Child Labor Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old child labor quotes, child labor sayings, and child labor proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Every child should be taught that useful work is worship and that intelligent labor is the highest form of prayer. Robert Green Ingersoll
Of course, we knew that this meant an attack on the union. The bosses intended gradually to get rid of us, employing in our place child labor and raw immigrant girls who would work for next to nothing. Rose Schneiderman
Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time. Grace Abbott
180 million kids are engaged in the worst forms of child labour. Put it all together and it is not only morally unacceptable, but politically dangerous. Juan Somavia
We must ensure that while eliminating child labor in the export industry, we are also eliminating their labour from the informal sector, which is more invisible to public scrutiny and thus leaves the children more open to abuse and exploitation. Carol Bellamy
If we can't begin to agree on fundamentals, such as the elimination of the most abusive forms of child labor, then we really are not ready to march forward into the future. Alexis Herman
It's a collective truth that slavery is wrong, that child labor is wrong, that gross inequality is wrong. God didn't send it. Dar Williams
One finds fortunes built on slave labor, indentured labor, prison labor, immigrant labor, female labor, child labor, and scab labor backed by the lethal force of gun thugs and militia. ‘Old money' is often little more than dirty money laundered by several generations of possession Michael Parenti
After all, despite the economic advantage to firms that employed child labor, it was in the social interest, as a national policy, to abolish it - removing that advantage for all firms. Barry Commoner
Child labor becomes a label of condemnation in spite of its ancient function as the quickest, most reliable way to human independence. John Taylor Gatto
Amid attempts to protect elephants from ivory poachers and dolphins from tuna nets, the rights of children go remarkably unremarked. Anna Quindlen
You can't regulate child labor. You can't regulate slavery. Some things are just wrong. Michael Moore
Child labor perpetuates poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, population growth, and other social problems. Kailash Satyarthi
Child labour may be distasteful to westerners, but does boycotting goods made with child labour improve or exacerbate the lot of third world children? Trusting the market to regulate may not ultimately be in our interest. Noreena Hertz
Getting inside the mind of a terrorist wasn't difficult at all. Even as children, human beings fabricate elaborate revenge fantasies. We're not a particular species. Check out popular video games. Alan Dean Foster
What's wrong with saying that when school's out, you can hire kids as young as twelve or thirteen? Newt Gingrich
When you use your brain, it's a violation of the child labor law. Joe E. Lewis
Finding out that handmade rugs are often made by mere children was so shocking to me— I could not imagine what those youngsters have to go through every day. Brenda Knight
The golf links lie so near the mill / That almost every day / The laboring children can look out / And watch the men at play. Sarah N. Cleghorn
Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction. Anne Sulivan
There should be severe child labor and factory inspection laws. Theodore Roosevelt
Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken. Bill Dodds
Work is not the course, but drudgery is. Henry Ward Beecher
Even when we talked about child labor, we were frowned upon. But then you know that you have to speak the truth irrespective of the repercussions. Asma Jahangir
All the problems of the world - child labor, corruption - are symptoms of a spiritual disease: lack of compassion. Bill Vaughan
Yes to trade, but trade that ensures that these other countries that trade with us aren't engaging in child labor. Barack Obama
A lot of work still remains but I will see the end of child labor in my lifetime. Kailash Satyarthi
We passed the Children's Bureau bill calculated to prevent children from being employed too early in factories. William Howard Taft
It is more important to let a child's imagination develop than it is to labor to inculcate in him or her some correct ethical point of view. Padraic Colum
Forcing the muse to let thoughts flow; equals to pushing a child, into labor. - Aniruddha Sastikar
Labor unions are the worst thing that ever struck the earth because they take away a man's independence. Henry Ford
Labor is service and service is life. And when we serve something more than ourselves, we feel alive. Tony Robbins
We all labor against our own cure, for death, is the cure of all diseases. Thomas Browne Sr.