Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Superfluities

"Extinguish vanity in the mind, and you naturally retrench the little superfluities of garniture and equipage. The blossoms will fall of themselves when the root that nourishes them is destroyed." - Richard Steele, fully Sir Richard Steele

"Nature makes us poor only when we want necessaries, but custom gives the name poverty to the want of superfluities." -

"We rich men count our felicity to lie in superfluities, not in necessities." - Scopas of Thessaly NULL

"Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only. Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul." - Henry David Thoreau, born David Henry Thoreau

"The state of life is most happy where superfluities are not required and necessities are not wanting." - Plutarch, named Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus after becoming Roman citizen NULL

"That state of life is most happy where superfluities are not required, and necessaries are not wanting." - Plutarch, named Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus after becoming Roman citizen NULL

"The want of necessaries is always... accompanied by the envious longing for superfluities." - Solon NULL

"The poor go to war, to fight and die for the delights, riches, and superfluities of others. " - Plutarch, named Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus after becoming Roman citizen NULL

"Our superfluities should give way to our brother's conveniences, and our conveniences, to our brother's necessities; yea, even our necessities should give way to their extremity for the supplying of them." - Ralph Venning

"What well-bred woman would refuse her heart to a man who had just saved her life? Not one; and gratitude is a short cut which speedily leads to love." - Théophile Gautier, fully Pierre Jules Théophile Gautier, aka Le Bon Theo