Riches are for spending, and spending for honor and good actions; therefore extraordinary expense must be limited by the worth of the occasion.
What maintains one vice would bring up two children. You may think, perhaps, that a little tea, or a little punch now and then, diet a little more costly, clothes a little finer, and a little entertainment now and then, can be no great matter; but remember, "Many a little makes a mickle." Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.
Gain may be temporary and uncertain; but ever while you live, expense is constant and certain: and it is easier to build two chimneys than to keep one in fuel.
No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction. A man is pleased that his wife is dressed as well as other people, and the wife is pleased that she is so dressed.
The vices, and follies, and sins of men, cost more than everything else; and the useless and abominable expenditures of nations are a weight on their prosperity, and crush the spirits, benight the minds, and well-nigh enslave the bodies of their people.