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Quotes By John Maynard Keynes

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DOB
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5-06-1883
DOD
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21-04-1946

When you think of economics in the 20th century, John Maynard Keynes has to be the first name that comes to mind. However, not many of his admirers are aware of these riveting facts about his life:

  • Did you know that Keynes didn’t really receive formal training in Economics? He specialized in mathematics and classical literature at the King’s College, Cambridge. As for Economics, he underwent training for only eight weeks and did not even appear for any examination.
  • John Maynard always advocated rights for women. He insisted that every woman had the right to choose their relationships and have an equal say in all matters. He believed that women should have the choice of availing contraceptives, undergoing sex education and most importantly, stop being treated as subordinated or sexual objects.
  • This economist was a bisexual; though he had a satisfying marriage with dancer Lydia Lopokova, he had homosexual affairs with other men before his wedding. In fact, his best man at his wedding was his lover, artist Duncan Grant.
  • This brilliant theorist always believed in second thoughts, because he knew all ideas were transient and had to change in order to develop further. What made him such a sought-after and revered economist was the fact that he treated his subject as a “matter of time and temper”. His end goal was to serve generations and not follow variable rules.
  • His works became so popular that he was made an epithet—Keynesian was a term coined to describe the budget deficit borne by a government during administration of public welfare initiatives.

A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind.

- John Maynard Keynes

Americans are apt to be unduly interested in discovering what average opinion believes average opinion to be.

- John Maynard Keynes

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

- John Maynard Keynes

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

- John Maynard Keynes

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

- John Maynard Keynes

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

- John Maynard Keynes

I work for a Government I despise for ends I think criminal.

- John Maynard Keynes

Ideas shape the course of history.

- John Maynard Keynes

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

- John Maynard Keynes

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

- John Maynard Keynes

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

- John Maynard Keynes

It would not be foolish to contemplate the possibility of a far greater progress still.

- John Maynard Keynes

The biggest problem is not to let people accept new ideas, but to let them forget the old ones.

- John Maynard Keynes

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

- John Maynard Keynes

The disruptive powers of excessive national fecundity may have played a greater part in bursting the bonds of convention than either the power of ideas or the errors of autocracy.

- John Maynard Keynes

The importance of money flows from it being a link between the present and the future.

- John Maynard Keynes

The social object of skilled investment should be to defeat the dark forces of time and ignorance which envelope our future.

- John Maynard Keynes

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

- John Maynard Keynes

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