In June 1944, the British economist Lionel Robbins, having observed Keynes negotiating with the Americans at the Bretton Woods conference, confided to his diary:

I often find myself thinking that Keynes must be one of the most remarkable men that ever lived-the quick logic, the birdlike swoop of intuition, the vivid fancy, the wide vision, above all the incomparable sense of the fitness of words, all combine to make something several degrees beyond the limit of ordinary human achievement. Certainly, in our own age, only the Prime Minister [Churchill] is of comparable stature. He, of course, surpasses him. But the greatness of the Prime Minister is something much easier to understand than the genius of Keynes.