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The Best Quotes About Economy And Economics

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A list of the best economy and economics quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous economy and economics quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic economy and economics quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational economy and economics quotes from that same writer.

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    There can be economy only where there is efficiency.

    Benjamin Disraeli
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    First rule of Economics 101: our desires are insatiable. Second rule: we can stomach only three Big Macs at a time.

    Doug Horton
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    Men cannot not live by exchanging articles, but producing them. They live by work not trade.

    John Ruskin
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    The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.

    Ernest Hemingway
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    If you took all the economists in the world and laid them end-to-end, they couldn't reach a conclusion

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    No one is rich whose expenditures exceed his means, and no one is poor whose incomings exceed his outgoings.

    Thomas Chandler Haliburton
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    In economics, hope and faith coexist with great scientific pretension and also a deep desire for respectability.

    John Kenneth Galbraith
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    Economic growth without social progress lets the great majority of people remain in poverty, while a privileged few reap the benefits of rising abundance.

    John F. Kennedy
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    In our time, the curse is monetary illiteracy, just as inability to read plain print was the curse of earlier centuries.

    Ezra Pound
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    Never spend your money before you have earned it.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    No nation was ever ruined by trade.

    Benjamin Franklin
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    Frugality is founded on the principal that all riches have limits.

    Edmund Burke
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    Be thrifty, but not covetous.

    George Herbert
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    Commerce is a game of skill which everyone cannot play and few can play well.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    Give me a one-handed economist! All my economists say, On the one hand on the other.

    Harry S. Truman
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    If all the economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.

    George Bernard Shaw
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    An economist's guess is liable to be as good as anybody else s.

    Will Rogers
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    How great, my friends, is the virtue of living upon a little!

    Horace
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    Commerce flourishes by circumstances, precarious, transitory, contingent, almost as the winds and waves that bring it to our shores.

    Charles Caleb Colton
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    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
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    The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

    Ronald Reagan
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    But while they prate of economic laws, men and women are starving. We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt
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    Commerce has set the mark of selfishness, the signet of its all-enslaving power, upon a shining ore, and called it gold: before whose image bow the vulgar great, the vainly rich, the miserable proud, the mob of peasants, nobles, priests, and kings, and with blind feelings reverence the power that grinds them to the dust of misery.

    Percy Bysshe Shelley
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    We might come closer to balancing the Budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule.

    Ronald Reagan
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    The science hangs like a gathering fog in a valley, a fog which begins nowhere and goes nowhere, an incidental, unmeaning inconvenience to passers-by.

    H. G. Wells