Large enterprises make the few rich, but the majority prosper only through the carefulness and detail of thrift.
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.
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.
He that spareth in everything is an inexcusable niggard. He that spareth in nothing is an inexcusable madman. The mean is to spare in what is least necessary, and to lay out more liberally in what is most required.
Economy has frequently nothing whatever to do with the amount of money being spent, but with the wisdom used in spending it.