John Maynard Keynes Quotes

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British influential economist.

Born June 05, 1883
Died April 21, 1946

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Best 17 Quotes by John Maynard Keynes

“But my lord, when we addressed this issue a few years ago, didn't you argue the other side?" He said, "That's true, but when I get more evidence I sometimes change my mind. What do you do?”

John Maynard Keynes

“Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.”

John Maynard Keynes

“Ideas shape the course of history.”

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

“In the long run we are all dead.”

John Maynard Keynes

“It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong.”

John Maynard Keynes

“It is dangerous to apply to the future inductive arguments based on past experience, unless one can distinguish the broad reasons why past experience was what it was.”

John Maynard Keynes

“Markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent.”

John Maynard Keynes

“The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward.”

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. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually slaves of some defunct economist.”

John Maynard Keynes

“The political problem of mankind is to combine three things: economic efficiency, social justice and individual liberty.”

John Maynard Keynes

“When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?”

John Maynard Keynes

“Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.”

John Maynard Keynes

"A Tract on Monetary Reform" Quotes

“The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead.”

John Maynard Keynes
A Tract on Monetary Reform

"The Economic Consequences of the Peace" Quotes

“When the final result is expected to be a compromise, it is often prudent to start from an extreme position.”

John Maynard Keynes
The Economic Consequences of the Peace

"The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money" Quotes

“Worldly wisdom teaches that it is better for reputation to fail conventionally than to succeed unconventionally.”

John Maynard Keynes
The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money