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Well-gotten wealth may lose itself, but the ill-gotten loses its master also.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

The foolish sayings of the rich pass for wise saws in society.
  [Sp., Las necedades del rico por sentencias pasan en el mundo.]
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (II, 43)

Not to be avaricious is money; not to be fond of buying is a revenue; but to be content with our own is the greatest and most certain wealth of all.
  [Lat., Non esse cupidum, pecunia est; non esse emacem, vectigal est; contentum vero suis rebus esse, maximae sunt, certissimaeque divitiae.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Paradoxa (6, 3)

It is far more easy to acquire a fortune like a knave than to expend it like a gentleman.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

It is only when the rich are sick, that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Men pursue riches under the idea that their possession will set them at ease, and above the world. But the law of association often makes those who begin by loving gold as a servant finish by becoming themselves its slaves; and independence without wealth is at least as common as wealth without independence.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Our wealth is often a snare to ourselves, and always a temptation to others.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

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

Wealth, after all, is a relative thing, since he that has little, and wants less, is richer than he that has much, but wants more.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Why dost thou heap up wealth, which thou must quit,
  Or what is worse, be left by it?
    Why dost thou load thyself when thou 'rt to fly,
      Oh, man! ordain'd to die?
        Why dost thou build up stately rooms on high,
          Thou who art under ground to lie?
            Thou sow'st and plantest, but no fruit must see,
              For death, alas! is reaping thee.
      - Abraham Cowley

When wealthy, show thy wisdom not to be to wealth a servant, but make wealth serve thee.
      - Sir John Denham

Teach us that wealth is not elegance, that profusion is not magnificence, that splendor is not beauty.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

I am absolutely convinced that no wealth in the world can help humanity forward, even in the hands of the most devoted worker. The example of great and pure individuals is the only thing that can lead us to noble thoughts and deeds. Money only appeals to selfishness and irresistibly invites abuse. Can anyone imagine M anyone imagine Moses, Jesus or Gandhi armed with the money-bags of Carnegie?
      - Albert Einstein

The pulpit and the press have many commonplaces denouncing the thirst for wealth, but if men should take these moralists at their word, and leave off aiming to be rich, the moralists would rush to rekindle at all hazards this love of power in the people, lest civilization should be undone.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Without a rich heart wealth is an ugly beggar.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Without the rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give no bounties: make equal laws: secure life and prosperity and you need not give alms.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Wealth

Want is a growing giant whom the coat of Have was never large enough to cover.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Wealth

In every well-governed state, wealth is a sacred thing; in democracies it is the only sacred thing.
      - Jacques Anatole I. France (Jacques Anatole Thibault)

Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal and you will be rich.
      - Benjamin Franklin

He who multiplies riches, multiplies cares.
      - Benjamin Franklin

The way to wealth is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality: that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality nothing will do, and with them everything.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
      - Benjamin Franklin

If your Riches are yours, why don't you take them with you to t'other world?
      - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard

Wealth is not without its advantages, and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.
      - John Kenneth Galbraith

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