Solidarity, dignity, empathy in times of coronavirus – Get your quote in 5 minutes

May 1st is celebrated worldwide as May 1st or Labor Day. This year, the COVID-19 crisis is exposing uncomfortable truths about inequalities in societies around the world and stark contrasts in our lifestyles. During the extended blockade, some get on a webinar chain, or discuss which movie to watch next, or share videos of exotic dishes cooked in the kitchen. But the external reality is sad for sectors and communities devastated by the pandemic. The quotes in this collection reflect gratitude for the spirit and dignity of work in all ages and sectors. Their messages reinforce the importance of respect, solidarity and human rights in these dark hours. In this collection of quotes, we cover a wide range of manpower, including giant workers, contract workers, migrants, farmers and the informal sector. We also look at inclusive workforce practices to empower women, disabled and marginalized communities and anti-child labor laws. Other perspectives include the impact of emerging technologies such as AI / ML on the job. The concert economy has raised controversy over the legal job definitions and rights of concert workers. During the COVID-19 crisis, attacks on health workers prompted governments to enact laws that protect their rights and criminalize those attacks. There are so many people to thank for making our world a better place and that we have to support even more in these months of crisis. Health professionals, cleaners, delivery workers, security personnel, NGOs that feed the needy: the list could go on and on. Across the political spectrum, leaders and activists have different perspectives on labor rights and responsibilities. What is clear today is that workers need even more food security and health and livelihood protection in the coming years. The quotes in this collection are taken from YourStory articles and Storybites columns, as well as from a variety of online resources. See also our resource center for start-ups and SMEs and our choice of 60 quotes to deal with a crisis. All the work that elevates humanity has dignity. – Martin Luther King, Jr. Labour does not dishonor anyone; unfortunately, sometimes you find men who dishonor work. – Ulysses S. Grant As we celebrate Labor Day, we honor the men and women who fought tirelessly for workers' rights, who are so important to our strong and successful workforce. – Elizabeth Esty The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. – Mahatma Gandhi There is a triangular relationship between poverty, child labor and illiteracy that have a relationship of cause and consequence. We will have to stop this vicious circle. – Kailash Satyarthi The Millennium Development Goals were a commitment to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and fairness and free the world from extreme poverty. – Ban Ki-moon The workers' movement has not diminished the strength of the nation but has enlarged it. – Martin Luther King, Jr. The workplace is flanked by the businessman and the farmer – and not less than one degree. – Harry S. Truman Entrepreneurial, labor and civil society organizations have fundamental skills and resources to help build a stronger global community. – Kofi AnnanWork is not a shame; misfortune is idleness. – Greek proverb Do not take from the mouth of the work, the bread it has earned. – Thomas Jefferson Workers' rights should be at the heart of development. – Joseph Stiglitz A man is not paid for having his head and hands, but for using them. – Elbert Hubbard Every historical form of society is in its foundation a form of organization of work. – Leon TrotskyFar and the best prize that life offers is the opportunity to work hard for the work that is worth doing. – Thomas Jefferson From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. – Karl Marx Basically, the basis of all modern progress is work efficiency. – Charles M. Schwab Human dignity is based on freedom and freedom on human dignity. The one assumes the other. – Rollo May It is essential that there is work organization. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore work must organize itself. – Theodore Roosevelt It is not the quantity but the quality of knowledge that determines the dignity of the mind. – William Ellery Channing It is not the wealth that is asked for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, work without obstacles, be generous, frank and independent. – W. Somerset Maugham It was the workers' movement that helped secure much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, social security, state health care, pension plans. The middle class security hinges all carry the union label. – Barack Obama Excessive work is repulsive for human nature, not for work. – Pyotr KropotkinSchooling does not insure employment, but skill does. – Amit Kalantri The economy of concerts is empowerment. – John McAfee There is no safer sign of a small mind than to imagine that anything in terms of physical work is dishonest. – Orison Swett Marden What we have lost sight of is that doing manual labor with your hands is one of the most incredibly satisfying and positive things you