Collection of best quotes and sayings by famous people across the globe on the labor day/work day to highlight hard work and work ethics.
Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Labors day is celebrated on different dates and is also known as international work day or May day.
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Best Labor Day Quotes (May Day)
As overused as it is, the expression “work hard, play hard” has always been one that is much appreciated. These motivating quotes will help to be both fulfilled and challenged in your workplace.
I try to be known more for my work than for anything else.
People say you have to work on your resentments. Yeah no I’m gonna hang onto them and they’re gonna fuel my attack.
Any man today who returns from work sinks into a chair and calls for his pipe is a man with an appetite for danger.
The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay.
I am only an average man but by George I work harder at it than the average man.
My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group there was much less competition.
One and one is two and two and two is four and five will get you ten if you know how to work it.
When you play play hard when you work don’t play at all.
Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it.
The more that learn to read the less learn how to make a living. That’s one thing about a little education. It spoils you for actual work. The more you know the more you think somebody owes you a living.
If you believe in what you are doing then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.
If I went to work in a factory the first thing I’d do is join a union.
And I remember going to the record studio and there was a park across the street and I’d see all the children playing and I would cry because it would make me sad that I would have to work instead.
Talent in cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
Focused hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren’t sure which way to do something do it both ways and see which works better.
The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work Stick-to-itiveness and Common sense.
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not work those who work with him. Don’t knock your friends. Don’t knock your enemies. Don’t knock yourself.
People might not get all they work for in this world but they must certainly work for all they get.
It’s said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies – because you never know when you’ll have to work with them.
People from both political parties have long recognized that welfare without work creates negative incentives that lead to permanent poverty. It robs people of self-esteem.
We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work which proves that man was not born to rest.
The greatest humiliation in life is to work hard on something from which you expect great appreciation and then fail to get it.
I never did anything worth doing by accident nor did any of my inventions come by accident they came by work.
Change yourself and your work will seem different.
The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work.
Disneyland is a work of love. We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.
Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best.
Tommy Lee Jones is hilarious. I would say if you look at the body of his work the character he is most like is the one in ‘The Fugitive.’ That’s how he talks and jokes. That is the type of energy he has.
Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously but not themselves those who work hard and play hard.
Read the Bible. Work hard and honestly. And don’t complain.
What I know is is that if you do work that you love and the work fulfills you the rest will come.
It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood all the work into middle age and all the regrets into old age.
Liberty doesn’t work as well in practice as it does in speeches.
Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.
You grow up a bit damaged or broken then you have some success but you don’t know how to feel good about the work you’re doing or the life you’re leading.
As a housewife I feel that if the kids are still alive when my husband gets home from work then hey I’ve done my job.
I learned the value of hard work by working hard.
You reach a point where you don’t work for money.
If you have a success you have it for the wrong reasons. If you become popular it is always because of the worst aspects of your work.
Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.
Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes’ he said his voice rising as applause and cheers mounted. ‘Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.
I love my family very much. I wish I could see them a little more often than I do. But we understand because we’re a show business family and we all work.
John Kerry believes in an America where hard work is rewarded.
Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.
If you start by promising what you don’t even have yet you’ll lose your desire to work towards getting it.
The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading a sermon or a didactic work.
Now we’re in the midst of not just advocating for change not just calling for change – we’re doing the grinding sometimes frustrating work of delivering change – inch by inch day by day.
I never did anything by accident nor did any of my inventions come by accident they came by work.
If my kid couldn’t draw I’d make sure that my kitchen magnets didn’t work.
Lazy people tend not to take chances but express themselves by tearing down other’s work.
Work is of two kinds: first altering the position of matter at or near the earth’s surface relative to other matter second telling other people to do so.
Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited.
For disappearing acts it’s hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work.
Deprived of meaningful work men and women lose their reason for existence they go stark raving mad.
Life is too short to work so hard.
All the problems of the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think. The trouble is that men very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think because thinking is such hard work.
People intoxicate themselves with work so they won’t see how they really are.
In the name of God stop a moment cease your work look around you.
Let us work without theorizing tis the only way to make life endurable.
In every community there is work to be done. In every nation there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it.
As for me prizes are nothing. My prize is my work.
