Sunday, March 27, 2011

Food For Thought

"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination”  Oscar Wilde

And what could dear Oscar possibly mean ? Do you agree ? Isn’t this exactly what got everybody in trouble in the first place ?

Agree/Disagree ? Would love to hear your thoughts.

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This is Neuschwanstein Castle, and it is where I would like to live, except I live within my means, I have no imagination what so ever.

11 comments:

eclecticrevisited said...

agree...you can have nearly everything you want, but it's not just handed to you...come up with a great idea on how to achieve your dream and hey, "winning!" example; currently, I'm in the process of buying an expensive house and remodeling it, so I'm writing a book of the experience and filming it to help offset the costs..but if I had just looked at the balance in my checking account, well, there's no way I could afford any house let alone the remodeling...so, as much as I don't intend to go into debt, (the part about living within your means) I can still have my cake and eat it too...creativity will solve so many problems...good point to bring up though....I honestly don't think Wilde meant for anyone to use debt as a way of getting the things you want...the emphasis is on imagination...
maureen

Jimmy The Undercover Designer said...

:)
Maureen, well said. Was playing the devil's advocate here. I think with a bit of imagination we can strectch our dollar a lot more. I would even go further and say with a little bit of creativity you can appear to be living beyond your means. I have a friend that always manages to pull together a look for both her clothes and her home, that seems to be much more expensive than what it really cost. She has an incredible ability to put things together nicely and elegantly.

Petra Voegtle said...

Jimmy, I honestly do not believe that this quote has anything to do with materialism at all and whether we should live here or there with more or less stuff.
"Living" or "Life" itself has nothing to do with materialism but the way we find happiness and fulfillment without hording and collecting things. We shall use our imagination, our dreams, our capabilities beyond our "materialistic" means.
Well - but who could know what Wilde really meant - LOL?

Btw - I don't think you would like to live in that castle - it is uncomfortable, needs a lot of heating and you would have to climb an awful lot of stairs not to mention the weather when the sun is not shining which she does not most of the time.....Yuk

Jimmy The Undercover Designer said...

No I would not like living in that castle at all. After trying large houses, I am all for down sizing now

Jane @ the girl in the brick house said...

I think Oscar Wilde should have been born in the age of credit but he sure he had a great imagination. Not keen on living in a castle though. P.S love your wit - am your new follower.

Jimmy The Undercover Designer said...

Jane, I think Oscar must have seen that credit cards were on their way. Thank you for following

The Zhush said...

Food for thought indeed! Adore Oscar's quotes, regardless of the practicality, which is the beauty of them, no?:)

eclecticrevisited said...

Hi Jimmy,
Congratulations....you've just received the Stylish Blogger Award...drop by my blog to find out what to do....
maureen

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

I don't think living within your means indicates a lack of imagination. In fact, sometimes it takes a lot of imagination to live within your means!

Eileen said...

Oscar Wilde was the Charlie Sheen of his day. Winning-- and amusing as hell-- until he was dead.

Jimmy The Undercover Designer said...

Kelly
Loved your comment