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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.
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.
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.
The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.
No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?
Defense is superior to opulence.
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.
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.
No complaint... is more common than that of a scarcity of money.
About Adam Smith
, 1723; died July 17, 1790.
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