Young people are threatened… by the evil use of advertising techniques that stimulate the natural inclination to avoid hard work by promising the immediate satisfaction of every desire.
I never called my work an ‘art’. It’s part of show business the business of building entertainment.
Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind amazing things will happen.
And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values like you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond that you do what you say you’re going to do. That you treat people with dignity and respect even if you don’t know them and even if you don’t agree with them.
Sometimes what works 40 years ago doesn’t work today.
Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.
All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort and effort means work.
I have so much chaos in my life it’s become normal. You become used to it. You have to just relax calm down take a deep breath and try to see how you can make things work rather than complain about how they’re wrong.
Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it you can rapidly improve the quality of evry part of your life.
A gentle word a kind look a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.
The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.
Of all the things I’ve done the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal.
The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.
Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.
There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time!
On Sundays when I speak I hopefully give somebody something that they can use the next day at work or at home.
You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it however.
Begin – to begin is half the work let half still remain again begin this and thou wilt have finished.
I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn’t park anywhere near the place.
Blessed is he who has found his work let him ask no other blessedness.
I’m going to work so that it’s a pure guts race at the end and if it is I am the only one who can win it.
We go to school to learn to work hard for money. I write books and create products that teach people how to have money work hard for them.
Not only is women’s work never done the definition keeps changing.
Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there I go to work.
People are saying that I’m an alcoholic and that’s not true because I only drink when I work and I’m a workaholic.
Today’s misery is real unemployment home foreclosures and bankruptcies. This is the Obama Misery Index and its at a record high. Its going to take more than new rhetoric to put Americans back to work – its going to take a new president.
Knowledge comes but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.
It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.
Without hard work nothing grows but weeds.
It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow’s viewpoint and he understands ours then we can sit down and work out our differences.
Love and work… work and love that’s all there is.
Believe that with your feelings and your work you are taking part in the greatest the more strongly you cultivate this belief the more will reality and the world go forth from it.
Reform is not pleasant but grievous no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work how much less a nation.
Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art a scientific theory a neat metaphysical system. Man has re-created Europe in his own image.
If you cannot work on the marriage or the women is a moron staying married and cheating makes the most sense because divorce is disruptive to the family life and your bank account.
Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a movable body.
I still work out on a daily basis.
We don’t have enough support for maternal leave and the kinds of things that some of the European countries do. So we still make it hard on women to go into the work force and feel that they can be good at work but then doing the most important job which is raising your children in a responsible and positive way.
Plan your work for today and every day then work your plan.
Third we will make trade work for America by forging new trade agreements. And when nations cheat in trade there will be unmistakable consequences.
You make mistakes but I don’t have any regrets. I’m the kind of person who takes responsibility for it and deals with it. I learn from everything I do. I work very hard I have so many things going on in my life. Get to know me and see who I am.
For every two minutes of glamour there are eight hours of hard work.
Our nation is too different too diverse to say that what works in Massachusetts is somehow going to be grabbed by the federal government usurping the power of states and imposing a one-size-fits-all plan on the nation. That will not work.
Our environment the world in which we live and work is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.
Communism doesn’t work because people like to own stuff.
It’s not the work which kills people it’s the worry. It’s not the revolution that destroys machinery it’s the friction.
Gentleness doesn’t get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs.
I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man.
I have no idols. I admire work dedication and competence.
I don’t think the money people in Hollywood have ever thought I was normal but I am dedicated to my work and that’s what counts.
There is a sense that things if you keep positive and optimistic about what can be done do work out.
It’s hard to do it because you gotta look people in the eye and tell ’em they’re irresponsible and lazy. And who’s gonna wanna do that? Because that’s what poverty is ladies and gentlemen. In this country you can succeed if you get educated and work hard. Period. Period.
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.
A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked not to be endured with patient resignation.
To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it to kill it to rid it of its soul to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture.
I think what makes our marriage work amid all the glare is that my husband is my best friend. He inspires everything in my life and enables me to do the best that I can. I want to hang out with him more than anyone.
Put two or three men in positions of conflicting authority. This will force them to work at loggerheads allowing you to be the ultimate arbiter.
A man willing to work and unable to find work is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune’s inequality exhibits under this sun.
