Famous quotes by Economists


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"People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything"
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"It might be said that it is the ideal of the employer to have production without employees and the ideal of the employee is to have income without work"
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"Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty"
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"Would you bet your paycheck on a weather forecast for tomorrow? If not, then why should this country bet billions on global warming predictions that have even less foundation?"
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"If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today"
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"The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best"
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"There are few things more dishonorable than misleading the young"
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"The real minimum wage is zero"
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"You can either read something many times in order to be assured that you got it all, or else you can define your purpose and use techniques which will assure that you have met it and gotten what you need"
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"The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology"
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"The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is"
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"Never let an inventor run a company. You can never get him to stop tinkering and bring something to market"
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"Many people love in themselves what they hate in others"
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"Infinite growth of material consumption in a finite world is an impossibility"
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"If, however, economic ambitions are good servants, they are bad masters"
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"I guess I should warn you, if I turn out to be particularly clear, you've probably misunderstood what I've said"
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"Anything that we can do to raise personal savings is very much in the interest of this country"
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"The people made worse off by slavery were those who were enslaved. Their descendants would have been worse off today if born in Africa instead of America. Put differently, the terrible fate of their ancestors benefitted them"
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"The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive"
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"You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing"
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"The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department"
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"The real goal should be reduced government spending, rather than balanced budgets achieved by ever rising tax rates to cover ever rising spending"
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"The problem isn't that Johnny can't read. The problem isn't even that Johnny can't think. The problem is that Johnny doesn't know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling"
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"The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites"
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"The simplest and most psychologically satisfying explanation of any observed phenomenon is that it happened that way because someone wanted it to happen that way"
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"Stopping illegal immigration would mean that wages would have to rise to a level where Americans would want the jobs currently taken by illegal aliens"
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"Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it"
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"Prices are important not because money is considered paramount but because prices are a fast and effective conveyor of information through a vast society in which fragmented knowledge must be coordinated"
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"People who identify themselves as conservatives donate money to charity more often than people who identify themselves as liberals. They donate more money and a higher percentage of their incomes"
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"People who have time on their hands will inevitably waste the time of people who have work to do"
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