can do. – Nick Offerman The most luxurious possession, the richest treasure anyone has is his personal dignity. – Jackie Robinson When an individual protests against society's refusal to recognize his dignity as a human being, his own act of protest confers dignity on him. – Bayard RustinPeace requires the most heroic work and the most difficult sacrifice. – Thomas MertonWhy do you all waste human labor and the world's wealth in building machinery to commit mass murder? – Eden Phillpotts Without work nothing thrives. – SophoclesWork doesn't have to make money; you work to justify life. – Marc Chagall No race can thrive until it learns that there is as much dignity in cultivating a field as in writing a poem. – Booker T. Washington Agriculture was the first occupation of man and, since it embraces the whole earth, it is the foundation of all other industries. – Edward W. Stewart Agriculture is the noblest of all alchemy; for it turns the earth and even manure into gold, giving its grower the additional health reward. – Paul Chatfield Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will ultimately contribute more to real wealth, good morals and happiness. – Thomas JeffersonFarming is a profession of hope. – Brett BrianFarming is inevitably a part of human life that can provide a clue to what is fundamentally human, and therefore a clue to our place within the cosmos. – Stephanie NelsonFarming is not a battle against nature, but a collaboration with it. Respect the basics of nature in action and ensure that they continue. – Jeff Koehler A farmer is a magician who makes money out of mud. – Amit Kalantri The farmer must be an optimist or he would not yet be a farmer. – Will Rogers The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything in retail, sells everything wholesale and pays for transportation both ways. – John F. Kennedy The ultimate goal of agriculture is not the cultivation of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings. – Masanobu Fukuoka For a farmer, dirt is not a waste, it is wealth. – Amit Kalantri: having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art anyone could wish to own. – Andy Warhol Factory farming was born out of a downward moral race, with companies competing for one another to produce bigger and bigger animals with less care at lower costs. – Matthew Scully If rain spoils our picnic, but saves a farmer's crop, who are we to say it shouldn't rain? – Tom Barrett If you tickle the earth with a hoe, she laughs with a crop. – Douglas Jerrold It is impossible to have a healthy and healthy society without adequate respect for the soil. – Peter MaurinLife on a farm is a school of patience; you can't hurry crops or make an ox in two days. – Henri AlainStrong communities are built around local and real food. Food we trust to feed our bodies, the farmer and the planet. – Kimbal Musk Cities are nothing but branches of the national tree of life, whose roots sink deep into the earth. We all thrive or decline with the farmer. – Bernard Baruch We have overlooked the truth that a good farmer is a first-rate craftsman, a kind of artist. – Wendell Berry While farmers contribute to our survival, we also do our part by showing them respect in the form of not wasting food. – Mohith Agadi When soil cultivation begins, other arts follow. Farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization. – Daniel Webster Although women do two thirds of the world's work, they own less than one percent of the world's resources. – Isabel Allende I measure the progress of a community based on the degree of progress achieved by women. – B.R. AmbedkarGender's equality is more of a goal in itself. It is a prerequisite for tackling the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance. – Kofi Annan No country can ever truly thrive if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contribution of half of its citizens. – Michelle Obama If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair. – Shirley Chisholm Whatever women do, they have to double that of men to be considered half good. Fortunately, this is not difficult. – Charlotte Whitton Achieving gender equality requires the commitment of women and men, girls and boys. It is everyone's responsibility. – Ban Ki-moon No man can be called liberal, or radical, or even a conservative fair play defender, if his job depends in any way on the unpaid or underpaid work of women at home or in the office. – Gloria Steinem For women, therefore, poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. – Audre Lorde Gender equality is not good for women, but good for society. – Angelica Fuentes Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Give a woman a fish and she will feed the whole family for a week! – Cameron SemmensLife is not a competition between men and women. It's a collaboration. – David Alejandro Fearnhead Building an inclusive organization is not an attack. They are progress. – DaShanne StokesOnly strength and collective action will allow us to be free to fight for the kind of society that meets basic human needs. – Roxanne Dunbar This pandemic is a collective crisis, especially for workers with daily wages who have been