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The idea that the Third World lacks the spirit of enterprise is laughable. Peasant farmers who switch to another crop in response to a change in their government's marketing arrangements are entrepreneurs. So are the unregistered taxi and minibus operators who keep most Third World cities moving. So are street vendors, perambulating water vendors, money changers, and informal credit brokers. So are the growers of illegal crops such as coca, who in many countries are denied the opportunity of making a decent living by legal means. So are the smugglers of just about anything that do such a roaring trade across Africa's borders, profiting from the massive price distortions that government policies create. Clive Crook
Individual enterprise must drive us forward. That does not mean we are to return to the old and selfish notions of laissez-faire. The functions of the State will be much more than merely keeping the ring within which the competitors will fight. Our social and industrial laws will be increased. There will be more law, not less; more control, not less. Robert Menzies
Any property, any enterprise, the running of which has or acquires the character of a national public service or of a de facto monopoly, must become public property. France
No government under heaven affords such encouragement as that of America to genius and enterprise, or promises such rich rewards to talent and industry. Here, if a man rise to eminence, he rises by merit and not by birth, nor yet by mammon. This is as it ought to be—this is perfect justice. Zelotes Fuller
It is in order that each one of you, through this free government which we have enjoyed, have an open field and a fair chance for your industry, enterprise and intelligence.... It is for this the struggle should be maintained. Abraham Lincoln
The enterprising spirit is gone when one goes South. Alexis de Tocqueville
We have not had a man wounded, and we have sustained no material damage in our hull or rigging. Andrew Sterett
The proportion of mental workers increases with the cultural development of the people…. The capitalist, or entrepreneur contributes mental labor to his enterprise. His work is that of organizing and managing the business. The wage-earner’s contribution consists chiefly of physical labor. Dov Ber Borochov
[I have] concerns [about] the character of the foreigners now resorting to our shores. Fifty, even thirty years ago, there was a rightful presumption regarding the average immigrant that he was among the most enterprising, thrifty, alert, adventurous, and courageous of the community from which he came. It required no small energy, prudence, forethought, and pains to conduct the inquiries relating to his migration, to accumulate the necessary means, and to find his way across the Atlantic. To-day the presumption is completely reversed. Francis Amasa Walker
I saw exhausted soil, old and decaying towns, wretchedly-neglected roads, and, in every respect, an absence of enterprise and improvement, distinguish the region through which we have come, in contrast to that in which we live. Such has been the effect of slavery. William H. Seward
Go ask Virginia— go ask even noble Maryland . . . to show you her people, canals, railroads, universities, schools, charities, commerce cities, and cultivated areas. William H. Seward
Enslave a man and you destroy his ambition, his enterprise, and his capacity. Horace Greeley