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Who Said It: Adam Smith or Karl Marx?
by Staff
Adam Smith is known as the father of capitalism. Karl Marx is the father of communism -- basically, the anti-Adam Smith. So why do some of their quotes sound so similar? So similar, in fact, that a certain Smith quote is often misattributed to Marx.

"Landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed."

  • Smith
  • Marx
  • Abraham Lincoln

"Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, the ugly ones included."

  • Smith
  • Marx
  • Joseph Stalin

"Sell a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man how to fish, you ruin a wonderful business opportunity."

  • Smith
  • Marx
  • Confucius

"The end of labor is to gain leisure."

  • Smith
  • Marx
  • Aristotle

"With the greater part of rich people, the chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches."

  • Smith
  • Marx
  • Donald Trump

"The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain."

  • Smith
  • Marx
  • Martin Luther

"No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable."

  • Smith
  • Marx
  • FDR

"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned -- this is the sum of good government."

  • Smith
  • Marx
  • Thomas Jefferson

"Democracy is the road to socialism."

  • Smith
  • Marx
  • Barack Obama

"All money is a matter of belief."

  • Smith
  • Marx
  • Mahatma Gandhi