John Kenneth Galbraith

(1908-2006 / Iona Station, Ontario)

John Kenneth Galbraith Quotes

  • ''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 Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. repr. In A View from the Stands (1986). Foreword to Gloria Steinem, The Beach Book (1963).
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  • ''There is something wonderful in seeing a wrong-headed majority assailed by truth.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. Guardian (London, July 28, 1989).
  • ''In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. Guardian (London, July 28, 1989).
  • ''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 (b. 1908), U.S. economist. Guardian (London, July 28, 1989).
  • ''In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. Guardian (London, July 28, 1989).
  • ''You will belong to that minority which, according to current Washington doctrine, must be protected in its affluence lest its energy and initiative be impaired. Your position will be in contrast to that of the poor, to whom money, especially if it is from public sources, is held to be deeply damaging.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. Guardian (London, July 28, 1989).
  • ''We now in the United States have more security guards for the rich than we have police services for the poor districts. If you're looking for personal security, far better to move to the suburbs than to pay taxes in New York.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. Guardian (London, May 23, 1992).
  • ''There's a certain part of the contented majority who love anybody who is worth a billion dollars.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. Guardian (London, May 23, 1992). Of millionaire presidential candidate H. Ross Perot.
  • ''People who are in a fortunate position always attribute virtue to what makes them so happy.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. Guardian (London, May 23, 1992).
  • ''We can safely abandon the doctrine of the eighties, namely that the rich were not working because they had too little money, the poor because they had much.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. Guardian (London, Nov. 20, 1991).

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