William Graham Sumner Quotes.

1. "The critical habit of thought, if usual in society, will pervade all its mores, because it is a way of taking up the problems of life. Men educated in it cannot be stampeded by stump orators ... They are slow to believe. They can hold things as possible or probable in all degrees, without certainty and without pain. They can wait for evidence and weigh evidence, uninfluenced by the emphasis or confidence with which assertions are made on one side or the other. They can resist appeals to their dearest prejudices and all kinds of cajolery. Education in the critical faculty is the only education of which it can be truly said that it makes good citizens."
- Quote by William Graham Sumner

2. "Can anyone imagine that the masterfulness, the overbearing disposition, the greed of gain, and the ruthlessness in methods, which are the faults of the master of industry at his worst, would cease when he was a functionary of the State, which had relieved him of risk and endowed him with authority? Can anyone imagine that politicians would no longer be corruptly fond of money, intriguing, and crafty when they were charged, not only with patronage and government contracts, but also with factories, stores, ships, and railroads? Could we expect anything except that, when the politician and the master of industry were joined in one, we should have the vices of both unchecked by the restraints of either?"
- William Graham Sumner, Essays of William Graham Sumner

3. "All history is only one long story to this effect: men have struggled for power over their fellow-men in order that they might win the joys of earth at the expense of others and might shift the burdens of life from their own shoulders upon those of others."
- William Graham Sumner, The Forgotten Man

4. "There is no device whatever to be invented for securing happiness without industry, economy, and virtue."
- William Graham Sumner, The Forgotten Man

5. "The advantage of some is won by an equivalent loss of others."
- William Graham Sumner, The Forgotten Man

6. "Such is the Forgotten Man. He works, he votes, generally he prays—but he always pays—yes, above all, he pays."
- William Graham Sumner, The Forgotten Man

7. "What man ever blamed himself for his misfortune?"
- William Graham Sumner, The Forgotten Man

8. "The pensions in England used to be given to aristocrats who had political power, in order to corrupt them. Here"
- William Graham Sumner, The Forgotten Man

9. "The Forgotten Man is delving away in patient industry, supporting his family, paying his taxes, casting his vote, supporting the church and the school, reading his newspaper, and cheering for the politician of his admiration, but he is the only one for whom there is no provision in the great scramble and the big divide."
- William Graham Sumner, The Forgotten Man

10. "No doubt one great reason for the phenomenon which I bring to your attention is the passion for reflection and generalization which marks our period. Since the printing press has come into such wide use, we have all been encouraged to philosophize about things in a way which was unknown to our ancestors. They lived their lives out in positive contact with actual cases as they arose. They had little of this analysis, introspection, reflection and speculation which have passed into a habit and almost into a disease with us. Of"
- William Graham Sumner, The Forgotten Man

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