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"Labor humanizes, exalts." - Amos Bronson Alcott

"Labor is no disgrace." - Hesiod

"Luck whines; labor whistles." - Samuel Smiles

"Without labor nothing prospers." - Sophocles

"Since it is to the advantage of the wage-payer to pay as little as possible, even well-paid labor will have no more than what is regarded in a particular society as the reasonable level of subsistence. The lower ranks of labor will commonly have less, and if public relief were afforded even up to the wage-level of the lowest ranks of labor, that relief would compete in the labor market; check or dry up the supply of wage-labor. It would tend to render the performance of work by the wage-earner redundant." - Hilaire Belloc

"By holding down natural wage growth in labor-intensive industries, immigration serves as a subsidy for low-wage, low-productivity ways of doing business, retarding technological progress and productivity growth." - Mark Krikorian

"If cheap immigrant labor is made unavailable, employers can hire Americans at a higher wage, or replace low-wage immigrant workers with technology and automation, which will create a smaller number of skilled jobs for Americans." - Jan C Ting

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

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

"I was unaware of the dispute in Brooklyn. I would never knowingly wear any clothes or support any company who produced clothing with alleged wage and labor violations." - Shakira

"To labor is to pray." - Saying

"Exercise is labor without weariness." - Samuel Johnson

"Labor, being itself a commodity, is measured as such by the labor time needed to produce the labor-commodity. And what is needed to produce this labor-commodity? Just enough labor time to produce the objects indispensable to the constant maintenance of labor, that is, to keep the worker alive and in a condition to propagate his race. The natural price of labor is no other than the wage minimum." - Karl Marx

"Where love is there is no labor; and if there be labor, that labor is loved." - Jane Austen

"How can anyone live off of minimum wage?" - Tom Douglas

"In the course of the twenty-first century what may be called the "capital wage" could be added to the labor wage and the social wage, so that middle-class Americans - not merely an affluent minority - might derive income from three sources rather than just two." - Michael Lind

"By bourgeoisie is meant the class of modern capitalists, owners of the means of social production and employers of wage labor. By proletariat, the class of modern wage laborers who, having no means of production of their own, are reduced to selling their labor power in order to live." - Friedrich Engels

"By keeping labor supply down, immigration policy tends to keep wages high. Let us underline this basic principle: Limitation of the supply of any grade of labor relative to all other productive factors can be expected to raise its wage rate; and increase in supply will, other things being equal, tend to depress wage rates." - Paul Samuelson

"When the press writes scare stories about the global labor supply draining jobs from rich to poor places, the story is usually presented as a "race to the bottom" simply in terms of wages. Capitalism supposedly looks for labor wherever labor is cheapest. This story is half wrong. A kind of cultural selection is also at work, so that jobs leave high-wage countries like the United States and Germany, but migrate to low-wage economies with skilled, sometimes overqualified workers." - Richard Sennett

"Today's greatest labor-saving device is tomorrow." - Woodrow Wilson

"Life gives nothing to man without labor." - Horace

"Labor is the true standard of value." - Abraham Lincoln

"...boredom was as exhausting as backbreaking labor." - Jung Chang

"Nothing is denied to well-directed labor." - Joshua Reynolds

"Labor is really going to hurt." - Jessica Simpson

"Taste the joy That springs from labor." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"From labor there shall come forth rest." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Labor is life; thought is light." - Victor Hugo

"Labor is the law of happiness." - Abel Stevens

"Labor is the handmaid of religion." - Charles Henry Parkhurst

"Industry cannot flourish if labor languish." - Calvin Coolidge

"Those who think govern those who labor." - Marshall Sylver

"Fiction is always really a labor." - Ann Patchett

"We are ruined by Chinese cheap labor." - Bret Harte

"A labor of love always pays off." - Scott Belsky

"Honest labor bears a lovely face." - Thomas Dekker

"The wage earner relies upon the ventures of confident and contented capital. This failing him, his condition is without alleviation, for he can neither prey on the misfortune of others nor hoard his labor." - Grover Cleveland

