The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.
Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.
Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.
By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.
Long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead.
Ideas shape the course of history.
The decadent international but individualistic capitalism in the hands of which we found ourselves after the war is not a success. It is not intelligent. It is not beautiful. It is not just. It is not virtuous. And it doesn't deliver the goods.
A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind.
If economists could manage to get themselves thought of as humble, competent people on a level with dentists, that would be splendid.
For at least another hundred years we must pretend to ourselves and to every one that fair is foul and foul is fair; for foul is useful and fair is not. Avarice and usury and precaution must be our gods for a little longer still.
Most men love money and security more, and creation and construction less, as they get older.
Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thoughts on the unthinking.
The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward.
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 social object of skilled investment should be to defeat the dark forces of time and ignorance which envelope our future.
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