God forbid that India should ever take to industrialism after the manner of the west... keeping the world in chains. If [our nation] took to similar economic exploitation, it would strip the world bare like locusts.
Economic advance is not the same thing as human progress.
After a visit to the beach, it's hard to believe that we live in a material world.
You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.
The only reason a great many American families don't own an elephant is that they have never been offered an elephant for a dollar down and easy weekly payments.
Debt, n. An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slavedriver.
The gap in our economy is between what we have and what we think we ought to have - and that is a moral problem, not an economic one.
When the historian of the Twentieth Century shall have finished his narrative, and comes searching for the subtitle which shall best express the spirit of the period, we think it not at all unlikely that he may select "The Age of Advertising" for the purpose.
The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.
Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.
Material blessings, when they pay beyond the category of need, are weirdly fruitful of headache.
Live simply that others might simply live.
This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.
Life shouldn't be printed on dollar bills.
Credit buying is much like being drunk. The buzz happens immediately and gives you a lift.... The hangover comes the day after.
Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.
Credit buying is much like being drunk. The buzz happens immediately and gives you a lift... The hangover comes the day after.
Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.
May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!
Business is the art of extracting money from another man's pocket without resorting to violence.
The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago... had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.
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