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  • If people could only be taught that economy is a thing of littles and of individuals, and of every day, and not a thing of masses and of spasmodic efforts, then a true idea would begin to tell upon the habits of our domestic life, for the thrift and thriving of the individual is the thrift and thriving of the nation.

  • The least practical of us have some petty thrift dear to our hearts, some one direction in which we love to scrimp.

  • She had worked so hard for so many years that the habit had degenerated into a disease, and thrift had become a tyrant instead of a slave in her life.

  • It's smart to be thrifty.

  • Take good care of the things you have. Careless people spend more for a given standard of living.

  • The practicing of thrift in one direction will be found to encourage the practicing of it in others, and saving will be realized to be no hardship when it is learned that present denial is going to make possible some future gratification.

  • Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet it is 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.

  • Frugality and economy are virtues without which no household can prosper. Whatever the income, waste of all kinds should be most sternly repressed ... Economy and frugality must never, however, be allowed to degenerate into meanness.

  • Mr. Wilkins, a solicitor, encouraged thrift, except that branch of it which got into his food. He did not call that thrift, he called it bad housekeeping.

  • Frugality without creativity is deprivation.

  • ... the New Englander landed on a stony, barren tract, and a large share of his strength during two centuries has gone to force a living out of it. Hence he has come to regard economy — a necessary unpleasant quality at best — as the chief of virtues. He has cultivated habits which verge on closeness in dealing with food, and with the expression of feeling, and even — his enemies think — with feeling itself.

  • Last autumn's chestnuts, rather passées, / He now presents as marrons glacées.