Consumption Quotes

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“Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.”
Elise Boulding

Hilaire Belloc
“The Barbarian hopes — and that is the mark of him, that he can have his cake and eat it too.He will consume what civilization has slowly produced after generations of selection and effort, but he will not be at pains to replace such goods, nor indeed has he a comprehension of the virtue that has brought them into being. Discipline seems to him irrational, on which account he is ever marvelling that civilization, should have offended him with priests and soldiers.... In a word, the Barbarian is discoverable everywhere in this, that he cannot make: that he can befog and destroy but that he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilization exactly that has been true.

We sit by and watch the barbarian. We tolerate him in the long stretches of peace, we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence; his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creed refreshes us; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond, and on these faces there are no smiles.”
Hilaire Belloc

Jean Baudrillard
“This false distance is present everywhere: in spy films, in Godard, in modern advertising, which uses it continually as a cultural allusion. It is not really clear in the end whether this 'cool' smile is the smile of humour or that of commercial complicity. This is also the case with pop, and its smile ultimately encapsulates all its ambiguity: it is not the smile of critical distance, but the smile of collusion”
Jean Baudrillard, The Consumer Society: Myths and Structures

Ryan Lilly
“Get off the treadmill of consumption, replication, and mediocrity. Begin lifting the weights of creativity, originality, and success.”
Ryan Lilly

Mark Z. Danielewski
“In the end Navidson is left with one page and one match. For a long time he waits in darkness and cold, postponing this final bit of illumination. At last though, he grips the match by the neck and after locating the friction strip sparks to life a final ball of light.

First, he reads a few lines by match light and then as the heat bites his fingertips he applies the flame to the page. Here then is one end: a final act of reading, a final act of consumption. And as the fire rapidly devours the paper, Navidson's eyes frantically sweep down over the text, keeping just ahead of the necessary immolation, until as he reaches the last few words, flames lick around his hands, ash peels off into the surrounding emptiness, and then as the fire retreats, dimming, its light suddenly spent, the book is gone leaving nothing behind but invisible traces already dismantled in the dark.”
Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves

T.F. Hodge
“Bling" is not an indication of riches. It is a product of value-based spending, to enrich the pockets of those outside of ones sphere of influence...the haves' bleeding the have-nots'.”
T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"

Murray Bookchin
“Capitalism, far from affording "privileges" to the middle classes, tends to degrade them more abjectly than any other stratum in society. The system deploys its capacity for abundance to bring the petty bourgeois into complicity with his own oppression—first by turning him into a commodity, into an object for sale in the marketplace; next by assimilating his very wants to the commodity nexus. Tyrannized as he is by every vicissitude of bourgeois society, the whole personality of the petty bourgeois vibrates with insecurity. His soporifics—commodities and more commodities—are his very poison. In this sense there is nothing more oppressive than "privilege" today, for the deepest recesses of the "privileged" man's psyche are fair game for exploitation and domination.”
Murray Bookchin, Post-Scarcity Anarchism

Herman E. Daly
“The problem with the World Bank has to do with development - the spreading of Western over-consumption worldwide.”
Herman E. Daly

Toba Beta
“This civilization is the impact of the world's consumption behavior.”
Toba Beta [Betelgeuse Incident], Betelgeuse Incident: Insiden Bait Al-Jauza

Murray Bookchin
“The phrase "consumer society" complements the description of the present social order as an "industrial society." Needs are tailored by the mass media to create a public demand for utterly useless commodities, each carefully engineered to deteriorate after a predetermined period of time. The plundering of the human spirit by the marketplace is paralleled by the plundering of the earth by capital.”
Murray Bookchin, Post-Scarcity Anarchism

“A thirty-two-ounce soda and a tank of gas is America distilled to its seminal fluids.”
Richard Manning, Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization

