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  • First-class travel, provided one hasn't to pay for it oneself, is the most insidiously addictive of life's luxuries.

  • Nothing more strongly marks the insufficiency of luxuries than the ease with which people grow accustomed to them; they are rather known by their want than by their presence. The word 'blasé' has been coined expressly for the use of the upper classes.

  • I have very often deprived myself of the necessities of life, but I have never consented to give up a luxury.

    • Colette,
    • 1932, in Robert Phelps, trans., Letters From Colette ()
  • A private railroad car is not an acquired taste. One takes to it immediately.

  • Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Karen Karbo, The Gospel According to Coco ()
  • Luxury, like a minimum wage, is a relationship; it changes as we change.

  • Luxuries unfit us for returning to hardships easily endured before.

  • ... the luxuries of the few were becoming necessities of the many ...

  • One person's 'luxury' is another person's 'necessity.'

    • Barbara Patterson,
    • in Barbara Patterson, Nancy Meadows, Carol Dreger, The Successful Woman ()