John Maynard Keynes

John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes of Tilton (5 June 1883 - 21 April 1946) was a British economist whose ideas, known as Keynesian economics, had a major impact on modern economic and political theory and on many governments' fiscal policies.
Found 29 thoughts of 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 so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.

John Maynard Keynes

Ideas shape the course of history.

John Maynard Keynes

It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil.

John Maynard Keynes

By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.

John Maynard Keynes

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

John Maynard Keynes

Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking.

John Maynard Keynes

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

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

I do not know which makes a man more conservative - to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past.

John Maynard Keynes

There is no harm in being sometimes wrong- especially if one is promptly found out.

John Maynard Keynes

The disruptive powers of excessive national fecundity may have played a greater part in bursting the bonds of convention than either the power of ideas or the errors of autocracy.

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

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

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

Nothing mattered except states of mind, chiefly our own.

John Maynard Keynes

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

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

A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind.

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

The social object of skilled investment should be to defeat the dark forces of time and ignorance which envelope our future.

John Maynard Keynes

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

John Maynard Keynes

I work for a Government I despise for ends I think criminal.

John Maynard Keynes

I do not know which makes a man more conservative—to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past.

John Maynard Keynes
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