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Miles Franklin – Proud that I am an Australian

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I am proud that I am an Australian, a daughter of the Southern Cross, a child of the mighty bush. I am thankful I am a peasant, a part of the bone and muscle of my nation, and earn my bread by the sweat of my brow, as man was meant to do. I rejoice I was not born a parasite, one of the blood-suckers who loll on velvet and satin, crushed from the proceeds of human sweat and blood and souls.

Miles Franklin  

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Adam Smith – Regard for own interest

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It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.

Adam Smith   (1723-1790)

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Drudgery of every-day cares and duties

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Henry Wadsworth LongfellowThe every-day cares and duties which men call drudgery are the weights and counterpoises of the clock of Time, giving its pendulum a true vibration, and its hands a regular motion; and when they cease to hang upon the wheels, the pendulum no longer sways, the hands no longer move, the clock stands still.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  

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Abraham Lincoln – Entitlement to fruits of labor

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Abraham LincolnI believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men’s rights.

Abraham Lincoln   (1809-1865)

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John Locke – Every man has a property

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John LockeEvery man has a property in his own person. This nobody has any right to but himself. The labor of his body and the work of his hands are properly his.

John Locke   (1632-1704)

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David Hume – Everything is sold to skill and labor

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David HumeEverything is sold to skill and labor; and where nature furnishes the materials, they are still rude and unfinished, till industry, ever active and intelligent, refines them from their brute state, and fits them for human use and convenience.

David Hume   (1711-1776)

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Albert Einstein – Labor in freedom

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Albert EinsteinEverything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.

Albert Einstein   (1879-1955)

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E. F. Schumacher – From a Buddhist point of view

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From a Buddhist point of view, this is standing the truth on its head by considering goods as more important than people and consumption as more important than creative activity. It means shifting the emphasis from the worker to the product of work, that is, from the human to the sub-human, surrender to the forces of evil.

E. F. Schumacher   (1911-1977)

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