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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 ]

Worldly wealth is the devil's bait; and those whose minds feed upon riches, recede, in general, from real happiness, in proportion as their stores increase.
      - Robert Burton

Riches are able to solder up abundance of flaws.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Riches are of little avail in many of the calamities to which mankind are liable.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Riches should be admitted into our houses, but not into our hearts; we may take them into our possession, but not into our affections.
      - Pierre Charron

The smallness of our desires may contribute reasonably to our wealth.
      - William Cobbett

The greatest and most amiable privilege which the rich enjoy over the poor is that which they exercise the least--the privilege of making them happy.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

If the search for riches were sure to be successful, though I should become a groom with a whip in my hand to get them, I will do so. As the search may not be successful, I will follow after that which I love.
      - Confucius

The rich fool is like a pig that is choked by its own fat.
      - Confucius

Riches cannot rescue from the grave, which claims alike the monarch and the slave.
      - John Dryden

Ah, if the rich were rich as the poor fancy riches!
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

He is the rich man who can avail himself of all men's faculties. He is the richest man who knows how to draw a benefit from the labors of the greatest number of men,--of men in distant countries and in past times.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man was born to be rich, or inevitably grows rich by the use of his faculties, by the union of thought with nature. Property is an intellectual production. The game requires coolness, right reasoning, promptness and patience in the players. Cultivated labor drives out brute labor.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Providence has decreed that those common acquisitions--money, gems, plate, noble mansions and dominion--should be sometimes bestowed on the indolent and unworthy; but those things which constitute our true riches, and which are properly our own, must be procured by our own labor.
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus

Riches, though they may reward virtues, yet they cannot cause them; he is much more noble who deserves a benefit than he who bestows one.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

Riches without charity are nothing worth. They are a blessing only to him who makes them a blessing to others.
      - Henry Fielding

Sir, money, money, the most charming of all things--money, which will say more in one moment than the most eloquent lover can in years. Perhaps you will say a man is not young, I answer, he is rich; he is not genteel, handsome, witty, brave, good-humored, but he is rich, rich, rich, rich, rich--that one word contradicts everything you can say against him.
      - Henry Fielding

The riches of a country are to be valued by the quantity of labor its inhabitants are able to purchase, and not by the quantity of silver and gold they possess; which will purchase more or less labor, and therefore is more or less valuable, as is said before, according to its scarcity or plenty.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Riches amassed in haste will diminish; but those collected by hand and little by little will multiply.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

His best companions innocence and health, and his best riches ignorance of wealth.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

If a man wishes to become rich he must appear to be rich.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Men who have great riches and little culture rush into business, because they are weary of themselves.
      - Horace Greeley

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss.
      - Gregory I, the Great (Saint Gregory)

The greatest luxury of riches is that they enable you to escape so much good advice. The rich are always advising the poor; but the poor seldom venture to return the compliment.
      - Sir Arthur Helps

If I have but enough for myself and family, I am steward only for myself: if I have more, I am but a steward of that abundance for others.
      - George Herbert


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