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John Kenneth Galbraith

1908-2007. Canadian-American economist.

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Money differs from an automobile or mistress in being equally important to those who have it and those who do not.

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In the United States, though power corrupts, the expectation of power paralyzes.

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Man, at least when educated, is a pessimist. He believes it safer not to reflect on his achievements; Jove is known to strike such people down.

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

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Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.

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The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character building values of the privation of the poor.

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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.

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The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events.

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The traveler to the United States will do well to prepare himself for the class-consciousness of the natives. This differs from the already familiar English version in being more extreme and based more firmly on the conviction that the class to which the speaker belongs is inherently superior to all others.

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More die in the United States from too much food that from too little.

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