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Adam Smith (baptized 16 June [O.S. 5 June] 1723 – 17 July 1790) was a Scottish economist, philosopher, pioneer of political economy, and a key figure during the Scottish Enlightenment. Also known as ''The Father of Economics'' or ''The Father of Capitalism,'' Smith wrote two classic works, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759) and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776). The latter, often abbreviated as The Wealth of Nations, is considered his magnum opus and the first modern work of economics. In his work, Adam Smith introduced his theory of absolute advantage.

Smith studied social philosophy at the University of Glasgow and at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was one of the first students to benefit from scholarships set up by fellow Scot John Snell. After graduating, he delivered a successful series of public lectures at the University of Edinburgh, leading him to collaborate with David Hume during the Scottish Enlightenment. Smith obtained a professorship at Glasgow, teaching moral philosophy and during this time, wrote and published The Theory of Moral Sentiments. In his later life, he took a tutoring position that allowed him to travel throughout Europe, where he met other intellectual leaders of his day.

Smith laid the foundations of classical free market economic theory. The Wealth of Nations was a precursor to the modern academic discipline of economics. In this and other works, he developed the concept of division of labour and expounded upon how rational self-interest and competition can lead to economic prosperity. Smith was controversial in his own day and his general approach and writing style were often satirised by writers such as Horace Walpole.

Quote: It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense. They are themselves, always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of Adam Smith quote; white text on black background

It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense. They are themselves, always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society.


Quote: No complaint... is more common than that of a scarcity of money. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of red coupe parked in front of black and gray building during daytime
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No complaint... is more common than that of a scarcity of money.


Quote: All money is a matter of belief. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of gold round coins on brown wooden table
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All money is a matter of belief.


Quote: Entitlement is such a cancer, because it is void of gratitude. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of silhouette of man looking towards left
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Entitlement is such a cancer, because it is void of gratitude.


Quote: Labor was the first price, the original purchase money that was paid for all things. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

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


Quote: The mind is so rarely disturbed, but that the company of friend will restore it to some degree of tranquility and sedateness. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The mind is so rarely disturbed, but that the company of friend will restore it to some degree of tranquility and sedateness.


Quote: Have lots of experiments, but make sure they're strategically focused. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Have lots of experiments, but make sure they're strategically focused.


Quote: And a workman, even of the lowest and poorest order, if he is frugal and industrious, may enjoy a greater share of the necessaries and conveniences of life than it is possible for any savage to acquire. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

And a workman, even of the lowest and poorest order, if he is frugal and industrious, may enjoy a greater share of the necessaries and conveniences of life than it is possible for any savage to acquire.


Quote: Corn is a necessary, silver is only a superfluity. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Corn is a necessary, silver is only a superfluity.


Quote: Never let people who are more unhappy than you tell you how to live your life. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Never let people who are more unhappy than you tell you how to live your life.


Quote: An instructed and intelligent people are always more decent and orderly
than an ignorant and stupid one. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

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


Quote: People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for the merriment and diversion, but the conversaton ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for the merriment and diversion, but the conversaton ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.


Quote: Resentment seems to have been given to us by nature for defense, and for defense only; it is the safeguard of justice, and the security of innocence. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Resentment seems to have been given to us by nature for defense, and for defense only; it is the safeguard of justice, and the security of innocence.


Quote: To feel much for others, and little for ourselves, to restrain our selfish, and to indulge our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

To feel much for others, and little for ourselves, to restrain our selfish, and to indulge our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature.


Quote: No society can surely be flourishing and happy of which by far the greater part of the numbers are poor and miserable. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

No society can surely be flourishing and happy of which by far the greater part of the numbers are poor and miserable.


Quote: There is no art which one government sooner learns of another than that of draining money from the pockets of the people. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

There is no art which one government sooner learns of another than that of draining money from the pockets of the people.


Quote: Thus the labour of a manufacture adds, generally, to the value of the materials which he works upon, that of his own maintenance, and of his masters profits. The labour of a menial servant, on the contrary, adds to the value of nothing. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Thus the labour of a manufacture adds, generally, to the value of the materials which he works upon, that of his own maintenance, and of his masters profits. The labour of a menial servant, on the contrary, adds to the value of nothing.


Quote: I have no faith in political arithmetic. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

I have no faith in political arithmetic.


Quote: 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. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

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.


Quote: It is the natural effect of improvement, however, to diminish gradually the real price of almost all manufactures. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

It is the natural effect of improvement, however, to diminish gradually the real price of almost all manufactures.


