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Quotations for Buy Nothing Day


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Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money.  ~Author Unknown


The Christmas season has come to mean the period when the public plays Santa Claus to the merchants.  ~John Andrew Holmes


The only gift is a portion of thyself.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in the Holiday Season, that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as trying to find a parking space at the mall.  We traditionally do this in my family by driving around the parking lot until we see a shopper emerge from the mall, then we follow her, in very much the same spirit as the Three Wise Men, who 2,000 years ago followed a star, week after week, until it led them to a parking space.  ~Dave Barry


Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.  ~Stephen Butler Leacock, quoted in Michael Jackman, Crown's Book of Political Quotations, 1982


Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money.  ~Cree Indian Proverb


Don't blow it - good planets are hard to find.  ~Quoted in Time


With laissez-faire and price atomic,
Ecology's Uneconomic,
But with another kind of logic
Economy's Unecologic.
~Kenneth E. Boulding, in Frank F. Darling and John P. Milton, eds., Future Environments of North America, 1966


But it is a cold, lifeless business when you go to the shops to buy something, which does not represent your life and talent, but a goldsmith's.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Gifts," Essays, Second Series, 1844


Christmas is the season when you buy this year's gifts with next year's money.  ~Author Unknown


If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.  ~George MacDonald


May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!  ~Author Unknown


A hug is a great gift - one size fits all, and it's easy to exchange.  ~Author Unknown


Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed.  ~Mohandas K. Gandhi, quoted in E.F. Schumacher, Small Is Beautiful


Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.  ~William Ruckelshaus, Business Week, 18 June 1990


God forbid that India should ever take to industrialism after the manner of the west... keeping the world in chains.  If [our nation] took to similar economic exploitation, it would strip the world bare like locusts.  ~Mahatma Gandhi


Economic advance is not the same thing as human progress.  ~John Clapham, A Concise Economic History of Britain, 1957


In its broadest ecological context, economic development is the development of more intensive ways of exploiting the natural environment.  ~Richard Wilkinson


U.S. consumers and industry dispose of enough aluminum to rebuild the commercial air fleet every three months; enough iron and steel to continuously supply all automakers; enough glass to fill New York's World Trade Center every two weeks.  ~Environmental Defense Fund advertisement, Christian Science Monitor, 1990


After a visit to the beach, it's hard to believe that we live in a material world.  ~Pam Shaw


You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.  ~Vernon Howard


The only reason a great many American families don't own an elephant is that they have never been offered an elephant for a dollar down and easy weekly payments.  ~Mad Magazine


Debt, n.  An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slavedriver.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, 1911


To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year.  ~Elwyn Brooks White


There must be more to life than having everything!  ~Maurice Sendak


Mammon, n.:  The god of the world's leading religion.  ~Ambrose Bierce


He who buys what he does not need steals from himself.  ~Author Unknown


The hardest thing is to take less when you can get more.  ~Kin Hubbard


The gap in our economy is between what we have and what we think we ought to have - and that is a moral problem, not an economic one.  ~Paul Heyne


Who covets more, is evermore a slave.  ~Robert Herrick


Advertisers constantly invent cures to which there is no disease.  ~Author Unknown


Advertising is an environmental striptease for a world of abundance.  ~Marshall McLuhan, introduction to Wilson Bryan Key, Subliminal Seduction: Ad Media's Manipulation of a Not So Innocent America, 1974


It used to be that people needed products to survive.  Now products need people to survive.  ~Nicholas Johnson


When the historian of the Twentieth Century shall have finished his narrative, and comes searching for the subtitle which shall best express the spirit of the period, we think it not at all unlikely that he may select "The Age of Advertising" for the purpose.  ~Printers' Ink, 27 May 1915


The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.  ~Louis Kronenberger


Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying.  The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.  ~Elise Boulding


Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent.  It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction.  ~E.F. Schumacher


Material blessings, when they pay beyond the category of need, are weirdly fruitful of headache.  ~Philip Wylie


Live simply that others might simply live.  ~Elizabeth Ann Seton


We don't need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants.  Not wanting something is as good as possessing it.  ~Donald Horban


The safe way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.  ~Frank Hubbard


We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.  ~Gloria Steinem


This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this:  most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time.  Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.  ~Douglas Adams


Life shouldn't be printed on dollar bills.  ~Clifford Odets


Business is the art of extracting money from another man's pocket without resorting to violence.  ~Max Amsterdam


Budget: a mathematical confirmation of your suspicions.  ~A.A. Latimer


We have profoundly forgotten everywhere that Cash-payment is not the sole relation of human beings.  ~Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present


...existence has become an unreasoning, wild dance around the golden calf, a mad worship of God Mammon.  In that dance and in that worship man has sacrificed all his finer qualities of the heart and soul - kindness and justice, honor and manhood, compassion and sympathy with his fellowman.  ~Alexander Berkman, What Is Communist Anarchism?


Debt is the worst poverty.  ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732


Credit buying is much like being drunk.  The buzz happens immediately and gives you a lift.... The hangover comes the day after.  ~Joyce Brothers


The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago... had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.  ~Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life, 1923


Because we don't think about future generations, they will never forget us.  ~Henrik Tikkanen


Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature.  ~Dennis Gabor, Inventing the Future, 1964


The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty.  The activist is the man who cleans up the river.  ~Ross Perot


The struggle to save the global environment is in one way much more difficult than the struggle to vanquish Hitler, for this time the war is with ourselves.  We are the enemy, just as we have only ourselves as allies.  ~Al Gore


We're finally going to get the bill for the Industrial Age.  If the projections are right, it's going to be a big one:  the ecological collapse of the planet.  ~Jeremy Rifkin, World Press Review, 30 December 1989


Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall.  He will end by destroying the earth.  ~Albert Schweitzer, quoted in James Brabazon, Albert Schweitzer



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