James Goldman quotes

  • Man is a perpetually wanting animal.

  • Problems worthy of attacks, prove their worth by hitting back

  • Never complain of that of which it is at all times in your power to rid yourself.

  • Economists who speak the English tongue are strangely intimidated by mathematical symbols.

  • "Murphys law of economic policy": Economists have the least influence on policy where they know the most and are most agreed; they have the most influence on policy where they know the least and disagree most vehemently.

  • It is in the social sphere, in the realm of politics and economics, that the Will to Order becomes really dangerous.

  • Every short statement about economics is misleading (with the possible exception of my present one).

  • The redistribution of wealth creates dependence on the people to whom it is redistributed, it doesn't incentivize them to create their own wealth.

  • In a late-night monologue, it's not just about being funny; you have to come off as knowledgeable. You have to cultivate a persona of trust and intelligence and likeability.

  • There are a lot of directors who are knowledgeable about images, and others who aren't.