Quotes and Sayings about Luxury



"Morality is a private and costly luxury."
- Henry B. Adams
(Related: Morality, Luxury)

"Layers are not difficult for me. You have the luxury of takes, so if you feel like, say, you did not take in the fact that your aunt is across the way in one take, you do it again and try to add that piece."
- Gillian Anderson
(Related: Fact, Luxury)

"War has become a luxury that only small nations can afford."
- Hannah Arendt
(Related: War, Luxury, Nations)

"I've been lucky enough to have had the luxury of being able to make the picture I've wanted to make each time on my own terms and without compromise."
- Dario Argento
(Related: Time, Being, Compromise, Luxury)

"But that's one of the nice things about doing a stage show, if something doesn't work out, you have the luxury of working on it over time."
- Bea Arthur
(Related: Time, Work, Luxury)

"We insist that the international community cannot depend on any country with weapons of mass destruction which has relations with terrorists, and which allows itself the luxury of not respecting the law and of defying the international community."
- Jose Maria Aznar
(Related: Community, Country, Destruction, Law, Luxury, Weapons)

"A slight daily unconscious luxury is hardly ever wanting to the dwellers in civilization; like the gentle air of a genial climate, it is a perpetual minute enjoyment."
- Walter Bagehot
(Related: Civilization, Climate, Enjoyment, Luxury, Unconscious)

"In marriage there are no manners to keep up, and beneath the wildest accusations no real criticism. Each is familiar with that ancient child in the other who may erupt again. We are not ridiculous to ourselves. We are ageless. That is the luxury of the wedding ring."
- Enid Bagnold
(Related: Marriage, Wedding, Accusations, Criticism, Luxury, Manners, May)

"Life was very simple. My parents had come from the North of England, which is a fairly rugged, bleak, hard-working part of England, and so there was not the expectation of luxury."
- Roger Bannister
(Related: Life, EnglExpectation, Luxury, Parents)

"Athletics is a luxury."
- Roger Bannister
(Related: Luxury)

"I absolutely loathe luxury. It is the one thing I cannot stand."
- Brigitte Bardot
(Related: Luxury)

"We are the last remaining country to allow ourselves two breaks in the season. You just have to look at England, Italy and Spain, they play right through the season. We on the other hand take six weeks off in the winter until the end of January, and that is a luxury."
- Franz Beckenbauer
(Related: Country, End, England, Italy, Luxury, Play, Right, Spain, Winter)

"A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Life, Luxury)

"Yes, but don't forget I also have the luxury of the worlds finest band when it gets lonely."
- Adrian Belew
(Related: Forget, Lonely, Luxury)

"Too many people in the modern world view poetry as a luxury, not a necessity like petrol. But to me it's the oil of life."
- John Betjeman
(Related: Life, Poetry, People, Luxury, Necessity, Oil, World)

"The knowledge of the ancient languages is mainly a luxury."
- John Bright
(Related: Knowledge, Luxury)

"Is the minor convenience of allowing the present generation the luxury of doubling its energy consumption every 10 years worth the major hazard of exposing the next 20,000 generations to this lethal waste?"
- David R. Brower
(Related: Energy, Generations, Luxury, Present, Waste, Worth, Years)

"Class structures are a luxury that we cannot afford."
- H. Rap Brown
(Related: Class, Luxury)

"Reading is my greatest luxury."
- Louise Brown
(Related: Luxury, Reading)

"As a writer, you can't allow yourself the luxury of being discouraged and giving up when you are rejected, either by agents or publishers. You absolutely must plow forward."
- Augusten Burroughs
(Related: Being, Giving, Luxury, Writer)

"It's the middle class that feels the luxury of being able to have causes."
- Orson Scott Card
(Related: Being, Causes, Class, Luxury, Middle class)

"The rights of the individual are greatly prized in the developed world, but in many other regions they are considered a luxury reserved for the impossibly wealthy."
- Silvia Cartwright
(Related: Rights, Luxury, World)

"Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity."
- Coco Chanel
(Related: People, Luxury, Poverty, Vulgarity)

"Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury."
- Coco Chanel
(Related: Luxury)

"The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury."
- Charlie Chaplin
(Related: Luxury)

"Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Fiction, Literature, Luxury, Necessity)

