The media is constantly redefining what luxury is. Luxury can be a dirty sock if dressed up in the right way.
The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.
Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.
Anger is an expensive luxury in which only men of certain income can indulge.
Luxury is the first, second and third cause of the ruin of republics. It is the vampire which soothes us into a fatal slumber while it sucks the lifeblood of our veins.
Luxury may possibly contribute to give bread to the poor; but if there were no luxury, there would be no poor.
War destroys men, but luxury destroys mankind; at once corrupts the body and the mind.
Sedition is bred in the lap of luxury and its chosen emissaries are the beggared spendthrift and the impoverished libertine.
Luxury, that alluring pest with fair forehead, which, yielding always to the will of the body, throws a deadening influence over the senses, and weakens the limbs more than the drugs of Circe's cup.
The more various our artificial necessities, the wider is our circle of pleasure; for all pleasure consists in obviating necessities as they rise; luxury, therefore, as it increases our wants, increases our capacity for happiness
Let us consider what we call vicious luxury. No gratification, however sensual, can of itself be esteemed vicious. A gratification is only vicious when it engrosses all a man's expense, and leaves no ability for such acts of duty and generosity as are required by his situation and fortune. The same care and toil that raise a dish of peas at Christmas would give bread to a whole family during six months.
Luxury, so far as it reaches the people, will do good to the race of people; it will strengthen and multiply them. Sir, no nation was ever hurt by luxury; for, as I said before; it can reach but a very few.
You cannot spend money in luxury without doing good to the poor. Nay, you do more good to them by spending it in luxury--you make them exert industry, whereas by giving it, you keep them idle.
All luxury corrupts either the morals or the taste.
On his weary couch
Fat Luxury, sick of the night's debauch,
Lay groaning, fretful at the obtrusive beam
That through his lattice peeped derisively.
By luxury we condemn ourselves to greater torments than have yet been invented by anger or revenge, or inflicted by the greatest tyrants upon the
worst of men.
On the soft bed of luxury, most kingdoms have expired.
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.
For all their luxury was doing good
There is a solemn luxury in grief
One must be poor to know the luxury of giving!
Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
Uncompromising thought is the luxury of the closeted recluse.
I cannot spare the luxury of believing that all things beautiful are what they seem
Luxury! More perilous to youth than storms or quicksand, poverty or chains.