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" 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. "
" 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. "
" In itself and in its consequences the life of leisure is beautiful and ennobling in all civilised men's eyes. "
" 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. "
" In point of substantial merit the law school belongs in the modern university no more than a school of fencing or dancing. "
" It is always sound business to take any obtainable net gain, at any cost and at any risk to the rest of the community. "
" 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. "
" The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree marks an arrested development in man's moral nature. "
" The dog commends himself to our favor by affording play to our propensity for mastery. "
" The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before. "