Quote of the Day: Thomas Edison on Waste


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Vancouver designer and writer Jane MacDougall, shown above with her repurposed satellite dishes, writes an interesting article about the Gift of Thrift and comes up with some zinger quotes from famous DWMs, starting with Thomas Edison:

"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."


She also finds one from everyone's favorite President, Calvin Coolidge:

"Industry, thrift and self-control are not sought after because they create wealth, but because they create character."

Throw in a few classics:

- Use it up, make it last, make it do.

- A penny saved is a penny earned.

- A stitch in time saves nine.

- Waste not, want not.

and you have A manifesto for marrying the parsimony of our ancestors with the styles of the present

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