I have offended God and mankind because my work didn’t reach the quality it should have.
It is no good getting furious if you get stuck. What I do is keep thinking about the problem but work on something else. Sometimes it is years before I see the way forward. In the case of information loss and black holes it was 29 years.
One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But… I continue to find my greatest pleasure and so my reward in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
Results! Why man I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.
I find my greatest pleasure and so my reward in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
Let the future tell the truth and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs the future for which I have really worked is mine.
An artist never really finishes his work he merely abandons it.
People are not perfect… very often the relationships that are strongest are those where people have worked through big crises but they’ve had to work through them. So the challenge to us is to work through that.
Most of the energy of political work is devoted to correcting the effects of mismanagement of government.
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
I’d like to believe that the people that have supported me in my work or identified with me in films the people that feel they know me they do and they don’t have misconceptions – they understand. I believe that.
I’m not interested in trying to work on people’s perceptions. I am who I am and if you don’t take the time to learn about that then your perception is going to be your problem.
Like every man of sense and good feeling I abominate work.
Old age is not a matter for sorrow. It is matter for thanks if we have left our work done behind us.
I am a real ham. I love an audience. I work better with an audience. I am dead in fact without one.
The first lesson I’ve learned is that no matter what you do in your life you have to figure out your own internal rhythms – I mean what works for you doesn’t necessarily work for your friend.
I’m one of these very focused people when it comes to day-to-day work and I’m trying not to think about what comes next so that I can stay very focused on what I’m doing now.
I’m not in control of my muse. My muse does all the work.
It takes a lot of energy to be negative. You have to work at it. But smiling is painless. I’d rather spend my energy smiling.
I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.
Mere longevity is a good thing for those who watch Life from the side lines. For those who play the game an hour may be a year a single day’s work an achievement for eternity.
There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment the time is always now.
Work as though you would live forever and live as though you would die today. Go another mile!
One is not idle because one is absorbed. There is both visible and invisible labor. To contemplate is to toil to think is to do. The crossed arms work the clasped hands act. The eyes upturned to Heaven are an act of creation.
If you’re interested in ‘balancing’ work and pleasure stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable.
Happiness is ideal it is the work of the imagination.
If you do not feel yourself growing in your work and your life broadening and deepening if your task is not a perpetual tonic to you you have not found your place.
I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose and we all have a different purpose… When you connect with that love and that compassion that’s when everything unfolds.
I do not believe in excuses. I believe in hard work as the prime solvent of life’s problems.
The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground secretly making the ground green.
I suppose I have a really loose interpretation of ‘work’ because I think that just being alive is so much work at something you don’t always want to do. The machinery is always going. Even when you sleep.
Fires can’t be made with dead embers nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.
In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work a great head.
To say that a work of art is good but incomprehensible to the majority of men is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can’t eat it.
Anybody who has been seriously engaged in scientific work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to the gates of the temple of science are written the words: ‘Ye must have faith.’
To make democracy work we must be a notion of participants not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.
You don’t have to turn on the TV set. You don’t have to work on the Internet. It’s up to you.
Oh give us the man who sings at his work.
Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.
Why does a woman work ten years to change a man’s habits and then complain that he’s not the man she married?
All great art is the work of the whole living creature body and soul and chiefly of the soul.
Nothing is void of God his work is everywhere his full of himself.
The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.
The better a work is the more it attracts criticism it is like the fleas who rush to jump on white linens.
I do not suppose I shall be remembered for anything. But I don’t think about my work in those terms. It is just as vulgar to work for the sake of posterity as to work for the sake of money.
Youth is the gift of nature but age is a work of art.
Never despair but if you do work on in despair.
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
The United States strongly condemns the illegal disclosure of classified information. It puts people’s lives in danger threatens our national security and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems.
The only happiness a brave person ever troubles themselves in asking about is happiness enough to get their work done.
There is a computer disease that anybody who works with computers knows about. It’s a very serious disease and it interferes completely with the work. The trouble with computers is that you ‘play’ with them!
People who have time on their hands will inevitably waste the time of people who have work to do.
Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try instead to work with what you’ve got.
Actors work and slave and it is the color of your hair that can determine your fate in the end.