"There should be no unemployment. There is large percentage of labor now which cannot make a living because wages are not high enough. That is industry's 2nd job. 1st job is to make good product. 2nd pay a good wage." - Henry Ford

"Federal laws, including those that made so many people immigrate without documents, gutted the enforcement power of the Department of Labor and created a lower minimum wage for tipped workers than for everybody else, reinforcing the industry's" - Rinku Sen

"So what are the effects of increasing minimum wages? Any Econ 101 student can tell you the answer: The higher wage reduces the quantity of labor demanded, and hence leads to unemployment." - Paul Krugman

"Federal laws, including those that made so many people immigrate without documents, gutted the enforcement power of the Department of Labor and created a lower minimum wage for tipped workers than for everybody else, reinforcing the industry"s" - Rinku Sen

"President [Barack] Obama - he was unsuccessful in his efforts to raise the federal minimum wage, but he still used the Labor Department in other ways to try to boost paychecks for American workers." - Rachel Martin

"In a world where technology and capital are highly transferable, there is a real risk that comparative advantage comes to be defined as whose labor force will work for the lowest wage." - Robert Kuttner

"Taxes on capital, taxes on labor, inflation, bureaucratic regulation, minimum wage laws, are all - to different degrees - unnecessary slices of the wedge that stand between an individual's effort and reward for that effort." - Jack Kemp

"Unfortunately, the real minimum wage is always zero, regardless of the laws, and that is the wage that many workers receive in the wake of the creation or escalation of a government-mandated minimum wage, because they lose their jobs or fail to find jobs when they enter the labor force. Making it illegal to pay less than a given amount does not make a worker's productivity worth that amount-and, if it is not, that worker is unlikely to be employed." - Thomas Sowell

"Unfortunately, the real minimum wage is always zero, regardless of the laws, and that is the wage that many workers receive in the wake of the creation or escalation of a government-mandated minimum wage, because they lose their jobs or fail to find jobs when they enter the labor force. Making it illegal to pay less than a given amount does not make a worker's productivity worth that amount-and, if it is not, that worker is unlikely to be employed." - Thomas Sowell

"a great deal of the wealth at the top is built on the low-wage labor of the poor. Take Wal-Mart, our largest private employer and premiere exploiter of the working class. ... You think it's a coincidence that this union-busting low-wage retail empire happens to have generated a $65 billion family fortune?" - Barbara Ehrenreich

"Whenever you see some business person quoted complaining about how he or she can't find workers with the necessary skills, ask what wage they're offering. Almost always it turns out what said business person really wants is highly (and expensively) educated workers at a manual-labor wage. No wonder they come up short." - Paul Krugman

"There has never been a free people, a civilized nation, a real republic on this earth. Human society has always consisted of masters and slaves, and the slaves have always been and are today, the foundation stones of the social fabric. Wage-labor is but a name; wage-slavery is the fact." - Eugene V Debs

"The conservative goal has been the Third Worldization of the United States: an increasingly underemployed, lower-wage work-force; a small but growing moneyed class that pays almost no taxes; the privatization or elimination of human services; the elimination of public education for low-income people; the easing of restrictions against child labor; the exporting of industries and jobs to low-wage, free-trade countries; the breaking of labor unions; and the elimination of occupational safety and environmental controls and regulations." - Michael Parenti

"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer." - Abraham Lincoln

"No family gets rich from earning the minimum wage. In fact, the current minimum wage does not even lift a family out of poverty." - Jon Corzine

"Each needs the other: capital cannot do without labor, nor labor without capital." - Pope Leo I

"Taxation reaches down to the base; but the base is labor, and labor pays all." - Donn Piatt

"The purpose of labor is to learn; when you know it, the labor is over." - Kabir

"Life without labor is crime, and labor without art is brutality." - John Wesley Hardrick

"Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor." - Ulysses S Grant

"Capitalists have the tendency to move toward those countries in which there is plenty of labor available and at which labor is reasonable. And by the fact that they bring capital into these countries, they bring about a trend toward higher wage rates." - Ludwig Von Mises

