"Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult"
(Samuel Johnson, 1709-94)
"The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable"
(JK Galbraith, 1908-2006)
"a person is not likely to be a good political economist who is nothing else"
(JS Mill, 1806-1873)
"No section of the people has ever been excluded from political power without suffering legislative injustice"
(Milicant Garrett Fawcett, 1847-1929)
"The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd"
(Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970)
"We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men"
(George Orwell, 1903-1950)