John Kenneth Galbraith Quotes

Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.
Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
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.
People fo privilage will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage.
Change comes not from men and women changing their minds, but from the change from one generation to the next.
Wealth is not without its advantages, and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.
The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.
One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.
Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.
In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.
Washington is a place where people praise courage and act on elaborate personal cost-benefit calculations.
If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.
Few people at the beginning of the ninteenth century needed an adman to tell them what they wanted.
In economics, the majority is always wrong.
A person buying ordinary products in a supermarket is in touch with his deepest emotions.
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.
The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character-building value of privation for the poor.
Technology means the systematic application of scientific or other organized knowledge to practical tasks.
The salary of the chief executive of the large corporations is not an award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm gesture by the individual to himself.
Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.
Liberalism is, I think, resurgent. One reason is that more and more people are so painfully aware of the alternative.
In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.
Where humor is concerned there are no standards - no one can say what is good or bad, although you can be sure that everyone will.
Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.
You will find that the State is the kind of organization which, though it does big things badly, does small things badly, too.
It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled sea of thought.
Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.
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