Do you have faith in the human race? Work towards releasing it from its chains and not towards forging new ones (for it).
Do you think that if it were enough to print banknotes for us all to be able to satisfy our needs, our tastes or our desires, the human race would have reached this stage without having had recourse to this means?
Wealth is the admirable civilizing result of two admirable agents that are even more civilizing than it is: work and trade.
What is crucial in my system is free credit, he told me. If I am wrong on this, socialism is truly a dream.
For when a ploughman borrows fifty francs to buy a plough, he is not really being lent fifty francs but a plough.
Well, what does that prove? Nothing other than that protection moves wealth about uselessly and unjustly. This is just what plunder does.
Mankind’s wealth lies in the abundance of things.