Quotes by Alan Greenspan

An almost hysterical antagonism toward the gold standard is one issue which unites statists of all persuasions. They seem to sense... that gold and economic freedom are inseparable.
– Alan Greenspan
Any informed borrower is simply less vulnerable to fraud and abuse.
– Alan Greenspan
Anything that we can do to raise personal savings is very much in the interest of this country, Greenspan said.
– Alan Greenspan
I do not deny that many appear to have succeeded in a material way by cutting corners and by manipulating associates, both in their professional and in their personal lives. But material success is possible in this world and far more satisfying when it comes without exploiting others.
– Alan Greenspan
I guess I should warn you, if I turn out to be particularly clear, you've probably misunderstood what I've said.
– Alan Greenspan
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
I must say, I never expected to see the day where I would be talking about anything other than reducing the debt, I'm running into the tyranny of zero, which is where you can't reduce [the debt] any more.
– Alan Greenspan
I was a good amateur but only an average professional. I soon realized that there was a limit to how far I could rise in the music business, so I left the band and enrolled at New York University.
– Alan Greenspan
If you're going to move to private accounts, which I approve of, I think you have to do it in a cautious, gradual way.
– Alan Greenspan
In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value.
– Alan Greenspan
It has been my experience that competency in mathematics, both in numerical manipulations and in understanding its conceptual foundations, enhances a person's ability to handle the more ambiguous and qualitative relationships that dominate our day-to-day financial decision-making.
– Alan Greenspan
It is decidedly not true that nice guys finish last, as that highly original American baseball philosopher, Leo Durocher, was alleged to have said.
– Alan Greenspan
Protectionism will do little to create jobs and if foreigners retaliate, we will surely lose jobs.
– Alan Greenspan
The Fact that our economical models at The Fed, the best in the world, have been wrong for fourteen straight quarters, does not mean they will not be right in the fifteenth quarter.
– Alan Greenspan
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
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
We need, in effect, to make the phantom 'lock-boxes' around the trust fund real.
– Alan Greenspan
Look, I'm very much in favor of tax cuts, but not with borrowed money. And the problem that we've gotten into in recent years is spending programs with borrowed money, tax cuts with borrowed money, and at the end of the day that proves disastrous. And my view is I don't think we can play subtle policy here.
– Alan Greenspan
I've been in and out of Wall Street since 1949, and I've never seen the type of animosity between government and Wall Street. And I'm not sure where it comes from, but I suspect it's got to do with a general schism in this society which is really becoming ever more destructive.
– Alan Greenspan
I was a fairly good amateur musician, and I was an average professional. But the one thing I saw was that the big band business was fading.
– Alan Greenspan