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Find what plato says about the average citizen in his "Republic" they exhibit consumer behavior 2000 years ago.

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  • Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money.
    • Author Unknown
  • "You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.
    • Eric Hoffer
  • "After a visit to the beach, it's hard to believe that we live in a material world." - Pam Shaw
  • "You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need." - Vernon Howard
  • The only reason a great many American families don't own an elephant is that they have never been offered an elephant for a dollar down and easy weekly payments. - Mad Magazine
  • "Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends.... Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. - Henry David Thoreau
  • "The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied... but written off as trash. The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar is a reminder of nothing.
    • John Berger
  • To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year. - Elwyn Brooks White
  • I may be a pessimist, but the philosophy of anti-thrift just now coming into being seems to me the greatest danger to the peace of the world." - Adriano Tilgher
  • "There must be more to life than having everything!
    • Maurice Sendak
  • "Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need." - From the movie Fight Club, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk
  • "He who buys what he does not need steals from himself." - Author Unknown
  • "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." - Edward Abbey
  • "The hardest thing is to take less when you can get more." - Kin Hubbard
  • "In the United States Christmas has become the rape of an idea." - Richard Bach
  • "The gap in our economy is between what we have and what we think we ought to have - and that is a moral problem, not an economic one." - Paul Heyne
  • Forethought and temperance are the virtues which produced thrift, and with thrift the economic progress of society. And those are the virtues which today are gravely compromised." - Adriano Tilgher
  • Who covets more, is evermore a slave." - Robert Herrick
  • He who dies with the most toys, wins." - Anonymous
  • God forbid that India should ever take to industrialism after the manner of the west... keeping the world in chains. If [our nation] took to similar economic exploitation, it would strip the world bare like locusts. Mahatma Gandhi

"Mammon, n.: The god of the world's leading religion. Ambrose Bierce

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