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Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "In point of substantial merit the law school belongs in the modern university no more than a school of fencing or dancing."

In point of substantial merit the law school belongs in the modern university no more than a school of fencing or dancing.




Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "Labor wants pride and joy in doing good work, a sense of making or doing something beautiful or useful - to be treated with dignity and respect as brother and sister."

Labor wants pride and joy in doing good work, a sense of making or doing something beautiful or useful - to be treated with dignity and respect as brother and sister.




Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "The thief or swindler who has gained great wealth by his delinquency has a better chance than the small thief of escaping the rigorous penalty of the law."

The thief or swindler who has gained great wealth by his delinquency has a better chance than the small thief of escaping the rigorous penalty of the law.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "Only individuals with an aberrant temperament can in the long run retain their self-esteem in the face of the disesteem of their fellows."

Only individuals with an aberrant temperament can in the long run retain their self-esteem in the face of the disesteem of their fellows.




Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "The possession of wealth confers honor; it is an invidious distinction."

The possession of wealth confers honor; it is an invidious distinction.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "The dog commends himself to our favor by affording play to our propensity for mastery"

The dog commends himself to our favor by affording play to our propensity for mastery



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "Born in iniquity and conceived in sin, the spirit of nationalism has never ceased to bend human institutions to the service of dissension and distress."

Born in iniquity and conceived in sin, the spirit of nationalism has never ceased to bend human institutions to the service of dissension and distress.




Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "Socialism is a dead horse."

Socialism is a dead horse.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "All business sagacity reduces itself in the last analysis to judicious use of sabotage."

All business sagacity reduces itself in the last analysis to judicious use of sabotage.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "The requirement of conspicuous wastefulness is... present as a constraining norm selectively shaping and sustaining our sense of what is beautiful."

The requirement of conspicuous wastefulness is... present as a constraining norm selectively shaping and sustaining our sense of what is beautiful.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "A protective tariff is a typical conspiracy in restraint of trade."

A protective tariff is a typical conspiracy in restraint of trade.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "Abstention from labor is the conventional evidence of wealth and is therefore the conventional mark of social standing."

Abstention from labor is the conventional evidence of wealth and is therefore the conventional mark of social standing.




Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree marks an arrested development in man's moral nature."

The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree marks an arrested development in man's moral nature.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "The chief use of servants is the evidence they afford of the master's ability to pay."

The chief use of servants is the evidence they afford of the master's ability to pay.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "The walking stick serves the purpose of an advertisement that the bearer's hands are employed otherwise than in useful effort, and it therefore has utility as an evidence of leisure."

The walking stick serves the purpose of an advertisement that the bearer's hands are employed otherwise than in useful effort, and it therefore has utility as an evidence of leisure.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "Invention is the mother of necessity."

Invention is the mother of necessity.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "No one travelling on a business trip would be missed if he failed to arrive."

No one travelling on a business trip would be missed if he failed to arrive.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "It is always sound business to take any obtainable net gain, at any cost, and at any risk to the rest of the community."

It is always sound business to take any obtainable net gain, at any cost, and at any risk to the rest of the community.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "In itself and in its consequences the life of leisure is beautiful and ennobling in all civilised men's eyes."

In itself and in its consequences the life of leisure is beautiful and ennobling in all civilised men's eyes.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "Instead of investing in the goods as they pass between producer and consumer, as the merchant does, the businessman now invests in the processes of industry."

Instead of investing in the goods as they pass between producer and consumer, as the merchant does, the businessman now invests in the processes of industry.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "It frequently happens that an element of the standard of living which set out with being primarily wasteful, ends with becoming, in the apprehension of the consumer, a necessary of life."

It frequently happens that an element of the standard of living which set out with being primarily wasteful, ends with becoming, in the apprehension of the consumer, a necessary of life.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "There are few things that so touch us with instinctive revulsion as a breach of decorum."

There are few things that so touch us with instinctive revulsion as a breach of decorum.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "While the proximate ground of discrimination may be of another kind, still the pervading principle and abiding test of good breeding is the requirement of a substantial and patent waste of time."

While the proximate ground of discrimination may be of another kind, still the pervading principle and abiding test of good breeding is the requirement of a substantial and patent waste of time.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "In aesthetic theory it might be extremely difficult, if not quite impracticable, to draw a line between the canon of classicism, or regard for the archaic, and the canon of beauty."

In aesthetic theory it might be extremely difficult, if not quite impracticable, to draw a line between the canon of classicism, or regard for the archaic, and the canon of beauty.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "With the exception of the instinct of self-preservation, the propensity for emulation is probably the strongest and most alert and persistent of the economic motives proper."

