October 17, 2012

Blue Collar: An Illustrative Ode to the Working Man and Woman

Blue collar
Sleep your sleep
I'm awake and alive
I keep late hours
Your nine to five
- Blue Collar (Bachman-Turner Overdrive 1973)
Murray Kimber
"The planter, the farmer, the mechanic, and the laborer... form the great body of the people of the United States, they are the bone and sinew of the country men who love liberty and desire nothing but equal rights and equal laws."
- Andrew Jackson
Ricardo Martinez
"The message is that all brilliance emanates from the top; that the worker on the floor of the store or the factory is insignificant."
- James Sinegal
Rudy Gutierrez
"Labor wants also pride and joy in doing good work, a sense of making or doing something beautiful or useful - to be treated with dignity and respect as brother and sister"
- Thorstein Veblen
Andrew R. Wright
"When you grow up on a dairy farm, cows don't take a day off. So you work every day and my dad always said, 'No one can outwork you.'"
- Pat Summitt
David Johnson
"Labor was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labor, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased. "
- Adam Smith
Gregory Manchess
"A few men own from ten thousand to two hundred thousand acres each. The poor Laborer can find no resting place, save on the barren mountain, or in the trackless desert."
- Denis Kearney
C.F. Payne
"A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus."
- E. B. White
Douglas Smith
"Manual labor to my father was not only good and decent for it's own sake but, as he was given to saying, it straightened out one's thoughts."
- Mary Ellen Chase
Niklas Asker
"If we can by any method establish a relation of mutual trust between the laborer and the employer, we shall lay the foundation stone of a structure that will endure for all time."
- Mark Hanna
Dongyun Lee
"The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn't still be a farmer."
- Will Rogers
Maria Corte Maidagan
"Dignify and glorify common labor. It is at the bottom of life that we must begin, not at the top."
- Booker T. Washington
Tim Bower
"Without labor nothing prospers."
- Sophocles
Kent Barton
"When money is controlled by a few it gives that few an undue power and control over labor and the resources of the country. Labor will have its best return when the laborer can control its disposal."
- Leland Stanford
Tyler Jacobson
"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration."
- Abraham Lincoln
Ted Wright
"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Bill Sanderson
"If you are working 50 hours a week in a factory, you don't have time to read 10 newspapers a day and go back to declassified government archives. But such people may have far-reaching insights into the way the world works."
- Noam Chomsky
Michal Dziekan
"The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment."
- Warren G. Bennis
Mark Summers
"A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil."
- Grover Cleveland
Eric Drooker
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."
- Thomas Jefferson
Chris Gall
"Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer's hand."
- Khalil Gibran
James Bennett
"Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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