Live Frugally: A Collection of Frugal Quotes

We all need inspiration to live frugally sometimes, especially when we get that spending itch and forget that we’re not a gazillionaire.  Here is a collection of great quotes on frugality that I know will give you that extra ‘umph’ to keep going…


Great Frugal Quotes

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Rogers  

“Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship” – Benjamin Franklin

“He who does not economize will have to agonize” – Confusius

“We make ourselves rich by making our wants few.” — Henry David Thoreau

“I am living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.”  – E.E. Cummings

“Rather to go to bed supperless than rise in debt.”  – Benjamin Franklin

“Being frugal does not mean being cheap! It means being economical and avoiding waste.” – Catherine Pulsifer

“Because of deep love, one is courageous. Because of frugality, one is generous. Because of not daring to be ahead of the world, one becomes the leader of the world.” – Lao Tzu

“By sowing frugality we reap liberty, a golden harvest.”  – Agesilaus

“Without frugality none can be rich, and with it very few would be poor.”  – Samuel Johnson

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Saving is a very fine thing.  Especially if your parents have done it for you.” – Winston Churchill

“I went to the bank and reviewed my savings, I found out I have all the money I’ll ever need. If I die tomorrow.” – Henry Youngman

“The safe way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.” – Frank Hubbard

“Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“Never let the defeat of the past rob you of the success of your future.” – Ray Comfort

“Less is more.” – Mies van der Rohe

“There are plenty of ways to get ahead.  The first is so basic I’m almost embarrassed to say it:  spend less than you earn.” –  Paul Clitheroe

“How simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. . . . All that is required to feel that here and now is happiness is a simple, frugal heart.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

“It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.” – Aesop

“Money in the bank is like toothpaste in the tube. Easy to take out, hard to put back.”  – Earl Wilson

“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.” – Lao Tzu

We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.” – Gloria Steinem

“Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich. Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy.” – Benjamin Franklin

“In the old days a man who saved money was a miser; nowadays he’s a wonder.”  – Unknown

“Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.”  – John Wesley

“The best way to save money is not to lose it.”  – Les Williams

“Frugality without creativity is deprivation.”  – Amy Dacyczyn

“There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else.” – Andrew Carnegie

“There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means.” – Calvin Coolidge

“Frugality is founded on the principle that all riches have limits.”  – Edmund Burke

“Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality.” – John Tyler

“Industry, perseverance, and frugality make fortune yield.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Industry is fortunes right hand, frugality is its left.” – John Ray

“When you concentrate on agriculture and industry and are frugal in expenditures, Heaven cannot impoverish your state.” – Xun Zi

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”  –  Leonardo da Vinci

“He who buys what he does not need steals from himself.”  –  Unknown

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