Adam Smith Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Adam Smith quotes and Adam Smith sayings, and Adam Smith proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

"An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day."

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

"The prudent man is always sincere, and feels horror at the very thought of exposing himself to the disgrace which attends upon the detection of falsehood. But though always sincere, he is not always frank and open; and though he never tells any thing but the truth, he does not always think himself bound, when not properly called upon, to tell the whole truth. As he is cautious in his actions, so he is reserved in his speech; and never rashly or unnecessarily obtrudes his opinion concerning either things or persons."

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

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"Humanity is the virtue of a woman, generosity that of a man."

"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."

"Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition."

"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."

"No complaint… is more common than that of a scarcity of money."

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

"Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse."

"With the greater part of rich people, the chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches."

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

"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."

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

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