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





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 (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


I am as comfortless as a pilgrim with peas in his shoes -- and as cold as Charity, Chastity or any other Virtue.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn't everything.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


'Tis the only comfort of the miserable to have partners in their woes.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


Man hoards himself when he has nothing to give away.


Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977, American author, critic)


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 (1631-1700, British poet, dramatist, critic)


Some men have a necessity to be mean, as if they were exercising a faculty which they had to partially neglect since early childhood.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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To long for that which comes not. To lie a-bed and sleep not. To serve well and please not. To have a horse that goes not. To have a man obeys not. To lie in jail and hope not. To be sick and recover not. To lose one's way and know not. To wait at door and enter not, and to have a friend we trust not are ten such spites as hell hath not.


John Florio (c.1553-1625, British author, translator)


Do not discourage your children from hoarding, if they have a taste to it; whoever lays up his penny rather than part with it for a cake, at least is not the slave of gross appetite; and shows besides a preference always to be esteemed, of the future to the present moment.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


People talk about the courage of condemned men walking to the place of execution: sometimes it needs as much courage to walk with any kind of bearing towards another person's habitual misery.


Graham Greene (1904-1991, British novelist)


Never was a miser a brave soul.


George Herbert (1593-1632, British metaphysical poet)


A soul that is reluctant to share does not as a rule have much of its own. Miserliness is here a symptom of meagerness.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


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 (1942-, American author)


The spendthrift robs his heirs; the miser robs himself.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


The sage does not hoard. Having bestowed all he has on others, he has yet more; having given all he has to others, he is richer still.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


Man hands on misery to man. It deepens like a coastal shelf. Get out as early as you can, and don't have any kids yourself.


Philip Larkin (1922-1986, British poet)


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


Karl Marx (1818-1883, German political theorist, social philosopher)


All man's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


Maybe men are separated from each other only by the degree of their misery.


Francis Picabia (1878-1953, French painter, poet)


Penny wise is often pound foolish.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


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


Gertrude Stein (1874-1946, American author)


It was said of old Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, that she never puts dots over her I s, to save ink.


Horace Walpole (1717-1797, British author)


There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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