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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 ]

Only when a man's life comes to its end in prosperity dare we pronounce him happy.
      - Aeschylus

The temptations of prosperity insinuate themselves after a gentle, but very powerful manner; so that we are but little aware of them and less able to withstand them.
      - Francis Atterbury

It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble.
      - Jane Austen, Emma (vol. III, ch. XIV)

To rejoice in the prosperity of another is to partake of it.
      - William Austin

To speak in a mean, the virtue of prosperity is temperance, the virtue of adversity is fortitude, which in morals is the more heroic virtue.
      - Francis Bacon

Prosperity is very liable to bring pride among the other goods with which it endows an individual; it is then that prosperity costs too dear.
      - Hosea Ballou

Prosperity often presages adversity.
      - Hosea Ballou

Prosperity seems to be scarcely safe, unless it be mixed with a little adversity.
      - Hosea Ballou

It requires a strong constitution to withstand repeated attacks of prosperity.
      - James Lendall Basford

It as one of the worst effects of prosperity to make a man a vortex, instead of a fountain; so that, instead of throwing out, he learns only to draw in.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Watch lest prosperity destroy generosity.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
      - Bible, Isaiah (ch. XXXV, v. 1)

But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.
      - Bible, Micah (ch. IV, v. 4)

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
  For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
    She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
      Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honor.
        Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
          She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. III, v. 13-18)

Prosperity is often an equivocal word denoting merely affluence of possession.
      - Hugh Blair

What Anacharsis said of the vine may aptly enough be said of prosperity. She bears the three grapes of drunkenness, pleasure, and sorrow; and happy is it if the last can cure the mischief which the former work. When afflictions fail to have their due effect, the case is desperate.
      - 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, Henry St. John

The increase of a great number of citizens in prosperity is a necessary element to the security, and even to the existence, of a civilized people.
      - Eugene Buret

Prosperity demands of us more prudence and moderation than adversity.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

In prosperity let us most carefully avoid pride, disdain, and arrogance.
  [Lat., In rebus prosperis, superbiam, fastidium arrogantiamque magno opere fugiamus.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Officiis (I, 26)

It shows a weak mind not to bear prosperity as well as adversity with moderation.
  [Lat., Ut adversas res, secundas immoderate ferre, levitatis est.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Officiis (I, 26)

He that swells in prosperity will be sure to shrink in adversity.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

In a State, pecuniary gain is not to be considered to be prosperity, but its prosperity will be found in righteousness.
      - Confucius

Prosperity is a feeble reed.
      - Daniel d'Ancheres (pseudonym of Jean de Schelandre)

More in prosperity is reason tost than ships in storms, their helms and anchors lost.
      - Sir John Denham

The mind that is much elevated and insolent with prosperity, and cast down with adversity, is generally abject and base.
      - Epicurus


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