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"A Penny Saved"

Money is something no man needs,

As long as he's got everything else.

Tumbleweed

Money comes in two forms: that which comes in; and that which goes out.

However, there is one other form that, perhaps, satisfies the soul, rather than the Ego. And that is the money we are able to save.

Perhaps that satisfaction comes from the sense of self-control we feel for having resisted the ego boost that comes from spending.

But, now for some expert opinions on the subject:

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We begin with that ancient fable spinner, Aesop:

"It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow."

(An interesting note; this was taken from his story The ant and the grasshopper, which are noted for having opposing views on the subject.)

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Francis Bacon is short and to the point with:

"Riches are for spending."

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Then we have this from Anne Bradstreet:

"Youth is the time of getting, middle age of improving, and old age of spending."

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Samuel Johnson wastes no words:

"Whatever you have, spend less."

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And this from William Wordsworth:

"The world is too much with us; late and soon,

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:

Little we see in Nature that is ours;

We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon."

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And this good advise from George Ade:

"Draw your salary before spending it."

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Conrad Aiken has this take on the subject:

"All lovely things will have an ending,

All lovely things will fade and die.

And youth, that's now so bravely spending.

Will beg a penny by and by."

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And now that we have heard from the "Penny wise" (a saying by Robert Burton), let us hear from the "Pound Foolish."

Thoughtful Wife

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