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William Graham Sumner Quotes

What a beautiful world it would be if people had hearts like dogs
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If cats could talk, they wouldn't
Together is my favorite place to be
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Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is
Don't look back you're not going that way
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Having you in my life made everything better
I never make the same mistake twice. I make it five or six times, just to be sure
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The darkest nights produce the brightest stars
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The lobby is the army of the plutocracy  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) The great force for forging a society into a solid mass has always been war  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) I have lived through the best years of this country’s history. The next generations are going to see war and social calamities. I am glad I don’t have to live on into them.  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) 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 Quotes) There is no boon in nature. All the blessings we enjoy are the fruits of labor, toil, self-denial, and study  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) Men educated in [the critical habit of thought]are slow to believe. They can hold things as possible or probable in all degrees, without certainty and without pain  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) If you ever live in a country run by a committee, be on the committee  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) He who would be well taken care of must take care of himself  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) Great captains of industry are as rare as great generals  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) History is only a tiresome repetition of one story  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) We shall find that every effort to realize equality necessitates a sacrifice of liberty  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) Society needs first of all to be free from meddlersthat is, to be let alone  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) What we prepare for is what we shall get  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) Hunger, love, vanity, and fear. There are four great motives of human action  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) There ought to be no laws to guarantee property against the folly of its possessors  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) The aggregation of large fortunes is not at all a thing to be regretted  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) One thing must be granted to the rich: they are goodnatured  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) What is the real relation between happiness and goodness? It is only within a few generations that men have found courage to say that there is none  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) 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 Quotes) A wiser rule would be to make up your mind soberly what you want, peace or war, and then to get ready for what you want; for what we prepare for is what we shall get  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) If you want a war, nourish a doctrine. Doctrines are the most frightful tyrants to which men are ever subject, because doctrines get inside a man’s reason and betray him against himself. Civilized men have done their fiercest fighting for doctrines  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) 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 Quotes) We live in a war of two antagonistic ethical philosophies, the ethical policy taught in the books and schools, and the success policy  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) A drunkard in the gutter is just where he ought to be... The law of survival of the fittest was not made by man, and it cannot be abrogated by man. We can only, by interfering with it, produce the survival of the unfittest  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) Perhaps they do not recognize themselves, for a rich man is even harder to define than a poor one  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) 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 Quotes) It used to be believed that the parent had unlimited claims on the child and rights over him. In a truer view of the matter, we are coming to see that the rights are on the side of the child and the duties on the side of the parent  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) It is often said that the earth belongs to the race, as if raw land was a boon, or gift  (William Graham Sumner Quotes) 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 Quotes) 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 Quotes)
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