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By Anonym 15 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

The walking stick serves the purpose of an advertisement that the bearer's hands are employed otherwise than in useful effort, and it therefore has utility as an evidence of leisure.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

In the rare cases where it occurs, a failure to increase one's visible consumption when the means for an increase are at hand is felt in popular apprehension to call for explanation, and unworthy motives of miserliness are imputed.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree marks an arrested development in man's moral nature.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

The requirement of conspicuous wastefulness is... present as a constraining norm selectively shaping and sustaining our sense of what is beautiful.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

A protective tariff is a typical conspiracy in restraint of trade.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

The early ascendancy of leisure as a means of reputability is traceable to the archaic distinction between noble and ignoble employments. Leisure is honourable and becomes imperative partly because it shows exemption from ignoble labour.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

While the proximate ground of discrimination may be of another kind, still the pervading principle and abiding test of good breeding is the requirement of a substantial and patent waste of time.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

The visible imperfections of hand-wrought goods, being honorific, are accounted marks of superiority in point of beauty, or serviceability, or both.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

These various habits of thought, or habitual expressions of life, are all phases of the single life sequence of the individual; therefore a habit formed in response to a given stimulus will necessarily affect the character of the response made to other stimuli. A modification of human nature at any one point is a modification of human nature as a whole.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

Conservatism, being an upper-class characteristic, is decorous; and conversely, innovation, being a lower-class phenomenon, is vulgar. ...Innovation is bad form.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

The taste of the more recent accessions to the leisure class proper and of the middle and lower classes still requires a pecuniary beauty to supplement the aesthetic beauty, even in those objects which are primarily admired for the beauty that belongs to them as natural growths.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

So soon as the possession of property becomes the basis of popular esteem, therefore, it becomes also a requisite to that complacency which we call self-respect.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

The ceremonial differentiation of the dietary is best seen in the use of intoxicating beverages and narcotics. If these articles of consumption are costly, they are felt to be noble and honorific. Therefore the base classes, primarily the women, practice an enforced continence with respect to these stimulants, except in countries where they are obtainable at a very low cost. From archaic times down through all the length of the patriarchal regime it has been the office of the women to prepare and administer these luxuries, and it has been the perquisite of the men of gentle birth and breeding to consume them. Drunkenness and the other pathological consequences of the free use of stimulants therefore tend in their turn to become honorific, as being a mark, at the second remove, of the superior status of those who are able to afford the indulgence. Infirmities induced by over-indulgence are among some peoples freely recognised as manly attributes. It has even happened that the name for certain diseased conditions of the body arising from such an origin has passed into everyday speech as a synonym for "noble" or "gentle". It is only at a relatively early stage of culture that the symptoms of expensive vice are conventionally accepted as marks of a superior status, and so tend to become virtues and command the deference of the community; but the reputability that attaches to certain expensive vices long retains so much of its force as to appreciably lesson the disapprobation visited upon the men of the wealthy or noble class for any excessive indulgence. The same invidious distinction adds force to the current disapproval of any indulgence of this kind on the part of women, minors, and inferiors. This invidious traditional distinction has not lost its force even among the more advanced peoples of today. Where the example set by the leisure class retains its imperative force in the regulation of the conventionalities, it is observable that the women still in great measure practise the same traditional continence with regard to stimulants.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

Into the cultural and technological system of the modern world, the patriotic spirit fits like dust in the eyes and sand in the bearings. Its net contribution to the outcome is obscuration, distrust, and retardation at every point where it touches the fortunes of modern mankind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

The institution of a leisure class has emerged gradually during the transition from primitive savagery to barbarism; or more precisely, during the transition from a peaceable to a consistently warlike habit of life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

The aesthetic serviceability of objects of beauty is not greatly nor universally heightened by possession.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

The possession of wealth confers honor; it is an invidious distinction.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

The domestic life of most classes is relatively shabby, as compared with the ├ęclat of that overt portion of their life that is carried on before the eyes of observers.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

Socialism is a dead horse.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

Conservatism is the maintenance of conventions already in force.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

A standard of living is of the nature of habit. ...it acts almost solely to prevent recession from a scale of conspicuous expenditure that has once become habitual.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

The changing styles are the expression of a restless search for something which shall commend itself to our aesthetic sense; but as each innovation is subject to the selective action of the norm of conspicuous waste, the range within which innovation can take place is somewhat restricted. The innovation must not only be more beautiful, or perhaps oftener less offensive, than that which it displaces, but it must also come up to the accepted standard of expensiveness.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

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. In an industrial community this propensity for emulation expresses itself in pecuniary emulation; and this, so far as regards the Western civilized communities of the present, is virtually equivalent to saying that it expresses itself in some form of conspicuous waste.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

The chief use of servants is the evidence they afford of the master's ability to pay.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

The first duty of an editor is to gauge the sentiment of his reader, and then to tell them what they like to believe.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

In itself and in its consequences the life of leisure is beautiful and ennobling in all civilised men's eyes.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

The machine technology takes no cognizance of conventionally established rules of precedence; it knows neither manners nor breeding and can make no use of any of the attributes of worth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

English orthography satisfies all the requirements of the canons of reputability under the law of conspicuous waste. It is archaic, cumbrous, and ineffective; its acquisition consumes much time and effort; failure to acquire it is easy of detection.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

Invention is the mother of necessity.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

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. Business discretion and business strategy, in fact, has no other means by to work out its aims. So that, in effect, all business sagacity reduces itself in the last analysis to judicious use of sabotage.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

As a matter of selective necessity, man is an agent. He is, in his own apprehension, a centre of unfolding impulsive activity-'teleological activity.' He is an agent seeking in every act the accomplishment of some concrete, objective, impersonal end. By force of being such an agent, he is possessed of a taste for effective work, and a distaste for futile effort.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

The office of the leisure class in social evolution is to retard the movement and to conserve what is obsolescent. This proposition is by no means novel; it has long been one of the commonplaces of popular opinion.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

In aesthetic theory it might be extremely difficult, if not quite impracticable, to draw a line between the canon of classicism, or regard for the archaic, and the canon of beauty.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thorstein Veblen

Instead of investing in the goods as they pass between producer and consumer, as the merchant does, the businessman now invests in the processes of industry.