Thrift is care and scruple in the spending of one’s means. It is not a virtue and it requires neither skill nor talent.
We are not to judge thrift solely by the test of saving or spending. If one spends what he should prudently save, that certainly is to be deplored. But if one saves what he should prudently spend, that is not necessarily to be commended. A wise balance between the two is the desired end.
Parsimony, and not industry, is the immediate cause of the increase of capital. But whatever industry might acquire, if parsimony did not save and store up, the capital would never be the greater.
The regard one shows economy, is like that we show an old aunt, who is to leave us something at last.
Economy is the art of making the most of life. The love of economy is the root of all virtue.
Economy is too late at the bottom of the purse.
Economy is in itself a great source of revenue.
I would rather have people laugh at my economies than weep for my extravagance.
Economy has frequently nothing whatever to do with the amount of money being spent, but with the wisdom used in spending it.
Economic independence doesn’t set anyone free. Or it shouldn’t, for the higher up you go, the more responsibilities become yours.