165 Capitalism Quotes to Inspire Success and Empowerment

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The Most Famous Capitalism Quotes (Best in 2024)

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To develop political and economic power in a capitalist society, you need capital. — Bobby Seale

Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men, for the nastiest of reasons, will somehow work for the benefit of us all. — John Maynard Keynes

The prerequisite for more economic equality in the world is industrialization. And this is possible only through increased capital investment, increased capital accumulation. — Ludwig von Mises

Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned. — Ayn Rand

In the democratic western countries so-called capitalism leads a saturnalia of freedom, like a bastard brother of reform. — Percy Wynham Lewis

History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom. Clearly it is not a sufficient condition. — Milton Friedman

The dynamics of capitalism is postponement of enjoyment to the constantly postponed future. — Norman O. Brown

Capitalism historically has been a very dynamic force, and behind that force is technical progress, innovation, new ideas, new products, new technologies, and new methods of managing teams. — Manmohan Singh

The only trouble with capitalism is capitalists; they're too damn greedy. — Herbert Hoover

The most valuable of all capital is that invested in human beings — Alfred Marshall

Short Capitalism Quotes

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  • Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class. — Al Capone
  • We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism. — Huey Newton
  • Her philosophy is carpe diem for herself and laissez faire for others. — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Capitalism gives all of us a great opportunity if we seize it with both hands and hang on to it. — Al Capone
  • At the heart of capitalism is creative destruction. — Joseph A. Schumpeter
  • If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital. — Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes. — Muhammad Ali Jinnah
  • Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes. — Zig Ziglar
  • Socialism is nothing but the capitalism of the lower classes. — Oswald Spengler
  • Capitalism has the power to shape society and act as a powerful catalyst for change. — Larry Fink

Top 10 Capitalism Quotes

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Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class. — Al Capone

The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations. — Thomas Jefferson

Capitalism is a development by refinement from feudalism, just as feudalism is development by refinement from slavery . Capitalism is but the gentlemen's method of slavery. — Kwame Nkrumah

That's the standard technique of privatization: defund, make sure things don't work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital. — Noam Chomsky

We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism. — Huey Newton

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Her philosophy is carpe diem for herself and laissez faire for others. — F. Scott Fitzgerald

The real struggle is not between East and West, or capitalism and communism, but between education and propaganda. — Martin Buber

Capitalism gives all of us a great opportunity if we seize it with both hands and hang on to it. — Al Capone

All badness is spoiled goodness. A bad apple is a good apple that became rotten. Because evil has no capital of its own, it is a parasite that feeds on goodness. — Fulton J. Sheen

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At the heart of capitalism is creative destruction. — Joseph A. Schumpeter

Capitalism Image Quotes

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Capitalism quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Her philosophy is carpe diem for herself and laissez faire for others. — F. Scott Fitzgerald

Capitalism quote by Joseph A. Schumpeter

At the heart of capitalism is creative destruction. — Joseph A. Schumpeter

Capitalism quote by Napoleon Bonaparte

If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital. — Napoleon Bonaparte

Capitalism quote by Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes. — Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Capitalism quote by Oswald Spengler

Socialism is nothing but the capitalism of the lower classes. — Oswald Spengler

Capitalism quote by Albert Camus

Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders. — Albert Camus

Capitalism quote by Upton Sinclair

Fascism is capitalism plus murder. — Upton Sinclair

Capitalism quote by John Kenneth Galbraith

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. — John Kenneth Galbraith

Capitalism quote by Joseph A. Schumpeter

Creative Destruction is the essential fact about capitalism. — Joseph A. Schumpeter

Capitalism quote by Hilaire Belloc

The control of the production of wealth is the control of human life itself. — Hilaire Belloc

Capitalism quote by John Milton

Pandemonium, the high capital Of Satan and his peers. — John Milton

Anti Capitalism Quotes

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Let us be under no illusion. The Jewish spirit, which was responsible for the alliance of large-scale capital with Marxism and was the driving force behind so many anti-Spanish revolutionary agreements, will not be got rid of in a day. — Francisco Franco

Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. — Pat Robertson

Anti-Semitism is really a hatred of capitalism. — Ulrike Meinhof

Americans are in serious intellectual trouble - in danger of losing our hard-won cultural capital to a virulent mixture of anti-intellectualism, anti-rationalism and low expectations. — Susan Jacoby

We’re living in an acquisitive capitalist society that is fundamentally anti-family and fundamentally uncomfortable with just enjoying being human. We’d rather shop than live, acquire than love and stare into a screen than hold each other. — Frank Schaeffer

Since the State necessarily lives by the compulsory confiscation of private capital, and since its expansion necessarily involves ever-greater incursions on private individuals and private enterprise, we must assert that the state is profoundly and inherently anti-capitalist . — Murray Rothbard

The most eloquent eulogy of capitalism was made by its greatest enemy. Marx is only anti-capitalist in so far as capitalism is out of date. — Albert Camus

To be ignorant or unconvinced of one's own needs has become the unforgivable anti-social act. The good citizen is one who imputes standardized needs to himself with such conviction that he drowns out any desire for alternatives, much less the renunciation of need. — Ivan Illich

What is surprising is that their ideological opponents, the Marxists - the anti-liberals, the representatives of the oppressed working classes - believed in progress with at least as much passion as the liberals. — Immanuel Wallerstein

Capitalism’s concept of competitive man who seeks only to maximize wealth and power, who subjects himself to market relationships, to exploitation and external authority, is anti-human and intolerable in the deepest sense — Noam Chomsky

Capitalism And Socialism Quotes

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Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic of its civilization creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest. — Joseph Schumpeter

Community connectedness is not just about warm fuzzy tales of civic triumph. In measurable and well-documented ways, social capital makes an enormous difference in our lives...Social capital makes us smarter, healthier, safer, richer, and better able to govern a just and stable democracy. — Robert D. Putnam

If one rejects laissez faire on account of mans fallibility and moral weakness, one must for the same reason also reject every kind of government action. — Ludwig von Mises

Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic of its civilization creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest. — Joseph A. Schumpeter

We have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifices. Capitalism was built on the exploitation of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor, both black and white, both here and abroad. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

There's a cushy socialism for the rich and this kind of brutal, merciless capitalism for the poor. — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

What really matters from the point of view of social capital and civic engagement is not merely nominal membership, but active and involved membership. — Robert D. Putnam

Monetary policy is about the redistribution of wealth and income from the masses to the classes. — Russell Napier

A society that chooses between capitalism and socialism does not choose between two social systems; it chooses between social cooperation and the disintegration of society. Socialism is not an alternative to capitalism; it is an alternative to any system under which men can live as human beings. — Ludwig von Mises

American Capitalism Quotes

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American capitalism finds its sharpest and most expressive reflection in the American cinema. — Sergei Eisenstein

We all too often have socialism for the rich and rugged free market capitalism for the poor. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. — Thomas Jefferson

If you're going to dedicate your career to ranting about the excesses of American capitalism, you probably shouldn't weigh 450 pounds. — Greg Giraldo

The challenge for capitalism is that the things that breed trust also breed the environment for fraud. — James Surowiecki

A capitalist is someone who derives a substantial share of his income from his equity in producing companies. On this scale the figures are discouraging. Approximately ninety percent of the capital of this country is owned by five or less percent of the American people. — William F. Buckley, Jr.

I am now a fundamentalist American; give me time and I will tell you why individualism, laissez-faire and the slightly restrained anarchy of capitalism offer the best opportunities for the development of the human spirit. — Rose Wilder Lane

Where else could one find such a perfect combination of American values -- racism, militarism, capitalism -- all packaged in one 'ideal' symbol, a woman. — Robin Morgan

[I]f you think that American imperialism and its globalised, capitalist form is the most dangerous thing in the world, that means you don't think the Islamic Republic of Iran or North Korea or the Taliban is as bad. — Christopher Hitchens

It's a sad day for American Capitalism when a man can't fly a midget on a kite over central park. — Jim Moran

Capitalism And Communism Quotes

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It is only the ending of capitalism, colonialism, imperialism and neocolonialism and the attainment of world communism that can provide the conditions under which the RACE question can finally be abolished and eliminated. — Kwame Nkrumah

