I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.
Recognizing that the world is governed by a minority, the sexually active, and that they hold sway of a huge majority of the nonsexual, those people too young or too old or too poor or too homely or sick or crazy or powerless to be able to afford sexual partners (or the luxury of systematic, sustained and shared introspection, so sexual in its own way). All advertisements and films and songs are addressed to sexuals, to their rash whims and finicky tastes.Edmund White
Thus first necessity invented stools, Convenience next suggested elbow-chairs, And luxury the accomplished sofa last.william cowper
Moving fluidly and jabbing, slipping punches and countering rather than swarming over DeJesus, he stalked him, relentlessly wearing him down and coolly destroying him with savage punches to the body. For 11 rounds Duran bested the classic boxer at his own game, robbing him of his speed and his will to fight, and only then did he permit himself the luxury of putting DeJesus away.roberto durán
The luxury of ostentation affords a much less substantial and solid gratification, than the luxury of comfort, if I may be allowed the expression.jean-baptiste say
In our profession, precision and perfection are not a dispensable luxury, but a simple necessity.niklaus wirth
luxury spreads its ample board before their eyes; but they are excluded from the banquet. Plenty revels over the fields; but they are starving in the midst of its abundance: the whole wilderness has blossomed into a garden; but they feel as reptiles that infest it.washington irving
Alexander the Great, reflecting on his friends degenerating into sloth and luxury, told them that it was a most slavish thing to luxuriate, and a most royal thing to labor.Alexander the Great
A slab of bread "buttered" with lard and, if you were lucky, seasoned with salt and pepper, was a luxury.jimmy hoffa
For me real peace is lying on a river bank in summer with a sprig of grass in my mouth. I have friends who jet off to a luxury hotel. I think, 'How can you enjoy such ghastly luxury?'griff rhys jones
Money not spent on a luxury one considered even briefly is the equivalent of windfall income and should be spent accordingly."Alice's Law of Compensatory Cash Flow" in Alice, Let's Eat (1978)
I attacked those Western playwrights who use their influence and affluence to preach to the world the nihilistic doctrine that life is pointless and irrationally destructive, and that there is nothing we can do about it. Until everyone is fed, clothed, housed and taught, until human beings have equal leisure to contemplate the overwhelming fact of mortality, we should not (I argued) indulge in the luxury of "privileged despair."Kenneth Tynan
[Tyler Perry] has the luxury of not doing the political stuff, which is really where I want to be as a company.glenn beck
It is, of course, a luxury to create art and, on top of this, to insist on expressing one’s own artistic opinion. Nothing is more luxurious than this. It is a game and a good game, at least for me; one of the few games which make life, difficult and depressing as it is sometimes, a little more interesting.max beckmann
"The surest way to work up a crusade in favor of some good cause is to promise people they will have a chance of maltreating someone. To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your bad behavior "righteous indignation" this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats."aldous huxley
Why, you might read two sonnets, ere they reach To where the hurrying freshnesses aye preach A natural sermon o’er their pebbly beds; Where swarms of minnows show their little heads, Staying their wavy bodies ’gainst the streams, To taste the luxury of sunny beams Temper’d with coolness.john keats
While liberals appeared to be safely in power, feminists could perhaps afford the luxury of defining Larry Flynt or Roman Polanski as Enemy Number One. Now that we have to cope with Jerry Falwell and Jesse Helms, a rethinking of priorities seems in order.ellen willis
Uncompromising thought is the luxury of the closeted recluse.“The Leaders of Men”, (17 June 1890), p. 75.
There is a solemn luxury in grief.William Mason, The English Garden, line 596.
The masculine virtues of Rome were mirrored by the literal emasculation of a cadre of eunuchs in its political and social decline, as the use and value of those effeminate slaves gradually rose with the decline of the empire. Eunuchs were a final luxuriant import from the reign of Elagabalus , when Rome was at length humbled beneath the effeminate luxury of Oriental despotism.Edward Gibbon, in "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776)", in Jean Howard, et al Luxurious Sexualities: Textual Practice Volume 11, Issue 3, Routledge, 12 August 2005, p.130
Learn the luxury of doing good.Oliver Goldsmith, p. 24. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Alexander the Great, reflecting on his friends degenerating into sloth and luxury, told them that it was a most slavish thing to luxuriate, and a most royal thing to labor.As quoted by Barrow in a quote in "Pearls of Thought" in the "Labor" section.
luxury is the opposite of the naturally necessary .karl marx
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