Labor Day


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Labor Day first Monday in September in the United States and Canada
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City
    • Labor Day In most of the States and Territories of the United States, a day, usually the first Monday of September, set aside as a legal holiday, in honor of, or in the interest of, workingmen as a class. Also, a similar holiday in Canada, Australia, etc.
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “The laboring man has not leisure for a true integrity day by day.”
  • Leigh Hunt
    “Night's deepest gloom is but a calm; that soothes the weary mind: The labored days restoring balm; the comfort of mankind.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    “Let no one till his death be called unhappy. Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor done.”
  • Brooks Atkinson
    Brooks Atkinson
    “Don't be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for a half a day first.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    “Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor's done.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “The really efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work, but will saunter to his task surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure.”


In literature:

Grimm asked him, by the way, what he thought of his Labor Day speech.
"The Centralia Conspiracy" by Ralph Chaplin
Besides this, every man has to give forty days' labor every year to the State.
"The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes" by Tomás de Comyn
Day after day thus passed away, leaving the hunter's labors no suitable reward.
"Our Gift" by Teachers of the School Street Universalist Sunday School, Boston
To some this is the only holiday in the whole year, and they are obliged to return to their labors the following day.
"My Native Land" by James Cox
The following day we went but three miles, when the severe labor caused some of the hands to give out.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
In those days almost everything in the way of government public works was carried on by forced labor.
"Modern India" by William Eleroy Curtis
And her work began two hours before their day's labor, and continued two hours after they were done.
"Big Timber" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
The sun was setting behind the waves of the ocean, and the labors of the day were over.
"The Pearl Box" by "A Pastor"
We work day laborers now.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
When the working days are over, the profit days are over, and how few in any country are willing to support an animal which is past labor?
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
When the working days are over, the profit days are over, and how few in any country are willing to support an animal which is past labor?
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
I do public work, haul wood, cut wood, and work in the field by day labor.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
He found leisure to come every day to retail the gossip of the studios, and fortify himself for the desultory labors in which he was engaged.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 1" by Various
Another pleasing and remarkable fact exists: labor is suspended every seventh day, and has been from time immemorial.
"A Visit To The United States In 1841" by Joseph Sturge
They toil rather as ordinary day laborers, porters, stevedores, teamsters, and domestics.
"Our Foreigners" by Samuel P. Orth
The labor required is said to be from 80 to 100 days work per acre.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
The Fauxbourg St. Antoine, is a quarter of the city inhabited entirely by the class of day-laborers and journeymen in every line.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Day-laborers receive, sixteen or eighteen sous the day, and feed themselves.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The desideratum to-day in the business world is full and abiding confidence between capital and labor.
"The Harris-Ingram Experiment" by Charles E. Bolton
Laborers receive a minimum of $2 a day, and mechanics from $2.50 to $3 a day.
"Seven Legs Across the Seas" by Samuel Murray

In poetry:

We trace its flight by broken chains,
By songs of grateful Labor still;
To-day, in all her holy fanes,
It rings the bells of freed Brazil.
"One Of The Signers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Go, labor on while it is day:
The world's dark night is hastening on;
Speed, speed thy work, cast sloth away;
It is not thus that souls are won.
"Go, Labor On: Spend, and Be Spent" by Horatius Bonar
Her smile shall help my heart enough
With love to labor all the day,
And cheer the road, whose rocks are rough,
With her smooth footprints, each a ray.
"Quiet" by Madison Julius Cawein
Strike from that laborer's limbs his chain!
In the fierce sun the iron burns!
By night, it fills his dreams with pain;
By day, it galls him as he turns.
"Unchain The Laborer" by John Pierpont
My nights, my days, you have borne so much!
All your branches have retained the gesture
of that long labor you are rising from:
my days, my nights. Oh my rustic friends!
"Growing Old" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Fold your hands and rest, and rest,
The sun sails on from the east to the west,
The days will come, and the days will go,
What good can man for his labor show
In passionless peace, come float with me
Over the waves of this wonderful sea.
"The Song Of The Siren" by Marietta Holley

In news:

Semi-Annual "Week" Will Probably Ooze, Like a Molten Chocolate Cake, Past Labor Day.
Courtesy Photo Sonny Rollins caps off Friday night of the Detroit Jazz Festival this Labor Day weekend.
Yvette Martin, with the McAlester Rotary Club, put out US Flags for Labor Day.
The end of Labor Day marks the approach of another Biotech Company's arrival in SaranacLake.
To celebrate the unofficial beginning of the fall season on Labor Day (Monday Sep 3), Czar is hosting the monthly Slaughter Movie House , which begins at 7 pm and is free for patrons 18 and older.
A very warm and muggy start to Labor Day weekend.
As Labor Day passed on Monday – saluting all of us who work hard to try to make ends meet – "The Playlist" has found a way to pay tribute to the yearly September holiday with songs that tie to the working class heroes in all of us.
93 rooms on Labor Day at Hotel Maya.
Kale Soup Recipe, Natural Childbirth , and Wearing White After Labor Day.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Thursday that if President Obama's jobs speech after Labor Day consists of ' nibbling around the edge' of the issue, 'history will judge him.'.
Ronda Kobylinski caught this 39-inch, 13.13-pound northern pike on Upper Red Lake, near Waskish during Labor Day weekend.
President Barack Obama on Labor Day laid out his plan to help boost the economy and create jobs.
The Barclays Center at Atlantic Yards, seen here over Labor Day weekend, is set to open Sept 28.
It's Labor Day at 8:30 pm After a long holiday I was ready to wind down, relax and read a book in peace and quiet.
Labor Day weekend in pictures.