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Consumerism

Consumerism is our national religion.

~ Jennifer Stone (1988)

Consumerism

The American lifestyle is not up for negotiation.

~ George Bush when asked to discuss the over-consumption of resources by developed countries (Rio de Janeiro, 1992)

Consumerism

Necessity need not be the mother of invention, but today invention becomes the mother of necessity. Our affluent society is preoccupied with the production and compulsive consumption of material goods we have been taught to want.

~ Judith Groch (1969)

Consumerism

We are living in a material world, and I am a material girl.

~ Madonna

Consumerism

The world is too much with us; late and soon, getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.

~ William Wordsworth (1807)

Consumerism

Whoever has the most toys when he dies, wins.

~ bumper sticker

Consumerism

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.

~ Socrates (B.C. 469 - 399)

Consumerism

The metabolism of a consumer society requires it continually to eat and excrete, every day throwing itself away in plastic bags.

~ Shana Alexander (1971)

Consumerism

He who buys what he does not want ends in wanting what he cannot buy.

~ Mrs. Alec Tweedie (1904)

Consumerism

I'm not just buying a car - I'm buying a lifestyle!

~ Lynn Johnston (1988)

Consumerism

An honest man is one who knows that he can't consume more than he has produced.

~ Ayn Rand (1957)

Consumerism

I did not have three thousands pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty.

~ Imelda Marcos (1987)

Consumerism

There must be more to life than having everything!

~ Maurice Sendak

Consumerism

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.

~ Edward Abbey

Consumerism

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

Consumerism

These temple destroyers, devotees of raging commercialism, seem to have a perfect contempt for Nature, and instead of lifting their eyes to the God of the mountains, lift them to the Almighty dollar.

~ John Muir (1912)

Consumerism

We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.

~ Winston Churchill (1932)

Consumerism

Everything in excess is opposed to nature.

~ Hippocrates (B.C. 460-370)

Consumerism

True happiness flows from the possession of wisdom and virtue and not from the possession of external goods.

~ Aristotle (B.C. 384-322)

Consumerism

The consumer, so it is said, is the king... each is a voter who uses his money as votes to get the things done as he wants.

~ Paul A. Samuelson (1970)

Consumerism

Consumption is the sole end and purpose of production; and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer.

~ Adam Smith (1776)

Consumerism

All human toil is for the mouth, yet the appetite is not satisfied.

~ Ecclesiastes 6:7

Consumerism

Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.

~ Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

Consumerism

Contentment is natural wealth; luxury, artificial poverty.

~ Socrates (B.C. 469-399)

Consumerism

Not what you possess but what you do with what you have, determines your true worth.

~ Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Consumerism

What will you do if your product still further increases next year? You should then destroy again the warehouses which you are now preparing to build, and build bigger. For the reason why God has given you fruitful harvests is that He might either overcome your avarice or condemn it; wherefore you can have no excuse. But you keep for yourself what He wished to be produced through you for the benefit of many - nay, rather, you rob even yourself of it, since you would better preserve it for yourself if you distributed it to others.

~ Ambrose, Bishop of Milan (339-397)

Consumerism

Do not let your "eye" be drawn by the false "beacon lamps" - of wealth, or position, or fame, or possessions. Be vigilant over your will and desires, for these are the corrupt forces that dwell within, and keep you from living free.

~ John of the Cross (1542-1591), Ascent of Mount Carmel: Book 1, Chapter 3

Consumerism

A wise man does not accumulate for himself. The more he uses for others, the more he has himself. The more he gives to others, the more he possesses of his own. The way of heaven is to benefit others and not to injure.

~ Lao-Tzu (c. B.C. 550)

Consumerism

Man has too long forgotten that the earth was given to him for usufruct alone, not for consumption, still less for profligate waste.

~ George Perkins Marsh (usufruct -the right of using and enjoying the profits of an estate or other thing belonging to another, without impairing the substance)

Consumerism

Advertising tries to stimulate our sensuous desires, converting luxuries into necessities, but it only intensifies man's inner misery. The business world is bent on creating hungers which its wares never satisfy, and thus it adds to the frustrations and broken minds of our times.

~ Archbishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979), Lift Up Your Heart, 1942

Consumerism

In the kingdom of consumption the citizen is king. A democratic monarchy: equality before consumption, fraternity in consumption, and freedom through consumption. The dictatorship of consumer goods has finally destroyed the barriers of blood, lineage and race.

~ Raoul Vaneigem, The Revolution of Everyday Life, 1967

Consumerism

The greed of gain has no time or limit to its capaciousness. Its one object is to produce and consume. It has pity neither for beautiful nature nor for living human beings. It is ruthlessly ready without a moment's hesitation to crush beauty and life out of them, molding them into money.

~ Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

Consumerism

The hopes of the Republic cannot forever tolerate either undeserved poverty or self-serving wealth.

~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)

Consumerism

Consumer wants can have bizarre, frivolous, or even immoral origins, and an admirable case can still be made for a society that seeks to satisfy them. But the case cannot stand if it is the process of satisfying wants that create the wants.

~ John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society, 1958

Consumerism

A vital difference between the professional man and a man of business is that money making to the professional man should, by virtue of his assumption, be incidental; to the businessman it is primary. Money has its limitations; while it may buy quantity, there is something beyond it and that is quality.

~ Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959)

Consumerism

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

~ William Morris (1877)