Union League 1934 Labor Day Parade in Birmingham
Float of National Women's Trade Union League 1934 Labor Day Parade in Birmingham. Corbis/VCG via Getty Images / Getty Images

While you plan a fabulous Labor Day weekend, don't forget the workers who have made your life easier because of their efforts. Perhaps the plumber who works in your vicinity needs help to send his children to school. Or perhaps the bus driver who drops your kids to school has never been able to spare the time to take his family on vacation. Can you help them? Can you spare a moment to make Labor Day special for those who work for you? Inspire your friends and relatives to contribute or donate generously to help further the cause of laborers. With these Labor Day quotes, create a stir that awakens the heart of the nation.

Often we turn a blind eye toward laborers and workers who toil to make our lives better. On this Labor Day, which is always celebrated on the first Monday in September, let us acknowledge and appreciate their effort.

Anatole France

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

Thomas Geoghegan

"When people ask me, 'Why can't labor organize the way it did in the thirties?' the answer is simple: everything we did then is now illegal."

"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."

Henry George

"Poorly paid labor is inefficient labor, the world over."

John Locke

"It is labour indeed that puts the difference on everything."

Joe Hill

"Workers of the world awaken. Break your chains, demand your rights. All the wealth you make is taken, by exploiting parasites. Shall you kneel in deep submission from your cradle to your grave. Is the height of your ambition to be a good and willing slave?"

Bill Dodds

"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."

Marc Chagall

"Work isn't to make money; you work to justify life."

H. L. Mencken

"The only liberty an inferior man really cherishes is the liberty to quit work, stretch out in the sun, and scratch himself."

"A man usually values that most for which he has labored; he uses that most frugally which he has toiled hour by hour and day by day to acquire."

"No man needs sympathy because he has to work, because he has a burden to carry. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."

Doug Larson

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