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As soon as the land of any country has all become private property,
by 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Defense is superior to opulence.
- Adam Smith

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

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

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

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

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Act the way you'd like to be
and soon you'll be the way you act.
- Leonard Cohen

As soon as you trust yourself,
you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Knowledge is soon changed, then lost in the mist, an echo half-heard.
- Gene Wolfe

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted,
but beholds it as something
unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
- Albert Schweitzer

As soon as there is life there is danger.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We should meet abuse by forbearance.
Human nature is so constituted that
if we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse,
the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day;
you shall begin it serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a man does not make new acquaintances
as he advances through life,
he will soon find himself alone.
A man, sir, should keep his friendships in constant repair.
- Samuel Johnson

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win, but think you can't
It's almost a cinch you won't.
Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins is the one who thinks he can.
- Anonymous

As soon as someone is identified as an unsung hero,
he no longer is.
- George Carlin

I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.
- Albert Einstein

I am but a grain of sand on the beach of life.
My footprints in the sands of time soon wash away.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon,
but that we wait so long to begin it.
- Anonymous

Soon we'll be out amid the cold world's strife.
Soon we'll be sliding down the razor blade of life.
But as we go our sordid sep'rate ways,
We shall ne'er forget thee, thou golden college days.
Hearts full of youth,
Hearts full of truth,
Six parts gin to one part vermouth.
- Tom Lehrer - song: Bright College Days,
album: An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer

Truth is by nature self-evident.
As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance
that surround it, it shines clear.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

There is a fine line between perseverance and insanity.
At what point have you tried your best,
and it's time to do something different?
It's a balance - a paradox.
If you get in the habit of giving up
as soon as something gets difficult,
your life won't work,
but if you keep tilting at windmills -
madly trying the same thing again and again,
your life also won't work.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible,
then they seem improbable, and then,
when we summon the will,
they soon become inevitable.
- Christopher Reeve

One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal.
Soon we'll need a new definition.
- Alvin Toffler

A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're
talking about real money.
- Everett Dirksen

Some people will never learn anything,
for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.
- Alexander Pope

He who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass.
- Edgar R. Fiedler

A fool and his money are soon parted.
- Thomas Tusser

I'd just as soon stay home and raise babies.
- June Allyson

Birds are indicators of the environment.
If they are in trouble, we know we'll soon be in trouble.
- Roger Tory Peterson

I'd just as soon play tennis with the net down.
- Robert Frost

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.
- John Cage

There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted,
but now it happens to everybody.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

I made my money by selling too soon.
- Bernard Baruch

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench
the fire of love with words.
- William Shakespeare

Love built on beauty, soon as beauty,
dies.
- John Donne

When people get married because they think
it's a long-time love affair,
they'll be divorced very soon,
because all love affairs end in disappointment.
But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity.
- Joseph Campbell

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it.
I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.
What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
- Henry David Thoreau

A fool and his money are soon elected.
- Will Rogers

I had a stick of CareFree gum, but it didn't work.
I felt pretty good while I was blowing that bubble,
but as soon as the gum lost its flavor,
I was back to pondering my mortality.
- Mitch Hedberg

Terrorism is escalating to the point that Americans
soon may have to choose between civil liberties and
more intrusive means of protection.
- William S. Cohen

I wish I could be like Shaw who once read a bad review of one of his plays,
called the critic and said: 'I have your review in
front of me and soon it will be behind me.'
- Barbra Streisand

Our society has gotten to the point where we might
soon become less and less shocked by any kind of violence.
- Stanley Crouch

In my circle of friends, I've always been loud and funny and talkative.
But as soon as I step out of that circle,
I get very quiet and introspective.
I don't want the spotlight on me.
- Rosie Perez

Other famous men, those of much talk and few deeds,
soon evaporate.
Action is the dignity of greatness.
- Jose Marti


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