"The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Enemy, Folly, Luxury)

"But I have had the luxury of working on good films with great people."
- Patricia Clarkson
(Related: People, Luxury)

"In no way can sport be considered a luxury object."
- Pierre de Coubertin
(Related: Luxury)

"I like to work. The self-esteem and satisfaction that I get from working makes me a better person, which makes me a better mom. I feel lucky because I have the luxury of working only one or two days a week."
- Cindy Crawford
(Related: Mom, Work, Luxury, Satisfaction, Self)

"What one generation sees as a luxury, the next sees as a necessity."
- Anthony Crosland
(Related: Luxury, Necessity)

"Anger is an expensive luxury in which only men of certain income can indulge."
- George William Curtis
(Related: Anger, Men, Income, Luxury)

"Though I love the luxury of the Waldorf Towers, room service there doesn't do soul food."
- Sammy Davis, Jr.
(Related: Food, Love, Soul, Luxury, Service)

"Elegance is not a dispensable luxury but a factor that decides between success and failure."
- Edsger Dijkstra
(Related: Success, Failure, Elegance, Luxury)

"For the first time, I lived alone... in a luxury apartment on Sunset Strip. For a few days I loved the idea, but I got lonely and restless."
- Patty Duke
(Related: Time, Idea, First, Lonely, Luxury, Sunset)

"One must be poor to know the luxury of giving!"
- George Eliot
(Related: Luxury, Poor)

"We settled this continent without art. So it was easy for us to treat it as an imported luxury, not a necessity."
- Arthur Erickson
(Related: Art, Luxury, Necessity)

"When I'm living in the world of luxury and celebrity, which is where I found myself for a large part of my life, it's a walk-on part. Not a vital necessity, like it is for so many people. I enjoy it but I can see right through it!"
- Agnetha Faltskog
(Related: Life, People, Celebrity, Living, Luxury, Necessity, Right, World)

"Back then, the excise tax was designed to be a luxury tax for people who owned telephones."
- Mike Fitzpatrick
(Related: People, Excise, Tax, Luxury)

"Telephones are a virtual necessity - not a luxury - and the revenues collected by this tax flow into the general fund. But this once temporary tax remains and costs American taxpayers, our small businesses and families almost $6 billion dollars a year."
- Mike Fitzpatrick
(Related: American, Tax, Luxury, Necessity)

"We read on the foreheads of those who are surrounded by a foolish luxury, that fortune sells what she is thought to give."
- Jean de La Fontaine
(Related: Thought, Fortune, Luxury)

"This country cannot afford the deceptive luxury of waging defensive warfare."
- James Forrestal
(Related: Country, Luxury)

"Chocolate is the first luxury. It has so many things wrapped up in it: Deliciusness in the moment, childhood memories, and that grin-inducing feeling of getting a reward for being good."
- Mariska Hargitay
(Related: Being, Childhood, Feeling, First, Luxury, Memories, Reward)

"The greatest luxury of riches is that they enable you to escape so much good advice."
- Arthur Helps
(Related: Advice, Luxury)

"There are a lot of things going on with my life right now that don't just have to do with career. So I have a hard time making decisions about work. That's really a luxury problem."
- Philip Seymour Hoffman
(Related: Life, Time, Work, Career, Decisions, Luxury, Now, Right)

"Luxury may possibly contribute to give bread to the poor; but if there were no luxury, there would be no poor."
- Henry Home
(Related: Luxury, May, Poor)

"Life is made too easy. Mankind's moral fibre is giving way under the softening influence of luxury."
- Johan Huizinga
(Related: Life, Giving, Influence, Luxury, Mankind)

"Television has certain imperatives that CNN had the luxury of ignoring for a long period of time. CNN could take the position that the news would be the star, because in most of the programming day, they were the only all-news operation on the air."
- Brit Hume
(Related: Time, Day, Luxury, News, Programming, Television)

"We have entered an age in which education is not just a luxury permitting some men an advantage over others. It has become a necessity without which a person is defenseless in this complex, industrialized society. We have truly entered the century of the educated man."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Related: Age, Education, Men, Society, Luxury, Man, Necessity)

