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Quotations about Unemployment

It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose your own. ~Harry Truman

Employment is essential to our purity, happiness, and well-being. ~Thomas Clark, 1800s

A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that Fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun. ~Thomas Carlyle

...and a man who has no office to go to — I don't care who he is — is a trial of which you can have no conception. ~Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)

Put a good tax on beer and that would take care of the unemployment fund. ~Will Rogers

The trouble with unemployment is that the minute you wake up in the morning you're on the job. ~Slappy White, unverified

But of all the aspects of social misery nothing is so heart-breaking as unemployment... ~Jane Addams

An "acceptable" level of unemployment means that the government economist to whom it is acceptable still has a job. ~Author unknown

He dreamed forward through crisis after crisis, through bankruptcy, disgrace, and mortal illness. He thought of his family, the children asleep in their beds under the roof that he must uphold like an Atlas. Poor little demanding, demanding things! What would become of them when their father broke down and was turned out of his factory and out of his home? ~Rupert Hughes, "And This Is Marriage," In a Little Town, 1917

"You wouldn't mind my asking if it happened to be a job as you was come about, sir, would you?" asked Mrs. Plornish, wistfully. She asked it so anxiously, that if he had been in possession of any kind of tenement, he would have had it plastered a foot deep, rather than answer No. But he was obliged to answer No; and he saw a shade of disappointment on her face, as she checked a sigh, and looked at the low fire. Then he saw, also, that Mrs. Plornish was a young woman, made somewhat slatternly in herself and her belongings by poverty; and so dragged at by poverty and the children together, that their united forces had already dragged her face into wrinkles. ~Charles Dickens (1812–1870)

We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work... ~John F. Kennedy, 1962

I do not believe we can repair the basic fabric of society until people who are willing to work have work. Work organizes life. It gives structure and discipline to life. It gives meaning and self-esteem to people who are parents. It gives a role model to children. ~Bill Clinton, 1993

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