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Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse. - Adam Smith
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Time goes by, reputation increases, ability declines. - Dag Hammarskjold
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Labor was the first price, the original purchase - money that was paid for all things. - Adam Smith
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No complaint... is more common than that of a scarcity of money. - Adam Smith
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I think the first duty of society is justice. - Alexander Hamilton
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Friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness. - Dag Hammarskjold
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It is easy to be nice, even to an enemy - from lack of character. - Dag Hammarskjold
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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
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All money is a matter of belief. - Adam Smith
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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
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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
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Defense is superior to opulence. - Adam Smith
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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
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Humanity is the virtue of a woman, generosity that of a man. - Adam Smith
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I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good. - Adam Smith
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this - no dog exchanges bones with another. - Adam Smith
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No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable. - Adam Smith
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On the road from the City of Skepticism, I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity. - Adam Smith
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Poor David Hume is dying fast, but with more real cheerfulness and good humor and with more real resignation to the necessary course of things, than any whining Christian ever dyed with pretended resignation to the will of God. - Adam Smith
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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. - Adam Smith
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Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition. - Adam Smith
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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. - Adam Smith
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The real and effectual discipline which is exercised over a workman is that of his customers. It is the fear of losing their employment which restrains his frauds and corrects his negligence. - Adam Smith
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The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations. - Adam Smith
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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
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This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts. - Adam Smith
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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
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Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience. - Adam Smith
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What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience? - Adam Smith
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With the greater part of rich people, the chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches. - Adam Smith
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A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing. - Alexander Hamilton
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A promise must never be broken. - Alexander Hamilton
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A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous. - Alexander Hamilton
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Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things. - Alexander Hamilton
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Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government. - Alexander Hamilton
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Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives. - Alexander Hamilton
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I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man. - Alexander Hamilton
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In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself. - Alexander Hamilton
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In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution. - Alexander Hamilton
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In the general course of human nature, A power over a man's subsistence amounts to a power over his will. - Alexander Hamilton
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In the main it will be found that a power over a man's support (salary) is a power over his will. - Alexander Hamilton
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In the usual progress of things, the necessities of a nation in every stage of its existence will be found at least equal to its resources. - Alexander Hamilton
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It is the advertiser who provides the paper for the subscriber. It is not to be disputed, that the publisher of a newspaper in this country, without a very exhaustive advertising support, would receive less reward for his labor than the humblest mechanic. - Alexander Hamilton
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It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government. - Alexander Hamilton
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Learn to think continentally. - Alexander Hamilton
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Man is a reasoning rather than a reasonable animal. - Alexander Hamilton
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