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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:977
AUTHOR:Abraham Lincoln (1809–65)
QUOTATION:In the early days of the world, the Almighty said to the first of our race “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread”; and since then, if we except the light and the air of heaven, no good thing has been, or can be enjoyed by us, without having first cost labour. And inasmuch [as] most good things are produced by labour, it follows that [all] such things of right belong to those whose labour has produced them. But it has so happened in all ages of the world, that some have labored, and others have, without labour, enjoyed a large proportion of the fruits. This is wrong, and should not continue. To [secure] to each labourer the whole product of his labour, or as nearly as possible, is a most worthy object of any good government.
ATTRIBUTION:ABRAHAM LINCOLN, fragments of a tariff discussion, December 1, 1847 ?, The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 1, pp. 407–8 (1953).
SUBJECTS:Labor
WORKS:Abraham Lincoln Collection
 
 
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