Labor Quotes – Labor Day Quotes

Labor Quotes – Labor Day Quotes

God sells us all things at the price of labor.
– Leonardo da Vinci

Famous Sayings

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own persuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.
– Thomas Jefferson, 1743 – 1826

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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

Labor Day Sayings

Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.

– Ulysses S. Grant, 1822 – 1885

Labor Day Quotes


One Response

  1. It is interesting that Jefferson’s quote was an outright denunciation of the wage labor system upon which the entire economy of the Western world later came to be based. “Taking from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned” is essentially a warning of the dangers of wage labor enterprise. Jefferson is saying, somewhat in contrast to the views of Hamilton and Madison, that workers should own the results of their labor rather than being paid salaries or hourly wages for it. Of course, nowadays that idea is called socialism. In his day it was called democracy.

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