John Galbraith

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John Galbraith

John Galbraith

The traveler to the United States will do well to prepare himself for the class-consciousness of the natives. This differs from the already familiar English version in being more extreme and based more firmly on the conviction that the class to which the speaker belongs is inherently superior to all others.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
More die in the United States from too much food that from too little.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The contented and economically comfortable have a very discriminating view of government. Nobody is ever indignant about bailing out failed banks and failed savings and loans associations. But when taxes must be paid for the lower middle class and poor, the government assumes an aspect of wickedness.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put on the troubled seas of thought.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Once the visitor was told rather repetitively that this city was the melting pot; never before in history had so many people of such varied languages, customs, colors and culinary habits lived so amicably together. Although New York remains peaceful by most standards, this self-congratulation is now less often heard, since it was discovered some years ago that racial harmony depended unduly on the willingness of the blacks (and latterly the Puerto Ricans) to do for the other races the meanest jobs at the lowest wages and then to return to live by themselves in the worst slums.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Money differs from an automobile or mistress in being equally important to those who have it and those who do not.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Of all classes the rich are the most noticed and the least studied.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door. The violence of revolutions is the violence of men who charge into a vacuum.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Increasingly in recent times we have come first to identify the remedy that is most agreeable, most convenient, most in accord with major pecuniary or political interest, the one that reflects our available faculty for action; then we move from the remedy so available or desired back to a cause to which that remedy is relevant.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Few can believe that suffering, especially by others, is in vain. Anything that is disagreeable must surely have beneficial economic effects.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The real accomplishment of modern science and technology consists in taking ordinary men, informing them narrowly and deeply and then, through appropriate organization, arranging to have their knowledge combined with that of other specialized but equally ordinary men. This dispenses with the need for genius. The resulting performance, though less inspiring, is far more predictable.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The Metropolis should have been aborted long before it became New York, London or Tokyo.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
An important antidote to American democracy is American gerontocracy. The positions of eminence and authority in Congress are allotted in accordance with length of service, regardless of quality. Superficial observers have long criticized the United States for making a fetish of youth. This is unfair. Uniquely among modern organs of public and private administration, its national legislature rewards senility.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Wealth, in even the most improbable cases, manages to convey the aspect of intelligence.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Clearly the most unfortunate people are those who must do the same thing over and over again, every minute, or perhaps twenty to the minute. They deserve the shortest hours and the highest pay.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character building values of the privation of the poor.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
People who are in a fortunate position always attribute virtue to what makes them so happy.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Galbraith [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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; but finding that they will read, he is doing all in his power to poison their books.More John Galbraith [08/15/2011 05:08:55]

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