11 Labor Day Quotes That Sum Up What This Holiday Is All About — Aside From The Fact That Summer Is Ending

It hardly seems possible, but suddenly the end of summer is upon us. I love every summer holiday, but Labor Day is always a little bittersweet, as it signifies the end of the traditional summer season. Luckily, there's nothing to lift my spirits like a few Labor Day quotes.

But first, what the heck is Labor Day? We all appreciate the day off from work, but do we really know the reasoning behind it? Allow me to briefly explain. Basically, Labor Day is exactly what it sounds like. It's been a national holiday since 1894, and it's a way to honor and recognize all of the contributions of the hardworking people of the United States. It also celebrates the American Labor Movement, which exists to protect the common interests of all workers.

Pretty nice, right? Suddenly that day off makes much more sense. Of course, you want to celebrate the day with the traditional summer party essentials — grilling, backyard games, and drinking. But, why not go ahead and add some meaning and context to your holiday bash with a few relevant quotes?

Not sure where to find quotes fitting for your Labor Day bash? Have no fear! I've rounded up a few sayings about the holiday — and the importance of hard work — for you right here. Fire up the grill, whip together some sangria, and have these Labor Day quotes at the ready. It's for history, people.

1. "If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day weekend." — Doug Larson

2. "Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation." — Samuel Gompers

3. "No great achievement is possible without persistent work." — Bertrand Russell

4. "All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." — Martin Luther King Jr.

5. "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

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

7. "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

8. "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

9. "Without labor, nothing prospers." — Sophocles

10. "The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

11. "The man who rolls up his shirt sleeves is rarely in danger of losing his shirt." — Anonymous

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