Every year, Labor Day falls on the first Monday of September and this year, it will fall on September 5. The holiday celebrates and honors the achievements of American workers. But Labor Day also marks the unofficial end of summer, where most schools start the year, and the second half of the year begins with the fall season and holidays. Here are some quotes to celebrate the workforce and inspire those who believe in the good of their everyday jobs:

Labor Day Labor Day quotes to thank the American workforce. Reuters

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Men are made stronger on realization that the helping hand they need is at the end of their own right arm.” – Sidney J. Phillips

“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.” – Albert Einstein

“If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.” – Doug Larson




“I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

“Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day.  It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.” – Bill Dodds

“Work is no disgrace; the disgrace is idleness.” – Greek proverb

“Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race or nation.” – Samuel Gompers

“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.” – Indira Gandhi

“No great achievement is possible without persistent work.” – Bertrand Russell

“Labor Day is seen as a day of rest for many hardworking Americans.” – James P. Hoffa

“There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas Edison

“A man is not paid for having a head and hands, but for using them.” – Elbert Hubbard

“I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.” – John D. Rockefeller

“The end of labor is to gain leisure.” – Aristotle

“A mind always employed is always happy.  This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” – Ovid

“The only liberty an inferior man really cherishes is the liberty to quit work, stretch out in the sun, and scratch himself.” – H.L. Mencken

“Work isn't to make money; you work to justify life.” – Marc Chagall




“Without labor nothing prospers.” – Sophocles