SUMNER, William Graham Quotes
(1840-1910), American economist
There is no such penalty for error and folly as to see one's children suffer for it.—There is no such reward for a well-spent life as to see one's children well started in life, owing to their parents' good health, good principles, fixed character, good breeding, and in general the whole outfit, that enables them to fight the battle of life with success.
Property is dear to men not only for the sensual pleasure it can afford, but also because it is the bulwark of all they hold dearest on earth, and above all else, because it is the safeguard of those they love most against misery and all physical distress.
The accumulation of property is no guarantee of the development of character, but the development of character, or of any other good whatever, is impossible without property.
The invectives against capital in the hands of those who have it, are double-faced, and when turned about are nothing but demands for capital in the hands of those who have it not, in order that they may do with it just what those who have it are now doing with it.