Quote 3) Frederic Bastiat: Cause and effects

Frederic Bastiat:

In the economic sphere an act, a habit, an institution, a law produces not only one effect, but a series of effects. Of these effects, the first alone is immediate; it appears simultaneously with its cause; it is seen. The other effects emerge only subsequently; they are not seen; we are fortunate if we foresee them

ht Kimble.

I have not read any Bastiat – so I have very little to say.

Quotes: 2) Lionel Robbins on “historical indication absent theory”

Lionel Robbins:

In the absence of rational grounds for supposing intimate connection, there would be no sufficient reason for supposing that history “would repeat itself”. For if there is one thing which is shown by history, not less than by elementary logic, it is that historical induction unaided by the analytical judgment, is the worst possible basis of prophecy.

From Chapter 4 of The Nature and Significance of Economic Science.

Quotes: 1) John Maynard Keynes on “the master economist”

John Maynard Keynes:

… the master-economist must possess a rare combination of gifts. He must be mathematician, historian, statesman, philosopher–in some degree.  He must understand symbols and speak in words.  He must contemplate the particular in terms of the general, and touch abstract and concrete in the same flight of thought.  He must study the present in the light of the past for the purposes of the future.  No part of man’s nature or his institutions must lie entirely outside his regard. He must be purposeful and disinterested in a simultaneous mood; as aloof and incorruptible as an artist, yet sometimes as near the earth as a politician.

ht Anti-Dismal, Bluematter, and India’s Development. Note it is also mentioned under the Economist post on Wikipedia.