"The general tendency towards an eight-hour working day has undoubtedly been healthful, and it is wise for the State to set a good example as an employer of labor, both as to the number of hours of labor exacted and as to paying a just and reasonable wage." - Theodore Roosevelt

"You can't have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic." - Zig Ziglar

"Death to Wage Slavery!" - Eugene V Debs

"We always strive to be the best in the wage package." - James Sinegal

"So much were employers of wage-labor unenthusiastic about proletarianization that, in addition to fostering the gender age division of labor, they also encouraged, in their employment patters and through their influence in the political arena, recognition of defined ethnic groups, seeking to link them to specific allocated roles in the labor-force, with different levels of real remuneration for their work. Ethnicity created a cultural crust which consolidated the patterns of semi-proletarian household structures." - Immanuel Wallerstein

"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

"Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks." - Karl Marx

"A minimum-wage law, a law that prevents employers and employees from entering into mutually beneficial economic exchanges, is as far from a free market or free enterprise as one can get. That's why it causes so much damage and destruction, especially to black teenagers and others whose labor, for one reason or another, is valued by employers at less than the government-established minimum wage." - Jacob G. Hornberger

"Your labor only may be sold, your soul must not." - John Ruskin

"Temperance and labor are the two real physicians of man." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"Half finished work generally proves to be labor lost." - Abraham Lincoln

"Labor is cheap, friends are expensive, but sons are priceless." - Rick Joyner

"Men cannot labor on always. They must have recreation." - Orville Dewey

"American labor may now look to the future with confidence." - James J. Davis

"Labor is the divine law of our existence." - Giuseppe Mazzini

"Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body." - Seneca the Younger

"The time for your labor has been granted." - Jorge Luis Borges

"Next to faith in God, is faith in labor." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"Serious occupation is labor that has reference to some want." - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

"Having a baby is definitely a labor of love." - Joan Rivers

"To love and to labor is the sum of living." - Anais Nin

"The true artist can only labor con amore." - Victor Hugo

"Labor, wide as the earth, has its summit in heaven." - Thomas Carlyle

"Labor ? Unions are the leading force for ? democratization and ? progress ." - Noam Chomsky

"Labor is getting more expensive and technology is getting cheaper." - Andrew Lo

"Labor Unions are the leading force for democratization and progress ." - Noam Chomsky

"An army is strengthened by labor and enervated by idleness." - Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

"Temperance and labor are the two true physicians of man." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"To create a little flower is the labor of ages." - William Blake

"Friends are the greatest labor and the greatest reward." - Jason Zebehazy

"[Science is] the labor and handicraft of the mind." - Francis Bacon

"Good to sell knowledge for labor, honor for risk." - Proverbs

"The fact is the sweetest dream that labor knows." - Robert Frost

"The demand for commodities is not the demand for labor." - John Stuart Mill

"God sells us all things at the price of labor." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"Division of labor is a justification for sloth." - Leo Tolstoy

"The hope of reward is the solace of labor." - Publilius Syrus

"This is a business of love and labor." - Chester Bennington

"Capital is a result of labor, and is used by labor to assist it in further production. Labor is the active and initial force, and labor is therefore the employer of capital." - Henry George

"The most popular labor-saving device is still money." - Phyllis George

"The poor despise labor when performed by slaves." - George Mason

"I'm in this business because I despise honest labor." - Marty Robbins

"The most efficient labor-saving device is still money." - Franklin P Jones

"Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them." - Joseph Joubert

"Labor! all labor is noble and holy! Let thy great deeds be thy prayer to thy God." - Frances Sargent Osgood

"There is nothing more dangerous than idleness...In labor there is salvation; in labor there is safety." - Francis M. Lyman

"Labor is not fighting for a larger slice of the national pie. Labor is fighting for a larger pie." - Walter Reuther

"I think it is a wise course for laborers to unite to defend their interests.... I think the employer who declines to deal with organized labor and to recognize it as a proper element in the settlement of wage controversies is behind the times.... Of course, when organized labor permits itself to sympathize with violent methods or undue duress, it is not entitled to our sympathy." - William Howard Taft

