Thorstein Veblen

(Thorstein Bunde Veblen)

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… increased industrial efficiency makes it possible to procure the means of livelihood with less labor Business, Commerce & Finance
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. States. Nations & Nationhood
Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
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. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
However widely, or equally, or "fairly", it may be distributed, no general increase of the community's wealth can make any approach to satiating this need, the ground of which is the desire of every one to excel everyone else in the accumulation of goods. Human Nature
In itself and in its consequences the life of leisure is beautiful and ennobling in all civilized men's eyes. Human Nature
In modern civilized communities... the members of each stratum accept as their ideal of decency the scheme of life in vogue in the next higher stratum. Human Nature
Invention is the mother of necessity. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Capitalism
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. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
It is a matter of course and of absolute necessity to the conduct of business, that any discretionary businessman must be free to deal or not to deal in any given case; to limit or withhold the equipment under his control, without reservation. Regulation & Deregulation
It is always sound business to take any obtainable net gain, at any cost and at any risk to the rest of the community. Business, Commerce & Finance
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. Budgets & Budgeting
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. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The dress of women goes even farther than that of men in the way of demonstrating the wearer's abstinence from productive employment. It needs no argument to enforce the generalization that the more elegant styles of feminine bonnets go even farther towards making work impossible than does the man's high hat. The woman's shoe add the so-called French heel to the evidence of enforced leisure afforded by its polish; because this high heel obviously makes any, even the simplest and most necessary manual work extremely difficult.
The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The possession of wealth confers honor; it is an invidious distinction. Human Nature
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. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
All business sagacity reduces itself in the last analysis to judicious use of sabotage. Business, Commerce & Finance
In itself and in its consequences the life of leisure is beautiful and ennobling in all civilised men's eyes. Life
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 point of substantial merit the law school belongs in the modern university no more than a school of fencing or dancing.
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. Respect ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree marks an arrested development in man's moral nature. Sports & Athletics ;Nature
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 dog commends himself to our favor by affording play to our propensity for mastery.