Chasing Sanitation

Falling in Love with New York's Strongest

:: SanQuotes ::

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.
~ Charles Dickens

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You load sixteen tons, and what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt.
Saint Peter don’t you call me, ’cause I can’t go;
I owe my soul to the Company store …
~ “16 Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955 song about coal miners but a two-person team of Sanitation Workers move up 16 tons a day, so there.)

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If I do not stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to them?
~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ,  from The Mountaintop in Memphis, April 3, 1968

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In the morning, the garbage men that go by 57th Street when I come out the door say, “Marilyn, hi! How do you feel this morning?”  To me,it’s an honor, and I love them for it.  The working men, I’ll go by and they’ll whistle. At first they whistle because they think, oh, it’s a girl.  She’s got blond hair and she’s not out of shape, and then they say, “Gosh,it’s Marilyn Monroe!”
Marilyn Monroe, Film actress, all-around good body

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Growing up training, I use to get up so early I would wave to the garbage men going by. So, I had this relationship with Blue Collar America and I really liked it. I felt that lots of those people looked forward to me winning.
Gerry Cooney, professional boxer in early 1990’s

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I see a lot of people who love their jobs. I see some garbage collectors smiling as they go about their work.
Willie Stargell, outfielder & first baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates

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I’ve dated men my age, younger than me and older. The only difference is the young ones are quicker at taking out the garbage.
~ Lara Flynn Boyle, Film/TV actress, “Twin Peaks,” “The Practice,” “Mobsters”

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I’ve worked in a factory. I was a garbage man. I worked in a post office. It’s not that long ago. I like to think that I’m just a regular guy.
~ Denzel Washington, Oscar award-winning actor, “Glory,” “John Q,” “Training Day,” “Fallen,” “Malcolm X,” “Philadelphia”

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If I have any appeal at all, it’s to the fellow who takes out the garbage.
~ Lee Marvin, film actor, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” “The Dirty Dozen”

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If the working people had all they ought to have, we should not have the paupers and criminals. It is better to save them before they go under, than to spend your life fishing them out afterward.
~ Josephine Shaw Lowell, activist, philanthropist, turn-of-the-century Progressive reform leader, former Staten Island resident

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My parents would always say, ‘It doesnt’ matter if it’s a guy picking up the garbage or the President of the United States, treat everybody as you would want to be treated.

Dan Marino, former Miami Dolphins quarterback

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New York City has finally hired women to pick up the garbage, which makes sense to me, since, as I’ve discovered, a good bit of being a woman consists of picking up garbage.
~ Anna Quindlen, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and best-selling author

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People see my current success but don’t realize I’ve worked hard to get where I am. I used to clean garbage off the Philadelphia docks and put a lot of time into developing my music.
~ Kevin Eubanks, jazz guitarist, Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” sidekick

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When I go home my mother still makes me take out the garbage.
~ Nomar Garciaparra, Major League Baseball plaayer for Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, LA Dodgers, Oakland Athletics

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Responses (4) to “:: SanQuotes ::”

  1. Sam says:

    Nice job on this page.

  2. andrew moriello says:

    I have been retired for 2 years and still miss the job. While i was working I allways refered us as the choosen few, I loved the job. As a sanman I was in my glory, it really is like hitting a lottery, an honest days pay, for an honest days work.,we take the good with the bad. The next time when you think we are overpaid, or dont earn our money, “ASK YOURSELF,WOULD I DO THAT FOR A LIVING”. The snow is blood money ,but without us the city stops.For 20 years I allways said , another day another 50 cents in the annunity, MAY THE GOOD LORD KEEP THEM SAFE, andrew s moriello, supv. bks6

  3. Harry Fowler, M8, Sanman says:

    There are many who don’t appreciate what we do, but there are so many who not only understands the daily journey of a sanman, but show their appreciation on the street by just coming up to you and saying “Thank You!”…….Just those words alone mean the world to a sanman!

  4. Harry Fowler says:

    There are many who don’t appreciate what we do, but there are so many who not only understands the daily journey of a sanman, but show their appreciation on the street by just coming up to you and saying “Thank You!”…….Just those words alone mean the world to a sanman! H. Fowler, Sanman, M8

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