"A basic assumption shapes most Americans" mindset about labor: the belief that the death of unions is' my problem because I'm not in a union. That assumption is wrong. Even if you are' a member, your pay is influenced by the strength or weakness of organized labor. The presence of unions sets off a wage race to the top. Their absence sets off a race to the bottom." - Eric Liu

"A basic assumption shapes most Americans' mindset about labor: the belief that the death of unions isn't my problem because I'm not in a union. That assumption is wrong. Even if you aren't a member, your pay is influenced by the strength or weakness of organized labor. The presence of unions sets off a wage race to the top. Their absence sets off a race to the bottom." - Eric Liu

"I'm a warrior at heart; I'm an ex-Navy Seal. I'm too old to wage war anymore, and so now I wage it mentally. And so I find politics very stimulating; it's war without guns." - Jesse Ventura

"NAFTA recognizes the reality of today's economy - globalization and technology. Our future is not in competing at the low-level wage job; it is in creating high-wage, new technology jobs based on our skills and our productivity." - John F Kerry

"The world cannot continue to wage war like physical giants and to seek peace like intellectual pygmies" - Basil O'Connor

"I pay a living wage, I believe in healthcare, I declare all my income, and I don't cut corners." - Tom Douglas

"Skilled shortages in America exist because we are shielding our skilled labor force from world competition. [Visa quotas] have been substituted for the wage pricing mechanism. In the process we have created [a] privileged elite whose incomes are being supported at non-competitively high levels by immigration quotas on skilled professionals. Eliminating such restrictions would reduce at least some of the income inequality." - Alan Greenspan

"The gains we made in the United States that have made our country great have, in large part, been made over the opposition of major corporations. On nearly every issue, from fair labor standards, to the minimum wage, to environmental standards, to standards for a safe workplace, corporations have fought against them every step of the way." - Byron Dorgan

"Much of the present difficulty in industrial relations arises from the fact that too many employers as well as too many legislators take the Labor Leader more seriously than he deserves to be taken, while taking the ordinary, everyday, middle-of-the-road wage-earner less seriously than he deserves to be taken." - Whiting Williams

"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.

"Thomas Jefferson, the leading Enlightenment figure in the United States, along with Benjamin Franklin, who took exactly the same view, argued that dependence will lead to "subservience and venality", and will "suffocate[s] the germs of virtue". And remember, by dependence he meant wage labor, which was considered an abomination under classical liberal principles." - Noam Chomsky

"And what would help minority workers are the same things that would help white workers: the opportunity to earn a living wage, the education and training that lead to such jobs, labor laws and tax laws that restore some balance to the distribution of the nation's wealth ..." - Barack Obama

"More generally, independent farmers had to be trained to become docile workers in the expanding industrial system. It was necessary to drive from their heads evil ideas, such as the belief that wage labor was not much different from chattel slavery. That continues to the present, now sometimes taking the form of an attack on public education." - Noam Chomsky

"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

"Capitalism cannot be reduced to one or a few features, but it does possess one relationship, central to its existence and operation, that constitutes the essence of inequality and ineradicable instability: the wage-labor-capital connection that dwells at the heart of the system." - Herbert Schiller

"Although most Americans apparently loathe inflation, Yale economists have argued that a little inflation may be necessary to grease the wheels of the labor market and enable efficiency-enhancing changes in relative pay to occur without requiring nominal wage cuts by workers." - Janet Yellen

"A consistent anarchist must oppose private ownership of the means of production, and the wage-slavery which is a component of this system, as incompatible with the principle that labor must be freely undertaken and under the control of the producer." - Noam Chomsky

"If you and your skills are a complement to the computer, your wage and labor market prospects are likely to be cheery. If your skills do not complement the computer, you may want to address that mismatch. Ever more people are starting to fall on one side of the divide or the other. That's why 'average is over.'" - Tyler Cowen

"Women with minimal access to resources and no access to child care have limited choices that too often mean low-wage and part-time labor. In rural communities in the developing world, when women farmers have unequal access to fertilizers or training, their farm productivity lags behind men." - Lael Brainard

