George Soros Quotes (60 Quotes)

    There's (a) problem that I think is brewing, and that is the end of the housing boom in the United States and the ability of households to spend more than they earn because the value of their house is rising.

    I think the (Brazilian) government has done most of the things it promised to do on the fiscal front, ... However, it has mismanaged the process so badly that the currency overshot.

    I hardly knew the man's name, ... He really invented me. He needed me for his political purposes, so I'm a figment of his imagination.

    I think there's a lot of merit in an international economy and global markets, but they're not sufficient because markets don't look after social needs.

    An open society is a society which allows its members the greatest possible degree of freedom in pursuing their interests compatible with the interests of others.

    If the terrorists have the sympathy of people, it's much harder to find them. So we need people on our side, and that leads us to be responsible leaders of the world, show some concern with the problems.

    There is a resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe. The policies of the Bush administration and the Sharon administration contribute to that. It's not specifically anti-Semitism, but it does manifest itself in anti-Semitism as well.

    Most of the poverty and misery in the world is due to bad government, lack of democracy, weak states, internal strife, and so on.

    The criminalization of marijuana did not prevent marijuana from becoming the most widely used illegal substance in the United States and many other countries. But it did result in extensive costs and negative consequences.

    Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes.

    Markets are constantly in a state of uncertainty and flux and money is make by discounting the obvious and betting on the unexpected.

    Clinton has a concrete goal of getting China into the WTO, his near-term agenda is to get China in.

    A full and fair discussion is essential to democracy.

    I think I lost my touch some time ago. I'm like an aging boxer that should not go into the ring,

    I really want to help people who are hurt. And if I do that, I feel that my money is well-spent,

    Stock market bubbles don't grow out of thin air. They have a solid basis in reality, but reality as distorted by a misconception.

    We must not forget but we must forgive. Suffering often such compassion from the Jewish community. It was Jewish groups in the US who were in the forefront in opposing the ethnic cleansing of Muslim in Bosnia.

    I give away something up to $500 million a year throughout the world promoting Open Society. My foundations support people in the country who care about an open society. It's their work that I'm supporting. So it's not me doing it.

    The absurdity of its illegality has been clear to me for some time. I learned about pot from my kids and realized it was a lot better than Scotch, and I loved the Scotch. Then I went to my doctor, and he said, 'I'm thrilled. You're drinking too much. You're much better off doing pot than drinking.'

    Now that I have called you on your false accusation, you are using additional smear tactics.

    Proposition 19 already is a winner no matter what happens on election day. The mere fact of its being on the ballot has elevated and legitimized public discourse about marijuana and marijuana policy in ways I could not have imagined a year ago.

    The objective is to provide the best possible management for the assets of my family and foundations that may also be attractive to other investors with similar objectives, and to put into place a structure that will last beyond my lifetime,

    Markets are designed to allow individuals to look after their private needs and to pursue profit. It's really a great invention and I wouldn't under-estimate the value of that, but they're not designed to take care of social needs.

    I think they got the facts wrong. There was no case of insider trading.

    I chose America as my home because I value freedom and democracy, civil liberties and an open society.

    I don't think you will see the Fed jumping to interest rates,

    It will require, I think, the release of funds and perhaps even an increased package to bring stability, ... Everything that could have been done wrong has been done wrong.

    Now, I have not worked out the details, because I don't think it's for me to work out the details. It's for them to work out the details.

    Most of the capital (in Indonesia) is in the hands of limited business groups, which don't feel so secure here. Any slightest risk will cause them take their money to Singapore.

    Just as the process of repealing national alcohol prohibition began with individual states repealing their own prohibition laws, so individual states must now take the initiative with respect to repealing marijuana prohibition laws.

    The people currently in charge have forgotten the first principle of an open society, namely that we may be wrong and that there has to be free discussion. That it's possible to be opposed to the policies without being unpatriotic.

    We are the most powerful nation on earth. No external power, no terrorist organization, can defeat us. But we can defeat ourselves by getting caught in a quagmire.

    My foundations support people in the country who care about an open society. It's their work that I'm supporting. So it's not me doing it. But I can empower them. I can support them, and I can help them.

    To my mind, there is a solution which has to do with democracy, because democratic governments are subject to the will of the people. So, if the people will it, you can actually create international institutions through the democratic states.

    International capital flows must have been at the root of the problem,

    This would enable the authority to set a ceiling on the amounts it is willing to insure,

    I think the whole idea of eradicating the drug problem is a false idea, ... You can discourage the use of drugs, you can forbid the use of drugs, you can treat people who are addicted to drugs, but you cannot eradicate drugs. Once you accept this point, y

    Over half of all AIDS cases involving children are directly related to unclean syringes,

    In my old age I have become somewhat conservative, ... But we will probably have a more mediocre performance because of the multi-manager structure, because to some extent managers can cancel each other out.

    Something really is broken in the international financial architecture, ... We're now in the 20th month of financial crisis. Yet this crisis was brewing, it was the most anticipated crisis in recent history.

    I'm very worried about the supply-demand balance, which is very tight.

    The conference is remarkable for its complacency -- it's a bit like dancing on the Titanic. They're having a very good time and there's a very cheerful atmosphere.

    This reorganization took place in the full glare of publicity and involved the departure of a large number of employees. Inevitably this gave rise to rumors ... but in fact everything went according to plan,

    We must recognize that as the dominant power in the world we have a special responsibility. In addition to protecting our national interests, we must take the leadership in protecting the common interests of humanity.

    I'm not doing my philanthropic work, out of any kind of guilt, or any need to create good public relations. I'm doing it because I can afford to do it, and I believe in it.

    Regulating and taxing marijuana would simultaneously save taxpayers billions of dollars in enforcement and incarceration costs, while providing many billions of dollars in revenue annually.

    When I had made more money than I needed for myself and my family, I set up a foundation to promote the values and principles of a free and open society.

    President Bush is endangering our safety, hurting our vital interests, and undermining American values.

    I expect by '07 there will be a significant decline in U.S. consumer spending, and I don't see what will take its place, because it's so important as the motor of the world economy.

    We have come to realize that a large hedge fund like Quantum Fund is no longer the best way to manage money, ... Markets have become extremely unstable and historical measures of value at risk no longer apply.

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