87 Total Quotes

John Galbraith Quotes

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
John Galbraith
#Action

Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.
John Galbraith
#Modesty

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 Galbraith
#Vacation

More die in the United States of too much food than of too little.
John Galbraith
#Food

Several times I concluded that there was too much detail; always I returned to continue and enjoy the book.
John Galbraith
#Books And Reading

The man who is admired for the ingenuity of his larceny is almost always rediscovering some earlier form of fraud. The basic forms are all known, have all been practiced. The manners of capitalism improve. The morals may not.
John Galbraith
#Crime And Criminals #Fraud

The real accomplishment of modern science and technology consists in taking ordinary men, informing them narrowly and deeply and then, through appropriate organization, arranging to have their knowledge combined with that of other specialized but equally ordinary men. This dispenses with the need for genius. The resulting performance, though less inspiring, is far more predictable.
John Galbraith
#Science And Scientists

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.
John Galbraith
#Literary Criticism #Criticism

It is not necessary to advertise food to hungry people, fuel to cold people, or houses to the homeless.
John Galbraith
#Advertising

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.
John Galbraith
#Agreement #Meetings

What is called a high standard of living consists, in considerable measure, in arrangements for avoiding muscular energy, for increasing sensual pleasure and enhancing caloric intake above any conceivable nutritional requirement
John Galbraith
#Energy

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 Galbraith
#Philosophy #Conservative

On the first of January of 1929, as a simple matter of probability, it was most likely that the boom would end before the year was out, ... The market wouldn't level out; it would fall precipitately.
John Galbraith
#Boom

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.
John Galbraith
#Astrology

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
John Galbraith
#Politicians And Politics #Art

a much more concerned look at the problems of the weak economies, particularly the innocent people that are suffering there.
John Galbraith
#People

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 Galbraith
#Books And Reading

If we were not in Vietnam, all that part of the world would be enjoying the obscurity it so richly deserves
John Galbraith
#Vietnam

When people put their ballots in the boxes, they are, by that act, inoculated against the feeling that the government is not theirs. They then accept, in some measure, that its errors are their errors, its aberrations their aberrations, that any revolt will be against them. It's a remarkably shrewd and rather conservative arrangement when one thinks of it.
John Galbraith
#Democracy

these are the days when men... seek the comfortable and the accepted; when the man of controversy is looked upon as a disturbing influence; when originality is taken to be a mark of instability; and when, in minor modification of the scriptural parable, the bland lead the bland.
John Galbraith
#Controversy

Talk of revolution is one of avoiding reality.
John Galbraith
#Reality

The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character building values of the privation of the poor.
John Galbraith
#Wealth #Character

We have escapist fiction, so why not escapist biography?
John Galbraith
#Biography

Of all classes the rich are the most noticed and the least studied.
John Galbraith
#Riches