"No man can be a good citizen unless he has a wage more than sufficient to cover the bare cost of living, and hours of labor short enough so after his day's work is done he will have time and energy to bear his share in the management of the community, to help in carrying the general load." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Well, what there ought to be is an international labor organization, a confederation of the trade unions of all the countries speaking for the workers who are competing with one another, and talking about the difference in wage levels between, say, Europe and Indonesia." - Richard Rorty

"It has now been over 7 years since Congress last raised the minimum wage to its current level of $5.15 per hour. Since that last increase, Congress's failure to adjust the wage for inflation has reduced the purchasing power of the minimum wage to record low levels." - Jon Corzine

"Most people aren't encouraged to think of their labor as very valuable. We usually think of it as the necessary thing we engage in in order to survive. We live in a world where our ability to survive is connected to our ability to draw a paycheck. But there are other ways of organizing labor and culture. For example, people who are pushing for fixed universal base income, or a welfare system that separates wage labor from the compensation required to survive. It was only when I thought of those alternatives that I was able to really understand what we mean when we say sex work is work." - Melissa Gira Grant

"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

"Those externalized costs have always included labor. It is only the decline over time of the minimum wage in real dollars that's made the fast food industry possible, along with feedlot agriculture, pharmaceuticals on the farm, pesticides and regulatory forbearance. All these things are part of the answer to the question: Why is that crap so cheap? Our food is dishonestly priced. One of the ways in which it's dishonestly priced is the fact that people are not paid a living wage to process it, to serve it, to grow it, to slaughter it." - Michael Pollan

"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

"Leisure may be defined as free activity, labor as compulsory activity. Leisure does what it likes, labor does what it must, the compulsion being that of Nature, which in these latitudes leaves men no choice between labor and starvation." - George Bernard Shaw

"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

"The product of mental labor - science - always stands far below its value, because the labor-time necessary to reproduce it has no relation at all to the labor-time required for its original production." - Karl Marx

"If you pursue good with labor, the labor passes away but the good remains; if you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away and the evil remains." - Cicero

"Lincoln sees slavery in some ways as a theft of labor. A slave is a laborer who is being denied the fruits of his labor." - Eric Foner

"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

"Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labor in it, but they labor in it because they excel." - William Hazlitt

"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 profit others and ourselves." - Anne Baxter

"If you pursue good with labor, the labor passes away but the good remains; if you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away and the evil remains." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"It is labor that keeps the strong man strong. And spiritual labor, toil and burden-bearing, is what will give strength to the church of Christ." - Ellen G White

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

"If baking is any labor at all, it's a labor of love. A love that gets passed from generation to generation." - Regina Brett

"I know firsthand that many employers who comply with other labor standards still hire the undocumented. Many businesses pay the minimum wage and have barely tolerable working conditions because there are sufficient undocumented workers willing to accept those terms. If we care about low-income workers in this country, we need to create pressure to improve their economic condition by reducing the supply of unauthorized workers." - Maria Echaveste

"Well, jobs are a great thing. You have to be a bit careful: If you raise the minimum wage, you're encouraging labor substitution and you're going to go buy machines and automate things - or cause jobs to appear outside of that jurisdiction. And so within certain limits, you know, it does cause job destruction. If you really start pushing it, then you're just making a huge trade-off." - Bill Gates

"Well, jobs are a great thing. You have to be a bit careful: If you raise the minimum wage, you're encouraging labor substitution and you're going to go buy machines and automate things - or cause jobs to appear outside of that jurisdiction. And so within certain limits, you know, it does cause job destruction. If you really start pushing it, then you're just making a huge trade-off." - Bill Gates

"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

"I first came into the labor force in 1941 when the minimum wage was 40 cents an hour, and that was my first job. And each time that we've tried to boost the lower level of salary for the most underpaid workers, there have been predictions of catastrophe. But each time, in [m]y opinion, the change has helped our Nation and its economic strength." - Jimmy Carter

"As a party of labor, the SPD must work together with the unions to ensure that people can make a living with their work. That is why I am not a proponent of the concept of unconditional basic income. I am, however, very much in favor of decent wage agreements, secure and lasting jobs, employee participation in decision-making and the examination of the social justification for claims and payments." - Martin Schulz



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