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Alan Greenspan (Economist)

Corruption, embezzlement, fraud, these are all characteristics which exist everywhere. It is regrettably the way human nature functions, whether we like it or not. What successful economies do is keep it to a minimum. No one has ever eliminated any of that stuff.
Alan Greenspan success
To succeed, you will soon learn, as I did, the importance of a solid foundation in the basics of education - literacy, both verbal and numerical, and communication skills.
Alan Greenspan education
Fear and euphoria are dominant forces, and fear is many multiples the size of euphoria. Bubbles go up very slowly as euphoria builds. Then fear hits, and it comes down very sharply. When I started to look at that, I was sort of intellectually shocked. Contagion is the critical phenomenon which causes the thing to fall apart.
Alan Greenspan fear
The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that. So there is zero probability of default.
Alan Greenspan money
If I turn out to be particularly clear, you've probably misunderstood what I've said.
Alan Greenspan art
People don't realize that we cannot forecast the future. What we can do is have probabilities of what causes what, but that's as far as we go. And I've had a very successful career as a forecaster, starting in 1948 forward. The number of mistakes I have made are just awesome. There is no number large enough to account for that.
Alan Greenspan success
Finance is wholly different from the rest the economy.
Alan Greenspan different
I don't know where the stock market is going, but I will say this, that if it continues higher, this will do more to stimulate the economy than anything we've been talking about today or anything anybody else was talking about.
Alan Greenspan body
The true measure of a career is to be able to be content, even proud, that you succeeded through your own endeavors without leaving a trail of casualties in your wake.
Alan Greenspan true
Anything that we can do to raise personal savings is very much in the interest of this country.
Alan Greenspan person
I stated that I'm a libertarian Republican, which means I believe in a series of issues, such as smaller government, constraint on budget deficits, free markets, globalization, and a whole series of other things, including welfare reform.
Alan Greenspan men
I guess I should warn you, if I turn out to be particularly clear, you've probably misunderstood what I've said.
Alan Greenspan war
Protectionism will do little to create jobs and if foreigners retaliate, we will surely lose jobs.
Alan Greenspan will
Much fiscal policy is implemented, not through spending increases, but through tax credits and other so-called tax expenditures. The markets should respond to them as they do spending cuts, with little contraction in economic activity.
Alan Greenspan men
Revolutions are something you see only in retrospect.
Alan Greenspan evolution
Fear is a far more dominant force in human behaviour than euphoria - I would never have expected that or given it a moment's thought before, but it shows up in the data in so many ways.
Alan Greenspan men
Any informed borrower is simply less vulnerable to fraud and abuse.
Alan Greenspan abuse
I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well.
Alan Greenspan success
Markets do very weird things because it reacts to how people behave, and sometimes people are a little screwy.
Alan Greenspan time
Fear invariably and universally induces disengagement, and disengagement is negative division of labor.
Alan Greenspan men
The central focus of what we are doing at the Fed is to keep inflation from accelerating - and preferably decelerating.
Alan Greenspan focus
We're a democratic society. Shutting down the government should not be on the agenda.
Alan Greenspan society
History has not dealt kindly with the aftermath of protracted periods of low risk premiums.
Alan Greenspan story
It's hard to tell which assets will be toxic. The best way to ensure that only shareholders and banks feel it is have adequate capital.
Alan Greenspan will
Unless you are willing to compromise, society cannot live together.
Alan Greenspan society
Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
Alan Greenspan man
Whether those adjustments are wrenching will depend ... on the degree of economic flexibility that we and our trading partners maintain, and I hope enhance, in the years ahead,
Alan Greenspan hope

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