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No society can surely be flourishing and happy,
by 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

Related topics: Society

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

All money is a matter of belief.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Without change, there would be no butterflies.
- Anonymous

Where there is no accusation of "fault,"
there can be no anger.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
- 1 John 3:17

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

There are no small acts of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

Do or do not, there is no try.
- Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Travelers, there is no path.
Paths are made by walking.
- Antonio Machado

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Choose with no regret.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
- Confucius

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

No one knows what he can do until he tries.
- Publilius Syrus

No wind favors he who has no destined port.
- Montaigne

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars,
or sailed to an uncharted land,
or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
- Helen Keller


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