Adam Smith

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Born Saturday 5 June 1723, died Saturday 17 July 1790

Professions: Author, Economist, Philosopher

Nationality: Scottish

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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.

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

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

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Defense is superior to opulence.

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This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts.

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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.

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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.

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Poor David Hume is dying fast, but with more real cheerfulness and good humor and with more real resignation to the necessary course of things, than any whining Christian ever dyed with pretended resignation to the will of God.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good.

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Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things.

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

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

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The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.

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All money is a matter of belief.

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Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse.

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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.

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