Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

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." - Benjamin Franklin

"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." - William Penn

"Capitals are increased by parsimony, and diminished by prodigality and misconduct." - Adam Smith

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

"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." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Gambling is the child of avarice, but the parent of prodigality." - Charles Caleb Colton

"The injury of prodigality leads to this, that he that will not economize will have to agonize." - Confucius, aka Kong Qiu, Zhongni, K'ung Fu-tzu or Kong Fuzi NULL

"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." - George Steiner, fully Francis George Steiner

"The pious mind distinguishes between what is written with reference to the deity and with reference to the flesh, and thus avoids sacrilege." - Saint Ambrose, born Aurelius Ambrosius NULL

"The pious mind distinguishes between what is written with reference to the deity and with reference to the flesh, and thus avoids sacrilege." - Ambrose, aka Saint Ambrose, fully Aurelius Ambrosius NULL

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