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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Buy Nothing Day

“And when you leave your house, you gotta lock it up. Wouldn't want somebody to come by and take some of your stuff. They always take the good stuff. They never bother with that crap you're saving. All they want is the shiny stuff. That's what your house is, a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get...more stuff! Sometimes you gotta move, gotta get a bigger house. Why? No room for your stuff anymore.”
-George Carlin

“Ok.. I know that this never gets much attention, but this Friday (you know.. Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year) is Buy Nothing Day. That’s right, on the biggest shopping day of the year we are asked to put aside our rampant consumerism and focus on what really matters. Sit down and talk to your family. Play with your children. Go visit loved ones. Walk the dog. Get out a board game and play. Do something (anything) that doesn’t require you to participate in the Great American Feeding Frenzy. In the end, he who has the most toys DOESN’T win.. The person who does the most good in life does. Do some good this Friday. Thank you.”

“The individual choice of garnishment of a burger can be an important point to the consumer in this day when individualism is an increasingly important thing to people.”
-Donald N. Smith, past president of Burger King

“Americans become unhappy and vicious because their preoccupation with amassing possessions obliterates their loneliness. This is why production in America seems to be on such an endless upward spiral: every time we buy something we deepen our emotional deprivation and hence our need to buy something.”
-Philip Saltier

“Junk is the ultimate merchandise. The junk merchant does not sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to the product. He does not improve and simplify his merchandise, he degrades and simplifies the client.”
-William Burroughs

“Mother is the dead heart of the family, spending father's earnings on consumer goods to enhance the environment in which he eats, sleeps, and watches television.”
-Germaine Greer

“Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.”
-Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

“Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope you all realize how very, very lucky you are.”

"Prosperity depends more on wanting what you have than having what you want."
-Geoffrey F. Abert


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