The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.
All money is a matter of belief.
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.
No complaint... is more common than that of a scarcity of money.
To feel much for others and little for ourselves; to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature.
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.
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.
On the road from the City of Skepticism, I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity.
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.
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.
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.
Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.
Defense is superior to opulence.
Humanity is the virtue of a woman, generosity that of a man.
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.
Labor was the first price, the original purchase - money that was paid for all things.
With the greater part of rich people, the chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches.
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.
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.
No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this - no dog exchanges bones with another.
Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse.