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Connection between the personality trait of frugality and personal happiness

Although most people might not realize it, there is a strong connection between the personality trait of frugality and personal happiness. The reason is the role that the habit of frugality plays in achieving financial independence in life. The following quotations contain some very profound thoughts and show the connection that I am talking about.

   Frugality may be termed the daughter of prudence, the sister of

   temperance, and the parent of liberty. He that is extravagant

   will quickly become poor, and poverty will enforce dependence

   and invite corruption.


   With parsimony a little is sufficient; without it nothing is

   sufficient; but frugality makes a poor man rich.


   By sowing frugality we reap liberty, a golden harvest.



   The way to wealth is as plain as the way to market. It depends

   chiefly on two words, industry and frugality; that is waste

   neither time nor money, but make the best of both. Without

   industry and frugality nothing will do; with them, everything.


   Economy is the parent of integrity, of liberty, and of ease;

   and the beauteous sister of temperance, of cheerfulness, and

   health; and profuseness is a cruel and crafty demon, that

   gradually involves her followers in dependence and debts, and

   so fetters them with irons that enter into their inmost souls.


   The greatest of all human benefits, that, at least, without

   which no other benefit can be truly enjoyed, is independence.

                                                    Park Godwin

   It is not the greatness of a man's means that makes him

   independent, so much as the smallness of his wants.


   The word independence is united to the ideas of dignity and

   virtue; the word dependence, to the ideas of inferiority and


                                                   J. Bentham

   Let all your views in life be directed to a solid, however

   moderate, independence; without it no man can be happy, nor

   even honest.


Apr 2017

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