Niall Ferguson Quotes

Who is Niall Ferguson?

Niall Campbell Ferguson is a Scottish historian known for his books 'The Ascent of Money' and 'Civilization: The West and the Rest'.

Born April 18, 1964

Books by Niall Ferguson

Best Quotes by Niall Ferguson

Civilization Quotes

“No civilization, no matter how mighty it may appear to itself, is indestructible.”


“So much of liberalism in its classical sense is taken for granted in the west today and even disrespected. We take freedom for granted, and because of this we don't understand how incredibly vulnerable it is.”


“The dead outnumber the living fourteen to one, and we ignore the accumulated experience of such a huge majority of mankind at our peril.”


“What makes a civilization real to its inhabitants, in the end, is not just the splendid edifices at it centre, nor even the smooth functioning of the institutions they house. At its core, a civilization is the texts that are taught in its schools, learned by its students and recollected in times of tribulation.”


The Ascent of Money Quotes

“There really is no such thing as ‘the future’, singular. There are only multiple, unforeseeable futures, which will never lose their capacity to take us by surprise.”

The Ascent of Money

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