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Adam Smith Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Adam Smith

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An instructed and intelligent people
are always more decent and orderly
than an ignorant and stupid one.
- Adam Smith

Related topics: Wisdom Government Political

No complaint...
is more common than that of a scarcity of money.
- Adam Smith

No society can surely be flourishing and happy,
of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
- Adam Smith

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher,
the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner,
but from their regard to their own interest.
- Adam Smith

 

The propensity to truck, barter and exchange one thing
for another is common to all men,
and to be found in no other race of animals.
- Adam Smith

Adventure upon all the tickets in the lottery,
and you lose for certain; and the greater the number
of your tickets the nearer your approach to this certainty.
- Adam Smith

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
- Adam Smith

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All money is a matter of belief.
- Adam Smith

Defense is superior to opulence.
- Adam Smith

Great ambition, the desire of real superiority,
of leading and directing, seems to be altogether peculiar to man,
and speech is the great instrument of ambition.
- Adam Smith

On the road from the City of Skepticism,
I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity.
- Adam Smith

Labor was the first price, the original purchase -
money that was paid for all things.
- Adam Smith

I have never known much good done by those who affected
to trade for the public good.
- Adam Smith

The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.
- Adam Smith

With the greater part of rich people,
the chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches.
- Adam Smith

To feel much for others and little for ourselves;
to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections,
constitute the perfection of human nature.
- Adam Smith

This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts.
- Adam Smith

Man is an animal that makes bargains:
no other animal does this -
no dog exchanges bones with another.
- Adam Smith

Resentment seems to have been given us by nature for a defense,
and for a defense only!
It is the safeguard of justice and the security of innocence.
- Adam Smith

Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse.
- Adam Smith

What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health,
out of debt, and has a clear conscience?
- Adam Smith

Virtue is more to be feared than vice,
because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.
- Adam Smith

Humanity is the virtue of a woman, generosity that of a man.
- Adam Smith

Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest
degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace,
easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice:
all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things.
- Adam Smith

It is not by augmenting the capital of the country,
but by rendering a greater part of that capital active
and productive than would otherwise be so,
that the most judicious operations of banking can increase
the industry of the country.
- Adam Smith

As soon as the land of any country has all become private property,
the landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed,
and demand a rent even for its natural produce.
- Adam Smith

Poor David Hume is dying fast, but with more real cheerfulness
and good humor and with more real resignation to the
necessary course of things,
than any whining Christian ever dyed with pretended
resignation to the will of God.
- Adam Smith

Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production;
and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to,
only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer.
- Adam Smith

Labour was the first price, the original purchase -
money that was paid for all things.
It was not by gold or by silver, but by labour,
that all wealth of the world was originally purchased.
- Adam Smith

The real and effectual discipline which is exercised
over a workman is that of his customers.
It is the fear of losing their employment which restrains
his frauds and corrects his negligence.
- Adam Smith

The theory that can absorb the greatest number of facts,
and persist in doing so, generation after generation,
through all changes of opinion and detail,
is the one that must rule all observation.
- Adam Smith

Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich,
for the hopes of the instructed
are better than the wealth of the ignorant.
- Epictetus

In my view, the Christian religion is the most important
and one of the first things in which all children,
under a free government ought to be instructed.
- Noah Webster

Christians were instructed to serve others,
and the thanksgiving was for the grace of God and the
fact that God offered a way for man to return to a
positive relationship with Him.
- John Clayton

In Scouting, a boy is encouraged to educate himself
instead of being instructed.
- Robert Powell

A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.
- James Madison

But just as I was ready to call it quits,
I got the necessary money from a third party,
who had been instructed by Bing to help me out,
without letting me know where the help came from.
- Bob Crosby

We will pay any price that we are instructed to.
But the money has to come from somewhere.
- Jerry Kramer

I add, that those who are bent on restoring the whole
church ought to be well instructed in the word,
and to abstain from doing anything under the pretext of simplicity.
- John Nelson Darby

Let your daughter have first of all the book of Psalms for holiness of heart,
and be instructed in the Proverbs of Solomon for her godly life.
- St.
Jerome

I was instructed by people in higher rank to stand
there and hold this leash and look at the camera.
We were doing what we were told.
- Lynndie England

My greatest challenge has been to change the mindset of people.
Mindsets play strange tricks on us.
We see things the way our minds have instructed our eyes to see.
- Muhammad Yunus

The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience,
the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Without needing to be theoretically instructed,
consciousness quickly realizes that it is the site
of variously contending discourses.
- Seamus Heaney

I usually use quick sketches that I accumulated from
the figure drawing classes I once instructed.
- Frank Bruno

Education is the period during which you are being
instructed by somebody you do not know,
about something you do not want to know.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I can't think of a time that the U.S.
government asked us or instructed us not to report or air something.
- Jim Walton

If any come to my house to be instructed in the ways
of God what rule have I to put them away? Do you think
it not lawful for me to teach women and why do you
call me to teach the court?
- Anne Hutchinson

To all of us who have been charged, we all agree that
we don't feel like we were doing things that we weren't supposed to,
because we were told to do them.
We think everything was justified, because we were
instructed to do this and to do that.
- Lynndie England

I think that if people are instructed about anything,
it should be about the nature of cruelty.
And about why people behave so cruelly to each other.
And what kind of satisfactions they derive from it.
And why there is always a cost, and a price to be paid.
- Richard Russo

In our own time it has been seen...
that simple children, roughly brought up in the wilderness,
have begun to draw by themselves, impelled by their own natural genius,
instructed solely by the example of these beautiful
paintings and sculptures of Nature.
- Giorgio Vasari

David was the kind of guy who was totally supportive
of the actors and instructed the writing staff to trust the actor's instincts,
since after all, it's the actors playing the character.
- William Devane

The kingdom of God is a theocracy.
And as it is the only form of government which will redeem and save mankind,
it is necessary that every soul should be rightly and
thoroughly instructed in regard to its nature and general characteristics.
- Orson Pratt

I do not inveigh against higher education,
I simply maintain that the sort of education the colored
people of the South stand most in need of,
is elementary and industrial.
They should be instructed for the work to be done.
- Timothy Thomas Fortune

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

Be careful not to do your good deeds
when there's no one watching you.
- Tom Lehrer

Be careful the friends you choose -
for you will become like them.
- W. Clement Stone

Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge
on their children rather than virtue,
the art of speaking well rather than doing well;
but their manners should be of the greatest concern.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

I was thinking that I might fly today.
Just to disprove all the things you say...
please be careful with me, I'm sensitive,
and I'd like to stay that way.
- Jewel

You got to be careful if you
don't know where you're going,
because you might not get there.
- Yogi Berra

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips,
be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
- St. Francis of Assisi

I choose my friends for their good looks,
my acquaintances for their good characters,
and my enemies for their intellects.
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
- Oscar Wilde

People in their handlings of affairs
often fail when they are about to succeed.
If one remains as careful at the end
as he was at the beginning,
there will be no failure.
- Lao Tzu

A man is usually more careful of his money
than he is of his principles.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are three rules for dating:
1) Don't;
2) If you must, just be careful;
3) Forget the rules, your hormones will win anyway.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A man can't be too careful in the choice of enemies.
- Oscar Wilde

We are what we pretend to be,
so we must be careful what we pretend to be.
- Kurt Vonnegut

Pride comes in two flavors -
be careful which you choose -
choose honor, not ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

But I have to be careful not to let the world dazzle
me so much that I forget that I'm a husband and a father.
- Herbie Hancock

Time is the coin of your life.
It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.
Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
- Carl Sandburg

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you;
be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.
- W. Clement Stone


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