Role Models for Living Lightly

Mohandas Gandhi

"High thinking is inconsistent with the complicated material life... imposed on us by mammon worship."
"There is enough in the world for man's need, but not for his greed"

Chief Seattle

"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one strand within it. Anything we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together; all things connect."

Miguel de Cervantes

"The gratification of wealth is not found in more possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application."


"He who will not economize will have to agonize."

Benjamin Franklin

"If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it away from him."

Leo Tolstoy

"And there is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth."

Mark Twain

"Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities."

Henry David Thoreau

"Almost anyone knows how to make money, but not one in a million know how to spend it."

"It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?" ("Simplify, simplify,... Our life is frittered away by detail...")

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." (..."The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.")