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Quotes of the Day for 12 August 2004 – Shopping

Julius Rosenwald was born on this day in 1862, and you've probably never heard the name before. Just before the turn of the century he took control over the operation of a failing Sears, Roebuck and Company. He made sure orders were filled and warranties honored, and built a retail powerhouse. Before we race off to the mall this weekend, here are a few quotes on shopping.

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The quotes:

They look quite promising in the shop; and not entirely without hope when I get them back into my wardrobe. But then, when I put them on they tend to deteriorate with a very strange rapidity and one feels so sorry for them.
     - Joyce Grenfell, 1910 - 1979

We have been a-shopping ... all this morning, to buy silks, caps, gauzes, and so forth. The shops are really very entertaining, especially the mercers; there seem to be six or seven men belonging to each shop; and every one took care, by bowing and smirking, to be noticed.
     - Frances Burney, 1752 - 1840

Shopping's absolutely impossible nowadays. You can't get near the counter, and when you do, they haven't got it and you pay twice as much for it.
     - Arthur Wimperis, 1874 - 1953

The new shopping malls make possible the synthesis of all consumer activities, not least of which are shopping, flirting with objects, idle wandering, and all the permutations of these.
     - Jean Baudrillard

Weekend planning is a prime time to apply the Deathbed Priority Test: On your deathbed, will you wish you'd spent more prime weekend hours grocery shopping or walking in the woods with your kids?
     - Louise Lague

Thank God we're living in a country where the sky's the limit, the stores are open late and you can shop in bed thanks to television.
     - Joan Rivers


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