It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose your own.
~Harry S Truman
Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden.
~Orson Scott Card
Hunger is not the worst feature of unemployment; idleness is.
~William E. Barrett
A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun.
You take my life when you do take the means whereby I live.
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.
~George Bernard Shaw
The trouble with unemployment is that the minute you wake up in the morning you're on the job.
[O]f all the aspects of social misery nothing is so heartbreaking as unemployment.
~Jane Addams, 1910
Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses.
~Cato the Elder
The hardest work in the world is being out of work.
~Whitney Young, Jr.
An "acceptable" level of unemployment means that the government economist to whom it is acceptable still has a job.
Unemployment diminishes people. Leisure enlarges them.
Unemployment is like a headache or a high temperature - unpleasant and exhausting but not carrying in itself any explanation of its cause.
~William Henry Beveridge
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
When I quit working, I lost all sense of identity in about fifteen minutes.
When we're unemployed, we're called lazy; when the whites are unemployed it's called a depression.
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.
What is the good of being a genius if you cannot use it as an excuse for being unemployed?
The shock of unemployment becomes a pathology in its own right.
~Robert Farrar Capon, "Being Let Go," New York Times, 5 August 1984