Douglas Coupland
“There's a hardness I'm seeing in modern people. Those little moments of goofiness that used to make the day pass seem to have gone. Life's so serious now. Maybe it's just because I'm with an older gang now.[...]I mean nobody even has hobbies these days. Not that I can see. Husbands and wives both work. Kids are farmed out to schools and video games. Nobody seems able to endure simply being themselves, either - but at the same time they're isolated. People work much more, only go home and surf the Internet and send e-mail rather than calling or writing a note or visiting each other. They work, watch TV, and sleep. I see these things. The world is only about work: work work work get get ahead...getting sacked from work...going online...knowing computer languages...winning contracts. I mean, it's just not what I would have imagined the world might be if you'd asked me seventeen years ago. People are frazzled and angry, desperate about money, and, at best, indifferent to the future.”
Douglas Coupland, Girlfriend in a Coma

“Art serves to confront that which is outside order, to give form to the obscene. In the process, it opens it to transformations that can not only make it safe for public consumption, not a powerful vehicle through which to address the public imagination.”
Jennifer Birkett

“Because of this false idea, they devised an aesthetic belief in making the exterior of an object a reflection of the practical functions of the interior and of the constructive idea. Yet these analyses of utility and necessity that, according to their beliefs, should be the basis for the construction of any object created by humanity become immediately absurd once we analyze all the object being manufactured today. A fork or a bed cannot come to be considered necessary for humanity's life and health, and yet retain a relative value.

They are 'learned necessities.' Modern human beings are suffocating under necessities like televisions, refrigerators, etc. And in the process making it impossible to live their real lives. Obviously we are not against modern technology, but we are against any notion of the absolute necessity of objects, to the point even of doubting their real utility.'

Asger Jorn”
Tom McDonough, The Situationists and the City: A Reader

Toba Beta
“Truth is commodity in political consumption.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

“Turning and climbing, the double helix evolved to an operation which had always existed as a possibility for mankind, the eating of light. The appetite for light was ancient. Light had been eaten metaphorically in ritual transubstantiations. Poets had declared that to be is to be a variable of light, that this peach, and even this persimmon, is light. But the peach which mediated between light and the appetite for light interfered with the taste of light, and obscured the appetite it aroused.

The appetite for actual light was at first appeased by symbols. But the simple instruction, promulgated during the Primordification, to taste the source of the food in the food, led to the ability to eat light. Out of the attempt to taste sources came the ability to detect unpleasant chemicals. These had to be omitted. Eaters learned to taste the animal in the meat, and the animal's food and drink, and to taste the waters and sugars in the melon. The discriminations grew finer - children learned to eat the qualities of the pear as they ate its flesh, and to taste its slow ripening in autumn sunlight. In the ripeness of the orange they recapitulated the history of the orange. Two results occurred. First, the children were quick to surpass the adults, and with their unspoiled tastes, and their desire for light, they learned the flavor of the soil in which the blueberry grew, and the salty sweetness of the plankton in the sea trout, but they also became attentive to the taste of sunlight. Soon there were attempts to keep fruit of certain vintages: the pears of a superbly comfortable autumn in Anjou, or the oranges of Seville from a year so seasonless that their modulations of bouquet were unsurpassed for decades. Fruit was eaten as a retrospective of light. Second, children of each new generation grew more clearly, until children were shaped as correctly as crystals. The laws governing the operations of growth shone through their perfect exemplification. Life became intellectually transparent. ("Desire")”
William S. Wilson, Why I Don't Write Like Franz Kafka

William S. Burroughs
“Don't listen to Hassan i Sabbah," they will tell you. "He wants to take your body and all pleasures of the body away from you. Listen to us. We are serving The Garden of Delights Immortality Cosmic Consciousness The Best Ever In Drug Kicks. And love love love in slop buckets. How does that sound to you boys? Better than Hassan i Sabbah and his cold windy bodiless rock? Right?"

