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More pernicious nonsense was never devised by man than treaties of commerce.

—Benjamin Disraeli, 1880

You must not grow used to making money out of everything. One sees more people ruined than one has seen preserved by shameful gains.

—Sophocles, c. 442 BC

We are a commercial people. We cannot boast of our arts, our crafts, our cultivation; our boast is in the wealth we produce.

—Ida M. Tarbell, 1904

A shopkeeper will never get the more custom by beating his customers; and what is true of a shopkeeper is true of a shopkeeping nation.

—Josiah Tucker, 1766

There is no blindness more insidious, more fatal, than this race for profit.

—Helen Keller, 1928

Peace is a natural effect of trade.

—Montesquieu, 1748

There is no profit without another’s loss.

—Roman proverb

Wants keep pace with wealth always.

—Timothy Titcomb, 1859

The money we have is the means to liberty; that which we pursue is the means to slavery.

—Jean-Jacques Rousseau, c. 1770

It is no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street, and for Wall Street.

—Mary Lease, c. 1890

Money is a language for translating the work of the farmer into the work of the barber, doctor, engineer, or plumber.

—Marshall McLuhan, 1964

The merchant always has fresh losses to expect, and the dread of base poverty forbids his rest.

—Decimus Magnus Ausonius, c. 390

Corporations have neither bodies to be punished nor souls to be damned.

—Chinese proverb