John Kenneth Galbraith Sayings and Quotes

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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.      

John Kenneth Galbraith

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

John Kenneth Galbraith

Some things were never meant to be recycled.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

Nostalgia combines regularly with manifest respectability to give credence to old error as opposed to new truth.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

The happiest time of anyone's life is just after the first divorce.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

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.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

Ideas are inherently conservative. They yield not to the attack of other ideas but to the massive onslaught of circumstance with which they cannot contend.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

Under capitalism, man exploits man. under communism, its just the opposite.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

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.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

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

John Kenneth Galbraith

Inventions that are not made, like babies that are not born, are not missed.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

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.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

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

John Kenneth Galbraith

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

John Kenneth Galbraith

In central banking as in diplomacy, style, conservative tailoring, and an easy association with the affluent count greatly and results far much less.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

Banking may well be a career from which no man really recovers.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

One of the best ways of avoiding necessary and even urgent tasks is to seem to be busily employed on things that are already done.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

Do not be alarmed by simplification, complexity is often a device for claiming sophistication, or for evading simple truths.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

The Metropolis Should have been aborted long before it became New York, London or Tokyo.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

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

John Kenneth Galbraith

Economics exists to make astrology look respectable.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

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

John Kenneth Galbraith

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.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

Power is not something that can be assumed or discarded at will like underwear.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

Emancipation of belief is the most formidable of the tasks of reform and the one on which all else depends.     

John Kenneth Galbraith