Portrait of Milton Friedman

Quotes by Milton Friedman

1912 – 2007

Milton Friedman (1912-2007) was the author of many books and articles in economics, including A Theory of the Consumption Function, The Optimum Quantity of Money and Other Essays, and (with A. J. Schwartz) A Monetary History of the United States, Monetary Statistics of the United States, and Monetary Trends in the United States and the United Kingdom. Friedman also wrote extensively on public policy, always with a primary emphasis on the preservation and extension of individual freedom.


His most important books in this field are (with Rose D. Friedman) Capitalism and Freedom (University of Chicago Press, 1962); Bright Promises, Dismal Performance (Thomas Horton and Daughters, 1983), which consists mostly of reprints of columns he wrote for Newsweek from 1966 to 1983; (with Rose D. Friedman) Free to Choose (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980), and (with Rose D. Friedman) Tyranny of the Status Quo (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984).

See also the following podcasts on our sister website Econtalk:

At our sister website Econlib:

  • the Concise Encyclopedia of Economics entry on Friedman

Watch the OLL Video The Intellectual Portrait Series: A Conversation with Milton Friedman



Milton Friedman and the Free Society

Milton Friedman

The State

Milton Friedman on the Deconcentration of Power

Milton Friedman