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William Graham Sumner Quotes and Sayings

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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.
- William Graham Sumner

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.
- William Graham Sumner

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.
- William Graham Sumner

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.
- William Graham Sumner

 

If I want to be free from any other man's dictation,
I must understand that I can have no other man under my control.
- William Graham Sumner

It is the tendency of the social burdens to crush out the middle class,
and to force society into an organization of only two classes,
one at each social extreme.
- William Graham Sumner

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.
- William Graham Sumner

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We throw all our attention on the utterly idle question
whether A has done as well as B,
when the only question is whether A has done as well as he could.
- William Graham Sumner

There ought to be no laws to guarantee property against
the folly of its possessors.
- William Graham Sumner

If you ever live in a country run by a committee,
be on the committee.
- William Graham Sumner

The great hinderance to the development of this continent
has lain in the lack of capital.
- William Graham Sumner

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.
- William Graham Sumner

Then, again, the ability to organize and conduct industrial,
commercial, or financial enterprises is rare;
the great captains of industry are as rare as great generals.
- William Graham Sumner

Perhaps they do not recognize themselves,
for a rich man is even harder to define than a poor one.
- William Graham Sumner

Civil liberty is the status of the man who is guaranteed
by law and civil institutions the exclusive employment
of all his own powers for his own welfare.
- William Graham Sumner

It is often said that the earth belongs to the race,
as if raw land was a boon, or gift.
- William Graham Sumner

Men never cling to their dreams with such tenacity
as at the moment when they are losing faith in them,
and know it, but do not dare yet to confess it to themselves.
- William Graham Sumner

Any one who believes that any great enterprise of an
industrial character can be started without labor must
have little experience of life.
- William Graham Sumner

The aggregation of large fortunes is not at all a thing to be regretted.
- William Graham Sumner

It is remarkable that jealousy of individual property
in land often goes along with very exaggerated doctrines
of tribal or national property in land.
- William Graham Sumner

One thing must be granted to the rich:
they are goodnatured.
- William Graham Sumner

The forgotten man...
He works, he votes, generally he prays,
but his chief business in life is to pay.
- William Graham Sumner

What we prepare for is what we shall get.
- William Graham Sumner

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.
- William Graham Sumner

The waste of capital, in proportion to the total capital,
in this country between 1800 and 1850,
in the attempts which were made to establish means
of communication and transportation,
was enormous.
- William Graham Sumner

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.
- William Graham Sumner

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.
- William Graham Sumner

Undoubtedly there are, in connection with each of these things,
cases of fraud, swindling, and other financial crimes;
that is to say,
the greed and selfishness of men are perpetual.
- William Graham Sumner

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.
- William Graham Sumner

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.
- William Graham Sumner

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.
- William Graham Sumner

There is every indication that we are to see new developments
of the power of aggregated capital to serve civilization,
and that the new developments will be made right here in America.
- William Graham Sumner

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.
- William Graham Sumner

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou PHOTO

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.
- Amelia Earhart

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- Babe Ruth

If you love something, set it free;
if it comes back it's yours,
if it doesn't, it never was.
- Richard Bach

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don't have,
you will never, ever have enough.
- Oprah Winfrey

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

There are two kinds of failures:
those who thought and never did,
and those who did and never thought.
- Laurence J. Peter

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

You are Never Too Old to Give or Get Gold Stars.
Show Your Honest Appreciation - Today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's never too late -
never too late to start over,
never too late to be happy.
- Jane Fonda

Stay Happy, never let anyone get your goat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Talk not of wasted affection;
affection never was wasted.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Never give in - never, never, never, never.
- Winston Churchill

You should never be content with so little,
when you can reach out for something big.
- Charles L. Allen
(This quote is about making a big difference
in the world - not about greed)

My life has been filled with terrible misfortune;
most of which never happened.
- Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.
- Saint Francis de Sales

Great men or men of great gifts
you shall easily find,
but symmetrical men never.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

How much pain they have cost us,
the evils which have never happened.
- Thomas Jefferson

Never let your sense of morals
get in the way of doing what's right.
- Isaac Asimov

Do not anticipate trouble,
or worry about what may never happen.
Keep in the sunlight.
- Benjamin Franklin

If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right,
you'll probably never do much of anything.
- Win Borden

Know that you are never alone.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Money has never made man happy, nor will it,
there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness.
The more of it one has the more one wants.
- Benjamin Franklin


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