The human working stock is of interest only insofar as it is profitable.

—Simone de Beauvoir, 1970

A merchant may, perhaps, be a man of an enlarged mind, but there is nothing in trade connected with an enlarged mind.

—Samuel Johnson, 1773

Trade is a social act.

—John Stuart Mill, 1859

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 speaks sense in a language all nations understand.

—Aphra Behn, 1677

Honest commerce is the great civilizer. We exchange ideas when we exchange fabrics.

—Robert G. Ingersoll, 1882

Colonialism has meant selling our ore and being left with the holes.

—Samora Moisés Machel, c. 1976

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

Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with the necessities.

—John Lothrop Motley, 1858

A merchant shall hardly keep himself from doing wrong.

—Ecclesiasticus, c. 180 BC

Trade’s proud empire hastes to swift decay.

—Oliver Goldsmith, 1770

Wants keep pace with wealth always.

—Timothy Titcomb, 1859

No nation was ever ruined by trade.

—Benjamin Franklin, 1774