John Maynard Keynes
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"John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes", Order of the Bath/CB, Fellow of the British Academy/FBA, was a British economist whose ideas have fundamentally affected the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics and informed the economic policies of governments. He built on and greatly refined earlier work on the causes of business cycles, and he is widely considered to be one of the founders of modern macroeconomics and the most influential economist of the 20th century. His ideas are the basis for the schools of economic thought/school of thought known as Keynesian economics and its various offshoots.

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Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.

It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong.

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

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

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

Ideas shape the course of history.

In the long run, we are all dead.

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

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

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.

If economists could manage to get themselves thought of as humble, competent people on a level with dentists, that would be splendid.

The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.

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

Successful investing is anticipating the anticipations of others.

The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and the arena of the heart and the head will be occupied or reoccupied, by our real problems / the problems of life and of human relations, of creation and behavior and religion.

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.

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.