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Quotations about labor

Winston ChurchillTo build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.

 - Winston Churchill

Abraham LincolnI believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men's rights.

 - Abraham Lincoln

Albert EinsteinEverything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.

 - Albert Einstein

John LockeEvery man has a property in his own person. This nobody has any right to but himself. The labor of his body and the work of his hands are properly his.

 - John Locke

Stephen KingTalent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.

 - Stephen King

From a Buddhist point of view, this is standing the truth on its head by considering goods as more important than people and consumption as more important than creative activity. It means shifting the emphasis from the worker to the product of work, that is, from the human to the sub-human, surrender to the forces of evil.

 - E. F. Schumacher

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves not to their humanity but to their self love.

 - Adam Smith

Henry Wadsworth LongfellowThe every-day cares and duties which men call drudgery are the weights and counterpoises of the clock of Time, giving its pendulum a true vibration, and its hands a regular motion; and when they cease to hang upon the wheels, the pendulum no longer sways, the hands no longer move, the clock stands still.

 - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.

 - Anatole France

I am proud that I am an Australian, a daughter of the Southern Cross, a child of the mighty bush. I am thankful I am a peasant, a part of the bone and muscle of my nation, and earn my bread by the sweat of my brow, as man was meant to do. I rejoice I was not born a parasite, one of the blood-suckers who loll on velvet and satin, crushed from the proceeds of human sweat and blood and souls.

 - Miles Franklin

Milton FriedmanA minimum-wage law is, in reality, a law that makes it illegal for an employer to hire a person with limited skills.

 - Milton Friedman

David HumeEverything is sold to skill and labor; and where nature furnishes the materials, they are still rude and unfinished, till industry, ever active and intelligent, refines them from their brute state, and fits them for human use and convenience.

 - David Hume

Mikhail Gorbachev... almost everywhere in the Soviet Union peasants were forced to join the collective farms; they were simply driven into them like cattle. The local authorities used the cruelest methods, fulfilling quotas set by the central government. Many peasants who had received land as a result of the October revolution had grown stronger, that is, they had improved their economic status; they had become what in the Soviet Union was called "middle peasants." They did not want to give up what they had earned by honest labor.

The cruelty with which collectivization was carried out is astonishing. People who were able to produce better than others, the competent and industrious, were destroyed. A terrible blow was dealt to the countryside, the consequences of which have not been outlived to this day.

 - Mikhail Gorbachev