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[ Also see Avarice Bargain Business Care Carefulness Conservation Frugality Meanness Misers Money Political Economy Poverty Providence Prudence Waste ]

As boys should be educated with temperance, so the first greatest lesson that should be taught them is to admire frugality. It is by the exercise of this virtue alone they can ever expect to be useful members of society.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

It world be well had we more misers than we have among us.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

No man is rich whose expenditure exceeds his means; and no one is poor whose incomings exceed his outgoings.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

It is no small commendation to manage a little well. He is a good waggoner that can turn in a little room. To live well in abundance is the praise to the estate, is the praise not of the person. I will study more how to give a good account of my little, than how to make it more.
      - Joseph Hall

Economy is integrity and profuseness is a cruel and crafty demon, that gradually involves her followers in dependence and debts; that is, fetters them with irons that enter into their souls.
      - John Hawkesworth

Give not S. Peter so much, to leave Saint Paul nothing.
  [Give not Saint Peter so much, to leave Saint Paul nothing.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

He will always be a slave, who does not know how to live upto a little.
  [Lat., Serviet eternum qui parvo nesciet uti.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 10, 41)

All to whom want is terrible, upon whatever principle, ought to think themselves obliged to learn the sage maxims of our parsimonious ancestors, and attain the salutary arts of contracting expense; for without economy none can be rich, and with it few can be poor.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Economy is the parent of integrity, of liberty, and of ease, and the beauteous sister of temperance, of cheerfulness and health.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The mere power of saving what is already in our hands must be of easy acquisition to every mind; and as the example of Lord Bacon may show that the highest intellect cannot safely neglect it, a thousand instances every day prove that the humblest may practise it with success.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The prospect of penury in age is so gloomy and terrifying that every man who looks before him must resolve to avoid it; and it must be avoided generally by the science of sparing.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Be saving, but not at the cost of all liberality. Have the soul of a king and the hand of a wise economist.
      - Joseph Joubert

Sense can support herself handsomely in most countries on some eighteen pence a day; but for fantasy, planets and solar systems, will not suffice.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

What this country needs is a really good 5-cent cigar.
      - Thomas Riley Marshall,
        in the "New York Tribune"

Proportion and propriety are among the best secrets of domestic wisdom; and there is no surer test of integrity than a well-proportioned expenditure.
      - Hannah More

Sound economy is a sound understanding brought into action; it is calculation realized; it is the doctrine of proportion reduced to practice; it is foreseeing contingencies, and providing against them.
      - Hannah More

He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he that has a great deal left him does to his father's care.
      - William Penn

He regarded nothing to be cheap that was superfluous, for what one does not need is dear at a penny; and it was better to possess fields, where the plough goes and cattle feed, than fine gardens that require much watering and sweeping.
      - Plutarch

To balance Fortune by a just expense,
  Join with Economy, Magnificence.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. III, l. 223)

By robbing Peter he paid Paul, he kept the moon from the wolves, and was ready to catch larks if ever the heavens should fall.
      - Francois Rabelais, Works (bk. I, ch. XI)

An economist's guess is liable to be as good as anybody else's.
      - Will Rogers

With parsimony a little is sufficient; and without it nothing is sufficient; whereas frugality makes a poor man rich.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Frugality, when all is spent, comes too late.
  [Lat., Sera parsimonia in fundo est.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (I)

I can get no remedy against this consumption oil the purse; borrowing only lingers and lingers it out, but the disease is incurable.
      - William Shakespeare

Have more than thou showest,
  Speak less than thou knowest,
    Lend less than thou owest,
      Ride more than thou goest,
        Learn more than thou trowest,
          Set less than thou throwest;
            Leave thy drink and thy whore,
              And keep in-a-door,
                And thou shalt have more
                  Than two tens to a score.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Fool at I, iv)

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