Quoted: The Extravagance Edition

Reuters
Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Wind, fall: “Treats and vices. Last month, I bought a yo-yo,” Adder, who lives in a utopian community, on how he spends his money.

Buying time: “I do worry that this will be an excuse for a big spend-fest,” Stephen Moore, a conservative economist, on Donald Trump’s ambitious infrastructure plans.

Over budget: “That might fly in Scandinavia, but not here,” Peter Muennig, a professor of public-health policy, on the cost of replacing lead pipes in homes across the U.S.