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 study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never. In a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.
Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury--to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for every one, best for both the body and the mind.
There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us.
History in our kind of society is not a luxury but a necessity.
Sincerity is the luxury allowed, like diadems and authority, only to the highest rank. Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins
The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do
I love luxury. And luxury lies not in richness and ornateness but in the absence of vulgarity. Vulgarity is the ugliest word in our language. I stay in the game to fight it
Utility is when you have one telephone, luxury is when you have two, opulence is when you have three - and paradise is when you have none
When I'm living in the world of luxury and celebrity, which is where I found myself for a large part of my life, it's a walk-on part. Not a vital necessity, like it is for so many people. I enjoy it but I can see right through it!
Blest hour! It was a luxury--to be!
On the soft bed of luxury most kingdoms have expired.
One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.
Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in the world.
The greatest luxury of riches is, that they enable you to escape so much good advice.
Every luxury must be paid for, and everything
is a luxury, starting with being in the world.
Luxury is a word of uncertain signification, and may be taken in a good as in a bad sense
Avarice and luxury, those pests which have ever been the ruin of every great state.
There, in her den, lay pompous luxury,
Stretch'd out at length; no vice could boast such high
And genial victories as she had won;
Of which proud trophies there at large were shown,
Besides small states and kingdoms ruined
Those mighty monarchies that had o'erspread
The spacious earth, and stretch'd their conquering arms
From pole to pole, by her ensnaring charms
Were quite consum'd; there lay imperial Rome,
That vanquish'd all the world, by her o'ercome;
Fetter'd was th' old Assyrian lion there;
The Grecian leopard, and the Persian bear;
With others numberless, lamenting by,
Examples of the power of luxury.
Learn the luxury of doing good
I'm like an eight year old with the dressing-up box. I have the luxury of being able to change on a whim.
To me luxury is to be at home with my daughter, and the occasional massage doesn't hurt.
There are no politics in war. Politics is the luxury of the safe-at-home. War is a lottery of survival.
I'm like the most expensive, exotic item on a gourmet menu. People can wonder about the sensuous delights of the dish, but they can't afford such an expensive luxury
A slight daily unconscious luxury is hardly ever wanting to the dwellers in civilization; like the gentle air of a genial climate, it is a perpetual minute enjoyment
For me, hard work represents the supreme luxury of life