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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 ]

Few men are both rich and generous; fewer are both rich and humble.
      - Henry Edward Manning

A great estate is a great disadvantage to those who do not know how to use it, for nothing is more common than to see wealthy persons live scandalously and miserably; riches do them no service in order to virtue and happiness; therefore 'tis precept and principle, not an estate, that makes a man good for something.
      - Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus)

Extol not riches then, the toil of fools,
  The wise man's cumbrance, if not snare, more apt
    To slacken virtue, and abate her edge,
      Than prompt her to do aught may merit praise.
      - John Milton

Therefore, if at great things thou wouldst arrive,
  Get riches first, get wealth.
      - John Milton

A man's true wealth is the good he does in this world.
      - Mohammed (Mahomet)

Plenty and indigence depend upon the opinion every one has of them; and riches, no more than glory or health, have no more beauty or pleasure than their possessor is pleased to lend them.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

We are all of us richer than we think we are; but we are taught to borrow and to beg, and brought up more to make use of what is another's than our own. Man can in nothing fix and conform himself to his mere necessity. Of pleasure, wealth and power he grasps at more than he can hold; his greediness is incapable of moderation.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

It is more pitiable once to have been rich than not to be rich now.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

May I deem the wise man rich, and may I have such a portion of gold as none but a prudent man can either bear or employ.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

Riches, rightly used, breed delight.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

Riches for the most part are hurtful to them that possess them.
      - Plutarch

To whom can riches give repute or trust,
  Content or pleasure, but the good and just?
    Judges and senates have been bought for gold,
      Esteem and love were never to be sold.
      - Alexander Pope

Wouldst thou multiply thy riches? diminish them wisely; or wouldst thou make thy estate entire? divide it charitably. Seeds that are scattered increase; but, hoarded up, they perish.
      - Francis Quarles

Riches are for the comfort of life, and not life for the accumulation of riches. I asked a holy wise man, "Who is fortunate and who is unfortunate?" He replied: "He was fortunate who ate and sowed, and he was unfortunate who died without having enjoyed."
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

My purse is very slim, and very few
  The acres that I number;
    But I am seldom stupid, never blue,
      My riches are an honest heart and true,
        And quiet slumber.
      - Epes Sargent

If we are rich with the riches which we neither give nor enjoy, we are rich with the riches which are buried in the caverns of the earth.
      - Vishnu Sarma

O, my God! withhold from me the wealth to which tears and sighs and curses cleave. Better none at all than wealth like that.
      - Christian Scriver (used pseudonym Gotthold)

We see how much a man has, and therefore we envy him; did we see how little he enjoys, we should rather pity him.
      - Jeremiah Seed

A great fortune is a great slavery.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

He who recognizes no higher logic than that of the shilling may become a very rich man, and yet remain all the while an exceedingly poor creature; for riches are no proof whatever of moral worth, and their glitter often serves only to draw attention to the worthlessness of their possessor, as the glow-worm's light reveals the grub.
      - Samuel Smiles

With the greater part of rich people, the chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches.
      - Adam Smith (1)

Rich men without wisdom and learning are called sheep with golden fleeces.
      - Solon

Satiety comes of riches and contumaciousness of satiety.
      - Solon

If thou art rich, then show the greatness of thy fortune, or what is better, the greatness of thy soul, in the meekness of thy conversation; condescend to men of low estate, support the distressed and patronize the neglected. Be great.
      - Laurence Sterne

Nature does not conquer the world to God. It never has. It never will. In America, with its vast abounding wealth, its grand expanse of prairie, its reach of river, and its exuberant productiveness, there is danger that our riches will draw us away from God, and fasten us to earth; that they will make us not only rich, but mean; not only wealthy, but wicked. The grand corrective is the cross of Christ, seen in the sanctuary where the life and light of God are exhibited, and where the reverberation of the echoes from the great white throne are heard.
      - Richard Salter Storrs


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