Quote: When profit diminishes, merchants are very apt to complain that trade decays; though the diminution of profit is the natural effect of its prosperity, or of a greater stock being employed in it than before. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

When profit diminishes, merchants are very apt to complain that trade decays; though the diminution of profit is the natural effect of its prosperity, or of a greater stock being employed in it than before.


Quote: The great secret of education is to direct vanity to proper objects. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The great secret of education is to direct vanity to proper objects.


Quote: But though empires, like all the other works of men, have all hitherto proved mortal, yet every empire aims at immortality. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

But though empires, like all the other works of men, have all hitherto proved mortal, yet every empire aims at immortality.


Quote: To subject every private family to the odious visits and examination of the tax-gatherers ... would be altogether inconsistent with liberty. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

To subject every private family to the odious visits and examination of the tax-gatherers ... would be altogether inconsistent with liberty.


Quote: The uniform, constant, and uninterrupted effort of every man to better his condition ... is frequently powerful enough to maintain the natural progress of things toward improvement, in spite of the extravagance of government, and of the greatest errors of administration. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of Adam Smith quote; white text on black background

The uniform, constant, and uninterrupted effort of every man to better his condition ... is frequently powerful enough to maintain the natural progress of things toward improvement, in spite of the extravagance of government, and of the greatest errors of administration.


Quote: Mercantile jealousy is excited, and both inflames, and is itself inflamed, by the violence of national animosity. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Mercantile jealousy is excited, and both inflames, and is itself inflamed, by the violence of national animosity.




Quote: To expect, indeed, that the freedom of trade should ever be entirely restored in Great Britain, is as absurd as to expect that an Oceana or Utopia should never be established in it. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

To expect, indeed, that the freedom of trade should ever be entirely restored in Great Britain, is as absurd as to expect that an Oceana or Utopia should never be established in it.


Quote: Nothing is more graceful than habitual cheerfulness. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Nothing is more graceful than habitual cheerfulness.


Quote: It is the industry which is carried on for the benefit of the rich and powerful, that is principally encouraged by our mercantile system. That which is carried on for the benefit of the poor and the indigent, is too often, either neglected, or oppressed. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

It is the industry which is carried on for the benefit of the rich and powerful, that is principally encouraged by our mercantile system. That which is carried on for the benefit of the poor and the indigent, is too often, either neglected, or oppressed.


Quote: The property which every man has in his own labour, as it is the original foundation of all other property, so it is the most sacred and inviolable. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The property which every man has in his own labour, as it is the original foundation of all other property, so it is the most sacred and inviolable.


Quote: The liberal reward of labour, therefore, as it is the affect of increasing wealth, so it is the cause of increasing population. To complain of it, is to lament over the necessary effect and cause of the greatest public prosperity. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The liberal reward of labour, therefore, as it is the affect of increasing wealth, so it is the cause of increasing population. To complain of it, is to lament over the necessary effect and cause of the greatest public prosperity.


Quote: Avarice and injustice are always shortsighted, and they did not foresee how much this regulation must obstruct improvement, and thereby hurt in the long-run the real interest of the landlord. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Avarice and injustice are always shortsighted, and they did not foresee how much this regulation must obstruct improvement, and thereby hurt in the long-run the real interest of the landlord.


Quote: That the chance of gain is naturally over-valued, we may learn from the universal success of lotteries. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

That the chance of gain is naturally over-valued, we may learn from the universal success of lotteries.


Quote: The world neither ever saw, nor ever will see, a perfectly fair lottery. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The world neither ever saw, nor ever will see, a perfectly fair lottery.


Quote: With the greater part of rich people, the chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches, which in their eye is never so complete as when they appear to possess those decisive marks of opulence which nobody can possess but themselves. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

With the greater part of rich people, the chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches, which in their eye is never so complete as when they appear to possess those decisive marks of opulence which nobody can possess but themselves.


Quote: An instructed and intelligent people are always more decent and orderly than an ignorant and stupid one. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

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


Quote: Virtue is excellence, something uncommonly great and beautiful, which rises far above what is vulgar and ordinary. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Virtue is excellence, something uncommonly great and beautiful, which rises far above what is vulgar and ordinary.


Quote: We are but one of the multitude, in no respect better than any other in it. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

We are but one of the multitude, in no respect better than any other in it.


Quote: A very poor man may be said in some sense to have a demand for a coach and six; he might like to have it; but his demand is not an effectual demand, as the commodity can never be brought to market in order to satisfy it. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

A very poor man may be said in some sense to have a demand for a coach and six; he might like to have it; but his demand is not an effectual demand, as the commodity can never be brought to market in order to satisfy it.


