Adam Smith Quotes & Sayings

30 most famous Adam Smith quotes and sayings. These are the first 10 quotes we have for him. He was a Scottish economist who passed away on 17 July 1790.

Adam Smith Quotes
“The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.”
Adam Smith Quotes
“No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.”
Adam Smith Quotes
“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 Quotes
“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 Quotes
“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 Quotes
“Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this - no dog exchanges bones with another.”
Adam Smith Quotes
“What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?”
Adam Smith Quotes
“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 Quotes
“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 Quotes
“No complaint... is more common than that of a scarcity of money.”

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