At the immediate risk of finding myself the most unpopular character of all fiction—and history is fiction—I must say this:

"Bring together state of news—Inquire onward from state to doer—Who monopolized Immortality? Who monopolized Cosmic Consciousness? Who monopolized Love Sex and Dream? Who monopolized Life Time and Fortune? Who took from you what is yours? Now they will give it all back? Did they ever give anything away for nothing? Did they ever give any more than they had to give? Did they not always take back what they gave when possible and it always was? Listen: Their Garden Of Delights is a terminal sewer—I have been at some pains to map this area of terminal sewage in the so called pornographic sections of Naked Lunch and Soft Machine—Their Immortality Cosmic Consciousness and Love is second-run grade-B shit—Their drugs are poison designed to beam in Orgasm Death and Nova Ovens—Stay out of the Garden of Delights—It is a man-eating trap that ends in green goo—Throw back their ersatz Immortality—It will fall apart before you can get out of The Big Store—Flush their drug kicks down the drain—They are poisoning and monopolizing the hallucinogen drugs—learn to make it without any chemical corn—All that they offer is a screen to cover retreat from the colony they have so disgracefully mismanaged. To cover travel arrangements so they will never have to pay the constituents they have betrayed and sold out. Once these arrangements are complete they will blow the place up behind them.”
William S. Burroughs, Nova Express

John Dickerson
“We want our movies instantly. We order our groceries at lunchtime and expect them to arrive in time for dinner. We punch up cars to deliver us to our whims. The largest companies in America, from Amazon to Uber to Facebook, want to fill the air with buzzing drones dropping from the skies whatever you want and more of it. Manna is now always on the delivery menu.”
John Dickerson, The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency

“If you can’t control your sexuality, you will have a hard time maintaining your sensuality.

One of my favorite quotes is by Robert Farrar Capon when he says we are given appetites, not to consume the world, but to taste its goodness.”
Lebo Grand

“Nature consumes everything it creates.
Nature creates only what it can consume.

प्रकृति हर सृजन का उपभोग करती है
प्रकृति उपभोग हेतु सृजन करती है

October 1 World Vegetarian Day”
Vineet Raj Kapoor

“Who amongst us can claim true satisfaction from living a hedonistic lifestyle? Why I loathe myself with sufficient fury to dream of murdering myself is no great mystery. Making a pact with the devil’s henchmen, I callously plodded along tackling one superficial milepost after another, conquering thinly guised goals that reek of greediness and self-indulgence, all in a futile effort to stave off the inevitability of my doom. My professional work was devoted to promoting the private agenda of clients with ample cash to spare. I spent free time shopping for baubles. Similar to other Americans caught up in securing acquisitions and escaping through mindless recreational activities, shopping and pleasure seeking was my mantra.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Anastacia Plastinina
“In this era of oversupply and super-abundance in fashion, one doesn’t need more. Well, definitely not more of things...whereas we all could use MORE of wisdom, education and ethics of consumption.”
Anastacia Plastinina, "I AM" GOD OF FASHION: Reconciling the Fashion Industry Back to Its Creator

Jean Baudrillard
“انسان تنها از زمانی موضوع علم قرار گرفته است که فروش اتومبیل از ساخت آن دشوارتر شده است.”
Jean Baudrillard, The Consumer Society: Myths and Structures

