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ADAM SMITH (1)
Scottish political economist
(1723 - 1790)
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If the chief part of human happiness arises from the consciousness of being beloved, as I believe it does, these sudden changes of fortune seldom contribute much to happiness.
      - [Happiness]

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.
      - [Banks]

Man is an animal that makes bargains; no other animal does this,--one dog does not change a bone with another.
      - [Man]

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

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

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

The objects of avarice and ambition differ only in their greatness. A miser is as furious about a halfpenny as the man of ambition about the conquest of a kingdom.
      - [Avarice]

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

Vanity is the foundation of the most ridiculous and contemptible vices--the vices of affectation and common lying.
      - [Vanity]

We are lead to the belief of a future state, not only by the weaknesses, by the hopes and fears of human nature, but by the noblest and best principles which belong to it,--by the love of virtue, and by the abhorrence of vice and injustice.
      - [Future]

With the greater part of rich people, the chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches.
      - [Riches]

To found a great empire for the sole purpose of raising up a nation of shopkeepers, may at first sight appear a project fit only for a nation of shopkeepers. It is, however, a project altogether unfit for a nation of shopkeepers, but extremely fit for a nation whose government is influenced by shopkeepers.
      - Wealth of Nations
         (vol. II, bk. IV, ch. VII, pt. III)
        [England]


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