Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.
—Benjamin Franklin (1706–90) American Political Leader, Inventor, Diplomat
Thrift is that habit of character that prompts one to work for what he gets, to earn what is paid him; to invest a part of his earnings; to spend wisely and well; to save, but not hoard.
—Neville Chamberlain (1869–1940) British Head of State, Businessperson
It is vain to do with more what can be done with less.
—William of Ockham (1288–1347) English Philosopher, Theologian
Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift?
—Cicero (106BCE–43BCE) Roman Philosopher, Orator, Politician, Lawyer
We are not to judge thrift solely by the test of saving or spending. If one spends what he should prudently save, that certainly is to be deplored. But if one saves what he should prudently spend, that is not necessarily to be commended. A wise balance between the two is the desired end.
—Owen D. Young (1874–1962) American Businessperson, Lawyer, Diplomat
Thrift is not an affair of the pocket, but an affair of character.
—S. W. Straus (1866–1930) American Banker, Philanthropist
When you are seventeen you aren’t really serious.
—Arthur Rimbaud (1854–91) French Poet