An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





A slight daily unconscious luxury is hardly ever wanting to the dwellers in civilization; like the gentle air of a genial climate, it is a perpetual minute enjoyment.


Walter Bagehot (1826-1977, British economist, critic)


When you're not used to comfort and good things to eat, you're intoxicated by them in no time. Truth's only too pleased to leave you. Very little is ever needed for Truth to let go of you. And after all, you're not really very keen to keep hold of it.


Louis-Ferdinand Celine (1894-1961, French author)


The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.


Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977, British comic actor, filmmaker)


It is too great comfort which turns a man against himself. Life is most readily renounced at the time and among the classes where it is least harsh.


Emile Durkheim (1858-1917, French sociologist)


For me, hard work represents the supreme luxury of life.


Albert Greenfield


Now we suffer the evils of a long peace; luxury more cruel than war broods over us and avenges a conquered world.


(Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal (c.55-c.130, Roman satirical poet)


We read on the foreheads of those who are surrounded by a foolish luxury, that fortune sells what she is thought to give.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.


Charles De Montesquieu (1689-1755, French jurist, political philosopher)


Luxury: more perilous to youth than storms or quicksand, poverty or chains.


Hannah More (1745-1833, British writer, reformer, philanthropist)


Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries.


John L. Motley (1814-1877, American historian)


Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Luxury is the wolf at the door and its fangs are the vanities and conceits germinated by success. When an artist learns this, he knows where the danger is.


Tennessee Williams (1914-1983, American dramatist)


Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.


Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959, American architect)


On the soft bed of luxury many kingdoms have expired.


Andrew Young (1932-, Civil rights activist, protestant minister, public official)


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