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William Graham Sumner Quotes


27 William Graham Sumner quotes:



"A drunkard in the gutter is just where he ought to be, according to the fitness and tendency of things. Nature has set upon him the process of decline and dissolution by which she removes things which have survived their usefulness."
"A good father believes that he does wisely to encourage enterprise, productive skill, prudent self-denial, and judicious expenditure on the part of his son."
"A great deal is said about the unearned increment from land, especially with a view to the large gains of landlords in old countries."
"It is a beneficent incident of the ownership of land that a pioneer who reduces it to use, and helps to lay the foundations of a new State, finds a profit in the increasing value of land as the new State grows up."
"It is often said that the earth belongs to the race, as if raw land was a boon, or gift."
"It is remarkable that jealousy of individual property in land often goes along with very exaggerated doctrines of tribal or national property in land."
"The criminal law needs to be improved to meet new forms of crime, but to denounce financial devices which are useful and legitimate because use is made of them for fraud, is ridiculous and unworthy of the age in which we live."
"The men who start out with the notion that the world owes them a living generally find that the world pays its debt in the penitentiary or the poor house."
"There ought to be no laws to guarantee property against the folly of its possessors."
"We are to see the development of the country pushed forward at an unprecedented rate by an aggregation of capital, and a systematic application of it under the direction of competent men."
"Any one who believes that any great enterprise of an industrial character can be started without labor must have little experience of life."
"Furthermore, the unearned increment from land appears in the United States as a gain to the first comers, who have here laid the foundations of a new State."
"I have before me a newspaper slip on which a writer expresses the opinion that no one should be allowed to possess more than one million dollars' worth of property."
"I never have known a man of ordinary common-sense who did not urge upon his sons, from earliest childhood, doctrines of economy and the practice of accumulation."
"Joint-stock companies are yet in their infancy, and incorporated capital, instead of being a thing which can be overturned, is a thing which is becoming more and more indispensable."
"Labor organizations are formed, not to employ combined effort for a common object, but to indulge in declamation and denunciation, and especially to furnish an easy living to some officers who do not want to work."
"Men of routine or men who can do what they are told are not hard to find; but men who can think and plan and tell the routine men what to do are very rare."
"Moreover, there is an unearned increment on capital and on labor, due to the presence, around the capitalist and the laborer, of a great, industrious, and prosperous society."
"One thing must be granted to the rich: they are goodnatured."
"Perhaps they do not recognize themselves, for a rich man is even harder to define than a poor one."



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