Labor wants pride and joy
Labor wants 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
- In itself and in its consequences the life of leisure is beautiful and ennobling in all civilised men’s eyes. – Thorstein Veblen
- The basis on which good repute in any highly organized industrial community ultimately rests is pecuniary strength; and the means of showing pecuniary strength, and so of gaining or retaining a good name, are leisure and a conspicuous consumption of goods. – Thorstein Veblen
- Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure. – Thorstein Veblen
- Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. – Abraham J. Heschel
- Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. – Abraham Joshua Heschel
- “…It is a proud privilege to be a soldier – a good soldier … [with] discipline, self-respect, pride in his unit and his country, a high sense of duty and obligation to comrades and to his superiors, and a self confidence born of demonstrated ability.” – George S. Patton Jr.
- Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area. – Nadine Gordimer
- “With intellectual labor your hard work is forever, while with manual labor your hard work is temporary and soon forgotten.” – Jarod Kintz
- They talk of the dignity of work. Bosh. The dignity is in leisure. – Herman Melville
- Nationalist pride, like other variants of pride, can be a substitute for self respect. – Eric Hoffer