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date: 20 July 2018

John Maynard Keynes 1883–1946
English economist 

  1. I evidently knew more about economics than my examiners.
    explaining why he performed badly in the Civil Service examinations
    Roy Harrod Life of John Maynard Keynes (1951)
  2. I work for a Government I despise for ends I think criminal.
    letter to Duncan Grant, 15 December 1917
  3. Lenin was right. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency.
    The Economic Consequences of the Peace (1919) ch. 6
  4. I do not know which makes a man more conservative—to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past.
    The End of Laissez-Faire (1926) pt. 1
  5. This extraordinary figure of our time, this syren, this goat-footed bard, this half-human visitor to our age from the hag-ridden magic and enchanted woods of Celtic antiquity.
    of David Lloyd George
    Essays in Biography (1933) ‘Mr Lloyd George’
  6. Speculators may do no harm as bubbles on a steady stream of enterprise. But the position is serious when enterprise becomes the bubble on a whirlpool of speculation.
    General Theory (1936)
  7. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back.
    General Theory (1947 ed.) ch. 24
  8. In the long run we are all dead.
    A Tract on Monetary Reform (1923) ch. 3
  9. When the facts change, I change my mind.
    in the 1930s, attributed; Alfred L. Malabre Lost Prophets (1994)