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Labor Movement Quotes


"The labor movement must be destroyed." - Karl Rove

"The origin of the labor movement lies in self-defense ..." - Mary Ritter Beard

"In less than a century we experienced great movement. The youth movement! The labor movement! The civil rights movement! The peace movement! The solidarity movement! The women's movement! The disability movement! The disarmament movement! The gay rights movement! The environmental movement! Movement! Transformation! Is there any reason to believe we are done?" - Holly Near

"Ten thousand times has the labor movement stumbled and bruised itself. We have been enjoined by the courts, assaulted by thugs, charged by the militia, traduced by the press, frowned upon in public opinion, and deceived by politicians. 'But notwithstanding all this and all these, labor is today the most vital and potential power this planet has ever known, and its historic mission is as certain of ultimate realization as is the setting of the sun." - Eugene V Debs

"Well, we see an increasingly weaker labor movement as a result of the overall assault on the labor movement and as a result of the globalization of capital." - Angela Davis

"Labor humanizes, exalts." - Amos Bronson Alcott

"The labor movement is organized upon a principle that the strong shall help the weak." - John L Lewis

"The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The labor movement can be rebuilt, as has happened before after sharp declines." - Noam Chomsky

"So May 4th in the labor movement has always been an important date." - William Kunstler

"The labor movement has a great role to play in our country today." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"They's making it worse, the labor movement got the mafia curse." - Frank Zappa

"Change means movement. Movement means friction." - Saul Alinsky

"Dance is movement, and movement is life." - Ludmilla Chiriaeff

"A large movement covers a small movement" - Dai Vernon

"[The labor movement is] a movement of the working people, for the working people, by the working people, governed by ourselves, with its policies determined by ourselves..." - Samuel Gompers

"I have been very interested in labor movement. If I could have wished another life, I would have loved to be a pioneer woman in the beginning of labor movement." - Astrid Lindgren

"I would say the issue for the labor movement in the United States is not structural... there is no correlation between the success of workers and how the labor movement is structured." - Andy Stern

"The labor movement was the principal force that transforme-d misery and despair into hope and progress." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The major organizing centers, like the labor movement, have been severely weakened in the United States by policy." - Noam Chomsky

"Make no mistake about it! There is an organized movement against organized labor and it's called the Bush Administration." - Edward Kennedy

"I think we will see a united labor movement again. When workers unite they're stronger. The same goes for unions." - John Sweeney

"Movement for me is meditation." - Conor Mcgregor

"The trade agreement has become a rather distinct feature of the American labor movement. ... It is based on the idea that labor shall accept the capitalist system of production and make terms of peace with it." - Mary Ritter Beard

"The essence of trade unionism is social uplift. The labor movement has been the haven for the dispossessed, the despised, the neglected, the downtrodden, the poor." - A Philip Randolph

"The American Labor Movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest. It is, and has been, good for all America." - John F Kennedy

"My parents had been involved in the labor movement; if we'd grown up in the city, we would have been red-diaper babies." - Holly Near

"The labor movement means just this: it is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth." - Wendell Phillips

"All the time our union was progressing very nicely. There were lectures to make us understand what trades unionism is and our real position in the labor movement." - Rose Schneiderman

"The question is always 'What is the role of a labor movement?' How much is about collective bargaining, how much is about social change for all workers?" - Andy Stern

"So he with difficulty and labor hard Mov'd on, with difficulty and labor be." - John Milton

"Labor with the heart, when the heart is pure and true, is the noblest labor." - Karl G Maeser

"The great social justice changes in our country have happened when people came together, organized, and took direct action. It is this right that sustains and nurtures our democracy today. The civil rights movement, the labor movement, the women's movement, and the equality movement for our LGBT brothers and sisters are all manifestations of these rights." - Dolores Huerta

"Now, if we look at the way in which the labor movement itself has evolved over the last couple of decades, we see increasing numbers of black people who are in the leadership of the labor movement and this is true today." - Angela Davis

"A body in movement is its philosophy." - Nelly Mazloum

"Dressmaking is the architecture of movement" - Pierre Balmain

"Life for me is about movement." - Elvis Costello

"There is no Afghan Awakening Movement." - Richard Engel

"Sonnet is about movement in a form." - Seamus Heaney

"History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The organized labor movement as it is constituted today is as much a concomitant of a capitalist economy as is capital. Organized labor is predicated upon the basic premise of collective bargaining between employers and employees. This premise can obtain only for an employer-employee type of society. If the labor movement is to maintain its own identity and security, it must of necessity protect that kind of society." - Saul Alinsky

"Whatever is is a movement; man is a movement-to something other than man." - Harry Hooton

