Quotation by John Kenneth Galbraith

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. Letter, March 2, 1962, to President Kennedy, while Galbraith was serving as U.S. ambassador in India. Ambassador's Journal (1969).

Galbraith was referring to Bismarck's celebrated saying, "Politics is the art of the possible."
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