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Thoughts on Indulgences

Published: Apr 19, 2014 06:37:54 AM IST
Updated: Apr 16, 2014 01:45:06 PM IST
Thoughts on Indulgences
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Usually, autobiography is such an indulgence of the ego.
Tom Robbins

L’Oreal’s slogan ‘because you’re worth it’ has come to epitomise banal narcissism of early 21st century capitalism; easy indulgence and effortless self-love all available at a flick of the credit card.
Geoff Mulgan

The enemy for the fanatic is pleasure, which makes it extremely important to continue to indulge in pleasure. Dance madly. That is how you get rid of terrorism.
Salman Rushdie

There are moments to indulge and enjoy, but I always know when it’s time to go home and wash my knickers.
Kate Winslet

The greatest crimes do not arise from a want of feeling for others but from an over-sensibility for ourselves and an over-indulgence to our own desires.
Edmund Burke

Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
Mick Jagger

Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!
Mae West

Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. We worship self-indulgence and consumption.

Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.
Ayn Rand

It’s an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip.
Robert A Heinlein

The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.
George Carlin

The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues.
Elizabeth Taylor

(This story appears in the 02 May, 2014 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)