TOP 20 Adam Smith Quotes (The Godfather of Economics)

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Adam Smith, (baptized June 5, 1723, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland—died July 17, 1790, Edinburgh), Scottish social philosopher and political economist. After two centuries, Adam Smith remains a towering figure in the history of economic thought.

Known primarily for a single work—An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776), the first comprehensive system of political economy—Smith is more properly regarded as a social philosopher whose economic writings constitute only the capstone to an overarching view of political and social evolution.

20 Adam Smith Quotes

  • 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
  • All money is a matter of belief. — 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
  • 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
  • Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse. — Adam Smith
  • Humanity is the virtue of a woman, generosity that of a man. — 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
  • 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
  • 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 labor, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased. — Adam Smith

10th of 20 Adam Smith Quotes

  • 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
  • Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this – no dog exchanges bones with another. — Adam Smith
  • No complaint is more common than that of a scarcity of money. — 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
  • On the road from the City of Skepticism, I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity. — Adam Smith
  • Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition. — 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
  • Virtue is more to be feared than vice because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience. — 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
  • With the greater part of rich people, the chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches. — Adam Smith


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