If any one say that he has seen a just man in want of bread, I answer that it was in some place where there was no other just man.
We are ruined, not by what we really want, but by what we think we do; therefore, never go abroad in search of your wants: for if they be real wants they will come in search of you. He that buys what he does not want, will soon want what he cannot buy.
It is not from nature, but from education and habits, that our wants are chiefly derived.
Great wants proceed from great wealth, but they are undutiful children, for they sink wealth down to poverty.
Of all the enemies of idleness, want is the most formidable. Want always struggles against idleness; but want herself is often overcome, and every hour shows some who had rather live in ease than in plenty.
To men pressed by their wants all change is ever welcome.
Choose rather to want less, than to have more.
How few are our real wants!—How easy it is to satisfy them!—Our imaginary ones are boundless and insatiable.
Every one is poorer in proportion as he has more wants, and counts not what he has, but wishes only for what he has not.
Human life is a constant want and ought to be a constant prayer.
Wants awaken intellect. To gratify them disciplines intellect. The keener the want, the lustier the growth.
I do not understand those to be poor and in want, who are vagabonds and beggars, but such as are old and cannot travel, such poor widows and fatherless children as are ordered to be relieved, and the poor tenants that travail to pay their rents and are driven to poverty by mischance, and not by riot or careless expenses; on such have thou compassion, and God will bless thee for it.
The wants of women are an unknown quantity.
The fewer our wants, the nearer we resemble the gods.
Hundreds would never have known want if they had not at first known waste.
The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.
The relief that is afforded to mere want, as want, tends to increase that want.