John Kenneth Galbraith Quotes

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Banking is a career from which no man really recovers.
— John Kenneth Galbraith

financial industry

When people are least sure, they are often most dogmatic.
— John Kenneth Galbraith

arguments

Authorship of any sort is a fantastic indulgence of the ego.

authors ego

Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.
— John Kenneth Galbraith
All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door.

revolution

The happiest time of anyone's life is just after the first divorce.
— John Kenneth Galbraith

divorce

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

economics

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

mistakes

We are becoming the servants in thought, as in action, of the machine we have created to serve us.
— John Kenneth Galbraith

technology machines

There are two kinds of forecasters: those who don't know, and those who don't know they don't know.
— John Kenneth Galbraith

economics

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

advertising

Few things are as immutable as the addiction of political groups to the ideas by which they have won office.

politics

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

politics

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

politics

It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought.

nonsense

Liberalism is, I think, resurgent. One reason is that more and more people are so painfully aware of the alternative.
— John Kenneth Galbraith
The drive toward complex technical achievement offers a clue to why the US is good at space gadgetry and bad at slum problems.
— John Kenneth Galbraith

technology

The drive toward complex technical achievement offers a clue to why the U.S. is good at space gadgetry and bad at slum problems.
— John Kenneth Galbraith

technology

All writers know that on some golden mornings they are touched by the wand; they are on intimate terms with poetry and cosmic truth.

writers

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.

changing people

Wealth is not without its advantages, and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.

wealth

A wrong decision isn't forever; it can always be reversed.  The losses from a delayed decision are forever; they can never be retrieved.

indecision decision-making

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

conservatives

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.
— John Kenneth Galbraith

business value CEO

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.

leadership

Money is a singular thing.  It ranks with love as man's greatest source of joy.  And with death as his greatest source of anxiety.  Over all history it has oppressed nearly all people in one of two ways: either it has been abundant and very unreliable, or reliable and very scarce.

money