19 Total Quotes

Thorstein Veblen Quotes

In point of substantial merit the law school belongs in the modern university no more than a school of fencing or dancing
Thorstein Veblen
#Law

In order to stand well in the eyes of the community, it is necessary to come up to a certain, somewhat indefinite, conventional standard of wealth.
Thorstein Veblen
#American Economist #Community

The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree marks an arrested development in man's moral nature
Thorstein Veblen
#Sports

Born in iniquity and conceived in sin, the spirit of nationalism has never ceased to bend human institutions to the service of dissension and distress
Thorstein Veblen
#Patriotic

The dog commends himself to our favor by affording play to our propensity for mastery
Thorstein Veblen
#Dogs

With the exception of the instinct of self-preservation, the propensity for emulation is probably the strongest and most alert and persistent of the economic motives proper
Thorstein Veblen
#Economy

The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before.
Thorstein Veblen
#American Economist

Invention is the mother of necessity.
Thorstein Veblen
#American Economist

In point of substantial merit the law school belongs in the modern university no more than a school of fencing or dancing.
Thorstein Veblen
#American Economist

Labor wants pride and joy in doing good work, a sense of making or doing something beautiful or useful - to be treated with dignity and respect as brother and sister.
Thorstein Veblen
#American Economist

The dog commends himself to our favor by affording play to our propensity for mastery.
Thorstein Veblen
#American Economist

All business sagacity reduces itself in the last analysis to judicious use of sabotage.
Thorstein Veblen
#American Economist

Born in iniquity and conceived in sin, the spirit of nationalism has never ceased to bend human institutions to the service of dissension and distress.
Thorstein Veblen
#American Economist

Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure.
Thorstein Veblen
#American Economist

In itself and in its consequences the life of leisure is beautiful and ennobling in all civilised men's eyes.
Thorstein Veblen
#American Economist

It is always sound business to take any obtainable net gain, at any cost and at any risk to the rest of the community.
Thorstein Veblen
#American Economist

The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree marks an arrested development in man's moral nature.
Thorstein Veblen
#American Economist

The basis on which good repute in any highly organized industrial community ultimately rests is pecuniary strength; and the means of showing pecuniary strength, and so of gaining or retaining a good name, are leisure and a conspicuous consumption of goods.
Thorstein Veblen
#American Economist