Inspirational Steven Levitt Quotes

Steve Levitt (born May 29, 1967) is an American economist. Below is a collection of Inspirational Steven Levitt Quotes.

Steven Levitt Quotes

Steven Levitt Quotes
Steven Levitt Quotes

“Most of us want to fix or change the world in some fashion. But to change the world, you first have to understand it.”
― Steven Levitt

“Ideas nearly always seem brilliant when they’re hatched, so we never act on a new idea for at least twenty-four hours.”
― Steven Levitt

“Just because you’re at the office is no reason to stop thinking.”
― Steven Levitt

“But being confident you are right is not the same as being right.”
Steven Levitt

“If morality represents an ideal world, then economics represents the actual world.”
― Steven Levitt

“Don’t listen to what people say; watch what they do.”
― Steven Levitt

“Morality, it could be argued, represents the way that people would like the world to work, wheareas economics represents how it actually does work.”
― Steven Levitt

“Solving a problem is hard enough; it gets that much harder if you’ve decided beforehand it can’t be done.”
― Steven Levitt

“The conventional wisdom is often wrong.”
― Steven Levitt

“Information is a beacon, a cudgel, an olive branch, a deterrent–all depending on who wields it and how.”
― Steven Levitt

“The ECLS data do show, for instance, that a child with a lot of books in his home tends to test higher than a child with no books.”
― Steven Levitt

“I don’t expect perfection, I expect excellence.” I expect 100 percent effort in all you do.”
― Steven Levitt

“An incentive is a bullet, a key: an often tiny object with astonishing power to change a situation.”
― Steven Levitt

“The key to learning is feedback. It is nearly impossible to learn anything without it.”
― Steven Levitt

“Most people are too busy to rethink the way they think—or to even spend much time thinking at all.”
― Steven Levitt

“When people don’t pay the true cost of something, they tend to consume it inefficiently.”
― Steven Levitt

“Never, ever think that people will do something just because it is the “right” thing to do.”
― Steven Levitt

“It has long been said that the three hardest words to say in the English language are I love you. We heartily disagree! For most people, it is much harder to say I don’t know.”
― Steven Levitt

“The best way to increase wolves in America, rabbits in Australia, and snakes in India is to pay a bounty on their scalps. Then every patriot goes to raising them.”
― Steven Levitt

“But a mountain of recent evidence suggests that teacher skill has less influence on a student’s performance than a completely different set of factors: namely, how much kids have learned from their parents, how hard they work at home, and whether the parents have instilled an appetite for education.”
― Steven Levitt

“After all, your chances of winning a lottery and of affecting an election are pretty similar. From a financial perspective, playing the lottery is a bad investment. But it’s fun and relatively cheap: for the price of a ticket, you buy the right to fantasize how you’d spend the winnings – much as you get to fantasize that your vote will have some impact on policy.”
― Steven Levitt

“The more social science we learn, the more we realize that people, while treasuring their independence, are in fact drawn to herd behavior in almost every aspect of daily life.”
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“The gulf between the information we proclaim & the information we know to be true is vast. In other words: we say one thing & do another.”
― Steven Levitt

“Prediction,” as Niels Bohr liked to say, “is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.”
― Steven Levitt

“Figure out what people really care about, not what they say they care about.”
― Steven Levitt

“But as history clearly shows, most people, whether because of nature or nurture, generally put their own interests ahead of others’. This doesn’t make them bad people; it just makes them human.”
― Steven Levitt

“Social scientists sometimes talk about the concept of “identity”. It is the idea that you have a particular vision of the kind of person you are, and you feel awful when you do things that are out of line with that vision.”
― Steven Levitt

“One thing we’ve learned is that when people, especially politicians, start making decisions based on a reading of their moral compass, facts tend to be among the first casualties.”
― Steven Levitt

“If it takes a lot of courage to admit you don’t know all the answers, just imagine how hard it is to admit you don’t even know the right question.”
― Steven Levitt

“When failure is demonized, people will try to avoid it at all costs—even when it represents nothing more than a temporary setback.”
― Steven Levitt

“If you both own a gun and a swimming pool in your backyard, the swimming pool is about 100 times more likely to kill a child than the gun is.”
― Steven Levitt

“A rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything.”
― Steven Levitt

“Since the science of economics is primarily a set of tools, as opposed to a subject matter, then no subject, however offbeat, need be beyond its reach.”
― Steven Levitt

“Resources are not infinite: you cannot solve tomorrow’s problem if you aren’t willing to abandon today’s dud.”
― Steven Levitt

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