Quote: The rate of profit... is naturally low in rich and high in poor countries, and it is always highest in the countries which are going fastest to ruin. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The rate of profit... is naturally low in rich and high in poor countries, and it is always highest in the countries which are going fastest to ruin.


Quote: Goods can serve many other purposes besides purchasing money, but money can serve no other purpose besides purchasing goods. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Goods can serve many other purposes besides purchasing money, but money can serve no other purpose besides purchasing goods.


Quote: The prudent man always studies seriously and earnestly to understand whatever he professes to understand, and not merely to persuade other people that he understands it; and though his talents may not always be very brilliant, they are always perfectly genuine. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The prudent man always studies seriously and earnestly to understand whatever he professes to understand, and not merely to persuade other people that he understands it; and though his talents may not always be very brilliant, they are always perfectly genuine.




Quote: Though the profusion of Government must undoubtedly have retarded the natural progress of England to wealth and improvement, it has not been able to stop it. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Though the profusion of Government must undoubtedly have retarded the natural progress of England to wealth and improvement, it has not been able to stop it.


Quote: The violence and injustice of the rulers of mankind is an ancient evil, for which, I am afraid, the nature of human affairs can scarce admit a remedy. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The violence and injustice of the rulers of mankind is an ancient evil, for which, I am afraid, the nature of human affairs can scarce admit a remedy.


Quote: The disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise, or, at least, to neglect persons of poor and mean condition is the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise, or, at least, to neglect persons of poor and mean condition is the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments.


Quote: To attempt to increase the wealth of any country, either by introducing or by detaining in it an unnecessary quantity of gold and silver, is as absurd as it would be to attempt to increase the good cheer of private families by obliging them to keep an unnecessary number of kitchen utensils. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of Adam Smith quote: To attempt to increase the wealth of any country, either by introducing or by detaining in it an unnecessary quantity of gold and silver, is as absurd as it would be to attempt to increase the good cheer of private families by obliging them to keep an unnecessary number of kitchen utensils.- black text on quotes background

To attempt to increase the wealth of any country, either by introducing or by detaining in it an unnecessary quantity of gold and silver, is as absurd as it would be to attempt to increase the good cheer of private families by obliging them to keep an unnecessary number of kitchen utensils.


Quote: I am always willing to run some hazard of being tedious, in order to be sure that I am perspicuous; and, after taking the utmost pains that I can to be perspicuous, some obscurity may still appear to remain upon a subject, in its own nature extremely abstracted. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

I am always willing to run some hazard of being tedious, in order to be sure that I am perspicuous; and, after taking the utmost pains that I can to be perspicuous, some obscurity may still appear to remain upon a subject, in its own nature extremely abstracted.


Quote: When the profits of trade happen to be greater than ordinary, over-trading becomes a general error both among great and small dealers. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

When the profits of trade happen to be greater than ordinary, over-trading becomes a general error both among great and small dealers.


Quote: Education in the ingenious arts and in the liberal professions is still more tedious and expensive. The pecuniary recompense, therefore, of painters and sculptors, of lawyers and physicians, ought to be much more liberal; and it is so accordingly. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Education in the ingenious arts and in the liberal professions is still more tedious and expensive. The pecuniary recompense, therefore, of painters and sculptors, of lawyers and physicians, ought to be much more liberal; and it is so accordingly.


Quote: Where wages are not regulated by law, all that we can pretend to determine is what are the most usual; and experience seems to show that law can never regulate them properly, though it has often pretended to do so. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Where wages are not regulated by law, all that we can pretend to determine is what are the most usual; and experience seems to show that law can never regulate them properly, though it has often pretended to do so.




Quote: I have always considered David Hume as approaching as nearly the idea of a perfectly wise and virtuous man as perhaps the nature of human frailty will allow. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

I have always considered David Hume as approaching as nearly the idea of a perfectly wise and virtuous man as perhaps the nature of human frailty will allow.


Quote: A power to dispose of estates for ever is manifestly absurd. The earth and the fulness of it belongs to every generation, and the preceding one can have no right to bind it up from posterity. Such extension of property is quite unnatural. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

A power to dispose of estates for ever is manifestly absurd. The earth and the fulness of it belongs to every generation, and the preceding one can have no right to bind it up from posterity. Such extension of property is quite unnatural.




