Most of the luxuries, and many of the so called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hinderances to the elevation of mankind. With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have ever lived a more simple and meager life than the poor. The ancient philosophers, Chinese, Hindoo, Persian, and Greek, were a class than which none has been poorer in outward riches, none so rich in inward.
But this kind of love can’t survive. Love’s a luxury.
As I sat down, though, I realized that you can get used to certain luxuries that you start to think they’re necessities, but when you have to forgo them, you come to see that you don’t need them after all. There was a big difference between needing things and wanting things–though a lot of people had trouble telling the two apart–and at the ranch, I could see, we have pretty much everything we’d need but precious little else.
At the end of the day, taking 50% off a $250 dress still means walking out of the store $125 poorer.