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Politics is not the art of the posssible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
—  John Kenneth Galbraith
Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.
—  John Kenneth Galbraith
Increasingly in recent times we have come first to identify the remedy that is most agreeable, most convenient, most in accord with major pecuniary or political interest, the one that reflects our available faculty for action; then we move from the remedy so available or desired back to a cause to which that remedy is relevant.
—  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
There can be no question, however, that prolonged commitment to mathematical exercises in economics can be damaging. It leads to the atrophy of judgement and intuition.
—  John Kenneth Galbraith
The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.
—  John Kenneth Galbraith
The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character-building value of privation for the poor.
—  John Kenneth Galbraith
People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage.
—  John Kenneth Galbraith
Money differs from an automobile or mistress in being equally important to those who have it and those who do not.
—  John Kenneth Galbraith
The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.
—  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
Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.
—  John Kenneth Galbraith
Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
—  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
One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.
—  John Kenneth Galbraith
There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.
—  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

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