"You cannot spend money in luxury without doing good to the poor. Nay, you do more good to them by spending it in luxury, than by giving it; for by spending it in luxury, you make them exert industry, whereas by giving it, you keep them idle."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Money, Giving, Luxury, Poor)

"I think most Americans believe that although it's better not to use military force if you can avoid it, that the world simply doesn't provide us the luxury of giving away military force as an important tool of foreign policy."
- Robert Kagan
(Related: Policy, Americans, Force, Foreign policy, Giving, Luxury, Military, World)

"Ikea people do not drive flashy cars or stay at luxury hotels."
- Ingvar Kamprad
(Related: People, Luxury)

"One does afford oneself the luxury to come into the studio and all day, every day, spend one's life making aesthetic propositions. What an immense luxury."
- Anish Kapoor
(Related: Life, Day, Luxury)

"So, there's like one luxury you take and since we do that, y'know, you're involved with people in suits; business people all the time. But hey, if I sit down on a bar and they leave, good for me."
- Kerry King
(Related: Business, Time, People, Luxury)

"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about."
- Charles Kingsley
(Related: Life, Act, Comfort, Luxury)

"The luxury of our position now is that we can almost assemble any team to address any issue."
- Rem Koolhaas
(Related: Luxury, Now)

"Not many architects have the luxury to reject significant things."
- Rem Koolhaas
(Related: Luxury)

"I grew up thinking of snow as a luxury you visit."
- John Landis
(Related: Luxury, Snow, Thinking, Visit)

"Utility is when you have one telephone, luxury is when you have two, opulence is when you have three - and paradise is when you have none."
- Doug Larson
(Related: Paradise, Luxury)

"The greatest luxury is being able to go to movies and plays now and then in the afternoons."
- Robert MacNeil
(Related: Movies, Being, Luxury, Now)

"By rendering the labor of one, the property of the other, they cherish pride, luxury, and vanity on one side; on the other, vice and servility, or hatred and revolt."
- James Madison
(Related: Hatred, Labor, Luxury, Pride, Property, Vanity, Vice)

"Socialist democracy is not, a luxury and its need is not limited to the most advanced industrial countries."
- Ernest Mandel
(Related: Countries, Democracy, Luxury)

"There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us."
- Don Marquis
(Related: Blame, Luxury, Right, Self)

"Many baseball fans look upon an umpire as a sort of necessary evil to the luxury of baseball, like the odor that follows an automobile."
- Christy Mathewson
(Related: Baseball, Evil, Fans, Luxury, Umpire)

"It's an amazing luxury to say I'm 31 years old and I'm gonna take a year off. That's pretty amazing."
- Sarah McLachlan
(Related: Luxury, Old, Pretty, Years)

"A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding."
- Marshall McLuhan
(Related: Luxury, Understanding)

"I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern - wearing head-to-toe designer has become a bit passe. It's a new era in fashion - there are no rules. It's all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together."
- Alexander McQueen
(Related: Idea, Fashion, Luxury, Rules, Style)

"Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself."
- Golda Meir
(Related: Pessimism, Luxury)

"A racial community provides not only a sense of identity, that luxury of looking into another's face and seeing yourself reflected back, but a sense of security and support."
- Wentworth Miller
(Related: Community, Identity, Luxury, Security, Sense, Support)

"Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies."
- Charles de Montesquieu
(Related: Luxury, Poverty)

"It's easy to sit in relative luxury and peace and pontificate on the subject of the Third World debts."
- Roger Moore
(Related: Peace, Luxury, World)

"It is only to the happy that tears are a luxury."
- Thomas Moore
(Related: Luxury, Tears)

"Luxury! more perilous to youth than storms or quicksand, poverty or chains."
- Hannah More
(Related: Poverty, Storms, Youth)

"Howard Hughes was able to afford the luxury of madness, like a man who not only thinks he is Napoleon but hires an army to prove it."
- Ted Morgan
(Related: Army, Luxury, Madness, Man)

"We've turned down multi million dollar films, simply because we liked the film better. We have the luxury to do so - we have projects that make the money, and others that we do for love."
- Mark Mothersbaugh
(Related: Love, Money, Film, Luxury, Projects)

"Let me be very clear: We monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States. We don't have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence."
- Janet Napolitano
(Related: Country, Extremism, Ideology, Luxury, states, Terrorism, United, Violence)

