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Capitalists are motivated not chiefly by the desire to consume wealth or indulge their appetites, but by the freedom and read more

Capitalists are motivated not chiefly by the desire to consume wealth or indulge their appetites, but by the freedom and power to consummate their entrepreneurial ideas.

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Since man does not create physical matter, those who handle material objects in the production process are not producers in read more

Since man does not create physical matter, those who handle material objects in the production process are not producers in that sense. Economic benefits result from the transformation of matter in form, location, or availability (intellectually or temporally). It is these transformations that create economic benefits valued by consumers, and whoever arranges such transformations contributes to the value of things, whether his hands actually come into contact with physical objects or not.

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Our whole evolution up to this point shows that human groups spontaneously evolve patterns of behavior, as well as patterns read more

Our whole evolution up to this point shows that human groups spontaneously evolve patterns of behavior, as well as patterns of training people for that behavior, which tend on balance to lead people to create rather than destroy. Humans are, on net balance, builders rather than destroyers.

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We are all manufacturers. Making good, making trouble, or making excuses.

We are all manufacturers. Making good, making trouble, or making excuses.

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We live in a time of transition, an uneasy era which is likely to endure for the rest of this read more

We live in a time of transition, an uneasy era which is likely to endure for the rest of this century. During the period we may be tempted to abandon some of the time-honored principles and commitments which have been proven during the difficult times of past generations. We must never yield to this temptation. Our American values are not luxuries, but necessities - not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself.
in his farewell address.

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In suggesting gifts: Money is appropriate, and one size fits all.

In suggesting gifts: Money is appropriate, and one size fits all.

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To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine read more

To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure.

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Get me inside any boardroom and I'll get any decision I want.

Get me inside any boardroom and I'll get any decision I want.

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The truth is that economic competition is the very opposite of competition in the animal kingdom. It is not a read more

The truth is that economic competition is the very opposite of competition in the animal kingdom. It is not a competition in the grabbing off of scarce nature-given supplies, as it is in the animal kingdom. Rather, it is a competition in the positive creation of new and additional wealth.

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