Adam Smith

Adam Smith quotes

Quotes by and about Adam Smith

(Continued from his main entry on the site.)

Smith: "Though your judgments in matters of ... taste are quite opposite to mine, I can easily overlook this opposition; and ... I may still find some entertainment in your conversation, even upon those very subjects."

The Times [in 1790:] "Being in his youth a hard student ... his appearance was ungracious and his address awkward. His frequent absence of mind gave him an air of vacancy."

Maitland Club: "[When] Smith was at Oxford ... his superiors [became suspicious of] ... his private pursuits. They entered Smith's apartment, without him being aware, [and] found him engaged in Hume's [controversial] 'Treatise.' ... This they seized, while they severely reprimanded the young philosopher."