Waste Sayings and Quotes

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

Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste.     

G.K. Chesterton

The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.     

Nicolas Chamfort

If it doesn't add value, it's waste.     

Henry Ford

Waste your money and you're only out of money, but waste your time and you've lost a part of your life.     

Michael Leboeuf

Waste is only waste if we waste it.     


Nothing is a bigger waste of time than regretting the past and worrying about the future     

James Meredith

The waste of plenty is the resource of scarcity.     

Thomas Love Peacock

You hang out with trash and you start to smell like garbage.     

Caroline Manzo

Do not make your mind a dumping ground for other people's garbage.     

Ezra Taft Benson

Of all the waste we generate, plastic bags are perhaps the greatest symbol of our throwaway society. They are used, then forgotten, and they leave a terrible legacy.     

Zac Goldsmith

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.     

Marcus Aurelius

Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess.     

Samuel Johnson

Don't waste your life believing you can't.     

Jack Canfield

Just because people throw it out and don't have any use for it, doesn't mean it's garbage.     

Andy Warhol

Garbage, in its "worthless" state, is the primary fuel for creativity.     

Yusuf A. Leinge

One man's toxic waste is another man's potpourri.     

Jim Carrey

The first draft of anything is garbage.     

Ernest Hemingway

When plastic comes of age it shall clog the arteries of those who invented it.     

Anthony T.Hincks

To gain the treasure, you must leave the trash.     

Eric Samuel Timm

Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.     

Marthe Troly-Curtin

Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless.     

Thomas A. Edison

Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.     

Benjamin Franklin

Just because you're trash doesn't mean you can't do great things. It is called garbage can, not garbage cannot.     


Don't waste your life dreaming of a better one.     


Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.     

Henry David Thoreau

There is no such thing as garbage, just useful stuff in the wrong place.     

Alex Steffen

Time waste differs from material waste in that there can be no salvage. The easiest of all wastes and the hardest to correct is the waste of time, because wasted time does not litter the floor like wasted material.     

Henry Ford

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.     

Auguste Rodin

Hundreds would never have known want if they had not at first known waste.     

Charles H. Spurgeon

The waste products in Earth's crust are also the human in this expanded, spectral sense. One's garbage doesn't go 'away' - it just goes somewhere else.     

Timothy Morton