Quote: In ease of body, peace of mind, all the different ranks of life are nearly upon a level and the beggar who suns himself by the side of the highway, possesses that security which kings are fighting for. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

In ease of body, peace of mind, all the different ranks of life are nearly upon a level and the beggar who suns himself by the side of the highway, possesses that security which kings are fighting for.


Quote: There is a great deal of ruin in a nation. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

There is a great deal of ruin in a nation.


Quote: As we have no immediate experience of what other men feel, we can form no idea of the manner in which they are affected, but by conceiving what we ourselves should feel in the like situation. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

As we have no immediate experience of what other men feel, we can form no idea of the manner in which they are affected, but by conceiving what we ourselves should feel in the like situation.


Quote: The learned ignore the evidence of their senses to preserve the coherence of the ideas of their imagination. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The learned ignore the evidence of their senses to preserve the coherence of the ideas of their imagination.


Quote: What can be added to the happiness of the man who is in health, who is out of debt, and has a clear conscience? by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

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


Quote: What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience? by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

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


Quote: A nation is not made wealthy by the childish accumulation of shiny metals, but it enriched by the economic prosperity of it's people. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

A nation is not made wealthy by the childish accumulation of shiny metals, but it enriched by the economic prosperity of it's people.


Quote: Every man lives by exchanging. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Every man lives by exchanging.


Quote: Nothing but the most exemplary morals can give dignity to a man of small fortune. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Nothing but the most exemplary morals can give dignity to a man of small fortune.


Quote: The mob, when they are gazing at a dancer on the slack rope, naturally writhe and twist and balance their own bodies, as they see him do. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The mob, when they are gazing at a dancer on the slack rope, naturally writhe and twist and balance their own bodies, as they see him do.


Quote: The ancient Egyptians had a superstitious antipathy to the sea; a superstition nearly of the same kind prevails among the Indians; and the Chinese have never excelled in foreign commerce. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The ancient Egyptians had a superstitious antipathy to the sea; a superstition nearly of the same kind prevails among the Indians; and the Chinese have never excelled in foreign commerce.


Quote: Individual Ambition Serves the Common Good. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Individual Ambition Serves the Common Good.


Quote: Every tax, however, is to the person who pays it a badge, not of slavery but of liberty. It denotes that he is a subject to government, indeed, but that, as he has some property, he cannot himself be the property of a master. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Every tax, however, is to the person who pays it a badge, not of slavery but of liberty. It denotes that he is a subject to government, indeed, but that, as he has some property, he cannot himself be the property of a master.


Quote: Beneficence is always free, it cannot be extorted by force. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Beneficence is always free, it cannot be extorted by force.


Quote: A true party-man hates and despises candour. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

A true party-man hates and despises candour.


Quote: An English university is a sanctuary in which exploded systems and obsolete prejudices find shelter and protection after they have been . hunted out of every corner of the world. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

An English university is a sanctuary in which exploded systems and obsolete prejudices find shelter and protection after they have been . hunted out of every corner of the world.


Quote: The great affair, we always find, is to get money. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The great affair, we always find, is to get money.


Quote: Problems worthy of attacks, prove their worth by hitting back. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Problems worthy of attacks, prove their worth by hitting back.


Quote: The importation of gold and silver is not the principal, much less the sole benefit which a nation derives from its foreign trade. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The importation of gold and silver is not the principal, much less the sole benefit which a nation derives from its foreign trade.


Quote: That a joint stock company should be able to carry on successfully any branch of foreign trade, when private adventurers can come into any sort of open and fair competition with them, seems contrary to all experience. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

That a joint stock company should be able to carry on successfully any branch of foreign trade, when private adventurers can come into any sort of open and fair competition with them, seems contrary to all experience.


Quote: All registers which, it is acknowledged, ought to be kept secret, ought certainly never to exist. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

All registers which, it is acknowledged, ought to be kept secret, ought certainly never to exist.


Quote: To feel much for others and little for ourselves, that to restrain our selfish, and to indulge our benevolent affections, constitutes the perfection of human nature. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

To feel much for others and little for ourselves, that to restrain our selfish, and to indulge our benevolent affections, constitutes the perfection of human nature.


Quote: A gardener who cultivates his own garden with his own hands, unites in his own person the three different characters, of landlord, farmer, and labourer. His produce, therefore, should pay him the rent of the first, the profit of the second, and the wages of the third. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of Adam Smith quote; white text on black background

A gardener who cultivates his own garden with his own hands, unites in his own person the three different characters, of landlord, farmer, and labourer. His produce, therefore, should pay him the rent of the first, the profit of the second, and the wages of the third.


