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Thorstein Veblen

Invention is the mother of necessity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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