NT2573 : Adam Smith statue, High Street

taken 11 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Adam Smith statue, High Street
Adam Smith statue, High Street
Adam Smith, the Apostle of Free Trade and a leading figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, is immortalised in this statue by Sandy Stoddart outside St Giles High Kirk in the Old Town of Edinburgh. Note the royal unicorn-topped pillar of the (Free?) Mercat Cross behind and to the left of the statue.

"Human industry, if left to itself, will naturally find
its way to the most useful and profitable employment."

"Every individual necessarily labours to render the annual revenue of society as great as he can. He generally neither intends to promote the public interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it. He intends only his own gain, and he is, in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was not part of his intention."

"It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker
that we expect our dinner, but from their regard of their own self-interest."

"To found a great empire for the sole purpose of raising up a people of customers, may at first sight appear a project fit only for a nation of shopkeepers. It is, however, a project altogether unfit for a nation of shopkeepers; but extremely fit for a nation whose government is influenced by shopkeepers."

-- extracts from The Wealth of Nations, 1776

NT2673 : Adam Smith's grave, Canongate Kirkyard
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Tuesday, 19 May, 2009   (more nearby)
Friday, 22 May, 2009
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 257 736 [100m precision]
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