— Bill Bryson American author 1951
about Newport, Rhode Island (RI)
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America (1989)
„(The) pattern of consumption is markedly more equal than in Britain. ‘Prestige-goods’ are widely distributed, and there is less conspicuous contrast between the standard of living of different income-groups. To take the most obvious example, almost every family owns a car; and this is significant not only because a car is the most conspicuous of all consumption goods, but also because universal car-ownership leads to the universal consumption of other conspicuous or semi-luxury goods – holidays, hotels, middle-class habits of shopping, etc. But the lack of external class-distinctions can be observed in many other spheres: e. g. clothes, eating-habits, drug-stores, the ownership of consumer durables, and so on.“
— Anthony Crosland, kniha The Future of Socialism
The Future of Socialism by Anthony Crosland.
The Future of Socialism (1956)
„Leisure held the first place at the start, and came to hold a rank very much above wasteful consumption of goods… From that point onward, consumption has gained ground, until, at present, it unquestionably holds the primacy.“
— Thorstein Veblen, kniha The Theory of the Leisure Class
Zdroj: The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899), p. 92
„the conspicuous consumption of limited resources has yet to be accepted widely as a spiritual error, or even bad manners“
— Barbara Kingsolver, kniha Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
Zdroj: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
„Owning your own racing ship wasn’t even wealth. It was like speciation. It was conspicuous consumption befitting ancient Earth royalty, a pharaoh’s pyramid with a reaction drive.“
— Daniel Abraham speculative fiction writer from the United States 1969
Zdroj: Caliban's War (2012), Chapter 30 (p. 330)
„Tourism, human circulation considered as consumption … is fundamentally nothing more than the leisure of going to see what has become banal.“
— Guy Debord French Marxist theorist, writer, filmmaker and founding member of the Situationist International (SI) 1931 - 1994
Zdroj: Society of the Spectacle (1967), Ch. 7, sct. 168.
„The encouragement of mere consumption is no benefit to commerce; for the difficulty lies in supplying the means, not in stimulating the desire of consumption; and we have seen that production alone, furnishes those means. Thus, it is the aim of good government to stimulate production, of bad government to encourage consumption.“
— Jean-Baptiste Say French economist and businessman 1767 - 1832
Zdroj: A Treatise On Political Economy (Fourth Edition) (1832), Book I, On Production, Chapter XV, p. 138
„The ownership and the consumption of goods is a means to an end, and Buddhist economics is the systematic study of how to attain given ends with the minimum means. Modern economics, on the other hand, considers consumption to be the sole end and purpose of all economic activity, taking the factors of production—labour and capital—as the means. The former, in short, tries to maximise human satisfactions by the optimal pattern of consumption, while the latter tries to maximise consumption by the optimal pattern of productive effort.“
— E. F. Schumacher British economist 1911 - 1977
„By fashion and built-in obsolescence the economies of machine production, instead of producing leisure and durable wealth, are duly cancelled out by the mandatory consumption on an even larger scale.“
— Lewis Mumford, kniha The City in History
Myth of Megalopolis <!-- p. 545 -->
The City in History (1961)
Kontext: Unfortunately, once an economy is geared to expansion, the means rapidly turn into an end and "the going becomes the goal." Even more unfortunately, the industries that are favored by such expansion must, to maintain their output, be devoted to goods that are readily consumable either by their nature, or because they are so shoddily fabricated that they must soon be replaced. By fashion and built-in obsolescence the economies of machine production, instead of producing leisure and durable wealth, are duly cancelled out by the mandatory consumption on an even larger scale.
„It goes without saying that the most valuable asset of any profession is its collective reputation.“
— Daniel Fatiaki Fijian judge 1954
Address to the Fiji Law Society, Coral Coast, Fiji, 2 July 2005 (excerpts)
— Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881
Zdroj: Speech to the Conservatives of Manchester (3 April 1872), cited in The World's Best Orations from the Earliest Period to the Present Time, Vol. 1 (eds. David Josiah Brewer, Edward Archibald Allen, William Schuyler), pp. 309-338.
„The latter-day outcome of this evolution of an archaic institution, the wife, who was at the outset the drudge and chattel of the man… has become the ceremonial consumer of goods which he produces. But she still quite unmistakably remains his chattel in theory; for the habitual rendering of vicarious leisure and consumption is the abiding mark of the unfree servant.“
— Thorstein Veblen, kniha The Theory of the Leisure Class
Zdroj: The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899), p. 83
„This country will not always be an uncomfortable place for a country gentleman to live in, and it is most important that we should keep in this country a certain leisured class. I am afraid that Labour disagrees with me in that. On this matter I am a crusted Tory. I am of the opinion of the ancient Jewish book which says "there is no wisdom without leisure."“
— W.B. Yeats Irish poet and playwright 1865 - 1939
Speech, (28 March 1923), Seanad Éireann (Irish Free Senate), on the Damage to Property (Compensation) Bill http://historical-debates.oireachtas.ie/S/0001/S.0001.192303280011.html
— Antisthenes Greek philosopher -444 - -365 pred n. l.
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius
Originál: (el) τήν τ᾿ ἀδοξίαν ἀγαθὸν καὶ ἴσον τῷ πόνῳ
— Akira Kurosawa Japanese film maker 1910 - 1998
— Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734
Compare Poor Richard's Almanack (1734) : Marry'd in Haste, we oft repent at Leisure.
Introductio ad prudentiam: Part II (1727), Gnomologia (1732)