Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this – no dog exchanges bones with another.
More quotes by Adam Smith
All systems either of preference or of restraint completely taken away, the obvious and simple system of natural liberty establishes itself of its own accord. Every man, as long as he does not violate the laws of justice, is left perfectly free to pursue his own interest in his own way, and to bring both his industry and capital into competition with those of any other man.
The agents of [government] regard the wealth of their master as inexhaustible; are careless at what price they buy at what price they sell.
The propensity to truck, barter and exchange one thing for another is common to all men, and to be found in no other race of animals.
Let us not, however, upon this account rashly conclude that she is capable of supporting any burden, nor even be too confident that she could support, without great distress, a burden a little greater than what has already been laid upon her.
Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things.