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A little house well fill'd, a little land well till'd, and a little wife well will'd, are great riches.
      - Unattributed Author,
        written in a copy of the "Grete Herbal"

Wealth unused might as well not exist.
      - Aesop

There are, while human miseries abound,
  A thousand ways to waste superfluous wealth,
    Without one fool or flatterer at your board,
      Without one hour of sickness or disgust.
      - John Armstrong, Art of Preserving Health
         (bk. II, l. 195)

Seek not proud riches, but such as thou mayest get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contentedly. Yet have no abstract nor friarly contempt of them.
      - Francis Bacon

The proverb is true, that light gains make heavy purses; for light gains come often, great gains now and then.
      - Francis Bacon

Many men want wealth,--not a competence alone, but a live-story competence. Everything subserves this; and religion they would like as a sort of lightning-rod to their houses, to ward off by and by the bolts of Divine wrath.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
  Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
      - Bible, I Timothy (ch. VI, v. 18-19)

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. XIX, v. 24)

Labor not to be rich; cease from thine own wisdom.
  Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXIII, v. 4-5)

Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXIII, v. 5)

A faithful man shall abound with blessings; but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVIII, v. 20)

Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. XXXIX, v. 6)

I have mental joys and mental health,
  Mental friends and mental wealth,
    I've a wife that I love and that loves me;
      I've all but riches bodily.
      - William Blake, Mammon

Since all the riches of this world
  May be gifts from the devil and earthly kings,
    I should suspect that I worshipped the devil
      If I thanked my God for worldly things.
      - William Blake, Riches

People who are arrogant on account of their wealth are about equal to our Laplanders, who measure a man's worth by the number of his reindeer.
      - Fredrika Bremer

See what money can do: that can change
  Men's manners; alter their conditions!
    How tempestuous the slaves are without it!
      O thou powerful metal! what authority
        Is in thee! thou art the key to all men's
          Mouths: with thee, a man may lock up the jaws
            Of an informer; and without thee, he
              Cannot open the lips of a lawyer.
      - Richard Brome

There is no society, however free and democratic, where wealth will not create an aristocracy.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed. We are bought by the enemy with the treasure in our own coffers.
      - Edmund Burke

What makes the breaking of all oaths
  A holy duty?-- food and clothes.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

Perhaps he hath great projects in his mind,
  To build a college, or to found a race,
    An hospital, a church--and leave behind
      Some dome surmounted by his meagre face,
        Perhaps he fain would liberate mankind
          Even with the very ore which makes them base;
            Perhaps he would be wealthiest of his nation,
              Or revel in the joys of calculation.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

But I have learned a thing or two; I know as sure as fate,
  When we lock up our lives for wealth, the gold key comes too late.
      - Will Carleton, The Ancient Miner's Story

Midas-eared Mammonism, double-barrelled Dilettantism, and their thousand adjuncts and corollaries, are not the Law by which God Almighty has appointed this His universe to go.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present (ch. VI)

The problem of our age is the proper administration of wealth, so that the ties of brotherhood may still bind together the rich and poor in harmonious relationship.
      - Andrew Carnegie

Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.
      - Andrew Carnegie, Gospel of Wealth

An accession of wealth is a dangerous predicament for a man. At first he is stunned, if the accession be sudden; he is very humble and very grateful. Then he begins to speak a little louder; people think him more sensible, and soon he thinks himself so.
      - Richard Cecil

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