By Richard L. Chambers
A compilation drawn from over 500 years of English language accounting literature reflecting a life of scholarly enquiry, this booklet contains over 5000 quotations of among 1-20 traces in size. The booklet goals to provide an old point of view in addition to an up to date assessment of what accounting and accountants have been, are and do, and is meant either as a reference publication and a study device. Its diversity extends from basic curiosity to the complicated, protecting ideas, practices and criteria, specialist 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 concerning accounting paintings and notion.
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The one, whose fortune had originally supported the trade, is reduced almost to want; while the other, who was originally poor, and, being insolvent, ought still to be so, makes a pompous appearance in the world, immediately enters into trade again, and finds a capital sufficient to answer every new demand. It is possible to account for this in a favorable way; but a change so extraordinary wears a very suspicious appearance. Jones, 1 796/1978, 1 2 5 An Accounting Thesaurus what is poetry to one, may be bookkeeping to another.
He can compare his expenditures for similar objects during different periods, and he can analyse the results. Battersby, 1 878, 4 Accounting is the science which treats of the methods of recording transactions entered into in connection with the production and exchange of wealth, and which shows their effect upon its production, distribution and exchange. Lisle, 1 899, 1 Accounting . . is essentially an attempt to present . . an exhibit . . of the wealth owned and the debts for which the proprietor is liable .
In the pursuit of consistency (early recognized as a vital factor) and to systematize its procedures, certain rules were evolved that might be dignified with the descrip tion accounting theory. But theoretical reasoning weighs lightly in accounting . . Ross, 1 966, 1 9 [The term technology meant the application o f scientific principles to a particular case. ] So are you. [reported speech to accountants] Wolfenden, 1 969, 665 See also 9 1 1 , 941 022 Accounting as a science The books of merchants accounts are kept in a certain method that, from the style and form of the entries, is called Debtor and Creditor; which method is so com prehensive and perfect, as makes it worthy to be put among the sciences, and to be understood by all virtuosi, whether they ever intend to make use of it or no, but even for pure speculation, curiosity, or rather admiration .