11 astonishing Adam Smith quotes in pictures

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Now we have quotes from Scottish philosopher and economist. Famous Adam Smith quotes, to be exact.

Adam Smith was born in Scotland, city of Kirkcaldy. The exact birth date of this man is not known. First official record of his existence dates from 5th June, 1723, when his baptism was recorded. Highly educated for that time, we are talking about 1700’s here, Adam Smith graduated from both university of Oxford and University of Glasgow. So we have one more really smart guy on our list.

Best known for writing “The Wealth of Nations” in 1776. This book is considered by some to be the very first book on political economy ever! There is no need to say that this was one highly influential book, granting him respect and fame he deserved.

Adam became rector for the Glasgow University somewhere in 1787. The date of his death is 17th July , 1790.
Below you will find my personal pick of 11 Adam Smith quotes. There are quotes about economics, capitalism quotes, and so on… All of them made into pretty quote posters, just for your pleasure! :)

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.


Defense is superior to opulence

Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse

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

No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable

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

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition

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

What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience

With the greater part of rich people, the chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches