The most valuable of all capital is that invested in human beings
Capital is that part of wealth which is devoted to obtaining further wealth.
Civilized countries generally adopt gold or silver or both as money.
In common use almost every word has many shades of meaning, and therefore needs to be interpreted by the context.
Political Economy or Economics is a study of mankind in the ordinary business of life.
Knowledge is our most powerful engine of production.
The price of every thing rises and falls from time to time and place to place; and with every such change the purchasing power of money changes so far as that thing goes.
Nature's action is complex: and nothing is gained in the long run by pretending that it is simple, and trying to describe it in a series of elementary propositions.
The most reckless and treacherous of all theorists is he who professes to let facts and figures speak for themselves.
The love for money is only one among many.
Every short statement about economics is misleading (with the possible exception of my present one).
All wealth consists of desirable things; that is, things which satisfy human wants directly or indirectly: but not all desirable things are reckoned as wealth.
Slavery was regarded by Aristotle as an ordinance of nature, and so probably was it by the slaves themselves in olden time.
Consumption may be regarded as negative production.
It is common to distinguish necessaries, comforts, and luxuries; the first class including all things required to meet wants which must be satisfied, while the latter consist of things that meet wants of a less urgent character.
Producer's Surplus is a convenient name for the genus of which the rent of land is the leading species.
In every age poets and social reformers have tried to stimulate the people of their own time to a nobler life by enchanting stories of the virtues of the heroes of old.
All labour is directed towards producing some effect.
The commercial storm leaves its path strewn with ruin. When it is over there is calm, but a dull, heavy calm.
But if inventions have increased man's power over nature very much, then the real value of money is better measured for some purposes in labour than in commodities.
Individual and national rights to wealth rest on the basis of civil and international law, or at least of custom that has the force of law.
Material goods consist of useful material things, and of all rights to hold, or use, or derive benefits from material things, or to receive them at a future time.
In the absence of any short term in common use to represent all desirable things, or things that satisfy human wants, we may use the term Goods for that purpose.
Again, most of the chief distinctions marked by economic terms are differences not of kind but of degree.
The hope that poverty and ignorance may gradually be extinguished derives indeed much support from the steady progress of the working classes during the 19th century.
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