John Galbraith Quotes

37 John Galbraith quotes:

"It is not necessary to advertise food to hungry people, fuel to cold people, or houses to the homeless."
"One can relish the varied idiocy of human action during a panic to the full, for, while it is a time of great tragedy, nothing is being lost but money"
Author: Galbraith Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"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."
"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."
"If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should never grow old."
"Meetings are a great trap. Soon you find yourself trying to get agreement and then the people who disagree come to think they have a right to be persuaded. However, they are indispensable when you don't want to do anything."
Author: Galbraith Quotes Category: Agreement Quotes Meetings Quotes
"The happiest time in any man's life is just after the first divorce"
Author: Galbraith Quotes Category: Divorce Quotes
"The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events."
Author: Galbraith Quotes Category: Events Quotes
"The commencement speech is not, I think, a wholly satisfactory manifestation of our culture."
Author: Galbraith Quotes Category: Culture Quotes
"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."
Author: Galbraith Quotes Category: Critics And Criticism Quotes Literary Criticism Quotes
"Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists."
"In economics, hope and faith coexist with great scientific pretension and also a deep desire for respectability."
"A person buying ordinary products in a supermarket is in touch with his deepest emotions."
Author: Galbraith Quotes Category: Emotions Quotes
"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."
"Several times I concluded that there was too much detail; always I returned to continue and enjoy the book."
"We have escapist fiction, so why not escapist biography?"
"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."
Author: Galbraith Quotes Category: Comfort Quotes Complacency Quotes
"There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting."
Author: Galbraith Quotes Category: Beauty Quotes
"The total alteration in underlying circumstances has not been squarely faced, As a result, we are guided, in part, by ideas that are relevant to another world. ... We do many things that are unnecessary, some that are unwise, and a few that are insane."
"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."

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