"Every little detail to every little movement must be perfect. Perfection in movement." - Conor Mcgregor

"Labor is the only prayer that Nature answers." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"Genius may conceive but patient labor must consummate" - Horace Mann

"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration." - Abraham Lincoln

"The end of labor is to gain leisure." - Aristotle

"Today I send this message to every emerging global corporation: "justice; family, community, and union" are the same in every language and, wherever you go and whatever you do, a new global labor movement is coming to find you." - Andy Stern

"The labor movement had been pretty much killed in the 1920s, almost destroyed. It revived in the 1930s and made a huge difference. By the late 1930s the business world was already trying to find ways to beat it back." - Noam Chomsky

"When the New Deal programs were passed in the mid 1930s, millions of workers were joining unions, striking, and occupying factories to fight for a better life. It was this radical labor movement that forced the establishment to make concessions." - Kshama Sawant

"Trump's principal policies make clear what's going to happen. This gives an opportunity. Right now it's going to take hard work, but it's possible that there could be a real revival of the labor movement." - Noam Chomsky

"The strike of the miners in Arizona was one of the most remarkable strikes in the history of the American labor movement. Its peaceful character, its successful outcome, were due to that most remarkable character, Governor Hunt." - Mary Harris Jones

"Because women of color were more likely to be in the paid labor force, they were more likely to recognize discrimination, so they were always leading the women's movement." - Gloria Steinem

"What my Republican colleagues often don't understand is that labor is a human-rights issue. I have to remind them Lech Walesa and the Solidarity movement brought down the Communist bloc." - Chris Smith

"Action is movement with intelligence. The world is filled with movement. What the world needs is more conscious movement, more action." - B.K.S. Iyengar

"If you understand the Black Lives Matter movement, there's no central leadership of the movement. This is an organic, grassroots movement all around America." - Cory Booker

"Labor has been severely undermined, but that's happened before. In the 1920s, the labor movement was virtually crushed, in large part by Wilson's Red Scare, but it dramatically revived in the 1930s. It spearheaded the social-democratic New-Deal style changes which were beneficial to the country - not sufficient, but beneficial. That could happen again." - Noam Chomsky

"In England, there are only two things to be, basically: You are either for the labor movement or for the capitalist movement. Either you become a right-wing Archie Bunker if you are in the class I am in, or you become an instinctive socialist, which I was." - John Lennon

"Historically, if you look back at the struggle to end slavery, the struggle to gain womens' right to vote, the labor movement - these were big social transitions in which there was a movement on the ground in which a lot of people died, but it also took an independent political party." - Jill Stein

"To the question how one kind of labor can be measured against another, how the labor of the artisan can be measured against the labor of the artist, how the labor of the strong can be measured against the labor of the weak, the communists can give no answer." - Benjamin N Cardozo

"No revolutionary movement is complete without its poetical expression." - James Connolly

"The movement is everything, the final goal is nothing." - Eduard Bernstein

"Play is free movement within a more rigid structure." - Katie Salen

"Behind the visible movement there is another movement, one which cannot be seen, which is very strong, on which the outer movement depends. If this inner movement were not so strong, the outer one would not have any action." - Jeanne de Salzmann

"I was never Vice Chair of the Troops Out Movement." - Peter Hain

"The civil rights movement wasn't easy for anybody." - Sammy Davis Jr

"I was very active in the peace movement, still am." - Margot Kidder

"I wish that I had bridged the feminist movement and the anti-war movement better than I did." - Bernadine Dohrn

"Taxation of earnings from labor is on a par with forced labor. Seizing the results of someone's labor is equivalent to seizing hours from him and directing him to carry on various activities." - Robert Nozick

"Probably, indeed, the larger part of the labor of an author composing his work is critical labor; the labor of sifting, combining, constructing, expunging, correcting, testing. This frightful toil is as much critical as creative." - T S Eliot

"Idleness is a constant sin, and labor is a duty. Idleness is the devil's home for temptation, and for unprofitable, distracting musings; while labor profiteth others and ourselves." - Richard Baxter

"Legislators who are of even average intelligence stand out among their colleagues. . . . A cultured college president has become as much a rarity as a literate newspaper publisher. A financier interested in economics is as exceptional as a labor leader interested in the labor movement. For the most part our leaders are merely following out in front; they [only] marshal us in the way that we are going." - Bergen Evans

"Through much of its history, the US did not have high inequality as compared with Europe. Less so, in fact. That began to change in the industrial age, reaching a peak in 1928, after the forceful destruction of the labor movement and crushing of independent thought. Largely as a result of labor mobilization, inequality declined during the Great Depression, a tendency continuing through the great growth period of regulated capitalism in the early postwar decades." - Noam Chomsky

