Mathematics, rightly viewed, posses not only truth, but supreme beauty a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.
— Bertrand Russell

Americans have always been able to handle austerity and even adversity. Prosperity is what is doing us in.
James Reston austerity quote

The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.
— Ambrose Bierce

Both ardent lovers and austere scholars, when once they come to the years of discretion, love cats, so strong and gentle, the pride of the household, who like them are sensitive to the cold, and sedentary.
— Charles Baudelaire

It may be objected by some that I have concentrated too much on the dry bones, and too little on the flesh which clothes them, but I would ask such critics to concede at least that the bones have an austere beauty of their own.
— austerity quotation by A.B. Pippard