17 Total Quotes

William Sumner Quotes

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 Sumner
#American Businessman #Class

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

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 Sumner
#American Businessman

All history is only one long story to this effect: men have struggled for power over their fellowmen in order that they might win the joys of earth at the expense of others, and might shift the burden of life from their own shoulders upon those of ot
William Sumner
#Men

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 Sumner
#Doctrine

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 Sumner
#American Businessman #Law

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 Sumner
#Dreams #American Businessman

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 Sumner
#American Businessman

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 Sumner
#Living

What we prepare for is what we shall get.
William Sumner
#American Businessman

It is the supreme test of a system of government whether its machinery is adequate for repressing the selfish undertakings of cliques formed on special interests and saving the public from raids of plunderers.
William Sumner
#Government

[I]t is taught that willing and voluntary service to others is the highest duty and glory in human life. The men of talent are constantly forced to serve the rest. They make the discoveries and inventions, order the battles, write the books, and produce the works of art. The benefit and enjoyment go to the whole. There are those who joyfully order their own lives so that they may serve the welfare of mankind.
William Sumner
#Duty

If you ever live in a country run by a committee, be on the committee.
William Sumner
#American Businessman #Country