Quote: The game women play is men. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The game women play is men.


Quote: By nature a philosopher is not in genius and disposition half so different from a street porter, as a mastiff is from a greyhound. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

By nature a philosopher is not in genius and disposition half so different from a street porter, as a mastiff is from a greyhound.


Quote: Good roads, canals, and navigable rivers, by diminishing the expence of carriage, put the remote parts of the country more nearly upon a level with with those of the neighbourhood of the town. They are upon that the greatest of all improvements. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Good roads, canals, and navigable rivers, by diminishing the expence of carriage, put the remote parts of the country more nearly upon a level with with those of the neighbourhood of the town. They are upon that the greatest of all improvements.


Quote: For a very small expence the public can facilitate, can encourage, and can even impose upon almost the whole body of the people, the necessity of acquiring those most essential parts of education. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

For a very small expence the public can facilitate, can encourage, and can even impose upon almost the whole body of the people, the necessity of acquiring those most essential parts of education.


Quote: The principle which prompts to save is the desire of bettering our conditiona desire which?comes with us from the womb and never leaves us till we go into the grave. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The principle which prompts to save is the desire of bettering our conditiona desire which?comes with us from the womb and never leaves us till we go into the grave.


Quote: The most sacred laws of justice are the laws which guard the life and person of our neighbor. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The most sacred laws of justice are the laws which guard the life and person of our neighbor.


Quote: Every man is rich or poor according to the degree in which he can afford to enjoy the necessaries, conveniences, and amusements of human life. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Every man is rich or poor according to the degree in which he can afford to enjoy the necessaries, conveniences, and amusements of human life.




Quote: The emotions of the spectator will still be very apt to fall short of the violence of what is felt by the sufferer. Mankind, though naturally sympathetic, never conceive, for what has befallen another, that degree of passion which naturally animates the person principally concerned. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of Adam Smith quote: The emotions of the spectator will still be very apt to fall short of the violence of what is felt by the sufferer. Mankind, though naturally sympathetic, never conceive, for what has befallen another, that degree of passion which naturally animates the person principally concerned.- black text on quotes background

The emotions of the spectator will still be very apt to fall short of the violence of what is felt by the sufferer. Mankind, though naturally sympathetic, never conceive, for what has befallen another, that degree of passion which naturally animates the person principally concerned.






Quote: The tolls for the maintenance of a high road, cannot with any safety be made the property of private persons. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The tolls for the maintenance of a high road, cannot with any safety be made the property of private persons.


Quote: Upstart greatness is everywhere less respected than ancient greatness. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Upstart greatness is everywhere less respected than ancient greatness.


Quote: I have no great faith in political arithmetic, and I mean not to warrant the exactness of either of these computations. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

I have no great faith in political arithmetic, and I mean not to warrant the exactness of either of these computations.


Quote: Every tax ought to be so contrived as both to take out and to keep out of the pockets of the people as little as possible, over and above what it brings into the public treasury of the State. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Every tax ought to be so contrived as both to take out and to keep out of the pockets of the people as little as possible, over and above what it brings into the public treasury of the State.


Quote: Nobody ever saw a dog make a fair and deliberate exchange of one bone for another with another dog. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Nobody ever saw a dog make a fair and deliberate exchange of one bone for another with another dog.


Quote: What is prudence in the conduct of every private family can scarce be folly in that of a great kingdom. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

What is prudence in the conduct of every private family can scarce be folly in that of a great kingdom.


Quote: The greatest improvement in the productive powers of labour, and the greater part of the skill, dexterity, and judgment with which it is anywhere directed, or applied, seem to have been the effects of the division of labour. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The greatest improvement in the productive powers of labour, and the greater part of the skill, dexterity, and judgment with which it is anywhere directed, or applied, seem to have been the effects of the division of labour.


Quote: The natural price, therefore, is, as it were, the central price, to which the prices of all commodities are continually gravitating. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The natural price, therefore, is, as it were, the central price, to which the prices of all commodities are continually gravitating.


Quote: The difference between the most dissimilar characters, between a philosopher and a common street porter, for example, seems to arise not so much from nature, as from habit, custom, and education. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

The difference between the most dissimilar characters, between a philosopher and a common street porter, for example, seems to arise not so much from nature, as from habit, custom, and education.


Quote: Nobody but a beggar chooses to depend chiefly upon the benevolence of his fellow-citizens. by author Adam Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Smith with quote

Nobody but a beggar chooses to depend chiefly upon the benevolence of his fellow-citizens.


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