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PROSPERITY
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[ Also see Adversity Affluence Depression Fortune Gain Inheritance Luxury Money Panic Possession Poverty Property Riches Success Wealth ]

Prosperity not seldom begets its opposite, and produces a niggardly spirit.
      - Henry Giles

Everything in the world may be endured, except only a succession of prosperous days.
  [Ger., Alles in der Welt lasst sich ertragen,
    Nur nicht eine Reihe von schonen Tagen.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Spruche in Reimen (III)

A weak mind sinks under prosperity as well as under adversity. A strong and deep one has two highest tides,--when the moon is at the full, and when there is no moon.
      - Augustus William Hare

There is a glare about worldly success which is very apt to dazzle men's eyes.
      - Augustus William Hare

Prosperity lets goe the bridle.
  [Prosperity lets go the bridle.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Prosperity, in regard of our corrupt inclination to abuse the blessings of Almighty God, doth prove a thing dangerous to the soul of man.
      - Richard Hooker

Prosperity too often has the same effect on a Christian that a calm at sea has on a Dutch mariner; who frequently, it is said, in those circumstances, ties up the rudder, gets drunk, and goes to sleep.
      - William Van Horne

Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.
      - Thomas Jefferson

The fortitude which has encountered no dangers, that prudence which has surmounted no difficulties, that integrity which has been attacked by no temptation, can at best be considered but as gold not yet brought to the test, of which therefore the true value cannot be assigned.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

As riches and favor forsake a man, we discover him to be a fool, but nobody could find it out in his prosperity.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

I wish you every kind of prosperity, with a little more taste.
      - Alain Rene Le Sage, Gil Blas
         (bk. VII, ch. IV),
        (Henri Van Laun's translation)

The prosperous man does not know whether he is loved.
  [Lat., Felix se nescit amari.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (VII, 727)

Surer to prosper than prosperity could have assur'd us.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. II, l. 39)

Whilst you are prosperous you can number many friends; but when the storm comes you are left alone.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Be moderate in prosperity, prudent in adversity.
      - Periander of Corinth

Arrogance is the outgrowth of prosperity.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

So use prosperity, that adversity may not abuse thee: if in the one, security admits no fears, in the other, despair will afford no hopes; he that in prosperity can foretell a danger can in adversity foresee deliverance.
      - Francis Quarles

The prosperous can not easily form a right idea of misery.
  [Lat., Est felicibus difficilis miserarium vera aestimatio.]
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus),
        De Institutione Oratoria (IX, 6)

Prosperity can change man's nature; and seldom is any one cautious enough to resist the effects of good fortune.
  [Lat., Res secundae valent commutare naturam, et raro quisquam erga bona sua satis cautus est.]
      - Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus),
        De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni
         (X, 1, 40)

Prosperity is a feeble reed.
  [Fr., C'est un faible roseau que la prosperite.]
      - Jean de Schelandre (used pseudonym Daniel d'Ancheres),
        Tyr et Sidon

Greatness stands upon a precipice, and if prosperity carries a man never so little beyond his poise, it overbears and dashes him to pieces.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

How much does great prosperity overspread the mind with darkness.
  [Lat., Quantum caliginis mentibus nostris objicit magna felicitas!]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Brevitate Vitoe (XIII)

When God has once begun to throw down the prosperous, He overthrows them altogether: such is the end of the mighty.
  [Lat., Semel profecto premere felices deus
    Cum coepit, urget; hos habent magna exitus.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Hercules Oetoeus (713)

Prosperity's the very bond of love.
      - William Shakespeare

There shall be in England seven halfpenny loaves sold for a penny; the three-hooped pot shall have ten hoops; and I will make it felony to drink small beer.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Jack Cade at IV, ii)


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