Zitat des Tages von John Kenneth Galbraith:
Few can believe that suffering, especially by others, is in vain. Anything that is disagreeable must surely have beneficial economic effects.
Wealth, in even the most improbable cases, manages to convey the aspect of intelligence.
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.
You will find that the State is the kind of organization which, though it does big things badly, does small things badly, too.
Liberalism is, I think, resurgent. One reason is that more and more people are so painfully aware of the alternative.
Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.
By all but the pathologically romantic, it is now recognized that this is not the age of the small man.
The process by which banks create money is so simple that the mind is repelled.
There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.
Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.
Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.
Money differs from an automobile or mistress in being equally important to those who have it and those who do not.
In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.
Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization is a cover for either grave cerebral inadequacy or terminal laziness, the latter being a much cherished aspect of academic freedom.
We have escapist fiction, so why not escapist biography?
In economics, the majority is always wrong.
War remains the decisive human failure.
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.
One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.
The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.
The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events.
If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should never grow old.
Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character building values of the privation of the poor.
We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect.
Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.
Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.
A person buying ordinary products in a supermarket is in touch with his deepest emotions.
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.
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.
Meetings are a great trap. Soon you find yourself trying to get agreement and then the people who disagree come to think they have a right to be persuaded. However, they are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.
Few people at the beginning of the nineteenth century needed an adman to tell them what they wanted.
In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.
It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought.
There's a certain part of the contented majority who love anybody who is worth a billion dollars.
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.