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WEALTH
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[ Also see Abundance Acquirement Affluence Avarice Covetousness Fortune Gain Gold Inheritance Luxury Mammon Misers Money Possession Poverty Property Prosperity Riches Satiety Success Superfluity ]

We frequently misplace esteem,
  By judging men by what they seem,
    To birth, wealth, power, we should allow
      Precedence, and our lowest bow.
      - John Gay

We know that wealth well understood,
  Hath frequent power of doing good;
    Then fancy that the thing is done,
      As if the power and will were one;
        Thus oft the cheated crowd adore
          The thriving knaves that keep them poor.
      - John Gay

Who hath not heard the rich complain
  Of surfeits, and corporeal pain?
    He barr'd from every use of wealth,
      Envies the ploughman's strength and health.
      - John Gay,
        Fables--The Cookmaid, Turnspit, and Ox

The ideal social state is not that in which each gets an equal amount of wealth, but in which each gets in proportion to his contribution to the general stock.
      - Henry George, Social Problems (ch. VI)

If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars.
      - J. Paul Getty

And to hie him home, at evening's close,
  To sweet repast, and calm repose.
    . . . .
      From toil we wins his spirits light,
        From busy day the peaceful night;
          Rich, from the very want of wealth,
            In heaven's best treasures, peace and health.
      - Thomas Gray,
        Ode on the Pleasure Arising from Vicissitude
         (l. 87)

Poverty breeds wealth; and wealth in its turn breeds poverty. The earth, to form the mould, is taken out of the ditch; and whatever may be the height of the one will be the depth of the other.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare

Dame Nature gave him comeliness and health,
  And Fortune (for a passport) gave him wealth.
      - Walter Harte, Eulogies (411)

There is a burden of care in getting riches, fear in keeping them, temptation in using them, guilt in abusing them, sorrow in losing them, and a burden of account at last to be given up concerning them.
      - Matthew (Mathew) Henry

Money, thou bane of bliss, and source of woe,
  Whence cam'st thou, that thou art so fresh and fine?
    I know thy parentage is base and low:
      Man found thee poor and dirty in a mine.
      - George Herbert

For wealth, without contentment, climbs a hill,
  To feel those tempests which fly over ditches.
      - George Herbert, The Church Porch (st. 19)

Wealth brings noble opportunities, and competence is a proper object of pursuit; but wealth, and even competence, may be bought at too high a price. Wealth itself has no moral attribute. It is not money, but the love of money, which is the root of all evil. It is the relation between wealth and the mind and the character of its possessor which is the essential thing.
      - George Stillman Hillard

Wants keep pace with wealth always.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Wealth is the least trustworthy of anchors.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

It cannot be repeated too often that the safety of great wealth with us lies in obedience to the new version of the Old World axiom--Richesse oblige.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        A Moral Antipathy--Introduction

Base wealth preferring to eternal praise.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XXIII, l. 368), (Pope's translation)

These riches are possess'd, but not enjoy'd!
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. IV, l. 118), (Pope's translation)

Know from the bounteous heavens all riches flow;
  And what man gives, the gods by man bestow.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XVIII, l. 26), (Pope's translation)

Sovereign money procures a wife with a large fortune, gets a man credit, creates friends, stands in place of pedigree, and even of beauty.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

The accumulation of wealth is followed by an increase of care, and by an appetite for more.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Riches either serve or govern the possessor.
  [Lat., Imperat aut servit collecta pecunia cuique.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 10, 47)

For everything divine and human, virtue, fame, and honor, now obey the alluring influence of riches.
  [Lat., Omnis enim res,
    Virtus, fama, decus, divina, humanaque pulchris
      Divitiis parent.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (II, 3, 94)

Noble descent and worth, unless united with wealth, are esteemed no more than seaweed.
  [Lat., Et genus et virtus, nisi cum re, vilior alga est.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (II, 5, 8)

And you prate of the wealth of nations, as if it were bought and sold,
  The wealth of nations is men, not silk and cotton and gold.
      - Richard Hovey, Peace

It's not your salary that makes you rich, it's your spending habits.
      - Charles A. Jaffe


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