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The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.
To feel much for others and little for ourselves; to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature.
No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
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.
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.
Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this - no dog exchanges bones with another.
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.
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.
All money is a matter of belief.
About Adam Smith
, 1723; died July 17, 1790.
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