To understand markets, you must first understand people; and to understand people, you must first understand history. — Russell Napier

We know that communism is the right hypothesis. All those who abandon this hypothesis immediately resign themselves to the market economy, to parliamentary democracy-the form of state suited to capitalism-and to the inevitable and 'natural' character of the most monstrous inequalities. — Alain Badiou

The most powerful single force in the world today is neither Communism nor Capitalism, neither the H-bomb nor the guided missile -- it is man's eternal desire to be free and independent. — John F. Kennedy

Things own you. That's the trouble with capitalism. Things own you. With communism and fascism - ideas own you. One idea and you can't have any other. — Frank Capra

Capitalism works. In the end, socialism imploded on itself. Communism imploded on itself. Ultimately jihadism will implode on itself, if we stay in the fight and stay on offense because failed philosophies don't work, there's no future. — Roger Ailes

I dislike Communism because it is undemocratic, and capitalism because it favors exploitation. — Bertrand Russell

But democracy is by no means a limit one may not overstep; it is only one of the stages in the course of development from feudalism to capitalism, and from capitalism to Communism. — Vladimir Lenin

Just as feudalism was an advance over slavery, and capitalism was the next step after feudalism, socialism is the next step after capitalism...........Socialism in America will come through the ballot box. — Gus Hall

Good and just society is neither the thesis of capitalism nor the antithesis of communism, but a socially conscious democracy which reconciles the truths of individualism and collectivism. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Laissez Faire Capitalism Quotes

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The main enemy of the open society, I believe, is no longer the communist but the capitalist threat. — George Soros

Laissez faire (in its full true meaning) opens the way to the realization of the noble dreams of socialism. — Henry George

There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party … and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. — Gore Vidal

Laissez-faire capitalism is the only social system based on the recognition of individual rights and, therefore, the only system that bans force from social relationships. — Ayn Rand

Laissez-faire is finished. The all-powerful market that always knows best is finished. — Nicolas Sarkozy

The laissez-faire argument relies on the same tacit appeal to perfection as does communism. — George Soros

Laissez Faire was very good sauce for the goose, labor, but was very poor sauce for the gander, capital. — Benjamin Tucker

The Romanticists predominantly, were enemies of capitalism, which they regarded as a prosaic, materialistic, “petty bourgeois” system — never realizing that it was the only system that could make freedom, individuality and the pursuit of values possible in practice. — Ayn Rand

My parents couldnt be looser. It was the ultimate laissez faire upbringing. — Charlie Trotter

Unrestricted laissez faire capitalism allocates resources in a most efficient way to satisfy human wants without regard to the rationality or morality of those desires. — Jerry Pournelle

Free Market Capitalism Quotes

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I am pro-capitalism, and I am pro-free market. — Max Keiser

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The control of the production of wealth is the control of human life itself. — Hilaire Belloc

Nobody spends somebody else's money as carefully as he spends his own. Nobody uses somebody else's resources as carefully as he uses his own. So if you want efficiency and effectiveness, if you want knowledge to be properly utilized, you have to do it through the means of private property. — Milton Friedman

Free market capitalism and trade is the only way to end hunger and poverty across our planet, the empirical evidence is unquestionable. — Javier Milei

Planning leads to dictatorship because dictatorship is the most effective instrument of coercion and the enforcement of ideals and, as such, essential if central planning on a large scale is to be possible. — Friedrich August von Hayek

Free-market capitalism, in the blink of an eye, was gutted and replaced by an oligopoly. — Gerald Celente

Nobody spends somebody else's money as carefully as he spends his own. — Milton Friedman

The existence of a free market does not of course eliminate the need for government. On the contrary, government is essential both as a forum for determining the "rule of the game" and as an umpire to interpret and enforce the rules decided on. — Milton Friedman

There are different ways to organise capitalism. Free-market capitalism is only one of them-and not a very good one at that. — Ha-Joon Chang

The history of capitalism has been so totally re-written that many people in the rich world do not perceive the historical double standards involved in recommending free trade and free market to developing countries. — Ha-Joon Chang

