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Virtue is more to be feared than vice,
by Adam Smith

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

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

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

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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All money is a matter of belief.
- 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

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

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

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

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

What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health,
out of debt, and has a clear 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

To realize that you do not understand is a virtue;
Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
- Lao Tzu

A thankful heart is the greatest virtue.
- Cicero

There's a point... when you have to choose
whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life,
or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

There is a good ear, in some men,
that draws supplies to virtue
out of very indifferent nutriment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Who sows virtue reaps honor.
- Leonardo da Vinci

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable
who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
- Joseph Addison

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears,
when benevolence is lost right conduct appears,
when right conduct is lost, expedience appears.
Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth;
it is the beginning of disorder.
- Lao Tzu

The only reward of virtue is virtue;
the only way to have a friend is to be one.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
- Anatole France

If you doubt the virtue in self-honor,
remember what the flight attendant says,
"Put your own oxygen mask on first."
You are of no use to anyone else
if you have not taken care of your own needs first -
this includes your own emotional,
as well as physical, well-being.
In addition, your greatest value to your children,
your family, your friends, and your community
is the example you set, leading a great life that inspires
those around you to emulate your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Consider a parent who says,
"Look at the sacrifices I'm making so you can have a better life."
Contrast that with another parent who demonstrates
living a great life every day.
Self-sacrifice is not a virtue.
Living a great life and sharing that life with others
is the noble way to live.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge
on their children rather than virtue,
the art of speaking well rather than doing well;
but their manners should be of the greatest concern.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Virtue can only flourish among equals.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

What is man's ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love,
truth, virtue, and beauty.
- Shinichi Suzuki

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for
the education of its virtue.
- Plato

A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide,
and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.
- Robert Hall

What most persons consider as virtue,
after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
- Voltaire

True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes,
but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
- Indira Gandhi

Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked
than it is loved by the good.
- The Buddha

I design for real people.
I think of our customers all the time.
There is no virtue whatsoever in creating clothing
or accessories that are not practical.
- Giorgio Armani

Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.
- Ayn Rand

Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
- Henry A. Kissinger

The inherent vice of capitalism
is the unequal sharing of blessings;
the inherent virtue of socialism
is the equal sharing of miseries.
- Winston Churchill

Old age adds to the respect due to virtue,
but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice;
it whitens only the hair.
- Ira Gershwin

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
- George Washington

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.
- David Starr Jordan

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

It is only the poor who pay cash,
and that not from virtue,
but because they are refused credit.
- Anatole France

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
- Oscar Wilde

When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms,
the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven,
and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.
- Akhenaton

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer
silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
- Albert Einstein

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue,
a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence,
confidence, justice.
- Baruch Spinoza

A country cannot subsist well without liberty,
nor liberty without virtue.
- Daniel Webster

He who exercises government by means of his virtue
may be compared to the north polar star,
which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.
- Confucius

I returned to Jerusalem, and it is by virtue of Jerusalem
that I have written all that God has put into my heart and into my pen.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

The better one is morally the less aware they are of their virtue.
- James Anthony Froude

The virtue of some people consists wholly in condemning the vices in others.
- Herbert Samuel

In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely,
and without passport; whereas Virtue,
if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.
- Herman Melville


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