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Economic growth may one day turn out to be a curse rather than a good, and under no conditions can it either lead into freedom or constitute a proof for its existence.

Author: Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)

Profession: German-born American Political Philosopher

For the past 15 years or so, British governments have tried to persuade the rest of us that the best judges of the national interest are...businessmen. This may be a ridiculous statement, but -- ominously -- fewer and fewer people laugh at it.

Author: Neil Ascherson

Profession: British Journalist

The notion that big business and big labor and big government can sit down around a table somewhere and work out the direction of the American economy is at complete variance with the reality of where the American economy is headed. I mean, it's like dinosaurs gathering to talk about the evolution of a new generation of mammals.

Author: Bruce Babbit

Profession: American Politician

It seems to be a law in American life that whatever enriches us anywhere except in the wallet inevitably becomes uneconomic.

Author: Russell Wayne Baker (1925)

Profession: American Journalist

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

Author: Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Profession: British Political Writer, Statesman

Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.

Author: Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Profession: British Political Writer, Statesman

People do not understand what a great revenue economy is.

Author: Marcus T. Cicero

Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician

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

Author: Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

Profession: British Sportsman Writer

There can be economy only where there is efficiency.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

Everyone is always in favor of general economy and particular expenditure.

Author: Sir Anthony Eden (1897-1977)

Profession: British Statesman and Prime Minister (1955--7)

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

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

According to the Bank of England the economy is growing too fast so interest rates must rise to counter the supposed inflationary threat. In lay terms, I interpret this to mean that people are working much harder, causing economic growth, and they're in danger of spending their money, which is what the recession-hit shops want them to do. But the Bank and the City seem to think this is wrong, and that if people work harder they should be punished by having their mortgages increased.

Author: Harry Enfield

Profession: British Comedian

Ask five economists and you'll get five different explanations… six if one went to Harvard.

Author: Edgar R. Fiedler


For economist the real world is often a special case.

Author: Edgar R. Fiedler


The rate of interest acts as a link between income-value and capital-value

Author: Irving Fisher

Profession: American Mathematician and Economist