Principium Volume II, Book 9, Quote 913, 916, and 919

913. (9-24-2010) The most advantageous employment of any capital to the country to which it belongs is that which maintains there the greatest quantity of productive labour [sic], and increases the most annual produce of the land and labour of that country.

- Adam Smith – The Wealth of Nations, 1776


916. (9-27-2010) All the original sources of revenue, the wages of labour, the rent of land, and the profits of stock, the monopoly renders much less abundant then they otherwise would be. To promote the little interest of one little order of men in one country, it hurts the interest of all other orders of men in that country, and of all men in all other countries.

- Adam Smith – The Wealth of Nations, 1776


919. (9-27-2010) It is thus that the private interest and passions of individuals naturally dispose them to turn their stocks towards the employments which in ordinary cases are most advantageous to the society. But if from this natural preference they should turn too much of it towards those employments, the fall of profit in them and the rise of it in all others immediately dispose them to alter this faulty distribution. Without any intervention of lay, therefore, the private interests and passions of men naturally lead them to divide and distribute the stock of every society among all the different employments carried on in it as nearly as possible in the proportion which is most agreeable to the interest of the whole society. All the different regulations of the mercantile system necessarily derange more or less this natural and most advantageous distribution of stock.

- Adam Smith – The Wealth of Nations, 1776

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