- 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)
- I work for a Government I despise for ends I think criminal.
letter to Duncan Grant, 15 December 1917
- 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
- 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
- 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’
- 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)
- 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
- In the long run we are all dead.
A Tract on Monetary Reform (1923) ch. 3
- When the facts change, I change my mind.
in the 1930s, attributed; Alfred L. Malabre Lost Prophets (1994)