"Up until the Depression, recession had a moral character: it was supposed to purge the body economic of the greed and excess that attends a business expansion."
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."James Buchan on Mark Twain
"The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax."James Buchan on Albert Einstein
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."James Buchan on Colin Powell
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."James Buchan on Dale Carnegie
"If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance."James Buchan on Abraham Lincoln
"Any new financial order for the world must tackle the three chief challenges of our age."
"There are signs that the age of petroleum has passed its zenith. Adjusted for inflation, a barrel of crude oil now sells for three times its long-run average. The large western oil companies, which cartellised the industry for much of the 20th century, are now selling more oil than they find, and are thus in the throes of liquidation."
"Rarely in modern times has there been such a revolution in commercial sentiment as occurred in 2008, or such a display in government and business of panic and helplessness."
"Profits in business always depend on the rate of interest: the higher the interest, the higher the rate of profit required."
"Even before he came to power in 1997, Gordon Brown promised to change the accounts to parliament from simple litanies of cash in and cash out, to a more commercial system that took notice of the public property the departments were using. This system is known as resource accounting."
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