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Labour was the first price, the original purchase -
by 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

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

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

 

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

All money is a matter of belief.
- Adam Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Defense is superior to opulence.
- Adam Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

There can be no rise in the value of labour without a fall of profits.
- David Ricardo

Thus in such a Labour Party there can be no question of independent policy.
- Karl Radek

You have to be very rich to afford Labour,
with 66 tax rises since they came in power.
- John Redwood

My first real breakthrough collided with the last months
of Callaghan's Labour government,
which had every intention of enjoying my success as much as I did.
- Peter Straub

If the Labour party goes back to reasserting its socialist and democratic beliefs,
that's where I belong.
- Shirley Williams

Let us go forward in this battle fortified by conviction
that those who labour in the service of a great and
good cause will never fail.
- Owen Arthur

We just have to be crystal clear that if we were to
abandon all the reforms made over some very painful
years in the Labour party,
we would be consigned back to opposition.
- Patricia Hewitt

The new generation of Labour is different.
Different attitudes, different ideas,
different ways of doing politics.
- Ed Miliband

To say of a picture, as is often said in its praise,
that it shows great and earnest labour,
is to say that it is incomplete and unfit for view.
- James Mcneill Whistler

If a Labour movement, on a bourgeois basis,
has hitherto existed in the country where the new movement
is awakening it will certainly not disappear all at once.
- Karl Radek

Today 23 years ago dear Grandmama died.
I wonder what she would have thought of a Labour Government.
- King George V

All labour is directed towards producing some effect.
- Alfred Marshall

The problem we have is not Labour, in however it is configured.
- Francis Maude

Crime is only the worst example, but it is a paradigm
for other Labour policy disasters.
No one tells the voters that crime is falling:
let them stay scared senseless.
- Polly Toynbee

But a rise in the wages of labour would not equally
affect commodities produced with machinery quickly consumed,
and commodities produced with machinery slowly consumed.
- David Ricardo

After an unremitting and severe labour of two days,
we returned to our old encampment with the loss of some of my horses,
and my men excessively fatigued.
- William Henry Ashley

Permanent success cannot be achieved except by incessant intellectual labour,
always inspired by the ideal.
- Sarah Bernhardt

Our recent 5-year labour agreements,
in Canada as well as the United States,
are based upon experience, logic and principle rather than on pressure,
propaganda and force.
- Charles E. Wilson

The labour Party has lost the last four elections.
If they lose another, they get to keep the liberal party.
- Clive Anderson

We have an extreme rightwing government in this country,
although it's called the Labour government.
- John Pilger

Wake the power within thee slumbering,
trim the plot that's in thy keeping,
thou wilt bless the task when reaping sweet labour's prize.
- John Stuart Blackie

Labour is the party of law and order in Britain today.
Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime.
- Tony Blair

I said I thought female labour of the sort exacted from these slaves,
and corporal chastisement such as they endure,
must be abhorrent to any manly or humane man.
- Fanny Kemble

The Labour Party of today has fits of horrors of the
very thought of somebody like me might saying that
they bought in white Australia.
But I believe they did.
- Colleen McCullough

The prices of raw materials do not fluctuate directly
with the labour cost of producing them.
- Charles E. Wilson

Then hast our the Red Stone perfect with less labour,
expense of time and costs, for the which ever thank God.
- George Ripley

What I've said in the past is that I want the Labour
Party to approach this matter on the basis of unity.
- Ron Davies

What made women's labour particularly attractive to
the capitalists was not only its lower price but also
the greater submissiveness of women.
- Clara Zetkin

I love being in my garden.
I don't plant a lot of exotic flora,
but I do spend a lot of time outside doing manual labour.
- Jacqueline Bisset

A Labour party is not a debating club,
it is a party of action.
- Karl Radek

Shining through tears, like April suns in showers,
that labour to overcome the cloud that loads 'em.
- Thomas Otway

I cannot now change my style, which I acquired,
as you can imagine, by dint of labour.
- Henri Rousseau

Costs of manufactured articles importantly depend on
the cost of raw materials as well as labour.
- Charles E. Wilson

If a man loves the labour of his trade,
apart from any question of success or fame,
the gods have called him.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

British politics is more nuanced.
Part of the problem with New Labour is that they are a moving target.
- Rory Bremner

That the powers of labour, and of the other instruments which produce wealth,
may be indefinitely increased by using their products
as the means of further production.
- Nassau William Senior

The labour of the farmers, no doubt is of greater value
than the financial capacity of the government and non-government
institutions which can only play a supportive role.
- Girma Woldegiorgis

As to happiness in this life it is hardly compatible
with that diminished respect which ever attends the relinquishing of labour.
- Anthony Trollope

Making a cartoon occupied usually about three full days,
two spent in labour and one in removing the appearance of labour.
- David Low

At each increase of knowledge, as well as on the contrivance of every new tool,
human labour becomes abridged.
- Charles Babbage


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