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Rose and Milton Freidman

Milton and Rose Friedman

An Uncommon Couple

"The true test of any scholar's work is not what his contemporaries say, but what happens to his work in the next 25 or 50 years. And the thing that I will really be proud of is if some of the work I have done is still cited in the text books long after I am gone. "

– Milton Friedman, as quoted in The Power of Choice (January 2007)

"I think the government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem and very often makes the problem worse. "

– Milton Friedman in An Economist's Protest (1975)

"Governments never learn. Only people learn."

– Milton Friedman, as quoted in The Cynic's Lexicon: A Dictionary of Amoral Advice

"A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both."

– Milton Friedman in "Created Equal," from the Free to Choose television series (1990)

"I am in favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it's possible."

– Milton Friedman in an interview by John Hawkins (2003)

"The true test of any scholar's work is not what his contemporaries say, but what happens to his work in the next 25 or 50 years. And the thing that I will really be proud of is if some of the work I have done is still cited in the text books long after I am gone."

– Milton Friedman, as quoted in The Power of Choice (2007)

"I always say there are three keys to successful development: Privatize, privatize, privatize."

– Milton Friedman in Out of the Red: Economic Transition in Central and Eastern Europe (1995)

"Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand."

–Milton Friedman

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