Extravagance Quotes

An extravagance is something that your spirit thinks is a necessity.

Bern Williams

Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.

Charles Caleb Colton

It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavour; riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work.

Virginia Woolf

My mother's illness fitted into this protest against the treatment of the sick who could not pay, the inefficiency of commercialism, the waste, the extravagance, and the poverty.

Ellen Wilkinson

Our love of what is beautiful does not lead to extravagance; our love of the things of the mind does not make us soft.

Pericles

We owe something to extravagance, for thrift and adventure seldom go hand in hand.

Jennie Jerome Churchill

The world abhors closeness, and all but admires extravagance; yet a slack hand shows weakness, and a tight hand strength.

Thomas Fowell Buxton

The finest lives, in my opinion, are those who rank in the common model, and with the human race, but without miracle, without extravagance.

Michel de Montaigne

Where there is no extravagance there is no love, and where there is no love there is no understanding.

Oscar Wilde

The passion of acquiring riches in order to support a vain expense corrupts the purest souls.

Francois de Salignac Fenelon

He who is extravagant will quickly become poor; and poverty will enforce dependence, and invite corruption.

Samuel Johnson

Greedy for the property of others, extravagant with his own.

Sallust

A bedroom requires a bed. Everything else was extravagance. Well, he had a bed all right.

Audrey Meadows

Test every work of intellect or faith, And everything that your own hands have wrought And call those works extravagance of breath That are not suited for such men as come proud, open-eyed and laughing to the tomb.

William Butler Yeats

I don't know what it is about fecundity that so appalls. I suppose it is the teeming evidence that birth and growth, which we value, are ubiquitous and blind, that life itself is so astonishingly cheap, that nature is as careless as it is bountiful, and that with extravagance goes a crushing waste that will one day include our own cheap lives.

Annie Dillard

This, then, is held to be the duty of the man of wealth: First, to set an example of modest, unostentatious living, shunning display or extravagance; to provide moderately for the legitimate wants of those dependent upon him; and, after doing so, to consider all surplus revenues which come to him simply as trust funds, which he is called upon to administer, and strictly bound as a matter of duty to administer in the manner which, in his judgment, is best calculated to produce the most beneficial results for the community /the man of wealth thus becoming the mere trustee and agent for his poorer brethren, bringing to their service his superior wisdom, experience and ability to administer, doing for them better than they would or could do for themselves.

Andrew Carnegie

Among the propensities of human nature which almost exceed understanding come the parsimony of the rich and the extravagance of the poor.

Unknown

As to the rout that is made about people who are ruined by extravagance, it is no matter to the nation that some individuals suffer. When so much general productive exertion is the consequence of luxury, the nation does not care though there are debtors; nay, they would not care though their creditors were there too.

Samuel Johnson

Poverty is often concealed in splendor, and often in extravagance. It is the task of many people to conceal their neediness from others. Consequently they support themselves by temporary means, and everyday is lost in contriving for tomorrow.

Samuel Johnson

When parents put gold into the hands of youth, when they should put a rod under their girdle--when instead of awe they make them past grace, and leave them rich executors of goods, and poor executors of godliness, then it is no marvel that the son being left rich by his father's will, becomes reckless by his own will.

John Lyly

Alieni appetens, sui profusus. Greedy for the belongings of others, extravagant with his own.

Gaius Sallustius Crispus Bellum Catilinae

I was extravagant in the matter of cameras anything photographic I had to have the best. But that was to further my work. In most things I have gone along with the plainest or without.

Edward Weston

Honor is but an itch in youthful blood of doing acts extravagantly good.

Samuel Howard

Be extravagant, there's always a frugal tax payer to bail you.

Clyde DeSouza

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Updated On : February 14, 2011
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