Quotation Explorer - 'John Maynard Keynes'

Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that he nastiest of men, for the nastiest of reasons, will somehow work for the benefit of us all. - John Maynard Keynes
The businessman is only tolerable so long as his gains can be held to bear some relation to what, roughly and in some sense, his activities have contributed to society. - John Maynard Keynes
A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind. - John Maynard Keynes
Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent. - John Maynard Keynes
In the long run, we are all dead. - John Maynard Keynes
The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent. - John Maynard Keynes
Our attitude to these criticisms must be determined by our whole moral and emotional reaction to the future of international relations and the Peace of the World. - John Maynard Keynes
The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones. - John Maynard Keynes
When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir? - John Maynard Keynes
If you owe your bank a hundred pounds, you have a problem. But if you owe a million, it has. - John Maynard Keynes
How long will it be necessary to pay City men so entirely out of proportion to what other servants of society commonly receive for performing social services not less useful or difficult? - John Maynard Keynes
The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward. - John Maynard Keynes
The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward. - John Maynard Keynes
When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir? - John Maynard Keynes
The decadent international but individualistic capitalism in the hands of which we found ourselves after the war is not a success. It is not intelligent. It is not beautiful. It is not just. It is not virtuous. And it doesn't deliver the goods. - John Maynard Keynes
Practical men who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. - John Maynard Keynes
The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead. Economists set themselves too easy, too useless a task if in tempestuous seasons they can only tell us that when the storm is past the ocean is flat again. - John Maynard Keynes
If we consistently act on the optimistic hypothesis, this hypothesis will tend to be realised; whilst by acting on the pessimistic hypothesis we can keep ourselves for ever in the pit of want. - John Maynard Keynes
Too large a proportion of recent "mathematical" economics are mere concoctions, as imprecise as the initial assumptions they rest on, which allow the author to lose sight of the complexities and interdependencies of the real world in a maze of pretentious and unhelpful symbols. - John Maynard Keynes
In the long run we are all dead. - John Maynard Keynes
The avoidance of taxes is the only pursuit that carries any reward. - John Maynard Keynes
The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds. - John Maynard Keynes
The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping the old ones. - John Maynard Keynes
Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men for the nastiest of motives will somehow work together for the benefit of all. - John Maynard Keynes
Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking. - John Maynard Keynes
If economists could manage to get themselves thought of as humble, competent people on a level with dentists, that would be splendid. - John Maynard Keynes
Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone. - John Maynard Keynes
The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds. - John Maynard Keynes
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