"The man of system…is apt to be very wise in his own conceit; and is often so enamoured with the supposed beauty of his own ideal plan of government, that he cannot suffer the smallest deviation from any part of it… He seems to imagine that he can arrange the different members of a great society with as much ease as the hand arranges the different pieces upon a chess-board. He does not consider that in the great chess-board of human society, every single piece has a principle of motion of its own, altogether different from that which the legislature might choose to impress upon it."
Adam Smith (more quotes by Adam Smith or books by/about Adam Smith)
(1723-1790) Scottish philosopher and economist
The Theory Of Moral Sentiments, Part VI, Section II, Chapter II, pp. 233-4
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