Meaningful & Inspirational Quotes by Adam Smith

Adam Smith’s Most Inspirational Quotes

A collection of beautiful and Inspirational Quotes by Adam Smith, this article we look at Adam Smith’s most inspiring quotes. Quotes often give context; they can mean different things to different people, here you will find some of the best quotes by 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
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.


When the profits of trade happen to be greater than ordinary, over-trading becomes a general error both among great and small dealers.

Adam Smith
 When the profits of trade happen to be greater than ordinary, over-trading becomes a general error both among great and small dealers.


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
 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.


The game women play is men.

Adam Smith

 The game women play is men.


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

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


All money is a matter of belief.

Adam Smith

 All money is a matter of belief.


Nobody ever saw a dog make a fair and deliberate exchange of one bone for another with another dog.

Adam Smith
 Nobody ever saw a dog make a fair and deliberate exchange of one bone for another with another dog.


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 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.


No complaint… is more common than that of a scarcity of money.

Adam Smith

 No complaint… is more common than that of a scarcity of money.


Every man is rich or poor according to the degree in which he can afford to enjoy the necessaries, conveniences, and amusements of human life.

Adam Smith
 Every man is rich or poor according to the degree in which he can afford to enjoy the necessaries, conveniences, and amusements of human life.


In public, as well as in private expences, great wealth may, perhaps, frequently be admitted as an apology for great folly.

Adam Smith
In public, as well as in private expences, great wealth may, perhaps, frequently be admitted as an apology for great folly.


Though the profusion of Government must undoubtedly have retarded the natural progress of England to wealth and improvement, it has not been able to stop it.

Adam Smith
 Though the profusion of Government must undoubtedly have retarded the natural progress of England to wealth and improvement, it has not been able to stop it.


Nothing is more graceful than habitual cheerfulness.

Adam Smith
Nothing is more graceful than habitual cheerfulness.


A nation is not made wealthy by the childish accumulation of shiny metals, but it enriched by the economic prosperity of it’s people.

Adam Smith
A nation is not made wealthy by the childish accumulation of shiny metals, but it enriched by the economic prosperity of it's people.


Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.

Adam Smith
Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.


The first thing you have to know is yourself. A man who knows himself can step outside himself and watch his own reactions like an observer.

Adam Smith
The first thing you have to know is yourself. A man who knows himself can step outside himself and watch his own reactions like an observer.


There is no art which government sooner learns of another than that of draining money from the pockets of the people.

Adam Smith

 There is no art which government sooner learns of another than that of draining money from the pockets of the people.


Individual Ambition Serves the Common Good.

Adam Smith

 Individual Ambition Serves the Common Good.


The rate of profit… is naturally low in rich and high in poor countries, and it is always highest in the countries which are going fastest to ruin.

Adam Smith
The rate of profit… is naturally low in rich and high in poor countries, and it is always highest in the countries which are going fastest to ruin.


On the road from the City of Skepticism, I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity.

Adam Smith

 On the road from the City of Skepticism, I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity.


The great secret of education is to direct vanity to proper objects.

Adam Smith

 The great secret of education is to direct vanity to proper objects.


Never complain of that of which it is at all times in your power to rid yourself.

Adam Smith

 Never complain of that of which it is at all times in your power to rid yourself.


The learned ignore the evidence of their senses to preserve the coherence of the ideas of their imagination.

Adam Smith
The learned ignore the evidence of their senses to preserve the coherence of the ideas of their imagination.


The problem with fiat money is that it rewards the minority that can handle money, but fools the generation that has worked and saved money.

Adam Smith

 The problem with fiat money is that it rewards the minority that can handle money, but fools the generation that has worked and saved money.

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