42+ Best Capitalism Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational capitalism quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

Famous Capitalism Quotes

The payment of the worker is not determined by the value of his product. – Albert Einstein

Capitalism has brought with it progress, not merely in production but also in knowledge. – Albert Einstein

Capitalism offers you freedom, but far from giving people freedom, it enslaves them. – Ian Mckellen

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

It is the basic, metaphysical fact of man’s nature—the connection between his survival and his use of reason—that capitalism recognizes and protects. – Ayn Rand

All systems are capitalist. It’s just a matter of who owns and controls the capital — ancient king, dictator, or private individual. We should properly be looking at the contrast between a free market system where individuals have the right to live like kings if they have the ability to earn that right and government control of the market system such as we find today in socialist nations. – Ronald Reagan

All wealth is the product of labor. – John Locke

Two decades ago, however, socialism and communism died rudely, then were buried forever by the empirical demonstration of the superiority of market capitalism everywhere from Thatcher’s England to Deng’s Dhina, where just the partial abolition of socialism lifted more people out of poverty than ever in human history. – Charles Krauthammer

We have been ruled by men who live by illusions … the illusion that there is some other way of creating wealth than hard work and satisfying your customers. – Margaret Thatcher

A market economy based on private property, buttressed by the rule of law, is truly the best environment for mankind. People will work harder and with ingenuity if they know they have earned rewards from that labor. When the rewards are given to them for nothing, there is frustration and despair. Capitalism benefits more people than any other economic system. To work for oneself and reap the rewards is a basic human aspiration. – Sally Julian

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

Equality, as understood by the American Founders, is the natural right of every individual to live freely under self-government, to acquire and retain the property he creates through his own labor, and to be treated impartially before a just law. Moreover, equality should not be confused with perfection, for man is also imperfect, making his application of equality, even in the most just society, imperfect. Otherwise, inequality is the natural state of man in the sense that each individual is born unique in all his human characteristics. Therefore, equality and inequality, properly comprehended, are both engines of liberty. – Mark Levin

Capitalism demands the best of every man—his rationality—and rewards him accordingly. It leaves every man free to choose the work he likes, to specialize in it, to trade his product for the products of others, and to go as far on the road of achievement as his ability and ambition will carry him. – Ayn Rand

Capitalism has neither the capacity, nor the morality, nor the ethics to solve the problems of poverty. – Fidel Castro

For capitalism, war and peace are business and nothing but business. – Karl Marx

Too much capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists. – G. K. Chesterton

Capitalism itself is not to be condemned. And surely it is not vicious of its very nature, but it has been vitiated. – Pope Pius XI

Under capitalism the more money you have, the easier it is to make money, and the less money you have, the harder. – Anonymous

Capitalism is at its liberating best in a noncapitalist environment. The crypto-businessman is the true revolutionary in a Communist country. – Eric Hoffer

Capitalism God’s way of determining who is smart and who is poor. – Ron Swanson

Capitalism is the only society in human history in which neither tradition nor conscious direction supervises the total effort of the community; it is the only society in which the future, the needs for tomorrow, are entirely left to an automatic system. – Robert Heilbroner

Capitalism means that a few people will do very well, and the rest will serve the few. – Michael Moore

Capitalism works better from every perspective when the economic decision makers are forced to share power with those who will be affected by those decisions. – Barney Frank

Capitalism is about the mutual creation of wealth rather than the pillaging of it. Ted Malloch

Capitalism might be defined, if we wish to be scientific, as a form of economic organization motivated by the pursuit of profit within a price structure. – Carroll Quigley

Capitalism is not an economic system, but a world-outlook, or rather, a part of a whole world-outlook. – Francis Parker Yockey

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

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

Capitalism attacks and destroys all the finer sentiments of the human heart; it ruthlessly sweeps away old traditions and ideas opposed to its progress, and it exploits and corrupts those things once held sacred. – Daniel De Leon

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

Capitalism has given people both the liberty and the incentive to create, produce, and trade, thereby generating prosperity. – Johan Norberg

Capitalism is a system for determining objective value. – Matt Taibbi

Capitalism does not permit an even flow of economic resources. With this system, a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience, and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level. That’s the way the system works. And since we know that the system will not change the rules, we are going to have to change the system. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Capitalism needs to function like a game of tug-of-war. Two opposing sides need to continually struggle for dominance, but at no time can either side be permitted to walk away with the rope. – Pete Holiday

Capitalism is like the law of the jungle with a few rules. There isn’t another system that works for our society but left unchecked, capitalism can have a dehumanising effect. Mohsin Hamid

A basic principle of modern state capitalism is that costs and risks are socialized to the extent possible, while profit is privatized. – Noam Chomsky

The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty of the indefinite expansion of possibility. – Susan Sontag

Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force. – George Bernard Shaw

Capitalism is being attacked not because it is inefficient or misgoverned but because it is cynical. And indeed a society based on the assertion that private vices become public benefits cannot endure, no matter how impeccable its logic, no matter how great its benefits. – Peter Drucker

Capitalism has defeated communism. It is now well on its way to defeating democracy. – David Korten

Capitalism is war; socialism is peace. – Karl Liebknecht

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