Quotes with labor
Adam invented love at first sight, one of the greatest labor-saving machines the world ever saw.
Labor is the vivifying principle which preserves capital from decay.
Speaking at the Industrial Remuneration Conference, London, 1885.
A human being is the best computer available to place in a spacecraft... It is also the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor.
Success is brought by continued labor and continued watchfulness. We must struggle on, not for one moment hesitate, nor take one backward step.
Illinois College Valedictory (1881).
If they dare to come out in the open field and defend the gold standard as a good thing, we will fight them to the uttermost. Having behind us the producing masses of this nation and the world, supported by the commercial interests, the laboring interests and the toilers everywhere, we will answer their demand for a gold standard by saying to them: You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns, you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.
Cross of Gold Speech (1896)
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
Contrary to popular opinion, America's family-owned and privately held corporations are not being destroyed by confiscarry taxation, ruthless competitors, unproductive labor, technological change, or insidious regulation. Family businesses fail because they allow themselves to be destroyed, slowly but surely, by the inaction of their owner/managers. The businesses fail because, more often than not, these people never make the decisions needed to ensure the vitality of their companies in an ever-changing, ever more complex world. Family business owners typically fail to recognize the needs of the future in managing their businesses.
To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
Those instrumental goods which should serve to maintain the life and health of all human beings should be produced by the least possible labor of all.
Big business can’t prosper without small business to supply its needs and buy its products. Labor can’t prosper so long as capital lies idle. Capital can’t prosper while labor is unemployed.
If every American donated five hours a week, it would equal the labor of 20 million full-time volunteers.
Then the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.
Every man has a right to his own property; which means a right to be assured, to the fullest extent attainable, in the safety of his savings. By no other means can men carry the burdens of those parts of life which, in the nature of things, afford no chance of labor; childhood, sickness, old age. In all thought of property, this right is paramount; all other property rights must yield to it. If, in accord with this principle, we must restrict the operations of the speculator, the manipulator, even the financier, I believe we must accept the restriction as needful, not to hamper individualism but to protect it.
Commonwealth Club Address, San Francisco, CA on September 23, 1932
Women should have free access to every field of labor which they care to enter, and when their work is as valuable as that of a man it should be paid as highly.
An Autobiography, 1913
Whoever was free at heart from all material servitude, whoever was decided to live without hoarding, every rich man who was willing to labor with his hands and loyally distribute all that he did not consume in order to constitute the common fund which St. Francis called the Lord's table, every poor man who was willing to work, free to resort, in the strict measure of his wants, to this table of the Lord, these were at that time true Franciscans. It was a social revolution.
Life of St. Francis d'Assisi (1894)
I am also very proud to be a liberal. Why is that so terrible these days? The liberals were liberators — they fought slavery, fought for women to have the right to vote, fought against Hitler, Stalin, fought to end segregation, fought to end apartheid. Liberals put an end to child labor and they gave us the five day work week! What's to be ashamed of?