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Making capitalism out of socialism is like making eggs out of an omelet.

Author: Vadim Bakatin

Profession: Russian Politician

Fact is Our Lord knew all about the power of money: He gave capitalism a tiny niche in His scheme of things, He gave it a chance, He even provided a first installment of funds. Can you beat that? It's so magnificent. God despises nothing. After all, if the deal had come off, Judas would probably have endowed sanatoriums, hospitals, public libraries or laboratories.

Author: Georges Bernanos (1888-1948)

Profession: French Novelist, Political Writer

Capitalism without bankruptcy is like Christianity without hell.

Author: Frank Borman

Profession: American Astronaut, Business Executive

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 Marx is only anti-capitalist in so far as capitalism is out of date.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

Predatory capitalism created a complex industrial system and an advanced technology; it permitted a considerable extension of democratic practice and fostered certain liberal values, but within limits that are now being pressed and must be overcome. It is not a fit system for the mid-twentieth century.

Author: Noam Chomsky (1928)

Profession: American Linguist, Political Activist

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

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

Author: Milton Friedman (1912)

Profession: American Economist

Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.

Author: Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Profession: Indian Political, Spiritual Leader

Capital is a result of labor, and is used by labor to assist it in further production. Labor is the active and initial force, and labor is therefore the employer of capital.

Author: Henry George (1839-1897)

Profession: American Social Reformer, Economist

The unpleasant and unacceptable face of capitalism.

Author: Edward Heath (1916)

Profession: British Statesman and Prime Minister

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

Author: Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

Profession: American Author, Philosopher

The decadent international but individualistic capitalism in the hands of which we found ourselves after the war is not a success. It is not intelligent. It is not beautiful. It is not just. It is not virtuous. And it doesn't deliver the goods.

Author: John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)

Profession: British Economist

The genius of capitalism consists precisely in its lack of morality. Unless he is rich enough to hire his own choir, a capitalist is a fellow who, by definition, can ill afford to believe in anything other than the doctrine of the bottom line. Deprive a capitalist of his God-given right to lie and cheat and steal, and the poor sap stands a better than even chance of becoming one of the abominable wards of the state from whose grimy fingers the Reagan Administration hopes to snatch the ark of democracy.

Author: Lewis H. Lapham (1935)

Profession: American Essayist, Editor

Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.

Author: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924)

Profession: Russian Revolutionary Leader

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

Author: Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957)

Profession: British Author, Painter