Capitalism Quotes

Most popular capitalism quotes

Capitalism without failure is like religion without hell.
The public be damned.
Fascism is capitalism plus murder.
Nobody ever lost money taking a profit.
Racism cannot be separated from capitalism.
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.
For the right amount of money, you're willing to eat Alpo.
The engine which drives enterprise is not thrift, but profit.
When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use.
Capitalism without bankruptcy is like Christianity without hell.
Labor is superior to capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.
The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.


Capitalism, it is said, is a system wherein man exploits man.  And communism—is vice versa.


The trouble with the profit system has always been that it was highly unprofitable to most people.


Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force.
A holding company is a thing where you hand an accomplice the goods while the policeman searches you.
The forces in a capitalist society, if left unchecked, tend to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.


Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the labourer, unless under compulsion from society.

organized labor

Not every problem someone has with his girlfriend is necessarily due to the capitalist mode of production.
Commerce has the cunning to pluck a handful of feathers from every goose for each kernel of corn it provides.
Frankly, I'd like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private industry.
With laissez-faire and price atomic,
Ecology's Uneconomic,
But with another kind of logic
Economy's Unecologic.


We, too, realize that when human values are subordinated to blind economic forces, human beings can become human scrap.


Racial injustice, war, urban blight, and environmental rape have a common denominator in our exploitative economic system.

the economy

"The trouble with socialism," a European observer once remarked, "is socialism. The trouble with capitalism is capitalists."
History suggests only that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom.  Clearly it is not a sufficient condition.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings.  The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.


Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic of its civilization creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest.
The Kingdom of God is neither the thesis of individual enterprise nor the antithesis of collective enterprise, but a synthesis which reconciles the truths of both.


In the predominant neoliberal culture, the external, the immediate, the visible, the fast, the superficial: these occupy first place, and the real cedes ground to appearances.
At the heart of most immense, intractable, societal problems lie the hubris of science, the ubiquity of technology, the mythology of economics, and the corruption of commerce.

science technology

If America does not use her vast resources of wealth to end poverty and make it possible for all of God's children to have the basic necessities of life, she, too, will go to hell.

America inequality

It is the utmost folly to denounce capital. To do so is to undermine civilization, for capital is the first requisite of every social gain, educational, ecclesiastical, political, or other.
I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.

America democracy

People really thought that giving a predatory class of people the ability to do whatever they wanted was free-market enterprise. It wasn't. It was legalized armed robbery. And it was incredibly stupid.
If we're going to prosper, we have to work. We have to have people subject to carrots and sticks. If you take away the stick the whole system won't work. You can't vote yourself rich. It's an idiotic idea.

hard work

Take it that it is best for all to leave each man free to acquire property as fast as he can. Some will get wealthy. I don't believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good.

property rights

We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art - the art of words.

change the world writing

The socioeconomic crisis and the resulting increase in poverty has its origins in policies inspired by forms of neoliberalism that consider profit and the laws of the market as absolute parameters above the dignity of people or of peoples.
For all of its faults, capitalism gives most hardworking people a chance to improve themselves economically, even as the deck is stacked in favour of the privileged few. Here are the choices most of us face in such a system: Get bitter or get busy.

the economy

Capitalism undoubtedly has certain boils and blotches upon it, but has it as many as government?  Has it as many as marriage?  Has it as many as religion?  I doubt it.  It is the only basic institution of modern man that shows any genuine health and vigor.
In our monetized society, stockholder profit is the only thing that can proclaim with the full force of law, and judicial sanction, "Thou shalt have no other god before me," to which corporate executives, politicians, and academics chorus a fervent, "Amen!"
Capitalism is always in danger of inspiring men to be more concerned about making a living than making a life. We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to humanity.

purpose of life

A community that stops kneeling before the rich, before success and prestige, and which is capable, instead, of washing the feet of the humble and those in need, will be more aligned with [God's] teaching than the winner-at-any-price ethic that we've learned — badly — in recent times.


These crazy booms should be watched. Alan Greenspan didn't think so. He's a capable man but he's an idiot. You should not make him the father of all banking. His hero is Ayn Rand. It's an unlikely place to look for wisdom. A lot of people think that if an ax murderer goes around killing people in a free market it's all right.

financial industry regulations

Property is the fruit of labor; property is desirable; it is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.

property rights