Pietro Aretino Page

“I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship.”

- Pietro Aretino

Laurence Sterne Page

“People who are always taking care of their health are like misers, who are hoarding a treasure which they have never spirit enough to enjoy.”

- Laurence Sterne

Source/Notes: The Works of Laurence Sterne ...: With a Life of the Author, Written by Himself ... (1803 edition)
Laurence Sterne Page

“People who overly take care of their health are like misers. They hoard up a treasure which they never enjoy.”

- Laurence Sterne

William Blake Page

“But Want of Money & the Distress of A Thief can never be alleged as the Cause of his Thieving, for many honest people endure greater hard ships with Fortitude. We must therefore seek the Cause else where than in want of Money for that is the Misers passion, not the Thiefs.”

- William Blake

Source/Notes: Letter to Revd Dr Trusler (1799)
Gilbert K. Chesterton Page

“Misers get up early in the morning; and burglars, I am informed, get up the night before.”

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Source/Notes: Tremendous Trifles (1909)


Bion of Borysthenes Page

“Misers take care of property as if it belonged to them, but derive no more benefit from it than if it belonged to others.”

- Bion of Borysthenes

Horace Page

“As a neighboring funeral terrifies sick misers, and fear obliges them to have some regard for themselves; so, the disgrace of others will often deter tender minds from vice.”

- Horace

François de La Rochefoucauld Page

“Misers mistake gold for their good; whereas it is only the means of obtaining it.”

- François de La Rochefoucauld

William Shenstone Page

“Misers, as death approaches, are heaping up a chest of reasons to stand in more awe of him.”

- William Shenstone

George Sewell Page

“For often vice, provoked to shame, borrows the color of a virtuous deed; thus libertines are chaste, and misers good, a coward valiant, and a priest sincere.”

- George Sewell


Alexander Pope Page

“No silver saints, by dying misers giv'n, Here brib'd the rage of ill-requited heav'n; But such plain roofs as Piety could raise, And only vocal with the Maker's praise.”

- Alexander Pope

Thornton Wilder Page

“Nurse one vice in your bosom. Give it the attention it deserves and let your virtues spring up modestly around it. Then you'll have the miser who's no liar; and the drunkard who's the benefactor of the whole city.”

- Thornton Wilder

Source/Notes: Malachi, in Act 3 - The Matchmaker (1954)
Virginia Woolf Page

“At 46 one must be a miser; only have time for essentials.”

- Virginia Woolf

Persius Page

“Go miser go, for money sell your soul. Trade wares for wares and trudge from pole to pole, So others may say when you are dead and gone. See what a vast estate he left his son.”

- Persius

Source/Notes: "The Sixth Satire of Persius", translated by John Dryden. From: The Miscellaneous Works of John Dryden, Containing All His Original Poems, Tales and Translations, Volume 4 (1760), p. 407.
Karl Marx Page

“While the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad, the capitalist is a rational miser.”

- Karl Marx


Thomas Bailey Aldrich Page

“October turned my maple's leaves to gold; The most are gone now; here and there one lingers: Soon these will slip from the twigs' weak hold, Like coins between a dying miser's fingers.”

- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Charles Lamb Page

“A miser is sometimes a grand personification of fear. He has a fine horror of poverty; and he is not content to keep want from the door, or at arm's length, but he places it, by heaping wealth upon wealth, at a sublime distance!”

- Charles Lamb