Leland Stanford, fully Amasa Leland Stanford

Leland
Stanford, fully Amasa Leland Stanford
1824
1893

American Tycoon, Industrialist, Robber Baron, Politician, Senator and Governor of California and Founder of Stanford University

Author Quotes

When money is controlled by a few it gives that few an undue power and control over labor and the resources of the country. Labor will have its best return when the laborer can control its disposal.

The right of each individual in any relation to secure to himself the full benefits of his intelligence, his capacity, his industry and skill are among the inalienable inheritances of humanity.

Many writers upon the science of political economy have declared that it is the duty of a nation first to encourage the creation of wealth; and second, to direct and control its distribution. All such theories are delusive.

Legislation has been and is still directed towards the protection of wealth, rather than towards the far more important interests of labor on which everything of value to mankind depends.

In a condition of society and under an industrial organization which places labor completely at the mercy of capital, the accumulations of capital will necessarily be rapid, and an unequal distribution of wealth is at once to be observed.

All legislative experiments in the way of making forcible distribution of the wealth produced in any country have failed.

A man's sentiments are generally just and right, while it is second selfish thought which makes him trim and adopt some other view. The best reforms are worked out when sentiment operates, as it does in women, with the indignation of righteousness.

Money has little value to its possessor unless it also has value to others.

Count the day lost, whose low descending sun views from thy hand no worthy action done.

Author Picture
First Name
Leland
Last Name
Stanford, fully Amasa Leland Stanford
Birth Date
1824
Death Date
1893
Bio

American Tycoon, Industrialist, Robber Baron, Politician, Senator and Governor of California and Founder of Stanford University