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John Maynard Keynes Quotes

The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat of the human agenda. – John Maynard Keynes

In the long run, we are all dead. – John Maynard Keynes

It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong. – John Maynard Keynes

Markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent. – John Maynard Keynes

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones. – John Maynard Keynes

The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. – John Maynard Keynes

The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward. – John Maynard Keynes

It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil. – John Maynard Keynes

Successful investing is anticipating the anticipations of others. – John Maynard Keynes

The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency. – John Maynard Keynes

Education is the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent. – John Maynard Keynes

Economists are most economical about everything except theory. – John Maynard Keynes

The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent. – John Maynard Keynes

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones. – John Maynard Keynes

The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run, we are all dead. – John Maynard Keynes

Practical men, who believe themselves to be exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. – John Maynard Keynes

The outstanding faults of the economic society in which we live are its failure to provide for full employment and its arbitrary and inequitable distribution of wealth and incomes. – John Maynard Keynes

The importance of money flows from it being a link between the present and the future. – 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

For at least another hundred years we must pretend to ourselves and to everyone that fair is foul and foul is fair; for foul is useful and fair is not. Avarice and usury and precaution must be our gods for a little longer still. – John Maynard Keynes

To suppose that the most interesting question to ask a man is what he does for a living is to suppose that the core of a man’s personality is his acquisition of money. That view holds that every man is primarily an animal whose chief urge is to satisfy his physical appetites. – 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 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

A low standard of life means insecurity, it means that thousands of our fellow citizens are bored and miserable. It means that we are compelled to go on building a mad idiotic system on an increasingly unstable foundation. – John Maynard Keynes

The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat of the human agenda. The struggle for subsistence will be a matter of little interest. – John Maynard Keynes

The boom, not the slump, is the time for austerity at the treasury. – 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

The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. – John Maynard Keynes

In the end, aggregate demand is always equal to total income, and total income is equal to consumption plus saving. – John Maynard Keynes

The problem of economics is not so much to collect facts but to penetrate into the secret of their interconnection. – John Maynard Keynes

It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil. – John Maynard Keynes

Long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead. – John Maynard Keynes

The execution of the plans and policies of the intelligent minority will quite often be frustrated by the dislike of the majority. – John Maynard Keynes

It seems an odd rule to say that you take the risks of a transaction when you voluntarily agree to it, but do not take them when you involuntarily agree to it. – John Maynard Keynes

There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. – John Maynard Keynes

The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. – John Maynard Keynes

The government should pay people to dig holes and then fill them up. – John Maynard Keynes

The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward. – John Maynard Keynes

The difficulty lies not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones. – John Maynard Keynes

Economics is a science of thinking in terms of models joined to the art of choosing models which are relevant to the contemporary world. – John Maynard Keynes

A little inflation is like a little pregnancy – half the population thinks nothing’s happening while the other half is increasingly nauseous. – John Maynard Keynes

The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run, we are all dead. – John Maynard Keynes

Ideas shape the course of history. – John Maynard Keynes

The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent. – John Maynard Keynes

The power of vested interests is vastly exaggerated compared with the gradual encroachment of ideas. – John Maynard Keynes

The future has a way of arriving unannounced. – John Maynard Keynes

The central principle of investment is to go contrary to general opinion, on the grounds that if everyone agreed about its merits, the investment is inevitably too dear and therefore unattractive. – John Maynard Keynes

The process of wealth-getting degenerates into a gamble and a lottery, and social Darwinism replaces the rationally ordered civitas. – John Maynard Keynes

It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong. – John Maynard Keynes

A wise government knows how to impose taxes on the people without feeling their pinch. – John Maynard Keynes

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