All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.
All money is a matter of belief.
Every man lives by exchanging.
Fear is in almost all cases a wretched instrument of government.
Humanity is the virtue of a woman, generosity that of a man.
Individual ambition serves the common good.
Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this – no dog exchanges bones with another.
Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.
Never complain of that of which it is at all times in your power to rid yourself.
No society can surely be flourishing and happy of which by far the greater part of the numbers are poor and miserable.
Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
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.
The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.
Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.
/ Adam Smith