"Collective bargaining has always been the bedrock of the American labor movement. I hope that you will continue to anchor your movement to this foundation. Free collective bargaining is good for the entire Nation. In my view, it is the only alternative to State regulation of wages and prices - a path which leads far down the grim road of totalitarianism. Those who would destroy or further limit the rights of organized labor - those who would cripple collective bargaining or prevent organization of the unorganized - do a disservice to the cause of democracy." - John F Kennedy

"There is no more futile punishment than futile and hopeless labor." - Albert Camus

"Labor is God's education." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"No labor is hopeless." - Philibert Joseph Roux

"Every morsel to a satisfied hunger is only a new labor to a tired digestion." - Robert South

"Learn, O youth, virtue from me and true labor; fortune from others." - Virgil

"The many still must labor for the one! It is nature's doom." - Lord Byron

"In labor news, longshoremen walked off the piers today; rescue operations are continuing." - George Carlin

"The most popular labor-saving device today is still a husband with money." - Joey Adams

"When you choose your fields of labor, go where nobody elese is willing to go." - Mary Lyon

"Clamorous pauperism feastest While honest Labor, pining, hideth his sharp ribs." - Martin Farquhar Tupper

"While strength and years permit, endure labor; soon bent old age will come with silent foot." - Ovid

"The end of labor is to gain leisure. It is a great saying." - Aristotle

"And all labor without any play, boys, Makes Jack a dull boy in the end." - Alexander Hay Japp

"What is there that is illustrious that is not also attended by labor?" - Cicero

"I have lost my oil and my labor. (Labored in vain.) [Lat., Oleum et operam perdidi.]" - Plautus

"Abolition of slavery had been the deepest desire and the great labor of my life" - Frederick Douglass

"Labor is no disgrace." - Hesiod

"Thought, true labor of any kind, highest virtue itself, is it not the daughter of Pain?" - Thomas Carlyle

"Labor: a powerful medicine." - Saint John Chrysostom

"Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love." - Bible

"Luck whines; labor whistles." - Samuel Smiles

"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous." - Confucius

"Without labor nothing prospers." - Sophocles

"But, if you think that by hanging us, you can stamp out the labor movement - the movement from which the downtrodden millions, the millions who toil and live in want and misery - the wage slaves - expect salvation - if this is your opinion, then hang us! Here you will tread upon a spark, but there, and there, and behind you and in front of you, and everywhere, flames will blaze up. It is a subterranean fire. You cannot put it out." - August Spies

"Movement should be approached like life - with enthusiasm, joy and gratitude - for movement is life, and life is movement, and we get out of it what we put into it." - Ron Fletcher

"And then there is that one-man movement, Marcel Duchamp - for me a truly modern movement because it implies that each artist can do what he thinks he ought to - a movement for each person and open for everybody." - Willem De Kooning

"To me, the labor movement was never just a way of getting higher wages. What appealed to me was the spiritual side of a great cause that created fellowship. You wanted the girl or the man who worked beside you to be treated just as well as you were, and an injury to one was the concern of all." - Rose Schneiderman

"There is nothing stronger than the American labor movement. United, we cannot and we will not be turned aside. Well work for it, sisters and brothers. Well stand for it. Together. Each of us. To bring out the best in America. To bring out the best in ourselves, and each other." - Richard Trumka

"The history of the labor movement needs to be taught in every school in this land. America is a living testimonial to what free men and women, organized in free democratic trade unions can do to make a better life. We ought to be proud of it!" - Hubert H Humphrey

"The labor movement is people. Our unions have brought millions of men and women together, made them members one of another, and given them common tools for common goals. Their goals are goals for all America - and their enemies are the enemies for progress. The two cannot be separated." - John F Kennedy

"The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old age pensions, government relief for the destitute, and, above all, new wage levels that meant not mere survival but a tolerable life." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Wherever I found resistance to oppression, whether in Africa, in Latin America, certainly here in America in the South, I joined that resistance. I took part in the labor movement, in social movements, in the church community. I felt that it was the honorable thing to do and still do." - Harry Belafonte

"The story of the labor movement needs to be taught in every school in this land... America is a living testimonial to what free men and women, organized in free democratic trade unions can do to make a better life... we ought to be proud of it!" - Hubert Humphrey

"It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label." - Barack Obama

"In the late 19th century there was a major union organization, Knights of Labor, and also a radical populist movement based on farmers. It's hard to believe, but it was based in Texas, and it was quite radical. They wanted their own banks, their own cooperatives, their own control over sales and commerce." - Noam Chomsky

