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.
The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.
No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
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.
All money is a matter of belief.
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.
Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this - no dog exchanges bones with another.
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.