"We do not have the luxury of two big oceans protecting us as we have had in the past, for we now have a new kind of enemy who deals with stealthiness. Our ability to protect ourselves is having the information ahead of time so we can thwart the attack."
- Bill Nelson
(Related: Time, Ability, Deals, Enemy, Information, Luxury, Now, Oceans, Past)

"To me luxury is to be at home with my daughter, and the occasional massage doesn't hurt."
- Olivia Newton-John
(Related: Home, Daughter, Hurt, Luxury)

"If you start to find that kind of luxury as a normal thing, you don't belong in the real world."
- Ruud van Nistelrooy
(Related: Luxury, World)

"Getting emotional about things is a peacetime luxury. In wartime, it's much too painful."
- Edmund H. North
(Related: Luxury)

"I came to office promising major ethics reform to end the culture of self-dealing. And today, that ethics reform is a law. While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for. That luxury jet was over-the-top. I put it on eBay."
- Sarah Palin
(Related: Culture, End, Ethics, Law, Luxury, Office, Reform, Self, Today)

"It's such a luxury to be able to be happy about going to work in the morning."
- Joe Pantoliano
(Related: Work, Luxury)

"Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in this world."
- Cesare Pavese
(Related: Being, Luxury, World)

"The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do."
- Leontyne Price
(Related: Time, Successful, Being, Giving, Luxury, Want)

"Luxury is an enticing pleasure, a bastard mirth, which hath honey in her mouth, gall in her heart, and a sting in her tail."
- Francis Quarles
(Related: Heart, Luxury, Mirth, Pleasure)

"Similarly, only people as misanthropic as myself can be counted on not to have to lie to others, since we have the unique luxury of not caring what sort of opinions others formulate about us."
- Boyd Rice
(Related: Lie, People, Caring, Luxury, Opinions)

"I'm pretty selective. I generally edit the contact sheets and then do work prints. Because I have my own lab and printers, I can afford the luxury of going through the contact sheets for black-and-white, making up work prints, seeing them big, and honing them down."
- Herb Ritts
(Related: Work, Luxury, Pretty)

"My husband travels a lot with his job, so we have a lot of frequent flyer miles so we can hop on a plane with no notice. That's a nice luxury and he is very supportive."
- Jeri Ryan
(Related: Husband, Job, Luxury)

"It's a great excuse and luxury, having a job and blaming it for your inability to do your own art. When you don't have to work, you are left with the horror of facing your own lack of imagination and your own emptiness. A devastating possibility when finally time is your own."
- Julian Schnabel
(Related: Imagination, Time, Art, Work, Possibility, Horror, Job, Luxury)

"Republics end through luxury; monarchies through poverty."
- Charles de Secondat
(Related: End, Luxury, Poverty)

"Poverty wants some, luxury many, and avarice all things."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Luxury, Poverty)

"I've had the luxury of owning my own studio, 24 analogue, 48 digital, endless effects, endless hardcore gear, that I don't have to rent, I don't get stuck with the bills, it's all mine."
- Billy Sherwood
(Related: Luxury)

"I have a kind of objective luxury about my career."
- Martin Short
(Related: Career, Luxury)

"It's a terrible thing to say I know. I've only done what I wanted to do. It's a real luxury. I only made the pictures I wanted to make and lived in the places I've wanted to live. I'm very, very happy."
- George Sidney
(Related: Luxury)

"Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing."
- Dodie Smith
(Related: Contemplation, Luxury, Nothing)

"What house, bloated with luxury, ever became prosperous without a woman's excellence?"
- Sophocles
(Related: Excellence, Luxury, Woman)

"It's such a performance to bring stuff into America. It's a great luxury when I am in England."
- Terence Stamp
(Related: Performance, America, England, Luxury)

"The great majority of men, especially in France, both desire and possess a fashionable woman, much in the way one might own a fine horse - as a luxury befitting a young man."
- Stendhal
(Related: Men, Desire, France, Luxury, Majority, Man, Woman)

"I was brought up in the modern world of all the luxury and the highlight of show business. I was born into a Christian home."
- Cat Stevens
(Related: Home, Business, Christian, Luxury, World)

"I have the luxury of being a little boy... To me, the most important thing in life is to be a human being. Second is acting."
- Peter Stormare
(Related: Life, Acting, Being, Luxury)

