Prodigality

If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality, since lost time is never found again; and what we call time enough always proves little enough. Let us then be up and doing, and doing to the purpose; so by diligence shall we do more with less perplexity.

That plenty should produce either covetousness or prodigality is a perversion of providence; and yet the generality of men are the worse for their riches.

Capitals are increased by parsimony, and diminished by prodigality and misconduct.

Exaggeration is a prodigality of the judgment which shows the narrowness of one's knowledge or one's taste.

Avarice has ruined more men than prodigality, and the blindest thoughtlessness of expenditure has not destroyed so many fortunes as the calculating but insatiable lust of accumulation.

Gambling is the child of avarice, but the parent of prodigality.

The injury of prodigality leads to this, that he that will not economize will have to agonize.

The fantastically wasteful prodigality of human tongues, the Babel enigman, points to a vital multiplication of mortal liberties. Each language speaks the world in its own ways. Each edifies worlds and counter-worlds in its own mode. The polyglot is a freer man.

The pious mind distinguishes between what is written with reference to the deity and with reference to the flesh, and thus avoids sacrilege.

The pious mind distinguishes between what is written with reference to the deity and with reference to the flesh, and thus avoids sacrilege.

A table full of welcome makes scarce one dainty dish. Comedy of Errors, Act iii, Scene 1