Memorable Quotes

Important Labor History Quotes

“We want more schoolhouses and less jails,
More books and less arsenals,
More learning and less vice,
More constant work and less crime,
More leisure and less greed,
More justice and less revenge.”

1893 Samuel Gompers, President, American Federation of Labor


The Eight Hour Day Song

First published by the the ‘Labor Standard’ in Patterson N.J.

We want to feel the sunshine
and we want to smell the flowers.
We are sure that God has willed it
and we mean to have eight hours.
We’re summoning our forces
from the shipyards, shop and mill.
Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest
and eight hours for what we will.