Luxury Quotes

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.

David Hume

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

Oliver Goldsmith

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.


Sedition is bred in the lap of luxury and its chosen emissaries are the beggared spendthrift and the impoverished libertine.

George Bancroft

War destroys men, but luxury destroys mankind; at once corrupts the body and the mind.

John Crowne

Luxury may possibly contribute to give bread to the poor; but if there were no luxury, there would be no poor.

Henry Home

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.

Edward Payson

Anger is an expensive luxury in which only men of certain income can indulge.

George William Curtis

Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.

Charles De Montesquieu

The media is constantly redefining what luxury is. Luxury can be a dirty sock if dressed up in the right way.

Zac Posen

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.

Robert Pollok

Luxury and dissipation, soft and gentle as their approaches are, and silently as they throw their silken chains about the heart, enslave it more than the most active and turbulent vices.

Hannah More

Fell luxury! more perilous to youth Than storms or quicksands, poverty of chains.

Hannah More

Sell not your liberty to gratify your luxury


Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in this world

Cesare Pavese
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