By Richard L. Chambers

A compilation drawn from over 500 years of English language accounting literature reflecting a life of scholarly enquiry, this publication contains over 5000 quotations of among 1-20 strains in size. The publication goals to offer an old viewpoint in addition to an up to date evaluate of what accounting and accountants have been, are and do, and is meant either as a reference booklet and a study instrument. Its variety extends from normal curiosity to the complex, protecting ideas, practices and criteria, expert and educational evaluations, and the social and logical foundations of accounting; it additionally attracts at the paintings of students in different fields that experience a few relating accounting paintings and concept.

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You held out the solemn nonsense of judicial opinions, commission rulings, and statutory provisions so that anyone could see the intellectual sores and scar tissue. You referred to them as "these somewhat carefully prepared statements". You called the book Accounting: Its Principles and Problems instead of Follies in Economic Behavior. Problems, yes: but principles, no. Could anything be more unprincipled? [letter of J B Canning to H R Hatfield on the latter's retirement from the University of California, 1937; in S A Zefif, Foreword to Scholars Book Co reprint (1971) of Hatfield's Accounting: its principles and problems] Canning, 1937/1971 At its worst chartered accountancy will break the average university man's heart with its rigid monotony, its pettiness, .

The true chandler's shop system is to keep no books at all. A cross for a halfpenny, a down stroke for a penny, a little 7 An Accounting Thesaurus O for sixpence, and a larger for a shilling, all in chalk, on a board or cupboard door, constitute the accounts of many a money-getting shopkeeper; and, we doubt not, would suit well the purposes of some of the railways. Chalk is easily rubbed out and put in again; ink is a permanent nuisance. One great company is reported, at one time, to have used pencils for their figures, in preference to ink, which, we presume, must have been for the sake of convenience.

McCulloch, 1836/1936, 433 [In the mid-1840s] railway shareholders were so bewildered and mystified by cooked accounts, manipulated figures, partial statements, and delusive representations of railway property, that they actually regarded the payment of dividends out of capital as a legitimate practice. [155-6] Wang, 1918/1985, 26 Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.

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