Adam Smith quote about good from The Wealth of Nations - I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good.
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I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good.
 Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations (1776). copy citation

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Author Adam Smith
Source The Wealth of Nations
Topic good trade public
Date 1776
Language English
Reference An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3300/3300-h/3300-h.htm

Context

“Nor is it always the worse for the society that it was no part of it. By pursuing his own interest, he frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it. I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good. It is an affectation, indeed, not very common among merchants, and very few words need be employed in dissuading them from it.
What is the species of domestic industry which his capital can employ, and of which the produce is likely to be of the greatest value, every individual, it is evident, can in his local situation judge much better than any statesman or lawgiver can do for him.” source

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