95 Consumerism Quotes to Inspire and Empower Your Journey Towards Conscious Living and Financial Freedom

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The Most Famous Consumerism Quotes (Best in 2024)

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The people recognize themselves in their commodities; they find their soul in their automobile, hi-fi set, split-level home, kitchen equipment. — Herbert Marcuse

If we want to move towards a low-polluting, sustainable society, we need to get consumers to think about their purchases. — David Suzuki

Our personal consumer choices have ecological, social, and spiritual consequences. It is time to re-examine some of our deeply held notions that underlie our lifestyles. — David Suzuki

Too many of us now tend to worship self indulgence and consumption. — Jimmy Carter

The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things. — Elise M. Boulding

Pop culture is not about depth. It's about marketing, supply and demand, consumerism. — Trevor Dunn

The real bosses, in the capitalist system of market economy, are the consumers. — Ludwig von Mises

Any kind of consciousness that is not related to the production or consumption of material goods is stigmatized in our society today. — Graham Hancock

Among civilized peoples, especially the very wealthy population of the United States of America, women have become objects of luxury who consume but do not produce. — Vilfredo Pareto

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. — George Carlin

Short Consumerism Quotes

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  • we were raising our standard of living at the expense of our standard of character. — Ida Tarbell
  • You pretty quickly run out of really effective ways to make yourself happier by spending money. — Sam Bankman-Fried
  • Hug me till you drug me, honey; Kiss me till I'm in a coma. — Aldous Huxley
  • These days, people want to learn before they buy, be educated instead of pitched. — Brian Clark
  • The end of consumerism and accumulation is the beginning of the joy of living. — Vandana Shiva
  • High pressure salesmen focus on the short term incentives to outweigh the long term cons. — Isaac Mashman
  • If you make a habit of buying things you do not need, you will soon be selling things you do. — Filipino Proverbs
  • Digital marketing strategies are rapidly evolving and social media has become a 24/7/365 commitment. — Vladimer Botsvadze
  • The man who dies rich, dies disgraced. — Andrew Carnegie
  • If you buy things you don’t need, you’ll soon be selling things you do. — Filipino Proverbs

Top 10 Consumerism Quotes

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we were raising our standard of living at the expense of our standard of character. — Ida Tarbell

I want a change, and a radical change. I want a change from an acquisitive society to a functional society, from a society of go-getters to a society of go-givers. — Peter Maurin

You pretty quickly run out of really effective ways to make yourself happier by spending money. — Sam Bankman-Fried

Hug me till you drug me, honey; Kiss me till I'm in a coma. — Aldous Huxley

This fetishization of wanting more, are empty promises of happiness and fulfillment that never seem to come to fruition. — Paul Jarvis

I take a dim view of offline marketing… and digital marketing is the backbone of success for corporations. — Vladimer Botsvadze

Our inequality materializes our upper class, vulgarizes our middle class, brutalizes our lower class. — Matthew Arnold

I am not too much into Netflix and Amazon because spending quality time with family is more valuable. — Smriti Mandhana

Currently, e-commerce is the segment of our internet business which is growing the fastest and it will remain that way for the foreseeable future. — Koos Bekker

These days, people want to learn before they buy, be educated instead of pitched. — Brian Clark

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As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.

Brave New World Consumerism Quotes

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All conditioning aims at that: making people like their inescapable social destiny. — Aldous Huxley

Universal happiness keeps the wheels steadily turning, truth and beauty can't. — Aldous Huxley

When the individual feels, the community reels. — Aldous Huxley

All right then," said the Savage defiantly, "I'm claiming the right to be unhappy. — Aldous Huxley

But every one belongs to every one else — Aldous Huxley

I'd rather be myself," he said. "Myself and nasty. Not somebody else, however jolly. — Aldous Huxley

What man has joined, nature is powerless to put asunder. — Aldous Huxley

All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects. — Aldous Huxley

‎"But that's the price we have to pay for stability. You've got to choose between happiness and what people used to call high art. We've sacrificed the high art. — Aldous Huxley

In a word, they failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions. — Aldous Huxley

Consumer Culture Quotes

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I am one of the writers who wish to create serious works of literature which dissociate themselves from those novels which are mere reflections of the vast consumer cultures of Tokyo and the subcultures of the world at large. — Kenzaburo Oe

The reality is that a consumer culture which chucks out its iPhones for a new version every nine months is completely unsustainable, because Earth has already reached the tipping point. 'The General Strike' attempts to personalize these issues and encourage listeners to look for a new model. — Justin Sane

Art has knowledge and skills, and to come to know them is to be implicitly against a culture that is against knowledge - today's mass culture, which aims to produce a lot of consuming morons. — Matthew Collings

In a word, the consumer of mass culture is lonely, not only lonely, but spiritually impoverished. — Walker Percy