Jean Baudrillard
“برای مصرف‌‌کننده و شهروند مدرن، شانه خالی کردن از این الزام خوشبختی و بهره‌مندی به هیچ‌وجه مطرح نیست. انسان مدرن کم‌تر و کم‌تر زندگی خود را صرف تولید در قالب کار می‌کند، و بیش‌تر و بیش‌تر مشغول تولید و نوآوری مداوم در زمینهٔ نیازهای خاص و رفاه خود است. انسان مدرن، باید به بسیج دائمی کلیهٔ ظرفیت‌ها و قابلیت‌های مصرفی خود اهتمام ورزد. اگر او این امر را فراموش کند، بلافاصله و با مهربانی به او یادآور خواهند شد که حق ندارد سعادت‌مند نباشد. بنابر این واقعیت ندارد که او منفعل است: او به فعالیتی مستمر اشتغال دارد . باید به این فعالیت ادامه دهد. در غیر این صورت، او این خطر را به جان خواهد خرید که به آن چیزی که دارد قانع شود و به موجودی غیراجتماعی تبدیل شود.
در این‌جا با بازخیزش نوعی کنجکاوی همگانی (مفهومی که باید آن را کشف کرد) در مورد آشپزی، فرهنگ، علم، مذهب، امور جنسی و غیره سروکار داریم. یک شعار آمریکایی می‌گوید: «مسیح را امتحان کنید.» باید همه‌چیز را امتحان کرد، زیرا انسان مصرفی همواره از این می‌ترسد که چیزی را «از دست بدهد»، حال این چیز می‌تواند هز نوع لذتی باشد. هرگز نمی‌دانیم که آیا فلان تماس، فلان تجربه (کریسمس در جزایر قناری، مارماهی با ویسکی، پرادو، ال.اس.دی، معاشقه به سبک ژاپنی و...) «احساسی» برخواهد انگیخت یا نه. این دیگر میل نیست، حتی نام آن را سلیقه یا گرایش خاصی نیز نمی‌توان گذاشت، این نوع کنجکاوی همگانی است که محرک آن وسوسه‌ای مبهم است- می‌توان به آن «اخلاق سرگرمی» گفت که در آن الزام به سرگرم شدن و بهره‌برداری از کلیهٔ امکانات برای تحت تأثیر واقع شدن، لذت بردن یا ارضا شدن است.”
Jean Baudrillard, The Consumer Society: Myths and Structures

G.A. Cohen
“The promise of abundance is not an endless flow of goods but a sufficiency produced with a minimum of unpleasant exertion.”
G.A. Cohen

Naomi Klein
“Climate change demands that we consume less, but being consumers is all we know. Climate change is not a problem that can be solved simply by changing what we buy---a hybrid instead of an SUV, some carbon offsets when we get on a plane. At it's core, it is a crisis born of overconsumption by the comparatively wealthy, which means the world's most manic consumers are going to have to consume less so that others can have enough to life.
The problem is not "human nature," as we are so often told. We weren't born having to shop this much, and we have, in our recent past, been just as happy (in many cases happier) consuming significantly less. The problem is the inflated role that consumption has come to play in our particular era.
Late capitalism teaches us to create ourselves through our consumer choices: shopping is how we form our identities, find community, and express ourselves. Thus, telling people they can't shop as much as they want to because the planet's support systems are overburdened can be understood as a personal attack, asking to telling them they cannot truly be themselves. This is likely why, of environmentalism's original "three Rs" (reduce, reuse, recycle), only the third one has ever gotten any traction, since it allows us to keep on shopping as long as we put the refuse in the right box. The other two, which require that we consume less, were pretty much dead on arrival.”
Naomi Klein, On Fire: The Case for the Green New Deal

“To the one who does the butchering, eating will always be a sacrament. The flesh in the dome of your mouth, your flesh, this fallen world.”
Susan Neville, The Town of Whispering Dolls: Stories

“Alt som er trist, leit og ugreit i livet ditt, kan enkelt løses ved at du kjøper et eller annet produkt. Og dersom produktet ikke virker, kan du ta deg faen på at en ny og forbedret utgave er like rundt hjørnet.”
Anne-Kat Hærland, Krig og fred og religion og politikk og sånn

Wilhelm Röpke
“As we approach the limits of reasonable consumption, the cult of the standard of life must end up in disillusionment and eventual repugnance.”
Wilhelm Röpke, A Humane Economy: The Social Framework of the Free Market

“Most people think sensuality is about self indulgence, it’s actually more about self regulation.”
Lebo Grand

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