With Labor Day comes the unofficial end of summer, but there’s more to the holiday than packing up your bathing suit and getting ready for pumpkin spiced lattes. Labor Day was created to honor workers from 100 years ago forced to work 12-hour days, seven days a week. Most Americans have Monday off because of this. To celebrate Labor Day, some quotes about work from influential people have been shared below:

1. “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” --Confucius

2. “Without labor nothing prospers.” --Sophocles

3. “Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work -- and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.” --Lucille Ball

4. “To find joy in work is to find the fountain of youth.” --Pearl S. Buck

5. “There is no substitution for hard work.” --Thomas Edison

6. “Nothing will work unless you do.” --Maya Angelou

7. “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” --Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

8. “The end of labor is to gain leisure.” --Aristotle

9. “The supreme accomplishment is to blur the lines between work and play.” --Arnold J. Toynbee

10. “The only way to enjoy anything in this life is to earn it first.” --Ginger Rogers

11. “Find something that you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” --Julia Child

12. “It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.” --Pablo Picasso

13. “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” --Thomas Edison

14. “The only place success comes before work is the dictionary.” --Vince Lombardi

15. “Without ambition, one starts nothing. Without work, one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” --Ralph Waldo Emerson

16. “I learned the value of hard work by working hard.” --Margaret Mead

17. “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” --Thomas Jefferson

18. “Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.” --Mark Twain

19. “Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind.” --Henry Ford

20.  “I’ve learned from experience that if you work harder at it and apply more energy and time to it, and more consistency, you get a better result. It comes from the work.” --Louis C.K.

21. “Genius begins with great works; labor alone finishes them.” --Joseph Joubert

22. “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” --Rumi

23. “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” --Theodore Roosevelt

24. “Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.” --Madeleine L'Engle

25. “Work is no disgrace; the disgrace is idleness.” --Greek proverb

Bonus for the fashionistas:  “Rules like 'don't wear white after Labor Day' or 'shoes matching the handbag' are antiquated. Modern women should feel free to experiment.” --Stacy London

Labor Day Enjoy Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, with some quotes about working. Photo: Getty Images

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