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EXTRAVAGANCE
[ Also see Bargain Frugality Luxury Spending Superfluity ]

If extravagance were a fault, it would not have a place in the festivals of the gods.
      - Aristippus

The prodigality of millionaires is comparable only to their greed of gain. Let some whim or passion seize them and money is of no account. In fact these Croesuses find whims and passions harder to come by than gold.
      - Honore de Balzac

Mansions once
  Knew their own masters, and laborious hinds,
    That had surviv'd the father, serv'd the son.
      Now the legitimate and rightful lord
        Is but a transient guest, newly arrived,
          And soon to be supplanted. He that saw
            His patrimonial timber cast its leaf,
              Sells the last scantling, and transfers the price
                To some shrewd sharper ere it buds again. Estates are landscapes, gazed upon awhile,
                  Then advertised and auctioneer'd away.
      - William Cowper

There is hope in extravagance, there is none in routine.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Profuseness is a cruel and crafty demon, that gradually involves her followers in dependence and debt; that is, fetters them with irons that enter into their souls.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

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 (Lylie or Lyllie)

Wisdom seldom consorts with extravagance.
      - Menedemus

A large retinue upon a small income, like a large cascade upon a small stream, tends to discover its tenuity.
      - William Shenstone

Prodigality is indeed the vice of a weak nature, as avarice is of a strong one; it comes of a weak craving for those blandishments of the world which are easily to be had for money.
      - Sir Henry Taylor (2)

Expense of time is the most costly of all expenses.
      - Theophrastus

Extravagance is the rich man's pitfall.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

That is suitable to a man, in point of ornamental expense, not which he can afford to have, but which he can afford to lose.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

Extravagance is the luxury of the poor; penury is the luxury of the rich.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Extravagance is its own destroyer.
      - Zeno


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