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Quote Left Once the visitor was told rather repetitively that this city was the melting pot; never before in history had so many people of such varied languages, customs, colors and culinary habits lived so amicably together. Although New York remains peaceful by most standards, this self-congratulation is now less often heard, since it was discovered some years ago that racial harmony depended unduly on the willingness of the blacks (and latterly the Puerto Ricans) to do for the other races the meanest jobs at the lowest wages and then to return to live by themselves in the worst slums. Quote Right
Quote Left In the usual (though certainly not in every) public decision on economic policy, the choice is between courses that are almost equally good or equally bad. It is the narrowest decisions that are most ardently debated. If the world is lucky enough to enjoy peace, it may even one day make the discovery, to the horror of doctrinaire free-enterprisers and doctrinaire planners alike, that what is called capitalism and what is called socialism are both capable of working quite well. Quote Right
Quote Left It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought. Quote Right
Quote Left It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled sea of thought. Quote Right
Quote Left There is an insistent tendency among serious social scientists to think of any institution which features rhymed and singing commercials, intense and lachrymose voices urging highly improbable enjoyment, caricatures of the human esophagus in normal and impaired operation, and which hints implausibly at opportunities for antiseptic seduction as inherently trivial. This is a great mistake. The industrial system is profoundly dependent on commercial television and could not exist in its present form without it. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left In economics, the majority is always wrong. Quote Right
Quote Left The great dialectic in our time is not, as anciently and by some still supposed, between capital and labor; it is between economic enterprise and the state. Quote Right
Quote Left Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything. Quote Right
Quote Left Liberalism is, I think, resurgent. One reason is that more and more people are so painfully aware of the alternative. Quote Right
Quote Left Humor is richly rewarding to the person who employs it. It has some value in gaining and holding attention. But it has no persuasive value at all. Quote Right
Quote Left Any consideration of the life and larger social existence of the modern corporate man begins and also largely ends with the effect of one all-embracing force. That is organization -- the highly structured assemblage of men, and now some women, of which he is a part. It is to this, at the expense of family, friends, sex, recreation and sometimes health and effective control of alcoholic intake, that he is expected to devote his energies. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left People are the common denominator of progress. So... no improvement is possible with unimproved people, and advance is certain when people are liberated and educated. It would be wrong to dismiss the importance of roads, railroads, power plants, mills, and the other familiar furniture of economic development.... But we are coming to realize... that there is a certain sterility in economic monuments that stand alone in a sea of illiteracy. Conquest of illiteracy comes first. Quote Right
Quote Left The real accomplishment of modern science and technology consists in taking ordinary men, informing them narrowly and deeply and then, through appropriate organization, arranging to have their knowledge combined with that of other specialized but equally ordinary men. This dispenses with the need for genius. The resulting performance, though less inspiring, is far more predictable. Quote Right
Quote Left The salary of the chief executive of the large corporations is not an award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm gesture by the individual to himself. Quote Right
Quote Left In economics, hope and faith coexist with great scientific pretension and also a deep desire for respectability. Quote Right
Quote Left Technology means the systematic application of scientific or other organized knowledge to practical tasks. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists. Quote Right
Quote Left Few people at the beginning of the ninteenth century needed an adman to tell them what they wanted. Quote Right
Quote Left There are a few ironclad rules of diplomancy but to one there is no exception. When an official reports that talks were useful, it can safely be concluded that nothing was accomplished. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue. Quote Right
Quote Left The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character building values of the privation of the poor. Quote Right
Quote Left Money is a singular thing. It ranks with love as man's greatest source of joy. And with death as his greatest source of anxiety. Over all history it has oppressed nearly all people in one of two ways: either it has been abundant and very unreliable, or reliable and very scarce. Quote Right
Quote Left In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone. Quote Right
Quote Left In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof. Quote Right
Quote Left The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character-building value of privation for the poor. Quote Right
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