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Keynes, John Maynard

It is important to get clear that Keynes was never a socialist … At heart he believed in liberal capitalism not only because he thought it more likely to produce the goods than any other imaginable system, but for moral reasons: he thought the destruction of economic freedom must, in practice, lead to a progressive diminution of political freedom.
Paul Johnson

Keynes was an empiricist and an original who had no attachment to theory—hated theory in fact. His method was to look at new facts squarely, and then seek to explain them, and devise methods to cope with them. The only trouble with Keynesianism in the later 1970s was that Keynes was dead, and so unable to bring his uniquely creative mind to bear on its problems.
Paul Johnson


I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to my fellow-creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Attributed to Stephen Grellet

One kind word can warm three winter months.
Japanese saying

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away.
Sir Arthur Helps


It is not a sign of arrogance for the king to rule. That is what he is there for.
William F. Buckley

This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.
1 Samuel 8:11-18


When Knaves betray each other, one can scarce be blamed, or the other pitied.
Author unidentified

The honest Man takes Pains, and then enjoys Pleasures; the Knave takes Pleasure, and then suffers Pains.
Author unidentified

Knowledge And Ignorance

If you don't know how to pronounce a word, say it loud! Why compound ignorance with inaudibility?
William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.
Mark Twain

Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

The first step to knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.
Lord David Cecil

Try to know everything of something, and something of everything.
Henry Peter, Lord Brougham

Tain't what a man don't know that hurts him; it's what he knows that just ain't so!
Frank McKinney Hubbard ("Kin Hubbard")

As soon as any man says of the affairs of state, What does it matter to me? the state may be given up as lost.
Jean Jacques Rousseau

The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.
Elbert Hubbard

You know everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
Will Rogers

I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said I don't know.
Mark Twain

Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.

You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird … So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing—that's what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.
Richard Feynman

Not being a liberal, I have very little grasp of things that I know nothing about.
P. J. O'Rourke

Learned foolishness, is more egregiously foolish than the folly of ignorance. It is wayward, positive, and imperious; too conceited and indocile to be informed, and too obstinate to forsake error.
Ezra Sampson

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
Pablo Picasso

Nothing is worse than active ignorance.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I do not know myself, and God forbid that I should.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.
Franklin P. Adams

And it's a necessity [for journalists] to pretend to be competent on every subject, some of which they really do not understand. They are under that necessity, I regret; I'm sorry for them. But to pretend to understand all the things you write about, and habitually to write about things you do not understand, is a very corrupting thing.
Friedrich von Hayek

Those who know don't talk.
Those who talk don't know.
Lao Tzu

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
Thomas Jefferson

Apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there?
Harold Pinter

Do not be arrogant because of your knowledge, but confer with the ignorant man as with the learned …

… your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
Genesis 3:5

What you have learned is a mere handful; What you haven't learned is the size of the world.

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