20 Happy Labor Day Quotes

A day to celebrate and honor the value of hard work.

Labor Day Quotes
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Labor Day is a day we dedicate to our constant go-getters and valuable hard workers. This holiday is most often celebrated with a backyard BBQ, a quick beach trip, or a neighborhood gathering. This significant day does a lot more than pay tribute to our American achievements. We reflect on our journey and celebrate the contributions of our working nation and the resilience of American workers.

Even though this holiday quietly marks the end of summer, we must revel in our delightful memories and look towards the horizon of what's to come. Labor Day stirs up the opportunity for us to think about our dreams and aspirations regarding our future. As we rest and reset for the rest of the year, seek happiness in a job well done and become inspired by these words of wisdom.

Labor Day Quotes:

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Maya Angelou

Labor Day Quote Maya Angelou
Southern Living

"Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it." — Maya Angelou

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Donovan Bailey

Labor Day Quote Donovan Bailey
Southern Living

"Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don't let anyone limit your dreams." — Donovan Bailey

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Booker T. Washington

Labor Day Quote Booker T. Washington
Southern Living

"Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having except as a result of hard work." — Booker T. Washington

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Stephen King

Labor Day Quote Stephen King
Southern Living

"Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work." — Stephen King

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Michelle Obama

Labor Day Quote Michelle Obama

"Just try new things. Don't be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar, all right?" — Michelle Obama

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Labor Day Quotes - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Southern Living

"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity." — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Thomas A. Edison

Labor Day Quote - Thomas A. Edison
Southern Living

"There is no substitute for hard work." — Thomas A. Edison

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John Locke

Labor Day Quote - John Locke
Southern Living

"It is labor indeed that puts the difference on everything." — John Locke

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Labor Day Quote Sophocles
Southern Living

"Without labor nothing prospers." — Sophocles

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Theodore Roosevelt

Labor Day Quote Theodore Roosevelt

"It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things." — Theodore Roosevelt

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Labor Day Quote Aristotle
Southern Living

"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work." — Aristotle

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Margaret Mead

Labor Day Quote Margaret Mead

"I learned the value of hard work by working hard." — Margaret Mead

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Labor Day Quote - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Southern Living

"Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Babe Ruth

Labor Day Quote Babe Ruth

"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." — Babe Ruth

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Maria Bartiromo

Labor Day Quote Maria Bartiromo

"I think that my biggest attribute to any success that I have had is hard work. There really is no substitute for working hard." —Maria Bartiromo

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H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Labor Day Quote H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"Life doesn't require that we be the best, only that we try our best." —H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Ralph Ransom

Labor Day Quote Ralph Ransom

"Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy." — Ralph Ransom

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John C. Maxwell

Labor Day Quote John C. Maxwell

"Dreams don't work unless you do." — John C. Maxwell

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Oprah Winfrey

Labor Day Quote Oprah Winfrey

"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

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Mahatma Gandhi

Labor Day Quote Mahatma Gandhi
Southern Living

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." — Mahatma Gandhi

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