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For my part I think that capitalism, wisely managed, can probably be made more efficient for attaining economic ends than any alternative system yet in sight, but that in itself it is in many ways extremely objectionable.

John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) English economist
“The End of Laissez-faire,” sec. 5 (1926)
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In nature nothing is done but in the cheapest way.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
Journal (7 Feb 1839)
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To reform man was a tedious and uncertain labor: now hanging was the sure work of a minute.

Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857) English playwright and humorist
The History of St. Giles and St. James, ch. 15 (1845)
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Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people.

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David Sarnoff (1881-1971) Belarusian-American businessman and broadcasting executive
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Shoot straight you bastards. Don’t make a mess of it.

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Harry “Breaker” Morant, to the firing squad (27 Feb 1902)
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Everyone confesses that exertion which brings out all the powers of body and mind is the best thing for us; but most people do all they can to get rid of it, and as a general rule nobody does much more than circumstances drive them to do.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) American author
“The Lady Who Does Her Own Work,” Atlantic Monthly (1864)
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