Crony Capitalism Quotes

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Big-government economics breeds crony capitalism. It's corrupt, anything but neutral, and a barrier to broad participation in prosperity. — Paul Ryan

But it [crony capitalism] erodes our overall standard of living and stifles entrepreneurs by rewarding the politically favored rather than those who provide what consumers want. — Charles Koch

No one is safe from Mattera’s hard-hitting, meticulously reported, and genuinely funny investigative journalism. CRAPITALISM blows the lid off crony capitalism. — Monica Crowley

We do not have free market capitalism in America; we have crony capitalism. There is a huge difference between free market capitalism that democratizes a country and makes us more efficient and prosperous and corporate crony capitalism. — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

People feel they are not participating in the decision-making process. Decisions are exclusive to those at the very top. You have grown up with crony capitalism and it creates ever more resentment. — Sri Mulyani Indrawati

The kind of capitalism I hate most is crony capitalism, the friends who decide. These are things which should be killed in Russia. — Anatoly Chubais

Unless there is free and fair competition, there can't be healthy economic development. And what we have in Burma now is not an open-market economy that allows free and fair competition, but a form of colonialism makes a few people very, very wealthy. It's what you would crony capitalism. — Aung San Suu Kyi

Crony capitalism is essentially a condition in which... public officials are giving favours to people in the private sector in payment of political favours. — Alan Greenspan

What we do today has nothing to do with capitalism or socialism. It is a crony type of system that transfers money to the coffers of bureaucrats. — Nassim Nicholas Taleb

America's political system is superior to the crony corrupt corrupt capital system in Russia in every way. — Mike Pence

Capitalist Economy Quotes

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"Freedom" in capitalist countries exists only for those who possess money and who consequently hold power. — Nikita Khrushchev

The real bosses, in the capitalist system of market economy, are the consumers. — Ludwig von Mises

Call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all God's children. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Structuralism argues that a liberal capitalist world economy tends to preserve or actually increase inequalities between developed and less developed economies. — Robert Gilpin

Manufacturing and commercial monopolies owe their origin not to a tendency imminent in a capitalist economy but to governmental interventionist policy directed against free trade and laissez faire. — Ludwig von Mises

In a free market capitalist system, 'price signals' are everything. Prices are determined by buyers and sellers in the free market, and these prices are broadcast from the exchanges, reaching all corners of the economy - where they are used to transact business. — Max Keiser

The broad liberal objective is a balanced and flexible "mixed economy," thus seeking to occupy that middle ground between capitalism and socialism whose viability has so long been denied by both capitalists and socialists. — Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

We want a system in which the worker shall get what he produces and the capitalist shall produce what he gets. — Eugene V. Debs

Economic progress, in capitalist society, means turmoil. — Joseph A. Schumpeter

Every year the progress of advanced capitalist society makes our population consist of more and more isolates. This is because of the infrastructure of the economy, especially electronic communications. — Mary Douglas

Cultural Capital Quotes

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Socialists never build institutions, they only hijack and take them over. They appropriate the political, cultural or economic capital created by others and spend it down to nothing. — David O. Sacks

Publicity is the life of this culture -- in so far as without publicity capitalism could not survive -- and at the same time publicity is its dream. — John Berger

Publicity is the life of this culture - in so far as without publicity capitalism could not survive - and at the same time publicity is its dream. — John Berger

[Rock and the intellectual Left] must both be interpreted as parts of the cultural fabric of late capitalism. Their success comes from the bourgeois' need to feel that he is not bourgeois. — Allan Bloom

Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a 'disposable' culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new. — Pope Francis

The moral angle to the foreclosure crisis - and, of course, in capitalism we're not supposed to be concerned with the moral stuff, but let's mention it anyway - shows a culture that is slowly giving in to a futuristic nightmare ideology of computerized greed and unchecked financial violence. — Matt Taibbi

I think it's very, very important that people outside the capital cities, not just Sydney and Melbourne but also Brisbane Perth Adelaide and so on, have the greatest access to the best cultural experiences they can in both the performing arts and the visual arts. — George Brandis

