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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


If a man comes to kill you, rise early and kill him first.
The Talmud

Kill them all; God will recognize his own.


A little more than kin, and less than kind.


I expect to pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing that I can do to any fellow human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I will not pass this way again.

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

King Arthur

And many men say that there is written upon his tomb this verse: Hic iacet Arthurus, rex quondam, rexque futurus [Here lies Arthur, the once and future king].
Sir Thomas Mallory


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

He who says there is no such thing as an honest man, you may be sure is himself a knave.
George Berkeley


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

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

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

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

The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall.
Francis Bacon

A definition may be very exact, and yet go but a very little way towards informing us of the nature of the thing defined.
Edmund Burke

[For] that observation which is called knowledge of the world, will be found much more frequently to make men cunning than good.
Samuel Johnson

Other things may be seized by might, or purchased with money, but knowledge is to be gained only by study, and study to be prosecuted only in retirement.
Samuel Johnson

[Since] they cannot but know, that every human acquisition is valuable in proportion to the difficulty employed in its attainment.
Samuel Johnson

[A] man may excel in learning, without being either more wise or more virtuous than those whose ignorance he pities or despises.
Samuel Johnson

A desire for knowledge is the natural feeling of mankind; and every human being, whose mind is not debauched, will be willing to give all he has to get knowledge.
Samuel Johnson

He [Thomas Hobbes] was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men, he should have known no more than other men.
John Aubrey

… but the great masses of men, even in this inspired republic, are ignorant, they are dishonest, they are cowardly, they are ignoble. They know little if anything that is worth knowing, and there is not the slightest sign of a natural desire among them to increase their knowledge.
H. L. Mencken

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
Samuel Johnson

Knowledge is proud that he has learn’d so much; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
William Cowper

Knowledge And Ignorance

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

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

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.

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

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 …

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


I [Krishna] am all-powerful Time which destroys all things, and I have come here to slay these men. Even if thou does not fight, all the warriors facing thee shall die.

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