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John Kenneth Galbraith

(1908~) Canadian-American Economist, Diplomat, Author

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

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.

Just as there must be balance in what a community produces, so there must also be balance in what the community consumes.

Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.

Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.

One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.

People are the common denominator of progress. So - no improvement is possible with unimproved people, and advance is certain when people are liberated and educated.

Power is not something that can be assumed or discarded at will like underwear.

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.

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.

There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.