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RICHES
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[ Also see Abundance Acquirement Affluence Avarice Covetousness Gold Luxury Mammon Misers Money Possession Poverty Property Prosperity Satiety Superfluity Wealth ]

When we see the shameful fortunes amassed in all quarters of the globe, are we not impelled to exclaim that Judas' thirty pieces of silver have fructified across the centuries?
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.
      - Jonathan Swift

To be thought rich is as good as to be rich.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

O grievous folly to heap up estate,
  Losing the days you see beneath the sun,
    When, sudden, comes blind unrelenting Fate,
      And gives th' untasted portion you have won
        With ruthless toil, and many a wretch undone,
          To those who mock you, gone to Pluto's reign.
      - James Thomson (1)

That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.
      - Henry David Thoreau

There is one way whereby we may secure our riches, and make sure friends to ourselves of them,--by laying them out in charity.
      - John Tillotson

Worldly riches are like nuts; many clothes are torn in getting them, many a tooth broke in cracking them, but never a belly filled with eating them.
      - Ralph Venning

Riches are well, if gotten well and spent well.
      - Vespasian (Titus Flavius Vespasianus)

It was wisely said, by a man of great observation, that there are as many miseries beyond riches as on this side of them.
      - Izaak Walton

Let us not repine, or so much as think the gifts of God unequally dealt, if we see another abound with riches, when, as God knows, the cares that are the keys that keep those riches hang often so heavily at the rich man's girdle that they dog him with weary days and restless nights, even when others sleep quietly.
      - Izaak Walton

We see but the outside of a rich man's happiness; few consider him to be like the silkworm, that, when she seems to play, is at the very same time consuming herself.
      - Izaak Walton

Do we, mad as we all are after riches, hear often enough from the pulpit the spirit of those words in which Dean Swift, in his epitaph on the affluent and profligate Colonel Chartres, announces the small esteem of wealth in the eyes of God, from the fact of His thus lavishing it upon the meanest and basest of His creatures?
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

High-built abundance, heap on heap! for what?
  To breed new wants, and beggar us the more,
    Then, make a richer scramble for the throng.
      - Edward Young


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