How seldom, friend! a good great man inherits
Honor or wealth, with all his worth and pains!
It sounds like stories from the land of spirits
If any man obtain that which he merits,
Or any merit that which he obtains.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “The Great Good Man” (1802). Courtesy of here.
Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.
–Abraham Lincoln, First State of the Union Address (3 December 1861)
History will judge societies and governments — and their institutions — not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless.
–As quoted in Cesar Chavez : A Triumph of Spirit(1997) by Richard Griswold del Castillo and Richard A. Garcia, p. 116
Both courtesy of Wikiquote.