An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Capital can do nothing without brains to direct it.


J. Ogden Armour (1863–1927, Head of Armour and Company, Food & Tobacco)


Making capitalism out of socialism is like making eggs out of an omelet.


Vadim Bakatin (1937, Russian politician)


Fact is Our Lord knew all about the power of money: He gave capitalism a tiny niche in His scheme of things, He gave it a chance, He even provided a first installment of funds. Can you beat that? It's so magnificent. God despises nothing. After all, if the deal had come off, Judas would probably have endowed sanatoriums, hospitals, public libraries or laboratories.


Georges Bernanos (1888-1948, French novelist, political writer)


Capitalism without bankruptcy is like Christianity without hell.


Frank Borman (1928-, American astronaut, business executive)


The most eloquent eulogy of capitalism was made by its greatest enemy. Marx is only anti-capitalist in so far as capitalism is out of date.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


Predatory capitalism created a complex industrial system and an advanced technology; it permitted a considerable extension of democratic practice and fostered certain liberal values, but within limits that are now being pressed and must be overcome. It is not a fit system for the mid-twentieth century.


Noam Chomsky (1928-, American linguist, political activist)


The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


I confidently predict the collapse of capitalism and the beginning of history. Something will go wrong in the machinery that converts money into money, the banking system will collapse totally, and we will be left having to barter to stay alive. Those who can dig in their garden will have a better chance than the rest. I'll be all right; I've got a few veg.


Margaret Drabble (1939-, British novelist)


Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


Capital is a result of labor. It is used by labor to assist it in further production. Labor is the active and initial force; labor is therefore the employer of capital.


Henry George (1839-1897, American social reformer, economist)


The unpleasant and unacceptable face of capitalism.


Edward Heath (1916-, British Prime Minister)


Capitalism is at its liberating best in a non-capitalist environment. The crypto-businessman is the true revolutionary in a Communist country.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


The decadent international but individualistic capitalism in the hands of which we found ourselves after the war is not a success. It is not intelligent. It is not beautiful. It is not just. It is not virtuous. And it doesn't deliver the goods.


John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946, British economist)


Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.


Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924, Russian revolutionary leader)


In the democratic western countries so-called capitalism leads a saturnalia of "freedom," like a bastard brother of reform.


Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957, British author, painter)


Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other rights.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


The improvement of our way of life is more important than the spreading of it. If we make it satisfactory enough, it will spread automatically. If we do not, no strength of arms can permanently oppose it.


Charles A. Lindbergh (1902-1974, American pilot, made the first flight from New York to Paris)


It is impossible for capitalism to survive, primarily because the system of capitalism needs some blood to suck. Capitalism used to be like an eagle, but now it's more like a vulture. It used to be strong enough to go and suck anybody's blood whether they were strong or not. But now it has become more cowardly, like the vulture, and it can only suck the blood of the helpless. As the nations of the world free themselves, the capitalism has less victims, less to suck, and it becomes weaker and weaker. It's only a matter of time in my opinion before it will collapse completely.


Malcolm X (1925-1965, American black leader, activist)


Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, living the more, the more labor it sucks.


Karl Marx (1818-1883, German political theorist, social philosopher)


Capital is money; capital is commodities. By virtue of it being valued, it has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs.


Karl Marx (1818-1883, German political theorist, social philosopher)


Capitalism is an art form, an Apollonian fabrication to rival nature. It is hypocritical for feminists and intellectuals to enjoy the pleasures and conveniences of capitalism while sneering at it. Everyone born into capitalism has incurred a debt to it. Give Caesar his due.


Camille Paglia (1947-, American author, critic, educator)


Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse happens.


Polish Proverb (Sayings of Polish origin)


Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


Call a thing immoral or ugly, soul-destroying or a degradation of man, a peril to the peace of the world or to the well-being of future generations.  As long as you have not shown it to be "uneconomic" you have not really questioned its right to exist, grow, and prosper.


E. F. Schumacher (1911-1977, German economist)


Capitalism inevitably and, by virtue of the very logic of the civilization it creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest.


Joseph A. Schumpeter (1883-1950, Austrian-American economist)


The evolution of the capitalist style of life could be easily -- and perhaps most tellingly -- described in terms of the genesis of the modern Lounge Suit.


Joseph A. Schumpeter (1883-1950, Austrian-American economist)


The far right seeks to retain the material progress of American capitalism while removing some of its crucial causes and consequences -- as though a bridge could be made to change part of its function by blowing up part of its supports and part of its exit.


Ronald Segal


The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty -- of the indefinite expansion of possibility.


Susan Sontag (1933-, American essayist)


The first rule of venture capitalism should be Shoot the Inventor.


Sir Richard Storey


Capital isn't scarce; vision is.


Sam Walton (1918-1992, American businessman, founder of Wal-mart)


Labor in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage of capital, but capital solicits the aid of labor.


Daniel Webster (1782-1852, American lawyer, statesman)


What breaks capitalism, all that will ever break capitalism, is capitalists. The faster they run the more strain on their heart.


Raymond Williams (1921-1988, British social historian, critic, novelist)


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