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  • Miserliness is a capital quality to run in families; it's the safe side for madness to dip on.

  • To have and not to give is often worse than to steal.

  • 'It is impossible to help all,' says the miser, and — helps none.

  • Miserliness is the one vice that grows stronger with increasing years. It yields its sordid pleasures to the end.

  • It was said of Miss Letitia that when money came into her possession it went out of circulation.

  • Herbert used to say that he was as tight as the paper on the wall.

  • Henry Warner wouldn't spend a nickel to see an earthquake.

  • If my hands are fully occupied in holding on to something, I can neither give nor receive.

    • Dorothee Sölle,
    • in Mary A. Warner and Dayna Beilenson, eds., Women of Faith and Spirit ()
  • He counted all the bills over twice, and he looked exactly like a man skinning a flea for its hide and tallow.

  • He is at present sadly cast down at an accident that has happened to him: you must know he has given his valet a cloak, which he had worn only a year, thinking he had worn it two years: this mistake is grievous, and he is very sensitive upon the subject ...

    • Madame de Sévigné,
    • 1676, Letters of Madame de Sévigné to Her Daughter and Her Friends, vol. 4 ()
  • ... the lazy man and the stingy man end up walking their road twice.

  • He'll sooner lend thee his wife than his Money.

  • [The champagne is] flat, of course, damn it. ... You hoard your riches for some future moment, and when you bring 'em out, the life is gone out of 'em.

  • ... it is wiser not to heap up treasure, but enjoy it continually. One may save up things that one will have no appetite for in middle life.

  • ... stinginess seemed instinctive to him. Darwinian even. He hadn't gotten to his current size by sharing.

  • She is wise so far as that wisdom Reaches to keep her Dolars to her self.

    • Jane Franklin,
    • 1776, in Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin ()
  • Last autumn's chestnuts, rather passées, / He now presents as marrons glacées.

  • What does one save for, anyhow? For a few tired hours at the end of life when one sits and counts dollars? Or do we save so that those last years will not be mentally barren or esthetically shabby? I try to save a few things to furnish my mind decently, on the theory that no auctioneer can get in there to sell off all the furniture.