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.
Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this – no dog exchanges bones with another.
No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.
Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
With the greater part of rich people, the chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches.
What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?
Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.
Wherever there is great property, there is great inequality… for one very rich man, there must be at least five hundred poor.
Resentment seems to have been given us by nature for a defense, and for a defense only! It is the safeguard of justice and the security of innocence.