Adam SmithAdam Smith, (1723-1790) Scottish philosopher and economist

Adam Smith Quote

“The uniform, constant, and uninterrupted effort of every man to better his condition . . . is frequently powerful enough to maintain the natural progress of things toward improvement, in spite of the extravagance of government, and of the greatest errors of administration.”

Adam SmithAdam Smith
~ Adam Smith

Ratings and Comments

jim k, Austin, Tx

Lawyers in Congress who have never owned a busines tell people who have how they must run theirs. And there is that famous job killer known as "The Minimum Wage". We somehow survive in spite of all that government "help".

Mike, Norwalk

We hold this truth to be self evident.

E Archer, NYC

Which is why the State never fears overtaxing the people. People survive because of their own efforts, not those of the state.

Robert, Somewhere in the USA

I wouldn't quite go as far as to say "uninterrupted effort" but he makes a valid point....

Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown

Don't you think it would be convenient to have some substantive, inspirational directions at some periods?


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