Quotes by John Kenneth Galbraith

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 Kenneth Galbraith
A person buying ordinary products in a supermarket is in touch with his deepest emotions.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
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
All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
Anyone who says he won't resign four times, will.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
By all but the pathologically romantic, it is now recognized that this is not the age of the small man.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
Commencement oratory must eschew anything that smacks of partisan politics, political preference, sex, religion or unduly firm opinion. Nonetheless, there must be a speech: Speeches in our culture are the vacuum that fills a vacuum.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
Economics is a subject profoundly conducive to cliche, resonant with boredom. On few topics is an American audience so practiced in turning off its ears and minds. And none can say that the response is ill advised.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
Few people at the beginning of the nineteenth century needed an adman to tell them what they wanted.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
Humor is richly rewarding to the person who employs it. It has some value in gaining and holding attention, but it has no persuasive value at all.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should never grow old.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
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
In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
In economics, hope and faith coexist with great scientific pretension and also a deep desire for respectability.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
In economics, the majority is always wrong.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
It is not necessary to advertise food to hungry people, fuel to cold people, or houses to the homeless.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
It would be foolish to suggest that government is a good custodian of aesthetic goals. But, there is no alternative to the state.
– John Kenneth Galbraith