41 Quotes About Stinginess

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For many, being stingy just means that you like to live frugal and modest. Depending upon the extremeness of this way of life, some people may best relate it to a more stingy nature. These quotes about stinginess capture some of the associated characteristics of these type of people.

“A man who is stingy with saffron is capable of seducing his own grandmother.”

“A precious liquid, a poison dearer than that of the Borgias – because it is made from our blood, our health, our sleep, and two-thirds of our love – we must be stingy with it.”

“A runner is a miser, spending the pennies of his energy with great stinginess, constantly wanting to know how much he has spent and how much longer he will be expected to pay. He wants to be broke at precisely the moment he no longer needs his coin.”

“America’s critics can be heard everywhere. It is too much in love with money – worshipping the god of the marketplace, the golden calf. It has too much money, seven of the top 10 banks, eight of the top 10 companies etc.”

“Be generous to the poor orphans and those in need. The man to whom our Lord has been liberal ought not to be stingy. We shall one day find in Heaven as much rest and joy as we ourselves have dispensed in this life.”

“Be stingy with your money! Don’t splurge at the mall – and definitely don’t give it to your boyfriend.”

“Be stingy with your time and spend it in spaces that fill you up.”

“Christianity taught the capacity, the element, to love the All-perfect without a stingy bargain for personal happiness. It taught that to love Him was happiness;–to love Him in others’ virtues.”

“Courtesy is the one coin you can never have too much of or be stingy with.”

“Diligence means to be keen in matters of virtue and justice, but worldly people use diligence to solve their economic difficulties. Frugality means to have little desire for material goods, but worldly people use frugality as a cover for stinginess.”

“Do not be deceived by the way men of bad faith misuse words and names …Things are set up as contraries that are not even in the same category.”

“Feelings about money — saving and spending, holding back and letting go — start very early in our lives.”

“Founders are usually very stingy with equity to employees and very generous with equity to investors. I think this is totally backwards.”

“Helping others entails learning how you are helped. In order to heal others, you must learn to heal yourself. Learning how to give to yourself is part of learning how to give to others.”

“Husbands, recognize your wife’s intelligence and her ability to counsel with you as a real partner regarding family plans, family activities, and family budgeting.”

“I couldn’t sustain myself if I skimped on food – I work 16-hour days, I need the energy, I can’t afford to be stingy on what I eat.”

“I do spend money. I like to spend money, on houses – on furnishing houses. And I love to give presents to people. It’s just in my nature to be that way.”

“I don’t trust compliments. I’ve been getting them for years. Sometimes I deserve them, sometimes I didn’t. But generally when people give you compliments there’s one of two things wrong with them.”

“I have begun in old age to understand…that we seldom if ever realize how generous we are to ourselves, and just how stingy with others.”

“I just think it’s silly to be stingy with compliments. If you see someone and they strike you as beautiful in any way, why not let them know?”

“If beings knew, as I know, the results of sharing gifts, they would not enjoy their gifts without sharing them with others, nor would the taint of stinginess obsess the heart and stay there.”

“I’m not stingy. I’m just afraid of being an easy mark. People wouldn’t have money long if they didn’t ask how much things cost.”

“It costs a lot to be authentic. And one can’t be stingy with these things because you are more authentic the more you resemble what you’ve dreamed of being.”

“It has long seemed ridiculous to me to suppose that the nature of things has been so poor and stingy that it provided souls only to such a trifling mass of bodies on our globe, like human bodies, when it could have given them to all, without interfering with its other ends.”

“Just as stinginess is blameworthy so is the fault of facility in paying more for things than they are worth.”

“Life is short and often stingy; feast the heart with what it craves, short of cruelty, and let the world wonder.”

“Meanness is more in half-doing than in omitting acts of generosity.”

“My main concern is theater, and theater does not reflect or mirror society. It has been stingy and selfish, and it has to do better.”

“My parents took an interest in nothing, at home no books, no records. My mother and my father are the emblem of indifference, dryness and bad taste.”

“Remembering that God is my source, we are in the spiritual position of having an unlimited bank account. Most of us never consider how powerful the creator really is.”

“She gazed toward the marsh that grew thicker, deeper, greener with approaching summer. Mosquitoes whined in there, breeding in the dark water.”

“The concept that a person who has a lot holds his hand out to someone who has less, or someone who isn’t hurting holds his hand out to someone who is, is simply a human trait that has nothing to do with celebrity.”

“The early church was strikingly different from the culture around it in this way – the pagan society was stingy with its money and promiscuous with its body.”

“The motto of West African cooking is that if the food doesn’t set fire to the tablecloth the cook is being stingy with the pepper.”

“The opposite of liberal is stingy. The opposite of radical is superficial. The opposite of conservative is destructive.”

“The United States is not stingy. We are the greatest contributor to international relief efforts in the world.”

“To say nothing is out here is incorrect; to say the desert is stingy with everything except space and light, stone and earth is closer to the truth.”

“Trust allows you to give. Giving is abundant. As you give so it shall be given to you. If you give with judgment, limitation and stinginess, that is what you will create in your life – judgment, limitation, and stinginess.”

“We… must try to live without causing unnecessary harm, not just to fellow humans but to all beings. We must try not to be stingy, or to exploit others. There will be enough pain in the world as it is.”

“Why are you stingy with yourselves? Why are you holding back? What are you saving for—for another time? There are no other times. There is only now. Right now.”

“You don’t care what people think. You don’t see your beloved’s faults, the slight stinginess, the bit of carelessness, the occasional streak of meanness.”

For some, being stingy doesn’t mean that the family you live with that to embrace that same lifestyle. There are many conflicts and complications that can exist in a marriage when one partner is more stingy than the other.