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Jean-Baptiste Say Quote: “Supply creates its own demand.”

Supply creates its own demand.

— Jean-Baptiste Say



Jean-Baptiste Say Quote: “The entrepreneur shifts economic resources out of an area of lower and into an area of higher productivity and greater yield.”

The entrepreneur shifts economic resources out of an area of lower and into an area of higher productivity and greater yield.

— Jean-Baptiste Say


Jean-Baptiste Say Quote: “Valuation is vague and arbitrary, when there is no assurance that it will be generally acquiesced in by others.”

Valuation is vague and arbitrary, when there is no assurance that it will be generally acquiesced in by others.

— Jean-Baptiste Say


Jean-Baptiste Say Quote: “It is the aim of good government to stimulate production, of bad government to encourage consumption.”

It is the aim of good government to stimulate production, of bad government to encourage consumption.

— Jean-Baptiste Say


Jean-Baptiste Say Quote: “The love of domination never attains more than a factitious elevation, that is sure to make enemies of all its neighbours.”

The love of domination never attains more than a factitious elevation, that is sure to make enemies of all its neighbours.

— Jean-Baptiste Say


Jean-Baptiste Say Quote: “But, is it possible for princes and ministers to be enlightened, when private individuals are not so?”

But, is it possible for princes and ministers to be enlightened, when private individuals are not so?

— Jean-Baptiste Say


Jean-Baptiste Say Quote: “Whence it is evident that the remedy must be adapted to the particular cause of the mischief; consequently, the cause must be ascertained, before the remedy is devised.”

Whence it is evident that the remedy must be adapted to the particular cause of the mischief; consequently, the cause must be ascertained, before the remedy is devised.

— Jean-Baptiste Say


Jean-Baptiste Say Quote: “Dominion by land or sea will appear equally destitute of attraction, when it comes to be generally understood, that all its advantages rest with the rulers, and that the subjects at large derive no benefit whatever.”

Dominion by land or sea will appear equally destitute of attraction, when it comes to be generally understood, that all its advantages rest with the rulers, and that the subjects at large derive no benefit whatever.

— Jean-Baptiste Say


Jean-Baptiste Say Quote: “The manner in which things exist and take place, constitutes what is called the nature of things; and a careful observation of the nature of things is the sole foundation of all truth.”

The manner in which things exist and take place, constitutes what is called the nature of things; and a careful observation of the nature of things is the sole foundation of all truth.

— Jean-Baptiste Say


Jean-Baptiste Say Quote: “All those who, since Adam Smith, have turned their attention to Political Economy, agree that in reality we do not buy articles of consumption with money, the circulating medium with which we pay for them. We must in the first instance have bought this money itself by the sale of our produce.”

All those who, since Adam Smith, have turned their attention to Political Economy, agree that in reality we do not buy articles of consumption with money, the circulating medium with which we pay for them. We must in the first instance have bought this money itself by the sale of our produce.

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Jean-Baptiste Say Quote: “The occupation of the stock-jobber yields no new or useful product; consequently having no product of his own to give in exchange, he has no revenue to subsist upon, but what he contrives to make out of the unskilfulness or ill-fortune of gamesters like himself.”

The occupation of the stock-jobber yields no new or useful product; consequently having no product of his own to give in exchange, he has no revenue to subsist upon, but what he contrives to make out of the unskilfulness or ill-fortune of gamesters like himself.

— Jean-Baptiste Say


Jean-Baptiste Say Quote: “The best scheme of finance is, to spend as little as possible; and the best tax is always the lightest.”

The best scheme of finance is, to spend as little as possible; and the best tax is always the lightest.

— Jean-Baptiste Say


Jean-Baptiste Say Quote: “The sea and wind can at the same time convey my neighbour’s vessel and my own.”

The sea and wind can at the same time convey my neighbour’s vessel and my own.

— Jean-Baptiste Say


Jean-Baptiste Say Quote: “Capital must work, as it were, in concert with industry; and this concurrence is what I call the productive agency of capital.”

Capital must work, as it were, in concert with industry; and this concurrence is what I call the productive agency of capital.

— Jean-Baptiste Say


Jean-Baptiste Say Quote: “What would people think of a tradesman, that was to give a ball in his shop, hire performers, and hand refreshments about, with a view to benefit his business?”

What would people think of a tradesman, that was to give a ball in his shop, hire performers, and hand refreshments about, with a view to benefit his business?

— Jean-Baptiste Say


Jean-Baptiste Say Quote: “Demand and supply are the opposite extremes of the beam, whence depend the scales of dearness and cheapness; the price is the point of equilibrium, where the momentum of the one ceases, and that of the other begins.”

Demand and supply are the opposite extremes of the beam, whence depend the scales of dearness and cheapness; the price is the point of equilibrium, where the momentum of the one ceases, and that of the other begins.

— Jean-Baptiste Say


Jean-Baptiste Say Quote: “In times of political confusion, and under an arbitrary government, many will prefer to keep their capital inactive, concealed, and unproductive, either of profit or gratification, rather than run the risk of its display. This latter evil is never felt under a good government.”

In times of political confusion, and under an arbitrary government, many will prefer to keep their capital inactive, concealed, and unproductive, either of profit or gratification, rather than run the risk of its display. This latter evil is never felt under a good government.

— Jean-Baptiste Say


Jean-Baptiste Say Quote: “The difficulty lies, not in finding a producer, but in finding a consumer.”

The difficulty lies, not in finding a producer, but in finding a consumer.

— Jean-Baptiste Say


Jean-Baptiste Say Quote: “Alas, how many have been persecuted for the wrong of having been right?”

Alas, how many have been persecuted for the wrong of having been right?

— Jean-Baptiste Say


Jean-Baptiste Say Quote: “The luxury of ostentation affords a much less substantial and solid gratification, than the luxury of comfort, if I may be allowed the expression.”

The luxury of ostentation affords a much less substantial and solid gratification, than the luxury of comfort, if I may be allowed the expression.

— Jean-Baptiste Say


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