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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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