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“... waste is a spiritual thing and harms the soul as well as the pocketbook.”
“Waste not, want not.”
“... that, if there was any one thing she had learned of America in her forty-two years of residence, was typical of the whole country. Waste, waste, waste.”
“... wilful waste, depend upon't, / Brings, almost always, woeful want.”
“We Americans tend to be a prodigal lot. We are as careless with our personal resources as we are with the resources of nature, squandering both as if there were no end to the gifts of earth and sea and sky.”
“... the metabolism of a consumer society requires it continually to eat and excrete, every day throwing itself away in plastic bags.”