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Miserly Quotes

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The moment you become miserly you are closed
to the basic phenomenon of life: expansion, sharing.
The moment you start clinging to things,
you have missed the target.
Because things are not the target,
you, your innermost being, is the target -
not a beautiful house, but a beautiful you;
not much money, but a rich you;
not many things, but an open being,
available to millions of things.
- Osho

A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover.
- Clifton Paul Fadiman

Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside.
Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.
- Karl Kraus

Never was a miser a brave soul.
- George Herbert

 

The devil lies brooding in the miser's chest.
- Thomas Fuller

Oh, I wish I were a miser; being a miser must be so occupying.
- Gertrude Stein

The miser is as much in want of what he has as of what he has not.
- Publilius Syrus

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This is the artist, then, life's hungry man,
the glutton of eternity, beauty's miser,
glory's slave.
- Tom Wolfe

It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than
to waste it like a miser.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics
of a dope fiend with those of a miser.
- Robertson Davies

To the eyes of a miser a guinea is more beautiful than the sun,
and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful
proportions than a vine filled with grapes.
- William Blake

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.
- John Dryden

Thought is a key to all treasures; the miser's gains
are ours without his cares.
Thus I have soared above this world,
where my enjoyment have been intellectual joys.
- Honore de Balzac

A miser grows rich by seeming poor; an extravagant
man grows poor by seeming rich.
- William Shenstone

The irrational in the human has something about it
altogether repulsive and terrible,
as we see in the maniac, the miser, the drunkard or the ape.
- George Santayana

The miser, starving his brother's body,
starves also his own soul, and at death shall creep
out of his great estate of injustice,
poor and naked and miserable.
- Theodore Parker

While the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad,
the capitalist is a rational miser.
- Karl Marx

Want of money and the distress of a thief can never
be alleged as the cause of his thieving,
for many honest people endure greater hardships with fortitude.
We must therefore seek the cause elsewhere than in want of money,
for that is the miser's passion, not the thief s. - William Blake

To the truly benevolent mind, indeed,
nothing is more satisfactory than to hear of a miser
denying himself the necessaries of life a little too
far and ridding us of his presence altogether.
- James Payn

It should cause no surprise that anyone so lazy as
myself should be economical to the point of miserliness
with everything he writes.
- Leslie Charteris

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

Our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions
and not on our circumstances.
- Martha Washington

If the misery of the poor be caused
not by the laws of nature,
but by our institutions,
great is our sin.
- Charles Darwin

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank

We cause ourselves untold misery whenever we believe
others to be imperfect and try to change them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whosoever is spared personal pain
must feel himself called
to help in diminishing the pain of others.
We must all carry our share of
the misery which lies upon the world.
- Albert Schweitzer

I have always held firmly to the thought
that each one of us can do a little
to bring some portion of misery to an end.
- Albert Schweitzer

When will our consciences grow so tender
that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Choose your life's mate carefully.
From this one decision will come
90 percent of all your happiness or misery.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The greater part of our happiness or misery
depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
- Martha Washington

I am determined to be cheerful and happy
in whatever situation I may find myself.
For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness
is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.
- Martha Washington

Happiness lies in accepting everyone
in our lives EXACTLY as they are.
We cause ourselves untold misery whenever
we believe others to be imperfect and try to change them.
This is the number one rule for a happy relationship.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life ... full of loneliness, and misery,
and suffering, and unhappiness,
and it's all over much too quickly.
- the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall

If we fail to plan, we merely bob helplessly -
like a cork on the sea of life.
If we resist whatever life delivers to us,
we create untold misery for ourselves.
If we act with vision and commitment,
and then accept whatever Spirit provides,
we live a life of purpose and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Friends love misery, in fact.
Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky
or too successful or too pretty,
our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
- Erica Jong

Ecstasy is our very nature;
not to be ecstatic is simply unnecessary.
To be ecstatic is natural, spontaneous.
It needs no effort to be ecstatic,
it needs great effort to be miserable.
That's why you look to tired,
because misery is really hard work;
to maintain it is really difficult,
because you are doing something against nature.
- Osho

If misery loves company, misery has company enough.
- Henry David Thoreau

Misery nourishes your ego -
that's why you see so many miserable people in the world.
The basic, central point is the ego.
- Osho

I simply can't build my hopes on a foundation
of confusion, misery and death...
I think... peace and tranquillity will return again.
- Anne Frank

Art is the stored honey of the human soul,
gathered on wings of misery and travail.
- Theodore Dreiser

Misery is the company of lawsuits.
- Francois Rabelais

Life is so fast these days, and we're exposed to so much information.
Television makes us a witness to such misery.
- Gates McFadden

You don't necessarily have to be in misery to be talented.
- Brooke Shields

The shock caused by the September 11 events has also
lead to a thorough reflection on the existing disparity
between rich and poor countries,
on the misery of populations of the South.
- Omar Bongo

I am talking about misery and all of its implications.
- Juan Rulfo

There is winning and there is misery.
- Bill Parcells

There are times when we must sink to the bottom of
our misery to understand truth,
just as we must descend to the bottom of a well to
see the stars in broad daylight.
- Vaclav Havel

Poverty, to be picturesque, should be rural.
Suburban misery is as hideous as it is pitiable.
- Anthony Trollope

Misery's fine - as long as you know you can get out of it when you want to.
- Arthur Adamov

Threescore years and ten is enough; if a man can't
suffer all the misery he wants in that time,
he must be numb.
- Josh Billings

Happiness, or misery, is in the mind.
It is the mind that lives.
- William Cobbett

Given the amount of unjust suffering and unhappiness in the world,
I am deeply grateful for, sometimes even perplexed by,
how much misery I have been spared.
- Dennis Prager

Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting
that it can only be misery to live in folly,
illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't -it's human.
- Desiderius Erasmus

The misery of a child is interesting to a mother,
the misery of a young man is interesting to a young woman,
the misery of an old man is interesting to nobody.
- Eric Hoffer

Happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.
- Ambrose Bierce

Whoever is spared personal pain must feel himself called
to help in diminishing the pain of others.
We must all carry our share of the misery which lies upon the world.
- Albert Schweitzer

It is by attempting to reach the top in a single leap
that so much misery is produced in the world.
- William Cobbett

That's one of the peculiar things about bad moods -
we often fool ourselves and create misery by telling
ourselves things that simply are not true.
- David D. Burns

I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites,
and I know where speech is proper and where silence.
- Aeschylus

Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering -
and it's all over much too soon.
- Woody Allen

The day that I ever become hip...
please shoot me and put me outta my misery!
- Meat Loaf

Misery, mutilation, destruction, terror,
starvation and death characterize the process of war
and form a principal part of the product.
- Louis Mumford

To do art, one thing should always remember -
subjects of people in misery have deep meanings.
- Zhang Yimou

Renunciation - that is the great fact we all,
individuals and classes, have to learn.
In trying to avoid it we bring misery to ourselves and others.
- Beatrice Potter Webb

If there is technological advance without social advance,
there is, almost automatically, an increase in human misery.
- Michael Harrington

The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.
- Frederick Douglass

He gave to misery (all he had) a tear.
- Thomas Gray

For in all adversity of fortune the worst sort of misery is to have been happy.
- Boethius

There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.
- Dante Alighieri

Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.
- Bertrand Russell

The final causes, then, of compassion are to prevent and to relieve misery.
- Joseph Butler


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