Richard Sol: — Shall we say swords? Pistols at dawn?
Martin Hansen: — Have you remembered nothing? Recall the lessons of Adam Smith... the father of modern economics.
Bender: — "In competition... individual ambition serves the common good."
Ainsley Neilson: — Every man for himself, gentlemen.
Bender: — Those who strike out are stuck with her friends.
John Nash: — Adam Smith needs revision.
Martin Hansen: — What are you talking about?
John Nash: — If we all go for the blonde... we block each other. Not a single one of us is going to get her. So then we go for her friends... but they will all give us the cold shoulder
because nobody likes to be second choice. Well, what if no one goes for the blonde? We don't get in each other's way... and we don't insult the other girls. That's the only way we win. That's the only way we all get laid. Adam Smith said: "The best result comes from everyone in the group doing what's best for himself." Right. Incomplete. Okay? Because the best result will come from everyone in the group doing what's best for himself... and the group. Governing dynamics. Adam Smith... was wrong.
Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope. When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great circle of life.
Good manners are an admission that everybody is so tender that they have to be handled with gloves.
Now, human respect—you don’t call a man a coward or a liar lightly, but if you spend your life sparing people’s feelings and feeding their vanity, you get so you can’t distinguish what should be respected in them