Quotes by John Kenneth Galbraith

The Metropolis should have been aborted long before it became New York, London or Tokyo.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
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
The process by which banks create money is so simple that the mind is repelled.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
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
There are few ironclad rules of diplomacy but to one there is no exception. When an official reports that talks were useful, it can safely be concluded that nothing was accomplished.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
There are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
There is something wonderful in seeing a wrong-headed majority assailed by truth.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
There's a certain part of the contented majority who love anybody who is worth a billion dollars.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
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
Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
War remains the decisive human failure.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
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
We have escapist fiction, so why not escapist biography?
– John Kenneth Galbraith
Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
Wealth, in even the most improbable cases, manages to convey the aspect of intelligence.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
You will find that the State is the kind of organization which, though it does big things badly, does small things badly, too.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled sea of thought.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
Where humor is concerned there are no standards - no one can say what is good or bad, although you can be sure that everyone will.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect.
– John Kenneth Galbraith