«In the long run we are all dead»

The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead. Economists set themselves too easy, too useless a task if in tempestuous seasons they can only tell us that when the storm is past the ocean is flat again.

John Maynard Keynes (1883 – 1946), A Tract on Monetary Reform (1923) Ch. 3