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Cut my cote after my cloth.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Godly Queene Hester--Interlude,
        an expression said to be a relic of the Sumptuary Laws

The man who will live above his present circumstances is in great danger of living in a little time much beneath them, or, as the Italian proverb says: The man who lives by hope will die by despair."
      - Joseph Addison

Certainly, if a man will but keep of an even hand, his ordinary expenses ought to be but to the half of his receipts; and if he thinks to wax rich, but to the third part.
      - Francis Bacon

Qualities not regulated run into their opposites. Economy before competence is meanness after it. Therefore economy is for the poor; the rich may dispense with it.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy. If parsimony were to be considered as one of the kinds of that virtue, there is, however, another and a higher economy. Economy is a distinctive virtue, and consists not in saving, but in selection.
      - Edmund Burke

To make three guineas do the work of five.
      - Robert Burns

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

Buy not what you want, but what you have need of; what you do not want is dear at a farthing.
  [Lat., Emas non quod opus est, sed quod necesse est. Quod non opus est, asse carum est.]
      - Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor),
        Epistles (94), as quoted by Seneca

Not to be covetous is money, not to be a purchaser is a revenue.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Economy is a great revenue.
  [Lat., Magnum vectigal est parsimonia.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Paradoxa (VI, 3, 49)

Men live best upon a little; Nature has given to all the privilege of being happy, if they but knew how to use their gifts.
      - Claudian (Claudianus)

The injury of prodigality leads to this, that he who will not economize will have to agonize.
      - Confucius

There can be no economy where there is no efficiency.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

A creative economy is the fuel of magnificence.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

As much wisdom may be expended on a private economy as on an empire, and as much wisdom may be drawn from it.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let us learn the meaning of economy. Economy is a high human office,--a sacrament when its aim is grand, when it is the prudence of simple tastes, when it is practised for freedom or for love or devotion.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

He that, when he should not, spends too much, shall, when he would not, have too little to spend.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

Let heaven-eyed Prudence battle with Desire.
      - James Thomas Fields

A man may, if he knows not how to save as he gets, keep his nose all his life to the grindstone and die not worth a groat at last.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Ere fancy you consult, consult your purse.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Gain may be temporary and uncertain; but ever while you live expense is constant and certain; and it is easier to build two chimneys than to keep one in fuel.
      - Benjamin Franklin

If you know how to spend less than you get you have the philosopher's stone.
      - Benjamin Franklin

A penny saved is two pence clear,
  A pin a day's a groat a year.
      - Benjamin Franklin,
        Necessary Hints to those that would be Rich

Many have been ruined by buying good Pennyworths.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac

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