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Adam Smith

Adam Smith wrote about both moral and economic theory. His genius was in seeing how people’s selfish inclinations could be channeled for the betterment of society.
  considered the father of modern economics for describing unintended benefits of competitive markets; also significant writings in moral philosophy (1723-1790)
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  • Adam Smith wrote about both moral and economic theory. His genius was in seeing how people’s selfish inclinations could be channeled for the betterment of society.
  • The consequence is, that while he is reading Adam Smith, Ricardo, and Say, he runs his father in debt irretrievably.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Adam Smith and Malthus, two younger Gradgrinds, were out at lecture in custody; and little Jane, after manufacturing a good deal of moist pipe-clay on her face with slate-pencil and tears, had fallen asleep over vulgar fractions.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • I remember when we were all reading Adam Smith.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch

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  • Adam Smith was outdone and outdated; he could never have conceived of such a world.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Whereas tales of his exploits give rise to images of a world filled with violence and conspiracy, high-explosives and higher intrigues, fast cars and faster women, the facts would seem to indicate at least as much Adam Smith as Ian Fleming.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • …notice later described it: With a readiness which was often surprising he could quote from a Roman law or a Greek philosopher, from Virgil’s Georgics, the Arabian Nights, Herodotus or Sancho Panza, from the Sacred Carpets, the German Reformers or Adam Smith; from Fenelon or Hudibras, from the Financial Reports of Necca, or the doings of the Council of Trent; from the debates of the adoption of the Constitution, or the intrigues of the kitchen cabinet, or from some forgotten speech of a…
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Alvin slept the night on a mat on the library floor, after reading a few pages in a book by a man named Adam Smith.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • It is worth remembering that Adam Smith, the founder of classical economics, was first and foremost a philosopher.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Adam Smith?
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die

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  • More than he had in his Defence of the Constitutions, Adams stressed the perils of unbridled, unbalanced democracy, and in what he called "useful reflections" he dealt with human nature, drawing heavily on the works of Adam Smith, Samuel Johnson, Shakespeare, and Voltaire, and on Pope’s Essay on Man.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • But it would not have surprised Adam Smith.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • A student named Glaucon offered the story in response to a lesson by Socrates—who, like Adam Smith, argued that people are generally good even without enforcement.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Glaucon seemed to think the answer was no. But Paul Feldman sides with Socrates and Adam Smith—for he knows that the answer, at least 87 percent of the time, is yes.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Bravo Adam Smith and David Hume.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • It won’t do, you know, breaking machines: everything must go on—trade, manufactures, commerce, interchange of staples—that kind of thing—since Adam Smith, that must go on.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • It was part of the joy of reading for him, to have something to say himself, to talk back to, agree or take issue with, Rousseau, Condorcet, Turgot, Mary Wollstonecraft, Adam Smith, or Joseph Priestley.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Do those peasant squatters south of here know that you’ve read Newton, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Adam Smith?"
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Adam Smith [7] , Wealth of Nations [9] , John Stuart Mill [9]
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