Thorstein Veblen, fully Thorstein Bunde Veblen, born Torsten Bunde Veblen

Thorstein
Veblen, fully Thorstein Bunde Veblen, born Torsten Bunde Veblen
1857
1929

Norwegian-American Sociologist and Economist, Leader of the Institutional Economics Movement

Author Quotes

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

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

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.

The evolution of society is substantially a process of mental adaptation on the part of individuals under the stress of circumstances which will no longer tolerate habits of thought formed under and conforming to a different set of circumstances in the past.

Invention is the mother of necessity.

The individual's habits of thought make an organic complex, the trend of which is necessarily in the direction of serviceability to the life process. When it is attempted to assimilate systematic waste or futility, as an end in life, into this organic complex, there presently supervenes a revulsion.

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

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

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.

The pulpit [is] the accredited vent for the exudation of effete matter from the cultural organism.

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

The quasi-peaceable gentleman of leisure, then, not only consumes of the staff of life beyond the minimum required for subsistence and physical efficiency, but his consumption also undergoes a specialization as regards the quality of the goods consumed. He consumes freely and of the best, in food, drink, narcotics, shelter, services, ornaments, apparel, weapons and accoutrements, amusements, amulets, and idols or divinities.

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

The superior excellence imputed to the book, which imitates the products of antique and obsolete processes, is conceived to be chiefly a superior utility in the aesthetic respect; but it is not unusual to find a well-bred book-lover insisting that the clumsier product is also more serviceable as a vehicle of printed speech.

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

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

The superior gratification derived from the use and contemplation of costly and supposedly beautiful products is, commonly, in great measure a gratification of our sense of costliness masquerading under the name of beauty.

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

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.

Neither the tenuous things of the human spirit nor the gross material needs of human life can come in contact with this business enterprise [Big Business] in such a way as to deflect its course from the line of least resistance, which is the line of greatest present gain within the law.

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First Name
Thorstein
Last Name
Veblen, fully Thorstein Bunde Veblen, born Torsten Bunde Veblen
Birth Date
1857
Death Date
1929
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Norwegian-American Sociologist and Economist, Leader of the Institutional Economics Movement