William Graham Sumner
All that we call progress is a simple enlargement of chances, and the question of personal happiness is a question of how the chances will be used.
William Graham Sumner was one of the founding fathers of American sociology. Although he trained as an Episcopalian clergyman, Sumner went on to teach at Yale University, where he wrote his most influential works. His interests included money and tariff policy, and critiques of socialism, social classes, and imperialism.