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May Day quotes to take into consideration when starting work on the 2 May



May Day quotes to take into consideration when starting Work on the 2 May.

International Labour Day Quotes from Famous people

  • “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.


  • “Manual labor to my father was not only good and decent for it’s own sake but, as he was given to saying, it straightened out one’s thoughts” Mary Ellen Chase.


  • “No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level–I mean the wages of decent living” Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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  • “Workingmen are at the foundation of society. Show me that product of human endeavor in the making of which the workingman has had no share, and I will show you something that society can well dispense with” Samuel Gompers.


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


  • “Poorly paid labor is inefficient labor, the world over” Henry George.


  • “Labor wants also pride and joy in doing good work, a sense of making or doing something beautiful or useful – to be treated with dignity and respect as brother and sister” Thorstein Veblen.


  • “Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy” Ralph Ransom.


  • “Work is the source of nearly all the misery in the world. Almost any evil you’d care to name comes from working or from living in a world designed for work. In order to stop suffering, we have to stop working” Bob Black.


  • “Labor is the only prayer that Nature answers” Robert Green Ingersoll.


  • “If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend” Doug Larson.


  • “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.


  • “International solidarity is not an act of charity:- It is an act of unity between allies fighting on different terrains toward the same objective. The foremost of these objectives is to aid the development of humanity to the highest level possible” Samora Machel.

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  • “Without labor nothing prospers” Sophocles.


  • “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” Abraham Lincoln.


  • “Nonbureaucratic, participative, solidarity-driven, noncommercial, arty. With all those manifest virtues, you have to wonder why a setup like this can’t seem to last any longer than a Labor Day weekend” Bruce Sterling.


  • “Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor” Ulysses S. Grant.


  • “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” Thomas Geoghegan.


  • “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.

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  • “Labor Day differs in every essential from other holidays of the year in any country. All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflict and battles of man’s prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race or nation” Samual Gempers.
  • “It is labour indeed that puts the difference on everything” John Locke.


  • “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.


  • “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 theme for this years Labour Day is Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Empowerment

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