Socrates Page

“The children now love luxury, they have bad manners, contempt for authority, they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize over their teachers.”

- Socrates

Source/Notes: Probably apocryphal. May have been originated from the comedy The Clouds by Aristophanes
Andre Maurois Page

“An unsatisfied woman requires luxury, but a woman who is in love with a man will lie on a board.”

- Andre Maurois

Source/Notes: The Art of Living (1939)
William Henry Channing Page

“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.”

- William Henry Channing

Albert Einstein Page

“Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury - to me these have always been contemptible. I assume that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.”

- Albert Einstein

Henry Ward Beecher Page

“A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.”

- Henry Ward Beecher

Source/Notes: Eyes and Ears (1862 edition)


Leontyne Price Page

“The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do.”

- Leontyne Price

John Keats Page

“When all the birds are faint with the hot sun, And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead; That is the grasshopper's — he takes the lead In summer luxury — he has never done With his delights, for when tired out with fun, He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.”

- John Keats

Hannah Arendt Page

“War has become a luxury that only small nations can afford.”

- Hannah Arendt

Edsger Dijkstra Page

“Elegance is not a dispensable luxury but a factor that decides between success and failure.”

- Edsger Dijkstra

Jean de La Fontaine Page

“We read on the foreheads of those who are surrounded by a foolish luxury, that fortune sells what she is thought to give.”

- Jean de La Fontaine


Edsger Dijkstra Page

“How do we convince people that in programming simplicity and clarity —in short: what mathematicians call elegance— are not a dispensable luxury, but a crucial matter that decides between success and failure?”

- Edsger Dijkstra

Source/Notes: Source: EWD648
Calvin Trillin Page

“Money not spent on a luxury one considered even briefly is the equivalent of windfall income and should be spent accordingly.”

- Calvin Trillin

Source/Notes: Alice's Law of Compensatory Cash Flow in Alice, Let's Eat (1978)
Albert Einstein Page

“The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite objects of human efforts — possessions, outward success, luxury — have always seemed to me contemptible.”

- Albert Einstein

Source/Notes: Mein Weltbild (My World-view) (1931)
Coco Chanel Page

“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.”

- Coco Chanel

George William Curtis Page

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

- George William Curtis

Source/Notes: Prue and I


Boyd Rice Page

“Similarly, only people as misanthropic as myself can be counted on not to have to lie to others, since we have the unique luxury of not caring what sort of opinions others formulate about us.”

- Boyd Rice

Edward Abbey Page

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”

- Edward Abbey

Source/Notes: Down the River, p. 148 - Desert Solitaire (1968)