Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on October 27, 2015

in Hubris and humility

… is from page 293 of the 1992 collection of some of William Graham Sumner’s best essays, On Liberty, Society, and Politics (Roger C. Bannister, ed.); specifically, this quotation is from Sumner’s brilliant 1898 essay “The Conquest of the United States by Spain“:

The time when a maxim or principle is worth something is when you are tempted to violate it.


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