Quotes by John Kenneth Galbraith

John Kenneth Galbraith

John Kenneth Galbraith

American economist

Alive from: 1908-2006

Category: Economists and businessmen

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    The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events.
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    The great dialectic in our time is not, as anciently and by some still supposed, between capital and labor; it is between economic enterprise and the state.
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    The man who is admired for the ingenuity of his larceny is almost always rediscovering some earlier form of fraud. The basic forms are all known, have all been practiced. The manners of capitalism improve. The morals may not.
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    The Metropolis should have been aborted long before it became New York, London or Tokyo.
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    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
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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 is something wonderful in seeing a wrong-headed majority assailed by truth.
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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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    Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it’s just the opposite
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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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    We now in the United States have more security guards for the rich than we have police services for the poor districts. If you're looking for personal security, far better to move to the suburbs than to pay taxes in New York.
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