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"Getting money is like digging with a needle;
spending it is like water soaking into sand."

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Quotations About Frugality and Simplicity

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million, count half dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumbnail. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Deprive yourself on nothing necessary for your comfort, but live in an honorable simplicity and frugality. ~ John McDonough

Train your son and daughter to an employment, to frugality, to hold the high front and to walk the fearless step of independence. ~ Timothy Flint

My money is little; my heart without strife. ~ Turkish Proverb

Be a thrifty steward of thy goods. ~ Sophocles

What sweet delight a quiet life affords. ~ William Drummond

Fashion wears out more apparel than the man. ~ Proverb

Never buy what you do not need because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. ~ Thomas Jefferson

The aspect of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common - this is my symphony. ~ William Henry Channing

He is the better equipped for life, as for swimming, who has the less to carry. ~ Apuleius

In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

I am rich beyond the dreams of avarice. ~ Edward Moore

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Economy is a savings bank into which men drop pennies and get dollars in return. ~ Josh Billings

The most substantial people are the most frugal, and make the least show, and live at the least expense. ~ Francis Moore

True economy consists in always making the income exceed the outgo. ~ P. T. Barnum

Simplicity, a thing most rare in our age. - Ovid, Roman poet

The real comforts of life cost but a small portion of what most of us can earn. ~ P. T, Barnum

Much is wanting to those who seek or covet much. ~ Horace

Lack of desire is the greatest riches. ~ Seneca

Often when looking at a mass of things for sale, he would say to himself, "How many things I have no need of." ~ Socrates

None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call involuntary poverty. ~ Henry David Thoreau

The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

We are slaves of our needs; the fewer they are; they freer we are; the higher they are, the nobler the masters we serve. ~ John L. Spalding

He is richest who is content with the least; for content is the wealth of nature. ~ Socrates

The desires of man increase with his acquisitions. ~ Dr. Samuel Johnson

It is not the man who has little, but the man who craves more, who is poor. ~ Seneca the Younger

Riches enlarge, rather than satisfy, appetites. ~ Thomas Fuller

To be content with little is difficult; to be content with much, impossible. ~ Marie Ebner-Eschenbach

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. ~ Epicurus

The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. ~ Lin Yutang

Poor and content, is rich and rich enough;
But riches, fineless, is as poor as winter,
To him that ever fears he shall be poor. ~ William Shakespeare

My belief is that to have no wants is divine. ~ Socrates

If you would make a man happy, do not add to his possessions but subtract from the sum of his desires. ~ Seneca

It is wealth to be content. ~ Lao-Tzu

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self? ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Content thyself to live obscurely good. ~ Joseph Addison

He who doesn't find a little enough will find nothing enough. ~ Epicurus

Thrift is the best means of thriving. ~ Charles J. Hare

Frugality the teacher is
Of wise and noble counsel
. ~ Anonymous

No man is rich enough to waste his money in putting on style. ~ Gustavits F. Swift

woman readin a book on a table with flowers   With a few flowers in my garden, half dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy. ~ Lope de Vega



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