Child Labor Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old child labor quotes, child labor sayings, and child labor proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Every child should be taught that useful work is worship and that intelligent labor is the highest form of prayer.

Robert Green Ingersoll

Of course, we knew that this meant an attack on the union. The bosses intended gradually to get rid of us, employing in our place child labor and raw immigrant girls who would work for next to nothing.

Rose Schneiderman

Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.     

Grace Abbott

180 million kids are engaged in the worst forms of child labour. Put it all together and it is not only morally unacceptable, but politically dangerous.     

Juan Somavia

We must ensure that while eliminating child labor in the export industry, we are also eliminating their labour from the informal sector, which is more invisible to public scrutiny and thus leaves the children more open to abuse and exploitation.     

Carol Bellamy

If we can't begin to agree on fundamentals, such as the elimination of the most abusive forms of child labor, then we really are not ready to march forward into the future.     

Alexis Herman

It's a collective truth that slavery is wrong, that child labor is wrong, that gross inequality is wrong. God didn't send it.     

Dar Williams

One finds fortunes built on slave labor, indentured labor, prison labor, immigrant labor, female labor, child labor, and scab labor backed by the lethal force of gun thugs and militia. ‘Old money' is often little more than dirty money laundered by several generations of possession     

Michael Parenti

After all, despite the economic advantage to firms that employed child labor, it was in the social interest, as a national policy, to abolish it - removing that advantage for all firms.

Barry Commoner

Child labor becomes a label of condemnation in spite of its ancient function as the quickest, most reliable way to human independence.     

John Taylor Gatto

Amid attempts to protect elephants from ivory poachers and dolphins from tuna nets, the rights of children go remarkably unremarked.     

Anna Quindlen

You can't regulate child labor. You can't regulate slavery. Some things are just wrong.

Michael Moore

Child labor perpetuates poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, population growth, and other social problems.

Kailash Satyarthi

Child labour may be distasteful to westerners, but does boycotting goods made with child labour improve or exacerbate the lot of third world children? Trusting the market to regulate may not ultimately be in our interest.

Noreena Hertz

Getting inside the mind of a terrorist wasn't difficult at all. Even as children, human beings fabricate elaborate revenge fantasies. We're not a particular species. Check out popular video games.

Alan Dean Foster