The process by which banks create money is so simple that the mind is repelled.
You will find that the State is the kind of organization which, though it does big things badly, does small things badly, too.
Money differs from an automobile or mistress in being equally important to those who have it and those who do not.
Economics is a subject profoundly conducive to cliche, resonant with boredom. On few topics is an American audience so practiced in turning off its ears and minds. And none can say that the response is ill advised.
People who are in a fortunate position always attribute virtue to what makes them so happy.
Humor is richly rewarding to the person who employs it. It has some value in gaining and holding attention, but it has no persuasive value at all.
If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.
Power is not something that can be assumed or discarded at will like underwear.
Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization is a cover for either grave cerebral inadequacy or terminal laziness, the latter being a much cherished aspect of academic freedom.
Wealth, in even the most improbable cases, manages to convey the aspect of intelligence.
There's a certain part of the contented majority who love anybody who is worth a billion dollars.
All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.
It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought.
Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.
It would be foolish to suggest that government is a good custodian of aesthetic goals. But, there is no alternative to the state.
Liberalism is, I think, resurgent. One reason is that more and more people are so painfully aware of the alternative.
In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong.
In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.
Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable, much more so than we allow ourselves to imagine. A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt. It is now the only place in our overly active world that does.
Meetings are a great trap. Soon you find yourself trying to get agreement and then the people who disagree come to think they have a right to be persuaded. However, they are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.
We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect.
Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.
There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.
We can safely abandon the doctrine of the eighties, namely that the rich were not working because they had too little money, the poor because they had much.