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Thorstein Veblen Quotes & Sayings
19 entries tagged including 13 subtopics.
Last updated Aug 2020
Thorstein Veblen Topics
The possession of goods, whether acquired aggressively by one's own exertion or passively by transmission through inheritance from others, becomes a conventional basis of reputability.
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
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
The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree marks an arrested development in man's moral nature
The dog commends himself to our favor by affording play to our propensity for mastery
The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before.
The dog commends himself to our favor by affording play to our propensity for mastery.
The basis on which good repute in any highly organized industrial community ultimately rests is pecuniary strength; and the means of showing pecuniary strength, and so of gaining or retaining a good name, are leisure and a conspicuous consumption of goods.
The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree marks an arrested development in man's moral nature.
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.
It is always sound business to take any obtainable net gain, at any cost and at any risk to the rest of the community.
Invention is the mother of necessity.
In point of substantial merit the law school belongs in the modern university no more than a school of fencing or dancing.
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 itself and in its consequences the life of leisure is beautiful and ennobling in all civilised men's eyes.
Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure.
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.
All business sagacity reduces itself in the last analysis to judicious use of sabotage.
Labor wants also 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
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