John Kenneth Galbraith Quotes (44 quotations)

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1. 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. - John Kenneth Galbraith

2. A man who is hungry need never be told of his need for food. If he is inspired by his appetite, he is immune to the influence of Messrs. Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn. The latter are effective only with those who are so far removed from physical want that they do not already know what they want. - John Kenneth Galbraith

3. A person buying ordinary products in a supermarket is in touch with his deepest emotions. - John Kenneth Galbraith

4. 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. - John Kenneth Galbraith

5. Anyone who says he won't resign four times, will. - John Kenneth Galbraith

6. Commencement oratory must eschew anything that smacks of partisan politics, political preference, sex, religion or unduly firm opinion. Nonetheless, there must be a speech: Speeches in our culture are the vacuum that fills a vacuum. - John Kenneth Galbraith

7. 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. - John Kenneth Galbraith

8. Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists. - John Kenneth Galbraith

9. 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. - John Kenneth Galbraith

10. Familiarity may breed contempt in some areas of human behavior, but in the field of social ideas it is the touchstone of acceptability. - John Kenneth Galbraith

11. Few people at the beginning of the nineteenth century needed an adman to tell them what they wanted. - John Kenneth Galbraith

12. From the fact of general well-being came the new position of the poor. They were now in most communities a minority. The voice of the people was now the voice of relative affluence. Politicians in pursuit of votes could be expected to have a diminishing concern for the very poor. Compassion would have to serve instead - an uncertain substitute. - John Kenneth Galbraith

13. 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. - John Kenneth Galbraith

14. If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error. - John Kenneth Galbraith

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

16. 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. - John Kenneth Galbraith

17. In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone. - John Kenneth Galbraith

18. In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof. - John Kenneth Galbraith

19. It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled sea of thought. - John Kenneth Galbraith

20. It is not necessary to advertise food to hungry people, fuel to cold people, or houses to the homeless. - John Kenneth Galbraith

21. Liberalism is, I think, resurgent. One reason is that more and more people are so painfully aware of the alternative. - John Kenneth Galbraith

22. Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything. - John Kenneth Galbraith

23. Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue. - John Kenneth Galbraith

24. More die in the United States of too much food than of too little. - John Kenneth Galbraith

25. Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory. - John Kenneth Galbraith

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