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Riches in their acquisition bring pain and suffering, in their loss manifold trouble and sorrow, in their possession a wild intoxication. How can we say that they confer happiness?
      - Hitopadesa

Everything, virtue, glory, honor, things human and divine, all are slaves to riches.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Increasing wealth is attended by care and by the desire of greater increase.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Riches, honors, and pleasures are the sweets which destroy the mind's appetite for its heavenly food; poverty, disgrace, and pain are the bitters which restore it.
      - Thomas Hartwell Horne

I take him to be the only rich man that lives upon what he has, owes nothing, and is contented; for there is no determinate sum of money, nor quantity of estate, that can denote a man rich, since no man is truly rich that has not so much as perfectly satiates his desire of having more; for the desire of more is want, and want is poverty.
      - Edgar Watson Howe

Riches are valuable at all times, and to all men, because they always purchase pleasures such as men are accustomed to and desire; nor can anything restrain or regulate the love of money but a sense of honor and virtue, which, if it be not nearly equal at all times, will naturally abound most in ages of knowledge and refinement.
      - David Hume

Man must choose whether to be rich in things or in the freedom to use them.
      - Ivan Illich

It is better to live rich than to die rich.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Men who could willingly resign the luxuries and sensual pleasures of a large fortune cannot consent to live without the grandeur and the homage.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Of riches it is not necessary to write the praise. Let it, however, be remembered that he who has money to spare has it always in his power to benefit others, and of such power a good man must always be desirous.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Riches are of no value in themselves; their use is discovered only in that which they procure.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Riches exclude only one inconvenience,--that is, poverty.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Riches, perhaps, do not so often produce crimes as incite accusers.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

A man hath riches. Whence came they, and whither go they? for this is the way to form a judgment of the esteem which they and their possessor deserve. If they have been acquired by fraud or violence, if they make him proud and vain, if they minister to luxury and intemperance, if they are avariciously hoarded up and applied to no proper use, the possessor becomes odious and contemptible.
      - John Jortin

In these times gain is not only a matter of greed, but of ambition.
      - Joseph Joubert

The care of a large estate is an unpleasant thing.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

He is rich whose income is more than his expenses; and he is poor whose expenses exceed his income.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

The contempt of riches in the philosophers was a concealed desire of revenging on fortune the injustice done to their merit, by despising the good she denied them.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

If by the consecration of my earthly possessions to some extent I can make the Christian character practically more lovely, and illustrate, in my own case, that the highest enjoyments here are promoted by the free use of the good things intrusted to us, what so good use can I make of them?
      - Amos Lawrence

Riches oftentimes, if nobody takes them away, make to themselves wings and fly away; and truly, many a time the undue sparing of them is but letting their wings grow, which makes them ready to fly away; and the contributing a part of them to do good only clips their wings a little and makes them stay the longer with their owner.
      - Archbishop Robert Leighton

But Christian faith knows that wealth means responsibility, and that responsibility may come to mean only heavy arrears of sin.
      - Canon Henry P. Liddon

Riches do not consist in having more gold and silver, but in having more in proportion than our neighbors.
      - John Locke (1)

The rich man's son inherits cares;
  The bank may break, the factory burn,
    A breath may burst his bubble shares,
      And soft, white hands could hardly earn
        A living that would serve his turn.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Heritage

Riches are the pettiest and least worthy gifts which God can give man. What are they to God's word? Yea, to bodily gifts, such as beauty and health, or to the gifts of the mind, such as understanding, skill, wisdom? Yet men toil for them day and night and take no rest. Therefore our Lord God commonly gives riches to foolish people to whom He gives nothing else.
      - Martin Luther

No man can make haste to be rich without going against the will of God, in which case it is the one frightful thing to be successful.
      - George MacDonald

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