Consumption Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old consumption quotes, consumption sayings, and consumption proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases.     

William Shenstone

Truth is commodity in political consumption.     

Toba Beta

The level of consumption that we identify with success is utterly unsustainable. We're gobbling up the world.     

John Robbins

Infinite growth of material consumption in a finite world is an impossibility.     

E. F. Schumacher

Violent consumption demands violent production.     

Bryant McGill

Consumption is the death of capital, and the only valid arguments in favor of consumption are arguments in favor of death itself.     

Kenneth E. Boulding

The myth of unending consumption has taken the place of the belief in life everlasting.     

Ivan Illich

Mass consumption, advertising, and mass art are a corporate Frankenstein; while they reinforce the system, they also undermine it.     

Ellen Willis

The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.     

Elise M. Boulding

The process of consumption... is the final act in the economic drama.     

Kenneth E. Boulding

The new morality does not consist in saving but in expanding consumption.     

Simon Patten

There is massive propaganda for everyone to consume. Consumption is good for profits and consumption is good for the political establishment.     

Noam Chomsky

If anything needs to get fixed in society, it's people's consumption of other people's problems.     

Corey Feldman

Whenever we engage in consumption or production patterns which take more than we need, we are engaging in violence.     

Vandana Shiva

Anyone who thinks consumption can expand forever on a finite planet is either insane or an economist.     

E. F. Schumacher

The conspicuous consumption of limited resources has yet to be accepted widely as a spiritual error, or even bad manners.     

Barbara Kingsolver

Revenue on the consumption of foreign articles is paid cheerfully by those who can afford to add foreign luxuries to domestic comforts.     

Thomas Jefferson

The societies of consumption and squandering of material resources are incompatible with the idea of economic growth and a clean planet.     

Fidel Castro

Overconsumption is the mother of all environmental problems. For the first time in the history of capitalism, consumption itself has become controversial.     

Kalle Lasn

In the kingdom of consumption the citizen is king. A democratic monarchy: equality before consumption, fraternity in consumption, and freedom through consumption.     

Raoul Vaneigem

Consumption is a social relationship, the dominant relationship in our society-one that makes it harder and harder for people to hold together, to create community.     

Juliet B. Schor

Economics is all about consumption. People either spend money now or they use financial instruments - like bonds, stocks and savings accounts - so they can spend more later.     

Adam Davidson

A Simple lifestyle of reduced consumption allows more time for interaction with living, dynamic beings, more opportunity for meeting the Other more fully and unencumbered.     

Stephanie Kaza

Over-consumption is a cancer eating away at our spiritual vitals. It distances us from the great masses of broken bleeding humanity. It converts us into materialists. We become less able to ask the moral questions.     

Richard J. Foster

You might think of consumption as a fairly passive activity, but buying new products and services is actually pretty risky, at least if you value your time and money.     

James Surowiecki

Where consumption is both conspicuous and competitive, humanity will never run out of new wishes. All the while, industry creates new desires that are marketed, in the great fashion paradox, as both novelty and need.     

James Buchan

The miserable consumption of the poor is partly the result of the ostentatious demands of the rich. There isn't enough for both, and the latter get far more than they need...But could anything seriously be done about it?     

John Kenneth Galbraith

In the rare cases where it occurs, a failure to increase one's visible consumption when the means for an increase are at hand is felt in popular apprehension to call for explanation, and unworthy motives of miserliness are imputed.     

Thorstein Veblen

To the ideal of high consumption and the downgrading of spiritual values corresponds a conception of injustice that centers exclusively on the problem of consumption; and equality in consumption cannot be achieved except by violence.     

Jacques Ellul

This over-consumption is also manifest in our use of raw materials. It can even be found in our dietary habits... . People are well aware of this. The root of the problem lies in a selfish world view which inflates personal consumption beyond the essential.     

Yehuda Levi