made unemployed and therefore meals. – K Ganesh In the absence of a migrant workforce, our economy would stop. – Divya Varma In the struggle to end this crisis, we can't really afford to lose someone behind us. – Priyanka Chopra Jonas Leave us a moment to thank everyone all over the world who help us defend ourselves from this pandemic. – Rachna Muralidhar Now is the time for us to take care of the people who work for us. When a company comes forward at a time like this, it creates loyalty, commitment and long-lasting teams. – Arjun Agarwal The crisis is worse for health workers and police personnel who have to choose between taking care of the victims of the pandemic and taking care of their children. – Kunal Malik The most coronavirus-prone group includes homeless and migrant workers, who move daily from one place to another to make ends meet. – Priya Sogani If you invest in people during difficult times, you will gain their long-term loyalty. – Kaur Sidhu immigrants introduce themselves. They presented themselves for work, presented for this economy and shown themselves with their political and social will. – Tenzin Seldon Even if the lock is unlocked, with the reverse migration taking place, it will take another year to bring people back. – Velumani every day we hear heroic stories about how those on the front lines work 24/7 to protect the public. – Workers from the Ruchee AnandGig economy, often paid by the hour and without sick leave privileges, end up delaying visiting doctors until their health situation worsens. – Srikanth Chunduri It is the era of giants, distributed teams, flexible working models and network organizations with malleable structures. – Sanjay Kapoor companies should focus on developing a strategic plan for flexibility in the workplace, digitization, virtual testing and well-being in the workplace. – Anshuman Magazine Everyone wants the balance between work and private life, so employers should shape a differentiated experience to attract the best talent. – Paul D’ArcyGlobally, on average, for every 10,000 workers, 75 to 80 robots are available. – The human capital of Satyanarayana is the most valuable of all available forms of capital. – Ajay Ramasubramaniam In a vast country like India, where the unorganized sector is predominant, entrepreneurship can be a key factor in job creation. – Rajesh AgrawalIndia thrives when small and medium-sized business enterprises are successful. – Nikhil AroraSME are the backbone of the economy and if India has to continue to witness high growth, their support is not negotiable. – Harshvardhan Lunia Investment in skills and education can be directly associated with a country's commitment to economic growth. – Vineet Chaturvedi Many young people across India do not have the opportunity to work on their professional skills due to outdated education systems, inaccessibility, poverty and other external factors. – Namrata Baruah People in rural areas tend to migrate to cities in search of a better job and lifestyle, leaving behind ancient cultures and art forms. – Kalyani Gongi The impact of thermal stress on labor productivity is a serious consequence of climate change. – Catherine Saget, IL The new normal will be that 20 percent of the workforce will always work from home on a rotational basis. – Kris Gopalakrishnan Wanting to help those who are helping us by doing their job highlights the strength of humanity. – Atul Satija It is a trap to please; the status quo must always be changed. – David Gurlé You have to reinvent yourself every 10-20 years. – Harsh Mariwala Empowerment is not a fruit someone gives you on a tree; it is a sense of belief that you are equal and deserve equality in every area of ​​life. – Gul Panag women are no longer considered just housewives. They are seen as emerging entrepreneurs with numerous skills. – Anjali Mohan If India is to become a $ 5 trillion economy, companies must hire more workers. – Jyoti Nath: by empowering communities to manage people with disabilities, we can create a society of tomorrow in which we are respected for our differences and not judged on the same basis. – Ganga ChangappaInclusion is a prerequisite for a diverse workforce to function effectively. – Archana Sasan No organization / committee alone can provide a safe or positive / inclusive workplace to any employee without the same reciprocity of these values ​​by employees. – Ashwini Vittalachar Ultimately, the greatest lesson that COVID-19 can teach humanity is that we are all together. – Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Our life is about respectful coexistence. – Sathya Raghu V. Mokkapati All times require difficult measures, performed through compassion and empathy. – Agnelorajesh Athaide The power to be together is the greatest power of all. – Iti RawatYourStory has also published the pocket book Proverbs and Quotes for Entrepreneurs: A World of Inspiration for Startups, as a creative and motivational guide for innovators (downloadable as an app here: Apple, Android). (By Teja Lele Desai) How has the coronavirus epidemic upset your life? And how are you facing it? Email us or send us a video with the subject "Coronavirus Disruption" at