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    English economist

    Quotes by John Maynard Keynes

    • The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward.
    • Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking.
    • If economists could manage to get themselves thought of as humble, competent people on a level with dentists, that would be splendid.
      "The Future" Ch. 5, Essays in Persuasion (1931)
    • The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.
    • 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.
      A Tract on Monetary Reform (1923) Ch. 3
    • I do not know which makes a man more conservative... to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past.
      The End of Laissez-faire (1926) Ch. 1
    • 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.
      The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (13 December 1935)
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