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John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) Canadian-born American economist, diplomat, author

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Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory. - John Kenneth Galbraith


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


When people are least sure, they are often most dogmatic. - John Kenneth Galbraith


Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. - John Kenneth Galbraith


There's a certain part of the contented majority who love anybody who is worth a billion dollars. - John Kenneth Galbraith


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


Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. - John Kenneth Galbraith


If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error. - John Kenneth Galbraith


The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable. - 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