The Wealth of Nations Quotes.

1. "Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition."
- Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

2. "The man whose whole life is spent in performing a few simple operations, of which the effects are perhaps always the same, or very nearly the same, has no occasion to exert his understanding or to exercise his invention in finding out expedients for removing difficulties which never occur. He naturally loses, therefore, the habit of such exertion, and generally becomes as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human creature to become."
- Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

3. "In regards to the price of commodities, the rise of wages operates as simple interest does, the rise of profit operates like compound interest. Our merchants and masters complain much of the bad effects of high wages in raising the price and lessening the sale of goods. They say nothing concerning the bad effects of high profits. They are silent with regard to the pernicious effects of their own gains. They complain only of those of other people."
- Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

4. "People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices."
- Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

5. "Wherever there is great property there is great inequality. For one very rich man there must be at least five hundred poor, and the affluence of the few supposes the indigence of the many. The affluence of the rich excites the indignation of the poor, who are often both driven by want, and prompted by envy, to invade his possessions."
- Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

6. "Wherever there is great property, there is great inequality."
- Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

7. "Nobody ever saw a dog make a fair and deliberate exchange of one bone for another with another dog. Nobody ever saw one animal by its gestures and natural cries signify to another, this is mine, that yours; I am willing to give this for that....But man has almost constant occasion for the help of his brethren, and it is in vain for him to expect it from their benevolence only. He will be more likely to prevail if he can interest their self-love in his favour, and show them that it is for their own advantage to do for him what he requires of them. Whoever offers to another a bargain of any kind, proposes to do this. Give me that which I want, and you shall have this which you want, is the meaning of every such offer; and it is in this manner that we obtain from one another the far greater part of those good offices which we stand in need of."
- Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

8. "Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this - no dog exchanges bones with another."
- Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

9. "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, The Wealth of Nations

10. "The subjects of every state ought to contribute towards the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities."
- Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

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