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All man's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French mathematician, physicist and philosopher.

While the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad, the capitalist is a rational miser.

Karl Marx (1818-1883) German philosopher and political economist.

The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

'Tis the only comfort of the miserable to have partners in their woes.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, dramatist and poet.

People talk about the courage of condemned men walking to the place of execution: sometimes it needs as much courage to walk with any kind of bearing towards another person's habitual misery.

Graham Greene (1904-1991) English writer.


Never was a miser a brave soul.

George Herbert (1593-1632) British poet.

A soul that is reluctant to share does not as a rule have much of its own. Miserliness is here a symptom of meagerness.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.

Do not discourage your children from hoarding, if they have a taste to it; whoever lays up his penny rather than part with it for a cake, at least is not the slave of gross appetite; and shows besides a preference always to be esteemed, of the future to the present moment.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) Irish author and scholar.

To the eyes of a miser a guinea is more beautiful than the sun, and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than a vine filled with grapes.

William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.