Thorstein Veblen Quotes

Patriotism may be defined as a sense of partisan solidarity in respect of prestige.

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.

Invention is the mother of necessity.

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

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

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

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