I do not believe, that the sudden changes happen themselves. What we used to call economic crisis, is only another name for the moral poverty. Moral poverty is the cause, the economic decline is the consequence. There are many people in our country who believe, that the economic decline can be improved with money. I am worried about the consequences of this mistake. In the position we are right now, we do not need any genial combinations. We need moral attitudes towards people, work and public property –to not support the bankrupt, to not make debts, to not exchange values for anything else and to not abuse the workers."
Tomáš Baťa, 1932