Luxury Quotes

Quotes tagged as "luxury" (showing 1-30 of 143)
E. Nesbit
“There is nothing more luxurious than eating while you read—unless it be reading while you eat. Amabel did both: they are not the same thing, as you will see if you think the matter over.”
E. Nesbit, The Magic World

Cesare Pavese
“Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in this world.”
Cesare Pavese, Il mestiere di vivere: Diario 1935-1950

Robert A. Heinlein
“Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.”
Robert A. Heinlein

Coco Chanel
“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.”
Coco Chanel

Aldous Huxley
“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, Crome Yellow

Clive Barker
“I think that God that we have created and allowed to shape our culture through, essentially Christian theology is a pretty villainous creature. I think that one of the things that male patriarchal figure has done is, allowed under it's, his church, his wing, all kinds of corruptions and villainies to grow and fester. In the name of that God terrible wars have been waged, in the name of that God terrible sexism has been allowed to spread. There are children being born all across this world that don't have enough food to eat because that God, at least his church, tells the mothers and fathers that they must procreate at all costs, and to prevent procreation with a condom is in contravention with his laws. Now, I don't believe that God exists. I think that God is creation of men, by men, and for men. What has happened over the many centuries now, the better part of two thousand in fact, is that that God has been slowly and steadily accruing power. His church has been accruing power, and the men who run that church, and they are all men, are not about to give it up. If they give it up, they give up luxury, they give up comfort.”
Clive Barker

Dodie Smith
“Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing.”
Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

Anne Rice
“A singer can shatter glass with the proper high note," he said, "but the simplest way to break glass is simply to drop it on the floor.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat

Orson Scott Card
“Personal affection is a luxury you can have only after all your enemies are eliminated. Until then, everyone you love is a hostage, sapping your courage and corrupting your judgment.”
Orson Scott Card, Empire

Karl Lagerfeld
“Luxury is the ease of a t-shirt in a very expensive dress.”
Karl Lagerfeld

Coco Chanel
“I love luxury. And luxury lies not in richness and ornateness but in the absence of vulgarity. Vulgarity is the ugliest word in our language. I stay in the game to fight it.”
Coco Chanel

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“We must powder our wigs; that is why so many poor people have no bread.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Michael Bassey Johnson
“A virtuos woman is not moved by big names and flamboyance, but only men of profound wisdom and integrity move her.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Celso Cukierkorn
“Smart people always choose comfort over luxury”
Celso Cukierkorn, Secrets of Jewish Wealth Revealed!

Samuel Johnson
“There will always be a part, and always a very large part of every community, that have no care but for themselves, and whose care for themselves reaches little further than impatience of immediate pain, and eagerness for the nearest good.”
Samuel Johnson, Taxation No Tyranny

Elizabeth Jane Howard
“I think best in a hot bath, with my head tilted back and my feet up high.”
Elizabeth Jane Howard, Mr. Wrong

Edith Wharton
“Her whole being dilated in an atmosphere of luxury. It was the background she required, the only climate she could breathe in.”
Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth

Janet Fitch
“I thought of my mother as Queen Christina, cool and sad, eyes trained on some distant horizon. That was where she belonged, in furs and palaces of rare treasures, fireplaces large enough to roast a reindeer, ships of Swedish maple.”
Janet Fitch, White Oleander

Debasish Mridha
“You are happy when you are enthusiastic and action-oriented, not when you are luxury and pleasure oriented.”
Debasish Mridha

Lynne Sharon Schwartz
“My head aches, my eyes burn, my arms and legs have given up, and my face in the mirror has a grayish cast. The bed, across the room, calls in its unmistakable lover's croon, Come to me, come, only I can make you truly happy, oh, how happy I'll make you, don't resist, remember how you moan with pleasure the instant we touch.....

Laura Acosta”
Lynne Sharon Schwartz, The Fatigue Artist

Percy Bysshe Shelley
“Though we eat little flesh and drink no wine,
Yet let's be merry; we'll have tea and toast;
Custards for supper, and an endless host
Of syllabubs and jellies and mincepies,
And other such ladylike luxuries.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Complete Poems

Alain de Botton
“The materialistic view of happiness of our age starkly revealed in our understanding of the word "luxury.”
Alain de Botton

Suzanne Collins
“So what should we do with our last few days?”
“I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you,” Peete replies.
“Come on, then,” I say, pulling him into my room.
It feels like a luxury, sleeping with Peeta again. I didn’t realize until now how starved I’ve been for human closeness. For the feel of him beside me in the darkness.”
Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

Thorstein Veblen
“The quasi-peaceable gentleman of leisure, then, not only consumes of the staff of life beyond the minimum required for subsistence and physical efficiency, but his consumption also undergoes a specialisation as regards the quality of the goods consumed. He consumes freely and of the best, in food, drink, narcotics, shelter, services, ornaments, apparel, weapons and accoutrements, amusements, amulets, and idols or divinities.”
Thorstein Veblen

Tahir Shah
“Contemplation is a luxury, requiring time and alternatives.”
Tahir Shah, In Search of King Solomon's Mines

Margaret George
“Mary was like a caged tiger in the first days of her captivity. Keen, alert, and watchful, she listened tensely each dawn for the key that unlocked her door. After breakfast she watched the road for messengers, pacing back and forth like a confined feline.

But no messengers ever came.

Elizabeth had abandoned her. Or forgotten her.

And the days passed.

Little by little, the Queen of Scots grew accustomed to her captivity. She no longer heard the key in the lock, or the footsteps outside her door. More often than not it was the maid's cheerful voice that woke her, along with the hand on Mary's shoulder and the delicious smells wafting from the breakfast tray.”
Margaret George, Mary Queen of Scotland and The Isles
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William H. Gass
“It is not a single cowardice that drives us into fiction's fantasies. We often fear that literature is a game we can't afford to play — the product of idleness and immoral ease. In the grip of that feeling it isn't life we pursue, but the point and purpose of life — its facility, its use.”
William H. Gass, Fiction and the Figures of Life

John Lanchester
“The idea of luxury, even the word "luxury," was important to Arabella. Luxury meant something that was by definition overpriced, but was so nice, so lovely, in itself that you did not mind, in fact was so lovely that the expensiveness became part of the point, part of the distinction between the people who could not afford a thing and the select few who not only could, but also understood the desirability of paying so much for it. Arabella knew that there were thoughtlessly rich people who could afford everything; she didn't see herself as one of them but instead as one of an elite who both knew what money meant and could afford the things they wanted; and the knowledge of what money meant gave the drama of high prices a special piquancy. She loved expensive things because she knew what their expensiveness meant. She had a complete understanding of the signifiers.”
John Lanchester, Capital

Samuel Johnson
“Every state of society is as luxurious as it can be. Men always take the best they can get. ”
Samuel Johnson

Edmundo Valadés
“Y puedo ver lo que es el supersueño -joyas, pieles, perfumes, batas de seda, anillos, cuadros, automóviles- calculado por hombres que hablan el idioma del precio y que no conciben la vida gratuita de esta tarde que los envuelve sin que sepan sentirla.”
Edmundo Valadés, La muerte tiene permiso

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