There are a great many well-meaning persons who are horrified at any innovation upon the established order of things. They are vexed with even the slightest efforts to introduce new customs or new improvements. If some ingenious inventor proposes to invent a' sewing machine or a wood planer, they cry out that genius thus exercised is against the interests of labor. The experience of the world is, however, against the croaking of such philosophers. Every labor-saving machine lends not only dignity to labor, but it also increases the deinand tor the articles manufactured by it. The history of every manual labor-saving machine is emphatic on this point.
This article was originally published with the title "Genius and Labor" in Scientific American 13, 12, 94 (November 1857)