Labor Day Sayings and Quotes

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

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

Doug Larson

While we are fighting for freedom, we must see, among other things, that labor is free.     

Woodrow Wilson

Labor in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage of capital, but capital solicits the aid of labor.     

Daniel Webster

Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration     

Abraham Lincoln

I've learned from experience that if you work harder at it and apply more energy and time to it, and more consistency, you get a better result. It comes from the work.     

Louis C.K.

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.     

Victor Hugo

It is labour indeed that puts the difference on everything.     

John Locke

Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race or nation.     

Samuel Gompers

Business, labor and civil society organizations have skills and resources that are vital in helping to build a more robust global community.     

Kofi Annan

If the workers took a notion they could stop all speeding trains; Every ship upon the ocean they can tie with mighty chains. Every wheel in the creation, every mine and every mill; Fleets and armies of the nation, will at their command stand still.     

Joe Hill

Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.     

Ralph Ransom

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.     

Elbert Hubbard

Genius begins with great works; labor alone finishes them.     

Joseph Joubert

A man is not paid for having a head and hands, but for using them.     

Elbert Hubbard

All wealth is the product of labor.     

John Locke

There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.     

Alan Cohen

He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor.     


There is no labor a person does that is undignified; if they do it right.     

Bill Cosby

Without labor there is no rest, nor without fighting can the victory be won.     

Thomas a Kempis

Labor is the only prayer that Nature answers.     

Robert Green Ingersoll

The dignity of labor depends not on what you do, but how you do it.     

Edwin Osgood Grover

Labor is the fabled magician's wand, the philosophers stone, and the cap of good fortune.     

James Weldon Johnson.

Employment is nature's physician, and is essential to human happiness.     


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

Marc Chagall

Where the whole man is involved there is no work. Work begins with the division of labor.     

Marshall McLuhan

Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.     

Joseph Joubert

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

Anatole France

Everything in the world is purchased by labor.     

David Hume

Without labor nothing prospers.     


All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.