Quotes by Thorstein Veblen

Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure.

Thorstein Veblen

Invention is the mother of necessity.

Thorstein Veblen

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

Thorstein Veblen

The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before.

Thorstein Veblen

Other Great Authors


That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and, hence, is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.

Abraham Lincoln

The world began without man, and it will complete itself without him.

Claude Levi-Strauss

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.

Henry Louis Mencken »

Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt. (On relations with the US)

Pierre Elliott Trudeau »

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art...It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.

C. S. Lewis »