Be prepared work hard and hope for a little luck. Recognize that the harder you work and the better prepared you are the more luck you might have.
But I work harder now because I have so much more exposure. And actually the harder you work as a writer the better you get at it. It’s like anything else. It’s a muscle you have to exercise. I write more now than ever.
Have regular hours for work and play make each day both useful and pleasant and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful old age will bring few regrets and life will become a beautiful success.
I used to work in a funeral home to feel good about myself just the fact that I was breathing.
The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager.
Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future.
If in our daily life we can smile if we can be peaceful and happy not only we but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.
Musicians can run this state better than politicians. We won’t get a lot done in the mornings but we’ll work late and be honest.
Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately it can propel people toward social emancipation.
Decide what you want decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.
When you are in any contest you should work as if there were – to the very last minute – a chance to lose it. This is battle this is politics this is anything.
A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern. Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its end but in the nascent state and this state is constant.
Work hard stay positive and get up early. It’s the best part of the day.
Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.
What the world really needs is more love and less paper work.
A little less complaint and whining and a little more dogged work and manly striving would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills.
A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they’re capable of understanding.
Establishing lasting peace is the work of education all politics can do is keep us out of war.
If you’re working for a good company and you’re happy there and you’re being compensated accordingly and your work satisfies you you should stay there.
Every man’s work whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else is always a portrait of himself.
Every reader finds himself. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what without this book he would perhaps never have seen in himself.
In order to excel you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept constructive criticism. Without one-hundred percent dedication you won’t be able to do this.
The quality of your work in the long run is the deciding factor on how much your services are valued by the world.
A good boss makes his men realize they have more ability than they think they have so that they consistently do better work than they thought they could.
The thing that is really hard and really amazing is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.
When you discover your mission you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.
A treatment method or an educational method that will work for one child may not work for another child. The one common denominator for all of the young children is that early intervention does work and it seems to improve the prognosis.
You have not found your place until all your faculties are roused and your whole nature consents and approves of the work you are doing.
Obviously I come from one background and the people that design fitness equipment have been doing it for years and years and they know what works and doesn’t work.
To work hard to live hard to die hard and then go to hell after all would be too damn hard.
When work is a pleasure life is a joy! When work is a duty life is slavery.
God continues to work miracles in my life.
The black market was a way of getting around government controls. It was a way of enabling the free market to work. It was a way of opening up enabling people.
A person however learned and qualified in his life’s work in whom gratitude is absent is devoid of that beauty of character which makes personality fragrant.
I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time somehow things will work out in the end.
I wanted to be a doctor that I might be able to work without having to talk because for years I had been giving myself out in words.
Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.
So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.
To live well is to work well to show a good activity.
Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself your body your mind your spirit. Then get back to work.
Do not wait the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand and work with whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.
I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.
The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom.
There’s a lot of bitterness there’s a lot of anger out there. We all have to work hard to heal those wounds.
I like Cinderella I really do. She has a good work ethic. I appreciate a good hard-working gal. And she likes shoes. The fairy tale is all about the shoe at the end and I’m a big shoe girl.
Winners have the ability to step back from the canvas of their lives like an artist gaining perspective. They make their lives a work of art – an individual masterpiece.
Never follow somebody else’s path it doesn’t work the same way twice for anyone… the path follows you and rolls up behind you as you walk forcing the next person to find their own way.
Many believe – and I believe – that I have been designated for this work by God. In spite of my old age I do not want to give it up I work out of love for God and I put all my hope in Him.
Though nature be ever so generous yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too and till both concur the work cannot be perfected.
Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.
One must work and dare if one really wants to live.
Winners take time to relish their work knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating.
It ain’t easy to break out of a mold but if you do your work people will ultimately see what you’re capable of. Too often people find it easier to make assumptions and stick with what they believe. They put you in a place and it makes their job easier. The good people constantly search for something different.
I think the best thing I can do is to be a distraction. A husband lives and breathes his work all day long. If he comes home to more table thumping how can the poor man ever relax?
We are at our very best and we are happiest when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful so worthwhile.
What are people going to do? Fire me? I’ve been fired before. Not book me? I’ve been out of work before. I don’t care.
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