The man who pretends that the distribution of income in this country reflects the distribution of ability or character is an ignoramus. The man who says that it could by any possible political device be made to do so is an unpractical visionary. But the man who says that it ought to do so is something worse than an ignoramous and more disastrous than a visionary: he is, in the profoundest Scriptural sense of the word, a fool.
George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. letter, Feb. 2, 1909, to The Times, reprinted in preface to "Socialism and Superior Brains" (1909). "Socialism and Superior Brains," Essays in Fabian Socialism, Constable (1949).