50 Inspiring Labor Day Quotes

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It’s Labor Day Weekend — a time to relax, enjoy football and pay tribute to the unofficial end of Summer. In honor of hard workers everywhere, here are some inspirational quotes about working hard.

50 Inspiring Labor Day Quotes:

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

49. “God sells us all things at the price of labor.” — Leonardo da Vinci

48. “Work hard, but not just to please your masters when they are watching. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” — Ephesians 6:6-7

47. “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” — Newt Gingrich

46. “I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.” — Ray Bradbury

45. “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” — 2 Thessalonians 3:10

44. “Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

42. “No labor, however humble, is dishonoring.” — The Talmud

41. “The one thing that matters is the effort.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

40. “The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream.” — Tommy Hilfiger

39. “I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.” — Margaret Thatcher

38. “You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.” — Alan Alda

37. “The man who rolls up his shirt sleeves is rarely in danger of losing his shirt.” — Anonymous

36. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” — Colin Powell

35. “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” — Michael Jordan



34. “Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference.” — Lou Holtz

33. “My first job was washing dishes in the basement of a nursing home for $2.10 an hour, and I learned as much about the value of hard work there as I ever did later.” — Douglas Preston

32. “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” — Oprah Winfrey

31. “Hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but it improves its chances.” — B.J. Gupta

30. “If you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.” — Conan O’Brien

29. “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

28. “Without labor nothing prospers.” — Sophocles

27. “I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work 15 and 16 hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example.” — Mario Cuomo

26. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” — Steve Jobs

25. “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” — Stephen King

24. “Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.” — Ralph Ransome

23. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” — Abraham Lincoln

22. “I would rather have a big burden and a strong back, than a weak back and a caddy to carry life’s luggage.” — Elbert Hubbard

21. “Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

20. “Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.” — Gerald Ford

19. “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

18. “If you care about what you do and work hard at it, there isn’t anything you can’t do if you want to.” — Jim Henson



17 “Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy” — Robert Half

16. “Education, actual learning – it is hard work. It’s very personal. Your parents don’t teach you anything. Your teachers don’t teach you anything. The government doesn’t teach you anything. You read it. You don’t understand it; you read it again. You break a pencil and read it again.” — Dean Kamen

15. “Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind.” — Henry Ford

14. “If people knew how hard I worked to achieve my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.” — Michelangelo

13. “You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play.” — Warren Beatty

12. “Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

11. “Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.” — Mark Twain

10. “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” — Theodore Roosevelt

9. “The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” — Oprah Winfrey

8. “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” — Vince Lombardi

7. “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” — Aristotle

6. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” — Thomas A. Edison

5. “I can say the willingness to get dirty has always defined us as an nation, and it’s a hallmark of hard work and a hallmark of fun, and dirt is not the enemy.” — Mike Rowe

4. “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration” — Albert Einstein

3. “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses–behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” — Muhammad Ali

2. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” — Babe Ruth

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

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