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No man is rich whose expenditures exceed his means; and no one is poor whose incomings exceed his outgoings.

Not to be covetous, is money; not to be a purchaser, is a revenue.

Nothing is cheap which is superfluous, for what one does not need, is dear at a penny.

Proportion and propriety are among the best secrets of domestic wisdom; and there is no surer test of integrity than a well-proportioned expenditure.

Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.

Take care to be an economist in prosperity; there is no fear of your not being one in adversity.

The art of living easily as to money is to pitch your scale of living one decree below your means.

The back door robs the house.

The habit of saving is itself an education; it fosters every virtue, teaches self-denial, cultivates the sense of order, trains to forethought, and so broadens the mind.

The man who will live above his present circumstances, is in great danger of soon living beneath them; or as the Italian proverb says, The man that lives by hope, will die by despair

The regard one shows economy, is like that we show an old aunt who is to leave us something at last.

The world abhors closeness, and all but admires extravagance; yet a slack hand shows weakness, and a tight hand strength.

There are but two ways of paying a debt; increase of industry in raising income, or increase of thrift in laying out.

There is no gain so certain as that which arises from sparing what you have.

To make three guineas do the work of five.

Waste cannot be accurately told, though we are sensible how destructive it is. Economy on the one hand, by which a certain income is made to maintain a man genteelly; and waste on the other, by which, on the same income, another man lives shabbily, cannot be defined. It is a very nice thing; as one man wears his coat out much sooner than another, we cannot tell how.

Without economy none can be rich, and with it few will be poor.


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