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John Maynard Keynes

1883-1946. British economist whose ideas have fundamentally affected the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics, and informed the economic policies of governments.

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The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.

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

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In the long run we are all dead.

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Only with absolute fearlessness can we slay the dragons of mediocrity that invade our gardens.

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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.

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Most men love money and security more, and creation and construction less, as they get older.

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The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.

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It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil.

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Nothing mattered except states of mind, chiefly our own.

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