The success of Prozac says that today's high-tech capitalism values a very different temperament. Confidence, flexibility, quickness, and energy - the positive aspects of hyperthymia - are at a premium. — Peter D. Kramer

I like the little bit of distance that London affords me and I like living in a world capital. I like having the culture at my fingertips. — Cillian Murphy

Our combination of great research universities, a pro-risk business culture, deep pools of innovation-seeking equity capital and reliable business and contract law is unprecedented and unparalleled in the world. — Marc Andreessen

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I can prophecy that your grandchildren in America will live under socialism -- Our firm conviction is that sooner or later Capitalism will give way to Socialism. Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you. — Nikita Khrushchev

I believe profoundly in the possibilities of democracy, but democracy needs to be emancipated from capitalism. As long as we inhabit a capitalist democracy, a future of racial equality, gender equality, economic equality will elude us. — Angela Davis

Liberty not only means that the individual has both the opportunity and the burden of choice; it also means that he must bear the consequences of his actions. Liberty and responsibility are inseparable. — Friedrich August von Hayek

The basic confrontation which seemed to be colonialism versus anti-colonialism, indeed capitalism versus socialism, is already losing its importance. What matters today, the issue which blocks the horizon, is the need for a redistribution of wealth. Humanity will have to address this question, no matter how devastating the consequences may be. — Frantz Fanon

By pursuing his own interest (the individual) frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it. I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good. — Adam Smith

The result of neo-colonialism is that foreign capital is used for the exploitation rather than for the development of the less developed parts of the world. Investment under neo-colonialism increases rather than decreases the gap between the rich and poor countries of the world. — Kwame Nkrumah

The death penalty is no more effective a deterrent than life imprisonment... It is also evident that the burden of capital punishment falls upon the poor, the ignorant and the underprivileged members of society. — Thurgood Marshall

What becomes a crime deserving capital punishment when the tables are turned is a matter of small moment when the negro woman is the accusing party. — Ida B. Wells

Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving your fellow man. — Walter E. Williams

Democracy can hardly be expected to flourish in societies where political and economic power is being progressively concentrated and centralized. But the progress of technology has led and is still leading to just such a concentration and centralization of power. — Aldous Huxley

There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness... The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way. — Andrew Jackson

I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. — Smedley Butler

In the course of history periods of capitalism and socialism alternate with one another; capitalism is the unnatural, socialism the natural economic system... The National Socialists and the Red Front have the same aspirations. The Jews falsified the Revolution in the form of Marxism and that failed to bring fulfilment. — Heinrich Himmler

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. — Winston Churchill

There is timing in the whole life of the warrior, in his thriving and declining, in his harmony and discord. Similarly, there is timing in the Way of the merchant, in the rise and fall of capital. All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this. — Miyamoto Musashi

The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do to more for the betterment of life. — Henry Ford

We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable - but then, 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. Very often in our art, the art of words. — Ursula K. Le Guin

The drive of the Rockefellers and their allies is to create a one-world government combining super capitalism and Communism under the same tent, all under their control.... Do I mean conspiracy? Yes I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent. — Larry McDonald

I was originally supposed to become an engineer but the thought of having to expend my creative energy on things that make practical everyday life even more refined, with a loathsome capital gain as the goal, was unbearable to me. — Albert Einstein

Privatization is a neoliberal and imperialist plan. Health can't be privatized because it is a fundamental human right, nor can education, water, electricity and other public services. They can't be surrendered to private capital that denies the people from their rights. — Hugo Chavez

Capitalism knows only one color: that color is green; all else is necessarily subservient to it, hence, race, gender and ethnicity cannot be considered within it. — Thomas Sowell

In Conclusion

Quotes about capitalism often reflect the debates surrounding its merits and drawbacks. Some argue that capitalism has played a crucial role in driving economic growth and technological advancements. They believe that free-market competition encourages individuals and businesses to strive for excellence and spurs innovation. However, critics of capitalism argue that it can lead to income disparities and exploitation, with profits being prioritized over the welfare of workers and the environment. These quotes offer different insights into the complex nature of capitalism, capturing its impact on society and its role in shaping economic systems.

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