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Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production;
by Adam Smith

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.
- Adam Smith

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

The propensity to truck, barter and exchange one thing
for another is common to all men,
and to be found in no other race of animals.
- Adam Smith

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.
- Adam Smith

 

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

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

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
- Adam Smith

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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.
- Adam Smith

All money is a matter of belief.
- Adam Smith

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

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

Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse.
- Adam Smith

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.
- Adam Smith

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

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

Defense is superior to opulence.
- Adam Smith

On the road from the City of Skepticism,
I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity.
- Adam Smith

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

The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.
- Adam Smith

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

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.
- Adam Smith

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

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

Man is an animal that makes bargains:
no other animal does this -
no dog exchanges bones with another.
- Adam Smith

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.
- Adam Smith

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.
- Adam Smith

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.
- Adam Smith

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.
- Adam Smith

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.
- Adam Smith

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.
- Adam Smith

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.
- Adam Smith

Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions,
including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.
- Doug Larson

Infinite growth of material consumption in a finite
world is an impossibility.
- E. F. Schumacher

If most American cities are about the consumption of culture,
Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture -
not only national culture but global culture.
- Barbara Kruger

The greatly increased consumption of alcoholic beverages
is very largely a direct result of the increased purchasing
power created by wartime expenditures.
- William Lyon Mackenzie King

The model of ownership, in a society organized round mass consumption,
is addiction.
- Christopher Lasch

Consumption may be regarded as negative production.
- Alfred Marshall

Finally, we should help developing nations like China
and India curb their exponentially increasing consumption of oil and natural gas,
which is driving world prices higher.
- Bobby Jindal

A conception not reducible to the small change of daily
experience is like a currency not exchangeable for articles of consumption;
it is not a symbol,
but a fraud.
- George Santayana

There are a lot of people who don't contribute anything
to consumption and production.
- Susan George

Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means
of reputability to the gentleman of leisure.
- Thorstein Veblen

Americans are making coffee a bigger part of their lives,
expanding attitudes and behaviors that are driving
new levels of consumption.
- Robert Nelson

Such lifestyle factors such as cigarette smoking,
excessive alcohol consumption, little physical activity
and low dietary calcium intake are risk factors for
osteoporosis as well as for many other non-communicable diseases.
- Gro Harlem Brundtland

Even the bands I dig don't have a history of attaining mass consumption.
- Evan Dando

Present annual world energy consumption is about equal
to the annihilation energy of 4 tons of matter.
- Barney Oliver

In addition to the clean coal provisions,
the energy conference agreement contains provisions
instrumental in helping increase conservation and lowering consumption.
- Jerry Costello

And almost half of American oil consumption is for motor vehicles.
- Tim Holden

Energy consumption matters both to our environment and our economy.
- John Baldacci

Mass consumption, advertising, and mass art are a corporate Frankenstein;
while they reinforce the system,
they also undermine it.
- Ellen Willis

The only country where you see any positive movement
within domestic consumption is Brazil,
where you really do have a variety of coffees to make blends with.
- Robert Nelson

Meat consumption is just as dangerous to public health as tobacco use...
It's time we looked into holding the meat producers
and fast-food outlets legally accountable.
- Neal Barnard

The increased consumption of alcoholic beverages in
Canada since the outbreak of war is one evidence of this.
- William Lyon Mackenzie King

That dichotomy between the public consumption of the
work and my intent and practice in making it is an uneasy one for me,
on occasion.
- Jock Sturges

With production alone as the goal, industry in North
America was dominated by the assembly line,
standardization for mass consumption.
- Arthur Erickson

Tourism, human circulation considered as consumption
is fundamentally nothing more than the leisure of going
to see what has become banal.
- Guy Debord

Most of the movies I saw growing up were viewed as totally disposable,
fine for quick consumption, but they have survived
50 years and are still growing.
- Manuel Puig

In the kingdom of consumption the citizen is king.
A democratic monarchy: equality before consumption,
fraternity in consumption, and freedom through consumption.
- Raoul Vaneigem

Daily life is governed by an economic system in which
the production and consumption of insults tends to balance out.
- Raoul Vaneigem

A shift is necessary toward lifestyles less geared
to environmental damaging consumption patterns.
- Maurice Strong

A Big Mac - the communion wafer of consumption.
- John Ralston Saul

Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases.
- William Shenstone

A lot of history is just dirty politics cleaned up
for the consumption of children and other innocents.
- Richard Reeves

Nor do we begin to have a clear appreciation of what
the increase in consumption of alcoholic beverages
in wartime means in increased risk,
and in loss of efficiency to the fighting and working forces of the country.
- William Lyon Mackenzie King

By the immediate preservation of eggs for home consumption
through the use of water glass or lime water,
larger supplies of fresh eggs may be made available
for marketing later in the season,
when production is less and prices higher.
- David F. Houston

The basis on which good repute in any highly organized
industrial community ultimately rests is pecuniary strength;
and the means of showing pecuniary strength,
and so of gaining or retaining a good name,
are leisure and a conspicuous consumption of goods.
- Thorstein Veblen

Since the outbreak of war, there has been in our country
a steady increase in the consumption of spirits,
wine and beer.
It is estimated that in dollar volume,
the annual outlay is now practically double what it was before the war.
- William Lyon Mackenzie King

The Texas Energy Office's Loan Star Program has reduced
building energy consumption and taxpayers' energy costs
through the efficient operation of public buildings,
saving taxpayers more than $172 million through energy efficiency projects.
- Rosa DeLauro

Is the minor convenience of allowing the present generation
the luxury of doubling its energy consumption every
10 years worth the major hazard of exposing the next
20,000 generations to this lethal waste?
- David R. Brower

Global fuel and consumption, however,
is projected to increase by 100 to 150 percent over the next 20 years,
driven largely by the rapidly growing Chinese and Indian economies;
and this growth and this increase in demand will force prices even higher.
- John Shadegg

Our oil problems are only going to get worse.
Our trade balance is only going to get worse.
So we have to slow the growth of U.S.
oil consumption, particularly imported oil consumption.
- Sherwood Boehlert

It is not government's job to mandate responsibility on our behalf.
We have the intelligence and good sense to make wise
consumption choices for ourselves and our children.
It is up to us to do what is best for our health and our children's health.
- Michael Crapo


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