"As far as luxury goes, about the only thing I do is... I go first class all the way. I live on the road, so when I'm out there, I'm getting the nice hotel suite, I'm getting the luxury car, I'm eating the good food, and I make sure I take care of myself on the road."
- Trish Stratus
(Related: Car, Food, Care, Class, Eating, First, Luxury, Road)

"That was a wonderful period in my life. I mean, I didn't become an artist, but somebody let me do something I loved. What a luxury, to do something you love to do."
- Amy Tan
(Related: Love, Life, Artist, Luxury)

"It's a luxury being a writer, because all you ever think about is life."
- Amy Tan
(Related: Life, Being, Luxury, Writer)

"I would still like to have that luxury, to be able to just sit and draw for hours and hours and hours. In a way, that's what I do as a writer."
- Amy Tan
(Related: Luxury, Writer)

"I think that anyone who's pushed to do the very best that they can is privileged. It's a luxury."
- Twyla Tharp
(Related: Luxury)

"I've got the luxury to tailor make the songs so I can sing them."
- Glenn Tipton
(Related: Luxury, Songs)

"But how odd that in this heathen nation of empty pews, where churches' bare, ruined choirs are converted into luxury loft living, a Labour government - yes, a Labour government - is deliberately creating a huge expansion of faith schools."
- Polly Toynbee
(Related: Faith, Government, Churches, Living, Luxury, Nation, Schools)

"Love is like any other luxury. You have no right to it unless you can afford it."
- Anthony Trollope
(Related: Love, Luxury, Right)

"It is hard to rescue a man from the slough of luxury and idleness combined. If anything can do it, it is a cradle filled annually."
- Anthony Trollope
(Related: Idleness, Luxury, Man)

"Which is why I felt I was truly blessed this year, with leads in two nice films, and also the luxury of being able to do a studio film and an independent afterwards was fantastic."
- Rachel True
(Related: Being, Film, Luxury)

"Pain adds rest unto pleasure, and teaches the luxury of health."
- Martin Farquhar Tupper
(Related: Health, Luxury, Pain, Pleasure, Rest)

"I don't believe in simply accumulating money, but I have the luxury to say that, because I have enough for all my needs."
- Kathleen Turner
(Related: Money, Luxury, Needs)

"In my early years, there were a number of experiences that made me decide I could not afford the luxury of just being an actress. There were a number of issues I wanted to address. And I wanted to use my career as a platform."
- Cicely Tyson
(Related: Being, Career, Luxury, Years)

"I think I'd like to stay anchoring because, number one, I'm learning a lot, and I love it when I'm learning. And number two, I also have the luxury of a stable life."
- Linda Vester
(Related: Life, Love, Learning, Luxury)

"The necessity of every one paying in his own labor for what he consumes, affords the only legitimate and effectual check to excessive luxury, which has so often ruined individuals, states and empires; and which has now brought almost universal bankruptcy upon us."
- Josiah Warren
(Related: Labor, Luxury, Necessity, Now, states)

"For us music is mainly part of the entertainment world and is often a luxury."
- Wim Wenders
(Related: Music, Entertainment, Luxury, World)

"Advertising is the genie which is transforming America into a place of comfort, luxury and ease for millions."
- William Allen White
(Related: Advertising, America, Comfort, Luxury)

"There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel no one else has a right to blame us."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Blame, Luxury, Right, Self)

"Luxury is the wolf at the door and its fangs are the vanities and conceits germinated by success. When an artist learns this, he knows where the danger is."
- Tennessee Williams
(Related: Success, Artist, Danger, Luxury)

"I don't understand why people talk of art as a luxury when it's a mind-altering possibility."
- Jeanette Winterson
(Related: Art, People, Possibility, Luxury, Mind, Talk)

"But quality of work can be expected only through personal satisfaction, dedication and enjoyment. In our profession, precision and perfection are not a dispensible luxury, but a simple necessity."
- Niklaus Wirth
(Related: Work, Quality, Dedication, Enjoyment, Luxury, Necessity, Perfection, Profession, Satisfaction)

"On the soft bed of luxury many kingdoms have expired."
- Andrew Young
(Related: Bed, Luxury)