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An economist is a surgeon with an excellent scalpel and a rough-edged lancet, who operates beautifully on the dead and tortures the living.
Nicholas Chamfort

Ere you consult your fancy, consult your purse.
Benjamin Franklin

In all recorded history there has not been one economist who has had to worry about where the next meal would come from.
Peter Drucker

There can be no economy where there is no efficiency.

An economist is a man who states the obvious in terms of the incomprehensible.
Alfred A. Knopf

The man who will live above his present circumstances, is in great danger of soon living beneath them; or as the Italian proverb says, "The man that lives by hope, will die by despair.".
Joseph Addison

There can be no real individual freedom in the presence of economic insecurity.
Chester Bowles

If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.
George Bernard Shaw

He who will not economize will have to agonize.

A penny saved is two pence clear, A pin a day's a groat a year.
Benjamin Franklin

Economy is for the poor; the rich may dispense with it.
Christian Nestell Bovee

The world abhors closeness, and all but admires extravagance; yet a slack hand shows weakness, and a tight hand strength.
Thomas Fowell Buxton

Isn't it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists?
Kelvin Throop III

Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.
John Kenneth Galbraith

Have more than thou showest,Speak less than thou knowest.
William Shakespeare

Without economy none can be rich, and with it few will be poor.
Samuel Johnson

In light of activists' global boycotts of war profiteers, globalization begins to look evitable. We reverse imperialist's sanctions with the people's sanctions.
Arundhati Roy

Socialism failed because it couldn't tell the economic truth; capitalism may fail because it couldn't tell the ecological truth.
Lester Brown

Nothing is cheap which is superfluous, for what one does not need, is dear at a penny.

Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.
Benjamin Franklin

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
Laurence J. Peter