Our view: Some thoughts to ponder on Labor Day


As you enjoy this extended holiday weekend brought to you by the hard work of America’s labor movement, here are a few quotes worth keeping in mind while the burgers grill and the beer chills. And remember, this is the only national holiday devoted to no individual or event; It marks the value of work, and all the bounty America enjoys thanks to the extraordinary daily labor of regular people.

“It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” — Aristotle

“Without labor, nothing prospers.” — Sophocles

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work.” — Stephen King

“Take rest. A field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” — Ovid

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

“Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.” — Joseph Joubert

“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

“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. you have to win it.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nothing will work unless you do.” — Maya Angelou

“For working people and union members, Labor Day stands for something special and profound. It’s a day to honor the deep commitment each of us has to serve the children we teach, the families we heal, and the communities we love.” — Randi Weingarten

“Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no set, 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

“The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but it improves its chances.” – B.J. Gupta

“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

“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

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

And lastly, summing up the reason so many have off today:

“The end of labor is to gain leisure.” – Aristotle

Happy Labor Day

– Times Leader