Extravagance Quotes

Extravagance Quotes by John Gutmann, Robert Silverberg, William Butler Yeats, George Ade, Lady Randolph Churchill, Imelda Marcos and many others.

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I believe that some of my best images have [the] ambiguity which is an essence of life. In this sense I am not interested in trying desperately to make Art but I am interested in relating to the marvelous extravagance of Life.
John Gutmann
One defining symptom of decadence is a fondness for vast and nonsensical extravagance.
Robert Silverberg
Test every work of intellect or faith and everything that your own hands have wrought.
William Butler Yeats
The first sign of extravagance is to buy trousers that one does not need.
George Ade
We owe something to extravagance, for thrift and adventure seldom go hand in hand.
Lady Randolph Churchill
They’ve listed my name in the dictionary – ‘Imeldific’ is used to mean ostentatious extravagance… But the truth will prevail.
Imelda Marcos
I would never want to model as my career, but fashion is my hobby. When you love what you’re wearing, you feel good. I also love the extravagance of John Galliano for a big occasion. But I’m very bad with following trends.
Maria Valverde
If a man knows he will sooner or later be robbed upon a journey, he will have a bottle of the best in every inn, and look upon all his extravagances as so much gained upon the thieves.
Robert Louis Stevenson
An extravagance is something that your spirit thinks is a necessity.
Bernard Williams
An extravagance is something you buy which is no earthly use to your wife.
Franklin P. Adams
I like to be very simple in my lifestyle. My only extravagance is… I buy lots of toys and meats for my dog.
Hong Chau
Adultery is extravagance.
Maxine Hong Kingston
Beauty is not extravagance; beauty is life.
Imelda Marcos
If extravagance were a fault, it would not have a place in the festivals of the gods.
When parents put gold into the hands of youth, when they should put a rod under their girdle–when instead of awe they make them past grace, and leave them rich executors of goods, and poor executors of godliness, then it is no marvel that the son being left rich by his father’s will, becomes reckless by his own will.
John Lyly
in dreams it is often the case that the greatest extravagances seem bereft of their power to astonish and the most improbable chimeras seem commonplace.
Cormac McCarthy
I hate the idea of natural. For example, I prefer gardens to wild nature. I like to see the human touch. High heels are a complete invention – an extravagance. They’re far from natural, but it’s the impracticality that I adore. I prefer the useless to the useful, the sophisticated to the natural.
Christian Louboutin
I can’t pass a plant stall without feeling I must have one. But my greatest extravagance, I suppose, is roses. We’ve got masses.
Mary Berry
Your book bill ought to be your biggest extravagance.
C. S. Lewis
Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.
Charles Caleb Colton
The finest lives in my opinion are the common model, without miracle and without extravagance.
Michel de Montaigne
Greedy for the property of others, extravagant with his own
It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavour; riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work.
Virginia Woolf
The unparalleled extravagance of English rule has demented the rajas and the maharajas who, unmindful of consequences, ape it and grind their subjects to dust.
Mahatma Gandhi
The sage avoids extremity, excess, and extravagance.
No villainous bounty yet hath passed my heart;
Unwisely, not ignobly, have I given.
William Shakespeare
We hold the moral obligation of providing for old age, helpless infancy, and poverty is far superior to that of supplying the invented wants of courtly extravagance.
Thomas Paine
We all need the waters of the Mercy River. Though they don’t run deep, there’s usually enough, just enough, for the extravagance of our lives.
Jonis Agee
Good cookery is not an extravagance but an economy, and many a tasty dish is made by our Continental friends out of materials which would be discarded indignantly by the poorest tramp in Whitechapel.
William Booth
I’ve spent as much as 30 grand on a watch but it’s not about flaunting my wealth. I don’t have many extravagances but watches are my biggest one. I must have 30 of them now. I’ve been collecting since the age of nine, when I won a black TAG in a karting event.
Jenson Button
There is hope in extravagance, there is none in routine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In human life, art may arise from almost any activity, and once it does so, it is launched on a long road of exploration, invention, freedom to the limits of extravagance, interference to the point of frustration, finally discipline, controlling constant change and growth.
Susanne Katherina Langer
Thrift is the really romantic thing; economy is more romantic than extravagance… thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste… if a man could undertake to make use of all the things in his dustbin, he would be a broader genius than Shakespeare.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
The True Person avoids extremes, self-indulgence, and extravagance.
It’s tough working as a single parent, but I’m lucky enough to have chunks of time when I’m at home and a huge circle of friends and family, although my biggest extravagance is child care.
Tamzin Outhwaite
Some have been ensnared in the net of excessive debt. The net of interest holds them fast, requiring them to sell their time and energies to meet the demands of creditors. They surrender their freedom, becoming slaves to their own extravagance.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
The prodigality of millionaires is comparable only to their greed of gain. Let some whim or passion seize them and money is of no account. In fact these Croesuses find whims and passions harder to come by than gold.
Honore de Balzac
It is better to have a plain, substantial building, with no extravagance about it, but without a debt, than to have the most splendid specimen of Gothic architecture that is overlaid by a mortgage.
William Mackergo Taylor
It may be affirmed, without extravagance, that the free institutions we enjoy, have developed the powers, and improved the condition, of our whole people, beyond any example in the world.
Abraham Lincoln
Archetypes are universal, and, in subtle or extravagant ways, interchangeable.
Tanith Lee
Look, lovers: almost separately they come towards us through the flowery grass and slowly; parting’s so far from thought of, they indulge the extravagance of walking unembraced.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Poverty is not dishonorable in itself, but only when it comes from idleness, intemperance, extravagance, and folly.
