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Quotations about Consumerism



Already numbers of our thinkers are beginning to realize that the Midas-touch of Commercialism does not satisfy... ~M.F. Canfield, "Die Wanderlust," To‑Morrow, June 1905


Somebody has to teach Americans that we don't always have to have something newer, better every year. Or in the case of our upside-down economic system, every quarter... Somewhere along the way we bought into this insane idea that everything always has to get bigger, especially sales. Having a really good year and then just repeating it — not good enough. In corporate America, the stock market is the tail that wags the dog. Growth, growth, holy growth, is the only thing that ever matters. Better than last quarter, beat expectations, eat more hamburgers... ~Bill Maher, "New Rule: Growth At Any Cost," Real Time, HBO, 2016 September 23rd


God forbid that India should ever take to industrialism after the manner of the West. The economic imperialism of a single tiny island kingdom (England) is today keeping the world in chains. If an entire nation of 300 millions took to similar economic exploitation, it would strip the world bare like locusts. ~Mahatma Gandhi


..."Madison Avenue," that mythical advertising copy writer who is supposed to persuade us to wallow in cosmetics and tail-fin cars. We have more Things in our garages and kitchens and cellars than Louis Quatorze had in the whole of Versailles. We are drowning in Things... We are lost in a sluggish, sun-oiled sleep beneath a beach umbrella, dreaming of More and More. ~Archibald MacLeish, in LIFE, "Eloquent Guides to America's National Purpose," 1960  [a little altered —tg]


Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. ~Author unknown


Love your life, poor as it is... The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man's abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace... Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends... Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts... It is life near the bone where it is sweetest... Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only. Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul. ~Henry David Thoreau


To perceive Christmas through its wrapping becomes more difficult with every year. ~E. B. White, 1954


MAMMON, n.  The god of the world's leading religion. ~Ambrose Bierce


He who buys what he does not need steals from himself. ~Author unknown


Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice. ~Dave Barry, "Christmas Shopping: A Survivor's Guide," davebarry.com


Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. ~Edward Abbey


All a gun does is focus an explosion in one direction. You have a class of young strong men and women, and they want to give their lives to something. Advertising has these people chasing cars and clothes they don't need. Generations have been working in jobs they hate, just so they can buy what they don't really need. ~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996


Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy [$h¡t] we don't need. ~Fight Club, 1999, screenplay by Jim Uhls, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk


We realize we can't have everything, and so begins the mad scramble to have everything else. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Let's live with that small pittance that we have;
Who covets more is evermore a slave.
~Robert Herrick


...when deep-space exploitation ramps up, it will probably be the megatonic corporations that discover all the new planets and map them. The IBM Stellar Sphere. The Philip Morris Galaxy. Planet Denny's. Every planet will take on the corporate identity of whoever rapes it first. Budweiser World. ~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996





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