Adam Smith Quotes

- Notable Adam Smith Quotes Index -

Born: 5 June 1723, Kirkcaldy, Scotland, UK
Birth Country: Scotland, UK
Died: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 1790-07-17
Occupation: Philosopher, Economist

1.
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

2.
All money is a matter of belief.
- Adam Smith

3.
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

4.
Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse.
- Adam Smith

5.
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

6.
Labor was the first price, the original purchase - money that was paid for all things.
- Adam Smith

7.
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

8.
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

9.
No complaint... is more common than that of a scarcity of money.
- Adam Smith

10.
No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
- Adam Smith

11.
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

12.
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

13.
Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
- Adam Smith

14.
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

15.
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

16.
This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts.
- Adam Smith

17.
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

18.
What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?
- Adam Smith

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