Consumerism

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
U.S. consumers and industry dispose of enough aluminium 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
Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. ~Author Unknown
Be glad that you’re greedy; the national economy would collapse if you weren’t. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966
After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world. ~Pam Shaw
You can never get enough of what you don’t need to make you happy. ~Eric Hoffer
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
Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends…. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. ~Henry David Thoreau
The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied… but written off as trash. The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar is a reminder of nothing. ~John Berger
Racial injustice, war, urban blight, and environmental rape have a common denominator in our exploitative economic system. ~Channing E. Phillips, speech, Washington, D.C., 22 April 1970
To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year. ~Elwyn Brooks White
I may be a pessimist, but the philosophy of anti-thrift just now coming into being seemed to be the greatest danger to the peace of the world. ~Adriano Tilgher
There must be more to life than having everything! ~Maurice Sendak
Mammon, n.: The god of the world’s leading religion. ~Ambrose Bierce
Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. ~From the movie Fight Club, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk
He who buys what he does not need steals from himself. ~Author Unknown
Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice. ~Unknown
Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. ~Edward Abbey
The hardest thing is to take less when you can get more. ~Kin Hubbard
In the United States Christmas has become the rape of an idea. ~Richard Bach
Forethought and temperance are the virtues which produced thrift and with thrift the economic progress of society. And those are the virtues which today are gravely compromised. ~Adriano Tilgher
Who covets more, is evermore a slave. ~Robert Herrick
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

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