"Before the war there were many who were more or less ignorant of the international labor movement but who nevertheless turned to it for salvation when the threat of war arose. They hoped that the workers would never permit a war." - Hjalmar Branting

"There is nothing stronger than the American labor movement. United, we cannot and we will not be turned aside. We'll work for it, sisters and brothers. We'll stand for it. Together. Each of us. To bring out the best in America. To bring out the best in ourselves, and each other." - Richard Trumka

"W.Z. Foster {head of the American Communist Party}, who had no money, went to Moscow and came back and announced that he was building a great secret machine to undermine the American labor movement and turn it over to the Red International, owned by Lenin. He began publication of an expensive magazine and proclaimed 'a thousand secret agents in a thousand communities.'" - Samuel Gompers

"I know that if the peace movement takes its message boldly to the Negro people a powerful force can be secured in pursuit of the greatest goal of all mankind. And the same is true of labor and the great democratic sections of our population." - Paul Robeson

"There is nothing stronger than the American labor movement. United, we cannot and we will not be turned aside. We'll work for it, sisters and brothers. We'll stand for it. Together. Each of us. To bring out the best in America.To bring out the best in ourselves, and each other." - Richard Trumka

"What created democracy was Thomas Paine and Shays' Rebellion, the suffragists and the abolitionists and on down through the populists and the labor movement, including the Wobblies. Tough, in your face people... Mother Jones, Woody Guthrie... Martin Luther King and Caesar Chavez. And now it's down to us." - Jim Hightower

"When movement becomes ecstatic, then this is dance. When the movement is so total there is no ego, then it is dance." - Rajneesh

"Games sometimes can reveal things. To watch someone in movement, unconscious movement, can be very stimulating and revealing, whether they win or not" - John Turturro

"Change happens through movement and movement heals." - Joseph Pilates

"We need a new political movement of women and men toward a new society." - Betty Friedan

"A liberation movement that is nonviolent sets the oppressor free as well as the oppressed." - Barbara Deming

"If the dance is right, there shouldn't be a single superfluous movement." - Fred Astaire

"There is no unmoving mover behind the movement. It is only movement. It is not correct to say that life is moving, but life is movement itself. Life and movement are not two different things. In other words, there is no thinker behind the thought. Thought itself is the thinker. If you remove the thought, there is no thinker to be found." - Walpola Rahula

"Our involvement in the civil rights movement is what sent us into our involvement against apartheid." - Mary Jane Patterson

"Movement overcomes cold." - Laozi

"Eight years after Reagan's nomination for president, the conservative movement is directionless" - Richard Viguerie

"Every movement reveals us." - Michel De Montaigne

"Movement eases turmoil." - Tim Sandlin

"Students for a Democratic Society was also affiliated with the civil rights movement everywhere." - Bill Ayers

"The conservative movement is like a country club based in Washington, D.C." - Andrew Breitbart

"We have a movement going on, folks. I will never let you down." - Donald Trump

"Non-co-operation is not a movement of drag, bluster or bluff." - Mahatma Gandhi

"I think there's a mystery about what a social movement is." - Bernadine Dohrn

"When I went to college in the 1970s, the Women's Liberation movement was all the buzz." - Marianne Williamson

"The podcast movement was really a creative survival mechanism for standup comics." - Chris Hardwick

"Movement isn't progress." - Thomas Leonard

"The major concrete achievement of the women's movement of the 1970's was the Dutch treat." - Nora Ephron

"The women's movement is filled with tyrants, just as men's political movements are equally filled." - Norman Mailer

"Designers are to be in connection with what's happening with the movement of society." - Jean Paul Gaultier

"Know how weather, especially humidity, can affect the movement of doors and windows." - Marilyn Vos Savant

"I was in college in the '60s, and the whole feminist movement had swept me up." - Laura Schlessinger

"My love for the female hip hop movement has always been genuine." - Lil' Kim

"Movement is tranquility." - Stirling Moss

"Knowledge without labor is profitless. Knowledge with labor is genius." - Gordon B Hinckley

"Poorly paid labor is inefficient labor, the world over." - Henry George

"Labor, but slight not meditation; meditate, but slight not labor." - Confucius

"There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking." - Joshua Reynolds

"We're giving jobs to people who would otherwise be out of work if we weren't exploiting cheap labor." - Lily Tomlin

"Labor is one of the great elements of society, - the great substantial interest on which we all stand." - Daniel Webster

"As fast lock'd up in sleep, as guiltless labor, When it lies starkly in the traveller's bones." - William Shakespeare



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