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Economists are pessimists: they’ve predicted 8 of the last 3 depressions

— Barry Asmus

You know what the fellow said: In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock

— Orson Welles as Harry Lime in The Third Man