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John Kenneth Galbraith

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-10-15 2006-04-29) was a Canadian-American economist and author.
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Wealth is not without its advantages, and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.

John Kenneth Galbraith

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

All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.

John Kenneth Galbraith

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

John Kenneth Galbraith

Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.

John Kenneth Galbraith

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.

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

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

John Kenneth Galbraith

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.

John Kenneth Galbraith

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

John Kenneth Galbraith

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.

John Kenneth Galbraith

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

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.

John Kenneth Galbraith

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

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

John Kenneth Galbraith

Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.

John Kenneth Galbraith

One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.

John Kenneth Galbraith

You will find that the State is the kind of organization which, though it does big things badly, does small things badly, too.

John Kenneth Galbraith

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.

John Kenneth Galbraith

In economics, the majority is always wrong.

John Kenneth Galbraith

It would be foolish to suggest that government is a good custodian of aesthetic goals. But, there is no alternative to the state.

John Kenneth Galbraith

A person buying ordinary products in a supermarket is in touch with his deepest emotions.

John Kenneth Galbraith

Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.

John Kenneth Galbraith

There are few ironclad rules of diplomacy but to one there is no exception. When an official reports that talks were useful, it can safely be concluded that nothing was accomplished.

John Kenneth Galbraith

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
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