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William Petty

Money is the best rule of commerce.

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The trade of banks is the buying and selling of interest and exchange.

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Every seaman is not only a navigator, but a merchant and also a soldier.

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No man pays double or twice for the same thing, forasmuch as nothing can be spent but once.

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I hope no man takes what I said about the living and dieing of men for mathematical demonstration.

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A thousand acres that can feed a thousand souls is better than ten thousand acres of no more effect.

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An house is of a double nature, viz., one, wherein it is a way and means of expence, the other as it is an instrument and tool of gain.

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That some are poorer than others, ever was and ever will be: And that many are naturally querulous and envious, is an Evil as old as the World.

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Wherefore the race being not to the swift, etc. but time and chance happening to all men, I leave the Judgement of the whole to the Candid, of whose correction I shall never be impatient.

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Causes of Civil War are also, that the Wealth of the Nation is in too few mens hands, and that no certain means are provided to keep all men from a necessity either to beg, or steal, or be Souldiers.

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