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Quotations about Safety

Welcome to the Web's first page of quotations dedicated to safety. You can use these for Safety Week and for every day of the year, at work or at home. See also my Drive Safely page for more quotes. Be careful out there — the world's a crazy place! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g

One earnest worker can do more by personal suggestion to prevent accidents than a carload of safety signs. ~Making Paper, January 1923, edited by E.R. Brown

Safety saves sickness, suffering, sadness. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s

Do not depend on others for safety — Help yourself. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s

Every accident is a notice that something is wrong with men, methods, or material — investigate — then act. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s

Accident prevention is first aid to the uninjured. ~Author unknown, c.1906–1910

Your body is a big part of your capital: don't invest it in the "Bank of Careless Habits." ~State Safety News, September 1916, published by the University of Arizona Bureau of Mines

Streets were not intended for playgrounds. ~"Preventgrams," Buffalo Department of Health Sanitary Bulletin, 1916

Do not think because an accident hasn't happened to you that it can't happen. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s

Put your soul into your work, not your hand or foot. ~State Safety News, September 1916, published by the University of Arizona Bureau of Mines

Accidents are some one's fault. Don't let them be yours. ~Gary Works Circle by Illinois Steel Company, 1916  [Alternate: "Accidents are someone's fault. Be careful and they'll not be yours!" Also early 1900s. —tg]

Cultivate a habit of caution. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s

Carefulness costs you nothing. Carelessness may cost you your life. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s

It is as much your duty to be careful and comply with safety rules as it is to properly perform your work. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s

Practice "Safety First" to-day: It may be too late to-morrow. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s

The motive power of the safety-first movement is a realization of the fact that lives and limbs need not be sacrificed to any desired result... ~The Anode by the Bureau of Safety of the Anaconda Copper Mining Co., March 1917

Among the many accomplishments of the Ninth Annual Safety Congress is the solution of the mystery concerning the origin of the expression "Safety First." For years all sorts of theories regarding the origin of this expression have been advanced, but none of the clues when finally run down led to any one who would confess authorship of the expression... According to Walter Greenwood of the Carnegie Steel Company, it is Robert J. Young of the Illinois Steel Company. They are now trying to change it to "Safety Always." When confronted with this charge at the recent Congress in Milwaukee, R.J. blushingly pleaded guilty, and so revealed to the world that the father of the safety movement is also the parent of "Safety First" — without a doubt the most popular slogan ever devised for any purpose. ~National Safety News, 1920

"Safety First" is "Safety Always." ~Saying, c.1915

Safety always, always safety. ~Saying, c.1913

The A B C of Safety First is: "Always Be Careful." ~"Preventgrams," Buffalo Department of Health Sanitary Bulletin, 1916

You don't need to know the whole alphabet of Safety. The a, b, c of it will save you if you follow it: Always Be Careful. ~Colorado School of Mines Magazine, Golden, Colorado, 1918

When you say "accident" perhaps you mean "crime." ~Colorado School of Mines Magazine, Golden, Colorado, August 1918

purpose you undertake is dangerous;' — why, that's
certain: 'tis dangerous to take a cold, to sleep, to
drink; but I tell you, my lord fool, out of this
nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety...
~William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I, c.1597  [II, 3, Hotspur — Henry Percy]

For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~Eleanor Everet

Better a thousand times careful than once dead. ~Proverb

Safety is a cheap and effective insurance policy. ~Author unknown

Tupac was one of the biggest thugs I know, and he always wore his seat belt. ~Ice Cube  [said to Kevin Hart, during a Conan O'Brien ride-along with student driver Diana Liang-Mei Chang, airdate 2016 January 5th —tg]

As soon as you see a mistake and don't fix it, it becomes your mistake. ~Author unknown

The greatest asset of America today is not its fertile fields, its rich ores, its completely equipped factories or its millions in currency. The greatest asset in America is the American people. The greatest possible field for economy is not in saving materials but in promoting the safety of our people. The future of the safety movement is not so much dependent upon the invention of safety devices as on the improvement of methods of educating people to the ideal of caution and safety. ~Walter Dill Scott, letter to the National Safety Council, 1921

A statistician made a few calculations and discovered that since the birth of our nation more lives had been lost in celebrating independence than in winning it. ~Curtis Billings

Who can hope to be safe? who sufficiently cautious?
Guard himself as he may, every moment's an ambush.
~Horace (65–8 BCE), a metrical translation into English by Lord Lytton, 1869

Haste makes waste of a lot of good human material. ~Irvin S. Cobb (1876–1944)  [highway safety editorial for the National Safety Council, c.1930 —tg]

Accidents do not happen — they are caused. ~"Preventgrams," Buffalo Department of Health Sanitary Bulletin, 1916

Prepare and prevent, don't repair and repent. ~Author unknown

Chance takers are accident makers. ~Author unknown

It's better to crash into a nap than to nap into a crash. ~Author unknown

Safety work is today recognized as an economic necessity. It is the study of the right way to do things. ~Robert W. Campbell, 1914, address at the Third National Safety Council Congress & Expo

The door to safety swings on the hinges of common sense. ~Author unknown

Working without safety is a dead-end job. ~Author unknown

I don't believe in climbing ladders after your bones begin to get brittle. I am very good at falling down our steep, 200-year-old stairs without hurting myself, and frequently do. But I see no point in challenging your luck, and I am not going to fall off a ladder, ever. The only way I know of to make absolutely sure of that is not to get on one. ~Ruth Stout, "If You Have Tears," How to Have a Green Thumb Without an Aching Back, 1955

Know safety, no injury. No safety, know injury. ~Author unknown

During the Middle Ages, probably one of the biggest mistakes was not putting on your armor because you were "just going down to the corner." ~Jack Handey, Deepest Thoughts: So Deep They Squeak, 1994,

Fear is the father of courage and the mother of safety. ~Proverb

We now have unshakable conviction that accident causes are man-made and that a man-made problem can be solved by men and women. ~W.H. Cameron, 1937

Carelessness doesn't bounce — it shatters. ~Terri Guillemets

Safety never takes a holiday. ~Author unknown

Danger never takes a vacation. ~Author unknown

When you gamble with safety, you bet your life. ~Author unknown

Recklessness is a species of crime... ~Marlen E. Pew, 1935

If safety is a joke, then death is the punchline. ~Paul Laforest

While on a ladder, never step back to admire your work. ~Author unknown

Hearing protection is a sound investment. ~Author unknown

To learn about eye protection, ask someone who has one. ~Author unknown

Your safety gears are between your ears. ~Author unknown

Broken tools can be replaced. You can't. ~Author unknown

Personal protective equipment is self-defense. ~Author unknown

If you mess up, 'fess up. ~Author unknown

Road sense is the offspring of courtesy and the parent of safety. ~Australian traffic rule, as quoted in Maud van Buren, Quotations for Special Occasions, 1938

Safety isn't expensive, its priceless. ~Author unknown

Be alert! Accidents hurt. ~Author unknown

Accidents hurt — safety doesn't. ~Author unknown

Alert today, alive tomorrow. ~Author unknown

Better dead sure than sure dead. ~Author unknown

If you don't think it's safe, it probably isn't. ~Author unknown

The safest risk is the one you didn't take. ~Author unknown

Safety isn't just a slogan, it's a way of life. ~Author unknown

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