The extravagance of intellect outstrips the extravagance of desire.
Mason Cooley
Fashion’s about extravagance, and everyone needs a bit of that.
Carine Roitfeld
The substitution of meaning accounts for the grasping of misers as well as the extravagance of spendthrifts. Karl Marx well understood this peculiar transformation of flesh into coin.
Lewis H. Lapham
We can never put ourselves in the shoes of children; we cannot fathom their thoughts, we lend them ours; and always following ourown reasoning, we stuff their heads with extravagance and error.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Most people think of Las Vegas, and they think of extravagance. But it’s really a mix between fantasy and laziness.
Gia Coppola
Vigorous societies harbor a certain extravagance of objectives, so that men wander beyond the safe provision of personal gratifications.
Alfred North Whitehead
My biggest extravagances are also investments. I have several houses in California, a house in Nashville, an office complex, and I bought the old home place in Tennessee. They are different places for me to write, but I can turn right around and sell them.
Dolly Parton
He who buys what he does not want ends in wanting what he cannot buy.
An isolated person requires correspondence as a means of seeing his ideas as others see them, and thus guarding against the dogmatisms and extravagances of solitary and uncorrected speculation.
H. P. Lovecraft
The secret of the difficulties of those people who make a great deal of money, and yet are always in want of it, is this-they throw it away as soon as they get it on the first whim or extravagance that strikes them, and have nothing left to meet ordinary expenses or discharge old debts.
William Hazlitt
Will you tell me how to prevent riches from producing luxury? Will you tell me how to prevent luxury from producing effeminacy, intoxication, extravagance, vice and folly?
John Adams
The way a woman carries herself and the way she dresses ought to promote the following types of words: modesty, discretion, wisdom, beauty, elegance and refinement, but not sensuality, luxury, extravagance.
Paul Washer
Free will does not enable any man to perform good works, unless he is assisted by grace; indeed, the special grace which the elect alone receive through regeneration. For I stay not to consider the extravagance of those who say that grace is offered equally and promiscuously to all
John Calvin
In the material world, where everything is valued, when you commit yourself to God, beauty and love, it can be mistaken for extravagance.
Imelda Marcos
Allah loves moderation and hates extravagance and excess.
My heart’s so full of joy, That I shall do some wild extravagance Of love in public; and the foolish world, Which knows not tenderness, will think me mad.
John Dryden
When all moves equally (says Pascal), nothing seems to move as in a vessel under sail; and when all run by common consent into vice, none appear to do so. He that stops first, views as from a fixed point the horrible extravagance that transports the rest.
Charles Caleb Colton
A disordered currency is one of the greatest political evils. It undermines the virtues necessary for the support of the social system, and encourages propensities destructive to its happiness. It wars against industry, frugality, and economy, and it fosters the evil spirits of extravagance and speculation.
Daniel Webster
Extravagance is the luxury of the poor; penury is the luxury of the rich.
Oscar Wilde
I like extravagance. Letters which give the postman a stiff back to carry, books which overflow from their covers, sexuality which bursts the thermometers.
Anais Nin
I never had a fondness for gems or the extravagance of Harry Winston or Van Cleef & Arpels. I’ve always liked the more flamboyant, imaginative things. I lusted after costume jewelry. My husband was a very lucky man.
Iris Apfel
As to the rout that is made about people who are ruined by extravagance, it is no matter to the nation that some individuals suffer. When so much general productive exertion is the consequence of luxury, the nation does not care though there are debtors; nay, they would not care though their creditors were there too.
Samuel Johnson
Nature is mythical and mystical always, and works with the license and extravagance of genius. She has her luxurious and florid style as well as art.
Henry David Thoreau
We deny that it is fun to be saving. It is fun to be prodigal. Go to the butterfly, thou parsimonious sluggard; consider her ways and get wise.
Franklin P. Adams
The Christians say, that among the ancient Jews, if you committed a crime you had to kill a sheep. Now they say ‘charge it.’ ‘Put it on the slate.’ The Savior will pay it. In this way, rascality is sold on credit, and the credit system in morals, as in business, breeds extravagance.
Robert Green Ingersoll
Collecting has been my great extravagance. It’s a way of being. I collect for the same reason that I eat too much-I’m one of nature’s shoppers.
Howard Hodgkin
The new century will see unimaginable levels of wastefulness and extravagance, but it will also be an age in which the individual human being acquires a true and universally recognised value.
Peter Robinson
Wealth comes from industry and from the hard experience of human toil. To dissipate it in waste and extravagance is disloyalty to humanity.
Calvin Coolidge
My Christian Louboutins are also one of the secrets to my not-for-profit success. Here’s why – and it’s something that everyone who manages employees, whether in a for-profit business or a not-for-profit, should keep in mind: A little extravagance goes a long way.
Nancy Lublin
A large retinue upon a small income, like a large cascade upon a small stream, tends to discover its tenuity.
William Shenstone
Without thinking or reflecting, we plunge into war, contract heavy debts, increase vastly the patronage of the Executive, and indulge in every species of extravagance, without thinking that we expose our liberty to hazard. It is a great and fatal mistake.
John C. Calhoun
Fanatics, as a class, have far more zeal than intellect and are fanatics only because they have. There can be no fanaticism but where there is more passion than reason; and hence, in the nature of things, movements originating in it run down in a short time by their folly and extravagance.
John C. Calhoun