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Great ambition, the desire of real superiority,
by 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Defense is superior to opulence.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Silence is a source of great strength.
- Lao Tzu

Where there is great love,
there are always miracles.
- Willa Cather

To lead a great life:
Dream, Take Action, Repeat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If (s)he's an apple and you're an orange,
celebrate your differences -
make a great fruit salad.
Love isn't about being the same -
it's about being sweet with each other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To the young child, all life is a great adventure -
when did we grow so dull and brittle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
- John D. Rockefeller

To be great is to be misunderstood.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

After climbing a great hill,
one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
- Nelson Mandela

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks
in great and honorable courses
with a sure hope and trust in itself.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

About leadership: No person can be a great leader
unless he takes genuine joy
in the successes of those under him.
- W. A. Nance

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
- George Bernard Shaw

The Universe is one great kindergarten for man.
Everything that exists has brought
with it its own peculiar lesson.
- Orison Swett Marden

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort,
and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

My great concern is not whether you have failed,
but whether you are content with your failure.
- Abraham Lincoln

Life is a great big canvas,
and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
- Danny Kaye

In this life we cannot do great things.
We can only do small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game,
and no matter how great your natural talent,
there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
- Jack Nicklaus

I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

No great thing is created suddenly.
- Epictetus

All difficult things have
their origin in that which is easy,
and great things in that which is small.
- Lao Tzu

The Two Great Lessons of Life: Choose Love & Trust God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,
adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. -
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am a great believer in luck
and I find that the harder
I work the more I have of it.
- Thomas Jefferson

These are not dark days -
these are great days.
- Winston Churchill

Half a truth is often a great lie.
- Benjamin Franklin

These are the keys to a great life...
taking oneself lightly, forgiveness, and acceptance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak.
Strong convictions precede great actions.
- Louisa May Alcott

One of the surest ways to cause
yourself great suffering
is to insist upon being right -
to demand that all others view life
exactly as you view it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Great opportunities to help others seldom come,
but small ones surround us every day.
- Sally Koch

There is a great future in front of you,
you can leave your past behind.
- Joel Osteen

Great works are performed not by strength,
but by perseverance.
- Samuel Johnson

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

Keep courage. Whatever you do,
do not feel sorry for yourself.
You will win in a great age of opportunity.
- Richard L. Evans


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