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Defense is superior to opulence. ...
by Adam Smith

Defense is superior to opulence.
- Adam Smith

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

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

 

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

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

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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.
- Adam Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm,
but willing to draw blood in its defense.
- Mark Overby

Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first,
and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.
- Red Auerbach

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!
And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry Goldwater

Bobby Knight told me this: 'There is nothing that a
good defense cannot beat a better offense.'
In other words a good offense wins.
- Dan Quayle

Humor is just another defense against the universe.
- Mel Brooks

My father never raised his hand to any one of his children,
except in self-defense.
- Fred Allen

Everyone has an opinion on many subjects
and is ready to share those opinions -
labeling them as "truth."
Sometimes it is relatively easy
to filter out these opinions.
Upon hearing an ad for the latest
weight-loss powder on late-night TV,
our skepticism leaps to our defense.
However, if we have heard the same opinion for years
from our parents, friends,
government officials, or religious leaders,
we are more likely to believe without questioning
than to raise our filter of skepticism
and ask the hard questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is no defense against adverse fortune which is
so effectual as an habitual sense of humor.
- Thomas W. Higginson

A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.
- Mignon McLaughlin

I think the environment should be put in the category
of our national security.
Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad.
Otherwise what is there to defend?
- Robert Redford

There are only two things we should fight for.
One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights.
- Smedley Butler

The extra pass and the extra effort on defense always get the job done.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

So I'd rather have a defense that's successful where
everyone's comfortable in their positions.
- Michael Strahan

Brave men do not gather by thousands to torture and
murder a single individual,
so gagged and bound he cannot make even feeble resistance or defense.
- Ida B. Wells

I think I came to see Islam, or at least one part of Islam,
as an important defense mechanism against the commercialization of the world.
- Peter Jennings

I always root for the defense.
- Wellington Mara

The attack and our response show just how vital Arizona's
military bases are to the defense of our country.
We need to do everything we can to protect them.
- Jane D. Hull

Every war when it comes, or before it comes,
is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense
against a homicidal maniac.
- George Orwell

As a scientist in the field of biological warfare defense,
I have never had any reservations whatsoever about
helping the anthrax investigation in any way that I could.
- Steven Hatfill

The left sees nothing but bigotry and superstition
in the popular defense of the family or in popular
attitudes regarding abortion,
crime, busing, and the school curriculum.
- Christopher Lasch

But behavior in the human being is sometimes a defense,
a way of concealing motives and thoughts,
as language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and
preventing communication.
- Abraham Maslow

Lying is an elementary means of self-defense.
- Susan Sontag

Teacher unions are an interest group that acts in defense of their own interests,
which means the union bosses' interests,
not the members.
- Peter Brimelow

A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people,
trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.
- James Madison

Legitimate use of violence can only be that which is
required in self-defense.
- Ron Paul

For target shooting, that's okay.
Get a license and go to the range.
For defense of the home, that's why we have police departments.
- James Brady

All War Departments are now Defense Departments.
This is all part of the doubletalk of our time.
The aggressor is always on the other side.
- George Wald

All defense secretaries in wartime have,
needless to say, made misjudgments.
- Bill Kristol

The Royal Navy of England hath ever been its greatest defense and ornament;
it is its ancient and natural strength;
the floating bulwark of the island.
- William Blackstone

It's always great when a defense is able to create turnovers and score.
That's something we missed last year.
We'd get some turnovers, but we never scored points.
- Nick Ferguson

The jury could get the case as early as next week,
but the defense says they just want to introduce one
last-minute load of crap.
- Bill Maher

And we ask the American people to play an important
part of our layered defense.
We ask for cooperation, patience and a commitment to
vigilance in the face of a determined enemy.
- Janet Napolitano

Only those who are ideologically opposed to military
programs think of the defense budget as the first and
best place to get resources for social welfare needs.
- Herman Kahn

However, the Department of Defense treats these detainees
in accord with the Geneva Convention,
even though that is not required because of the inhumane
methods used by these killers.
- Bill Shuster

War is just a racket...
I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else.
- Smedley Butler

America needs to be defended.
We need missile defense to better police the skies over the United States.
- Rudy Giuliani

Rock and roll music - the music of freedom frightens
people and unleashes all manner of conservative defense mechanisms.
- Salman Rushdie

Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in
behalf of tyranny and oppression.
- Malcolm X

It is hard for a black man to just be himself.
We spend so much time in defense of something that
is indefensible because there is nothing to defend.
- Kevin Eubanks

I support development and deployment of a limited national missile defense.
Few if any of our duties surpass our obligation to
provide for the common defense of our nation.
- Joe Lieberman


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