John Kenneth Galbraith Quotes

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The process by which banks create money is so simple that the mind is repelled.

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The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.

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There is something wonderful in seeing a wrong-headed majority assailed by truth.

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The salary of the chief executive of a large corporation is not a market award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself.

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There are few ironclad rules of diplomacy but to one there is no exception. When an official reports that talks were useful, it can safely be concluded that nothing was accomplished.

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There are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose.

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There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.

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There's a certain part of the contented majority who love anybody who is worth a billion dollars.

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Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable, much more so than we allow ourselves to imagine. A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt. It is now the only place in our overly active world that does.

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In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong.

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War remains the decisive human failure.

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Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.

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We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect.

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We can safely abandon the doctrine of the eighties, namely that the rich were not working because they had too little money, the poor because they had much.

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Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.

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Economics is a subject profoundly conducive to cliche, resonant with boredom. On few topics is an American audience so practiced in turning off its ears and minds. And none can say that the response is ill advised.

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Wealth, in even the most improbable cases, manages to convey the aspect of intelligence.

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A bad book is the worse that it cannot repent. It has not been the devil's policy to keep the masses of mankind in ignorance

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A person buying ordinary products in a supermarket is in touch with his deepest emotions.

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All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.

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Few people at the beginning of the nineteenth century needed an adman to tell them what they wanted.

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By all but the pathologically romantic, it is now recognized that this is not the age of the small man.

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If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should never grow old.

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Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.

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We have escapist fiction, so why not escapist biography?

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Few can believe that suffering, especially by others, is in vain. Anything that is disagreeable must surely have beneficial economic effects.

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Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.

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Humor is richly rewarding to the person who employs it. It has some value in gaining and holding attention, but it has no persuasive value at all.

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If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.

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All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door.

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More die in the United States of too much food than of too little.

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Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.

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People who are in a fortunate position always attribute virtue to what makes them so happy.

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One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.

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Of all classes the rich are the most noticed and the least studied.

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Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.

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Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization is a cover for either grave cerebral inadequacy or terminal laziness, the latter being a much cherished aspect of academic freedom.

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Money differs from an automobile or mistress in being equally important to those who have it and those who do not.

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The great dialectic in our time is not, as anciently and by some still supposed, between capital and labor

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Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.

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Meetings are a great trap. Soon you find yourself trying to get agreement and then the people who disagree come to think they have a right to be persuaded. However, they are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.

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It would be foolish to suggest that government is a good custodian of aesthetic goals. But, there is no alternative to the state.

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