Adam Smith

1723-1790
Biographical Sketch: 

A key figure in the Scottish Enlightenment, Smith was a product of the universities of Glasgow and Oxford. He later taught at Glasgow and traveled Europe extensively.

Authored: 

The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759) and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776).

Quote: 

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.
Wealth of Nations