Samuel Gompers

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Samuel Gompers

Samuel Gompers

Do I believe in arbitration? I do. But not in arbitration between the lion and the lamb, in which the lamb is in the morning found inside the lion.More Samuel Gompers [01/28/2008 12:01:00]
It is impossible for capitalists and laborers to have common interests.More Samuel Gompers [01/28/2008 12:01:00]
Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race or nation.More Samuel Gompers [01/28/2008 12:01:00]
No race of barbarians ever existed yet offered up children for money.More Samuel Gompers [01/28/2008 12:01:00]
Show me the country that has no strikes and I'll show you the country in which there is no liberty.More Samuel Gompers [01/28/2008 12:01:00]
The man who has his millions will want everything he can lay his hands on and then raise his voice against the poor devil who wants ten cents more a day.More Samuel Gompers [01/28/2008 12:01:00]
The worst crime against working people is a company which fails to operate at a profit.More Samuel Gompers [01/28/2008 12:01:00]
There is not a right too long denied to which we do not aspire in order to achieve; there is not a wrong too long endured that we are not determined to abolish.More Samuel Gompers [01/28/2008 12:01:00]
Time is the most valuable thing on earth: time to think, time to act, time to extend our fraternal relations, time to become better men, time to become better women, time to become better and more independent citizens.More Samuel Gompers [01/28/2008 12:01:00]
We do want more, and when it becomes more, we shall still want more. And we shall never cease to demand more until we have received the results of our labor.More Samuel Gompers [01/28/2008 12:01:00]
Where trade unions are most firmly organized, there are the rights of the people most respected.More Samuel Gompers [01/28/2008 12:01:00]
What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures,More Samuel Gompers [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Show me the country that has no strikes and I'll show you the country in which there is no liberty.More Samuel Gompers [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The worst crime against working people is a company which fails to operate at a profit.More Samuel Gompers [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
W.Z. Foster {head of the American Communist Party}, who had no money, went to Moscow and came back and announced that he was building a great secret machine to undermine the American labor movement and turn it over to the Red International, owned by Lenin. He began publication of an expensive magazine and proclaimed 'a thousand secret agents in a thousand communities.'More Samuel Gompers [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We will stand by our friends and administer a stinging rebuke to men or parties who are either indifferent, negligent, or hostile, and, wherever opportunity affords, to secure the election of intelligent, honest, earnest trade unionists, with clear, unblemished, paid-up union cards in their possession.More Samuel Gompers [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The man who has his millions will want everything he can lay his hands on and then raise his voice against the poor devil who wants ten cents more a day.More Samuel Gompers [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Where trade unions are most firmly organized, there are the rights of the people most respected.More Samuel Gompers [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Time is the most valuable thing on earth: time to think, time to act, time to extend our fraternal relations, time to become better men, time to become better women, time to become better and more independent citizens.More Samuel Gompers [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The trade union movement represents the organized economic power of the workers... It is in reality the most potent and the most direct social insurance the workers can establish.More Samuel Gompers [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race or nation.More Samuel Gompers [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Doing for people what they can and ought to do for themselves is a dangerous experiment. In the last analysis, the welfare of the workers depends upon their own initiative. Whatever is done under the guise of philanthropy or social morality which in any way lessens initiative is the greatest crime that can be committed against the toilers. Let social busybodies and professional "public morals experts" in their fads reflect upon the perils they rashly invite under this pretense of social welfare.More Samuel Gompers [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
To be free, the workers must have choice. To have choice they must retain in their own hands the right to determine under what conditions they will work.More Samuel Gompers [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In many instances the conduct of colored workmen, and those who have spoken for them, has not been in asking or demanding that equal rights be accorded to them as to white workmen, but somehow conveying the idea that they are to be petted and coddled and given special consideration and special privilege. Of course that can't be done.More Samuel Gompers [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
So long as we have held fast to voluntary principles and have been actuated and inspired by the spirit of service, we have sustained our forward progress, and we have made our labor movement something to be respected and accorded a place in the councils of the Republic. Where we have blundered into trying to force a policy or decision, even though wise and right, we have impeded if not interrupted the realization of our own aims.More Samuel Gompers [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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