Societies calling themselves socialist range from Western-style democracies to dictatorships.
Monopoly is the enemy of efficiency, whether under capitalism or socialism. The difference between the two systems is that monopoly is the norm under socialism.
Thomas Sowell -- Basic Economics: A Citizen’s Guide to the Economy
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
England was most Socialist after the Second World War, but there was a backlash when people objected to being told what careers they could work in.
Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true.
[W]hile capitalism has a visible cost – profit – that does not exist under socialism, socialism has an invisible cost – inefficiency – that gets weeded out by losses and bankruptcy under capitalism. The fact that most goods are available more cheaply in a capitalist economy implies that profit is less costly than inefficiency. Put differently, profit is a price paid for efficiency.
Thomas Sowell -- Applied Economics – Thinking Beyond Stage One
The chief advantage that would result from the establishment of Socialism is, undoubtedly, the fact that Socialism would relieve us from that sordid necessity of living for others which, in the present condition of things, presses so hardly upon almost everybody.
Oscar Wilde -- The Soul of Man under Socialism
These men are not Socialists!
Upton Sinclair -- The Jungle
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You’ll be mixing in socialism next!
Sinclair Lewis -- Main Street
In fact, I am a bit of a Socialist myself.
George Bernard Shaw -- Man And Superman
"That’s more like Socialism," said Mrs. Munt suspiciously.
E.M. Forster -- Howards End
This is a grand opportunity for our comrades to profit from the experiences of a young socialist system.
John Le Carre -- The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
He was a long-limbed farmer, a God-fearing, freedom-loving, law-abiding rugged individualist who held that federal aid to anyone but farmers was creeping socialism.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
Tom had ideas about helping people, and some of it was pretty darn near socialism.
John Steinbeck -- East of Eden
And he was more interested in denouncing the faults of the capitalist world than in cataloging the failures of socialism.
Tracy Kidder -- Mountains Beyond Mountains
New York Assembly has passed some bills that ought to completely outlaw the socialists!
Sinclair Lewis -- Babbitt
But in each variant of Socialism that appeared from about 1900 onwards the aim of establishing liberty and equality was more and more openly abandoned.
George Orwell -- 1984
He did not believe he had ever heard the word Ingsoc before 1960, but it was possible that in its Oldspeak form-’English Socialism’, that is to say — it had been current earlier.
George Orwell -- 1984
Yetta waited for Rahel to correct her, to say they weren’t Jewish anymore, they were socialists, unionists, revolutionaries.
Margaret Peterson Haddix -- Uprising
He found himself torn between the two extremes, secularism and socialism on one side and militant Islam on the other.
Malala Yousafzai -- I Am Malala
A communal protest this time, the first of my socialist tendencies.
Michael Ondaatje -- Running in the Family
They were part of the bad system that was going to destroy socialism.
Ji-Li Jiang -- Red Scarf Girl
The National Socialist Bond, the quisling organization of Holland, grew larger and bolder with each month of occupation.
Corrie Ten Boom -- The Hiding Place
…dignity of the woman of Africa; the need to strengthen the revolution, unpopular though it was with those black men in the towns who dreamed of waking up one day as white men; the need for Africans to be African, to go back without shame to their democratic and socialist ways, to rediscover the virtues of the diet and medicines of their grandfathers and not to go running like children after things in imported tins and bottles; the need for vigilance, work and, above all, discipline.
V.S. Naipaul -- A Bend in the River
They were very liberal—even, you could say, almost socialist—and always voted with labor or the democrats.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
I have a friend named Gina-Sue who is socialist, and Gina-Sue has a favorite saying: "You can’t lock up the barn after the horses are gone."
Lemony Snicket -- The Wide Window
We’d eaten an austere meal of canned green beans, canned cranberries, and brown rice with toasted almonds: "Our Vegetarian Socialist Thanksgiving," she’d called it.
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
There are rumors that the socialists in Kabul helped him take power.
Khaled Hosseini -- A Thousand Splendid Suns
He got a socialist to defend factory owners and a conservative to champion labor.
Ayn Rand -- The Fountainhead
I heard my dad say once to my uncle Ken that the TVA was just socialism, pure and simple.
Homer Hickam -- October Sky
Apart from these everyday occupations, however, Zyskind was an idealistic socialist.
Wladyslaw Szpilman -- The Pianist
Why was that fool Razumihin abusing the socialists?
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- Crime and Punishment
Hence they embody a sort of natural socialism.
Jules Verne -- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
This is what socialism said outside and above a few sects which have gone astray; that is what it sought in facts, that is what it sketched out in minds.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
Everybody is a socialist.
Ernest Hemingway -- A Farewell to Arms
I say socialism: worse.
Leo Tolstoy -- Anna Karenina
There is no doubt that socialism has largely succeeded in combating an inhumane society.
Jostein Gaarder -- Sophie’s World
Perhaps what I am about to say may seem strange to you, who are socialists, and vaunt humanity and your duty to your neighbor, but I never seek to protect a society which does not protect me, and which I will even say, generally occupies itself about me only to injure me; and thus by giving them a low place in my esteem, and preserving a neutrality towards them, it is society and my neighbor who are indebted to me.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
Crime, and a cheap and dangerous socialism, are the inevitable results of this pondering.
W. E. B. Du Bois -- The Souls of Black Folk
It was an outrage the way things like that still happened, even after three generations of building socialism.
Tom Clancy -- The Hunt for Red October
In the same way, if he had decided that God and immortality did not exist, he would at once have become an atheist and a socialist.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- The Brothers Karamazov
And the facts, as he had publicly stated, were that Russia intended to defeat the United States by scaring us into an inflationary, socialistic depression, and not by tossing missiles at us.
Pat Frank -- Alas, Babylon
It had been preceded by an equal zeal for socialism, which had in turn replaced an energetic advocacy of Christian Science.
Edith Wharton -- The House of Mirth
Under better material conditions, this kind of work would not have been so bad, but the new socialism which involves pleasant working conditions for employees had not then taken hold upon manufacturing companies.
Theodore Dreiser -- Sister Carrie
Neither could tolerate the socialistic theory relative to capitalistic exploitation.
Theodore Dreiser -- An American Tragedy
He was the working politician, like his father a conservative, opposing the socialists and Communists at every turn.
Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Identity
He boasted that he had tossed into the wastebasket all the telegrams from socialist nations.
Nelson Mandela -- Long Walk to Freedom
He hated Wilson and he hated Hughes and he hated Roosevelt and he hated the socialists because they had only big talk and milk in their veins for blood.