John Kenneth Galbraith

(1908-2006 / Iona Station, Ontario)

John Kenneth Galbraith Quotes

  • ''It has been the acknowledged right of every Marxist scholar to read into Marx the particular meaning that he himself prefers and to treat all others with indignation.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. The Age of Uncertainty, ch. 3 (1977).
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  • ''The Metropolis should have been aborted long before it became New York, London or Tokyo.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. The Age of Uncertainty, ch. 9 (1977).
  • ''Few can believe that suffering, especially by others, is in vain. Anything that is disagreeable must surely have beneficial economic effects.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. The Age of Uncertainty, ch. 7 (1977). On the solutions proposed by politicians to ride out a recession.
  • ''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 (b. 1908), U.S. economist. The Age of Uncertainty, ch. 12 (1977). On his experience of the Nuremburg trials of Nazi war criminals.
  • ''Man, at least when educated, is a pessimist. He believes it safer not to reflect on his achievements; Jove is known to strike such people down.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. The Age of Uncertainty, ch. 12 (1977).
  • ''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 practicised. The manners of capitalism improve. The morals may not.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. The Age of Uncertainty, ch. 2 (1977).
  • ''Of all classes the rich are the most noticed and the least studied.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. The Age of Uncertainty, ch. 2 (1977).
  • ''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 shrewed and rather conservative arrangement when one thinks of it.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. The Age of Uncertainty, ch. 12 (1977).
  • ''All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door. The violence of revolutions is the violence of men who charge into a vacuum.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. The Age of Uncertainty, ch. 3 (1977).
  • ''All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door. The violence of revolutions is the violence of men who charge into a vacuum.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. The Age of Uncertainty, ch. 3 (1977).

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