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Monday, June 16, 2008

Frugal quotes. . . .

I am (still) reading Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle, by David Wann. Since I love insipiring quotes, especially those relevant to frugality, simple living, and happiness without 'stuff', I was delighted to find that each chapter begins with a collection of quotes. Here are some of my favorites so far:

"Happiness is a way station between too much and too little." Channing Pollack

"Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours." Swedish Proverb

"If it works, it's obsolete." Marshall McLuhan

"Too many people spend money they haven't earned to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like." Will Rogers

"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot." Michael Altshuler

"To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug." Helen Keller

"The point of life is not to slave away for years until the age of 65 and then say, 'Phew, glad that's over!' Rather it is to make sure that we do not die with our music still in us." Lance Secretan

"Nature uses as little as possible of anything." Johanes Keppler

"When you have Enough, you have everything you need. There's nothing extra to weigh you down, distract, or distress you. Enough is a fearless place. A trusting place. An honest and self-observant place. To let go of clutter then, is not deprivation; it's lightening up and opening up space and time for something new and wonderful to happen." Vicki Robin

This last, by the way is by Vicki Robin, one of the authors of Your Money or Your Life, one of my all-time favorites frugal reads, and one of the books that set me on my way to living more simply, paying off debt, and beginning the journey toward financial independence (not wealth, exactly, but removing myself from the 'earn to spend' mentality).

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