John Maynard Keynes

[1st Baron Keynes of Tilton] (1883_1946 / Cambridge)

John Maynard Keynes Quotes

  • ''Long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead.''
    John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), British economist. A Tract on Monetary Reform, ch. 3 (1923).
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  • ''It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil.''
    John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), British economist. "Concluding Notes," ch. 24, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1936).
  • ''Nothing mattered except states of mind, chiefly our own.''
    John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), British economist. Essays in Biography, ch. 39 (1933). Of the "Apostles" group at Cambridge University.
  • ''The social object of skilled investment should be to defeat the dark forces of time and ignorance which envelope our future.''
    John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), British economist. General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, bk. 4, ch. 12, sct. 5 (1936).
  • ''Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.''
    John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), British economist. New Statesman and Nation (London, July 15, 1933).
  • ''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 (1883-1946), British economist. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 2 (1971). The Economic Consequences of Peace (1919).
  • ''I do not know which makes a man more conservative—to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past.''
    John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), British economist. The End of Laissez-Faire, ch. 1 (1926).
  • ''A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind.''
    John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), British economist. The End of Laissez-Faire, ch. 1 (1926).
  • ''Most men love money and security more, and creation and construction less, as they get older.''
    John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), British economist. "The Future," Essays in Persuasion (1931).
  • ''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 (1883-1946), British economist. "The Future," ch. 5, Essays in Persuasion (1931).

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