A Quote by Vita Sackville-West on beauty, charm, difficulty, economics, life, luxury, necessity, people, poets, sharing, society, traditions, ugliness, and world

Gardening is a luxury occupation: an ornament, not a necessity, of life. . . . Fortunate gardener, who may preoccupy himself solely with beauty in these difficult and ugly days! He is one of the few people left in this distressful world to carry on the tradition of elegance and charm. A useless member of society, considered in terms of economics, he must not be denied his rightful place. He deserves to share it, however humbly, with the painter and poet.

Vita Sackville-West (1892 - 1962)

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A Quote by Ursula K. Le Guin on discrimination, happiness, justice, and luxury

Happiness is based on a just discrimination of what is necessary, what is neither necessary nor destructive, and what is destructive. In the middle category, however - that of the unnecessary but undestructive, that of comfort, luxury, exuberance, etc

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929 -)

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A Quote by unknown on luxury, necessity, vacation, and world

Vacation used to be a luxury, however, in today's world, it has become a necessity.


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A Quote by unknown on anxiety, belief, bureaucracy, certainty, community, concern, country, creativity, desires, family, future, ideas, leisure, life, luxury, money, nature, nostalgia, past, reward, self-reliance, technology, present, and work

It's not a single idea, but many ideas and attitudes, including a reverence for nature and a preference for country life; a desire for maximum personal self-reliance and creative leisure; a concern for family nurture and community cohesion; a certain hostility toward luxury; a belief that the primary reward of work should be well-being rather than money; a certain nostalgia for the supposed simplicities of the past and an anxiety about the technological and bureaucratic complexities of the present and the future; and a taste for the plain and functional.


Source: Countryside Magazine and Small Stock Journal – Philosophy

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A Quote by unknown on luxury and television

Cable is not a luxury, since many areas have poor TV reception.


Source: The mayor of Tucson, Arizona, 1989

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A Quote by Thomas Moore on luxury


Weep on! and as thy sorrows flow, I'll taste the luxury of woe.

Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Source: Anacreontic.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on luxury, science, and value

. . . the science of calculation also is indispensable as far as the extraction of the square and cube roots: Algebra as far as the quadratic equation and the use of logarithms are often of value in ordinary cases: but all beyond these is but a luxury; a delicious luxury indeed; but not to be in indulged in by one who is to have a profession to follow for his subsistence.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: J. Robert Oppenheimer "The Encouragement of Science" in I. Gordon and S. Sorkin (eds.) The Armchair Science Reader, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959.

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A Quote by Ted Morgan on army, luxury, and madness

Howard Hughes was able to afford the luxury of madness, like a man who not only thinks he is Napoleon but hires an army to prove it.

Ted Morgan

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A Quote by Stanley G. Crawford on luxury, promises, thinking, and time

Winter is the time of promise because there is so little to do - or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so.

Stanley G. Crawford (1937 -)

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A Quote by Socrates on contentment, luxury, poverty, and wealth

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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