Back to culture. Yes, actually to culture. You can’t consume much if you sit still and read books. — Aldous Huxley

Maybe we don’t recognize satisfaction because it is disguised as radical generosity, a strange misnomer in a consumer culture. — Sayings

All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume. — Noam Chomsky

If the Christ we follow sent out his disciples with no extra possessions (Luke 9:1-6 and 10:1-12) and warned would-be devotees that he had nowhere to lay his head (see Luke 9:57-62), then we must recognize that it is extremely difficult to live in a Christian way in a consumer culture. — Marva Dawn

Modern mass culture, aimed at the "consumer", the civilisation of prosthetics, is crippling people's souls, setting up barriers between man and the crucial questions of his existence, his consciousness of himself as a spiritual being. — Andrei Tarkovsky

There is a real connection between culture and climate change. We all have a part to play and if you engage with life, you will get a new set of values, get off the consumer treadmill, and start to think, and it is these great thinkers who will rescue the planet. — Vivienne Westwood

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More Consumerism Quotes

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As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome. — Noam Chomsky

A large percentage of those living in developed societies are told what brand of soda they should drink, what cigarettes they should smoke, what clothes and shoes they should wear, what they should eat and what brand of food they should buy. Their political ideas are supplied in the same way. Every year a trillion dollars is spent on advertising. — Fidel Castro

How far, O rich, do you extend your senseless avarice? Do you intend to be the sole inhabitants of the earth? Why do you drive out the fellow sharers of nature, and claim it all for yourselves? The earth was made for all, rich and poor, in common. Why do you rich claim it as your exclusive right? — Ambrose

Advertising tries to stimulate our sensuous desires, converting luxuries into necessities, but it only intensifies man's inner misery. The business world is bent on creating hungers which its wares never satisfy, and thus it adds to the frustrations and broken minds of our times. — Fulton J. Sheen

The United States is the most prosperous nation in the world, and yet our citizenship has been comprehensively reduced to consumerism... Buy and ye shall be happy. But what have we truly purchased? In the words of my favorite poet, Henry David Thoreau, 'The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation,' our lives prostrate at the altar of the false gods of our instant-gratification society. — Rich Roll

Do not let your "eye" be drawn by the false "beacon lamps" -of wealth, or position, or fame, or possessions. Be vigilant over your will and desires, for these are the corrupt forces that dwell within, and keep you from living free. — John of the Cross

We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off. — Chuck Palahniuk

Credit is like a drug. Initially, it feels great as it stimulates economic activity, but eventually, you become addicted and require more and more to achieve the same effect. — Russell Napier

It’s unsustainable. Look at Ethereum, if you move a dollar you have to spend fifty dollars, that’s crazy. — Charles Hoskinson

A vital difference between the professional man and a man of business is that money making to the professional man should, by virtue of his assumption, be incidental; to the businessman it is primary. Money has its limitations; while it may buy quantity, there is something beyond it and that is quality. — Frank Lloyd Wright

Credit is probably more acceptable in American culture than elsewhere. — John W. Henry

The safest and most potentially profitable thing is to buy something when no one likes it. — Howard S. Marks

Markets go up not because there is abundance of buyers, but because there is a lack of sellers. — Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

Ultimately, the business that can spend the most to acquire a customer wins. — Russell Brunson

The things you own end up owning you. — Brad Pitt

New pressures are causing ever more people to find their main satisfaction in their consumptive role rather than in their productive role. And these pressures are bringing forward such traits as pleasure-mindedness, self-indulgence, materialism, and passivity as conspicuous elements of the American character. — Vance Packard

The greatest marketing secret of all time is that people buy more when you make their problems and desires feel more real. — Russell Brunson

I feel more confident than ever that the power to save the planet rests with the individual consumer. — Denis Hayes

Gentrification and consumerism... have destroyed the character of my favorite American haunts, like North Beach, Berkeley, Venice and Aspen. — Tom Hayden

We are determined not to take as the aim of our life fame, profit, wealth, or sensual pleasure, nor to accumulate wealth while millions are hungry and dying. We are committed to living simply and sharing our time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need. — Nhat Hanh

There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less. — Gilbert K. Chesterton

Unless the church is equipping believers to embrace the values and vision of the kingdom of God and turn away from the materialism, consumerism, greed, and power of the present age, it not only abandons its biblical mandate, it is rendered missionally ineffective. — Alan Hirsch

In Conclusion

Some quotes about consumerism also explore the psychological aspects of this behavior. They shed light on how consumerism can lead to a never-ending desire for more, perpetuating a cycle of dissatisfaction. These quotes encourage us to break free from the notion that our happiness and self-worth are derived from our possessions. They advocate for finding fulfillment in experiences, relationships, and personal growth, rather than material possessions. These quotes reflect a growing awareness and concern about the consequences of consumerism and encourage us to lead more meaningful lives.

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