With the exception of the instinct of self-preservation, the propensity for emulation is probably the strongest and most alert and persistent of the economic motives proper.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "From the ownership of women the concept of ownership extends itself to include the products of their industry, and so there arises the ownership of things as well as of persons."

From the ownership of women the concept of ownership extends itself to include the products of their industry, and so there arises the ownership of things as well as of persons.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "The domestic life of most classes is relatively shabby, as compared with the éclat of that overt portion of their life that is carried on before the eyes of observers."

The domestic life of most classes is relatively shabby, as compared with the éclat of that overt portion of their life that is carried on before the eyes of observers.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "In order to stand well in the eyes of the community, it is necessary to come up to a certain, somewhat indefinite, conventional standard of wealth."

In order to stand well in the eyes of the community, it is necessary to come up to a certain, somewhat indefinite, conventional standard of wealth.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "Conservatism is the maintenance of conventions already in force."

Conservatism is the maintenance of conventions already in force.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "So soon as the possession of property becomes the basis of popular esteem, therefore, it becomes also a requisite to that complacency which we call self-respect."

So soon as the possession of property becomes the basis of popular esteem, therefore, it becomes also a requisite to that complacency which we call self-respect.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "The visible imperfections of hand-wrought goods, being honorific, are accounted marks of superiority in point of beauty, or serviceability, or both."

The visible imperfections of hand-wrought goods, being honorific, are accounted marks of superiority in point of beauty, or serviceability, or both.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "It is much more difficult to recede from a scale of expenditure once adopted than it is to extend the accustomed scale in response to an accession of wealth."

It is much more difficult to recede from a scale of expenditure once adopted than it is to extend the accustomed scale in response to an accession of wealth.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "The first duty of an editor is to gauge the sentiment of his reader, and then to tell them what they like to believe."

The first duty of an editor is to gauge the sentiment of his reader, and then to tell them what they like to believe.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "Beauty is commonly a gratification of our sense of costliness masquerading under the name of beauty."

Beauty is commonly a gratification of our sense of costliness masquerading under the name of beauty.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "Conservatism, being an upper-class characteristic, is decorous; and conversely, innovation, being a lower-class phenomenon, is vulgar. ...Innovation is bad form."

Conservatism, being an upper-class characteristic, is decorous; and conversely, innovation, being a lower-class phenomenon, is vulgar. ...Innovation is bad form.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "The machine technology takes no cognizance of conventionally established rules of precedence; it knows neither manners nor breeding and can make no use of any of the attributes of worth."

The machine technology takes no cognizance of conventionally established rules of precedence; it knows neither manners nor breeding and can make no use of any of the attributes of worth.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "A standard of living is of the nature of habit. ...it acts almost solely to prevent recession from a scale of conspicuous expenditure that has once become habitual."

A standard of living is of the nature of habit. ...it acts almost solely to prevent recession from a scale of conspicuous expenditure that has once become habitual.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "The corset is?a mutilation, undergone for the purpose of lowering the subject's vitalityand rendering her permanentlyand obviously unfit for work."

The corset is?a mutilation, undergone for the purpose of lowering the subject's vitalityand rendering her permanentlyand obviously unfit for work.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "Inherited aptitudes and traits of temperament count for quite as much as length of habituation in deciding what range of habits will come to dominate any individual's scheme of life."

Inherited aptitudes and traits of temperament count for quite as much as length of habituation in deciding what range of habits will come to dominate any individual's scheme of life.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "The aesthetic serviceability of objects of beauty is not greatly nor universally heightened by possession."

The aesthetic serviceability of objects of beauty is not greatly nor universally heightened by possession.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "Loud dress becomes offensive to people of taste, as evincing an undue desire to reach and impress the untrained sensibilities of the vulgar."

Loud dress becomes offensive to people of taste, as evincing an undue desire to reach and impress the untrained sensibilities of the vulgar.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "All business sagacity reduces itself in the last analysis to a judicious use of sabotage."

All business sagacity reduces itself in the last analysis to a judicious use of sabotage.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "It is always sound business to take any obtainable net gain, at any cost and at any risk to the rest of the community."

It is always sound business to take any obtainable net gain, at any cost and at any risk to the rest of the community.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "In order to stand well in the eyes of the community it is necessary to come up to a certain somewhat indefinite conventional standard of wealth."

In order to stand well in the eyes of the community it is necessary to come up to a certain somewhat indefinite conventional standard of wealth.



Thorstein Veblen Quotes: "Born in inquity and conceived in sin the spirit of nationalism has never ceased to bend human institutions to the service of dissension and distress."

Born in inquity and conceived in sin the spirit of nationalism has never ceased to bend human institutions to the service of dissension and distress.