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WEALTH
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[ Also see Abundance Acquirement Affluence Avarice Covetousness Fortune Gain Gold Inheritance Luxury Mammon Misers Money Possession Poverty Property Prosperity Riches Satiety Success Superfluity ]

Life is short. The sooner that a man begins to enjoy his wealth the better.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

One cause of the insufficiency of riches (to produce happiness) is, that they very seldom make their owner rich.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Riches seldom make their owners rich.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The insolence of wealth will creep out.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

To purchase Heaven has gold the power?
  Can gold remove the mortal hour?
    In life can love be bought with gold?
      Are friendship's pleasures to be sold?
        No--all that's worth a wish--a thought,
          Fair virtue gives unbribed, unbought.
            Cease then on trash thy hopes to bind,
              Let nobler views engage thy mind.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

We are not here to sell a parcel of boilers and vats, but the potentiality of growing rich beyond the dreams of avarice.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        remark on the sale of Thrale's Brewery, 1781

Wealth is nothing in itself; it is not useful but when it departs from us.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

When the desire of wealth is taking hold of the heart, let us look round and see how it operates upon than whose industry or fortune has obtained it. When we find them oppressed with their own abundance, luxurious without pleasure, idle without ease, impatient and querulous in themselves, and despised or hated by the rest of mankind, we shall soon be convinced that if the real wants of our condition are satisfied, there remains little to be sought with solicitude or desired with eagerness.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Whosoever shall look heedfully upon those who are eminent for their riches will not think their condition such as that he should hazard his quiet, and much less his virtue, to obtain it, for all that great wealth generally gives above a moderate fortune is more room for the freaks of caprice, and more privilege for ignorance and vice, a quicker succession of flatteries, and a larger circle of voluptuousness.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

You never find people laboring to convince you that you may live very happily upon a plentiful income.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Poor worms, they hiss at me, whilst I at home
  Can be contented to applaud myself, . . . with joy
    To see how plump my bags are and my barns.
      - Ben Jonson, Every Man Out of His Humour
         (act I, sc. 1)

Private credit is wealth; public honor is security; the feather that adorns the royal bird supports its flight; strip him of his plumage, and you fix him to the earth.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis),
        Affair of the Falkland Islands
         (vol. I, letter XLII)

Common sense among men of fortune is rare.
  [Lat., Rarus enim ferme sunsus communis in illa
    Fortuna.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (VIII, 73)

He who wishes to become rich wishes to become so immediately.
  [Lat., Dives fieri qui vult
    Et cito vult fieri.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (XIV, 176)

This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Wealth is an imperious mistress; she requires the whole heart and life of man.
      - Edouard Rene Lefebure Laboulaye

As riches and favor forsake a man, we discover him to be a fool, but nobody could find it out in his prosperity.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Let us not envy some men their accumulated riches; their burden would be too heavy for us; we could not sacrifice, as they do, health, quiet, honor, and conscience, to obtain them: it is to pay so dear for them, that the bargain is a loss.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

There is nothing keeps longer than a middling fortune, and nothing melts away sooner than a great one. Poverty treads upon the heels of great and unexpected riches.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

We all covet wealth, but not its perils.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Wherever there is excessive wealth, there is also in train of it excessive poverty; as where the sun is brightest the shade is deepest.
      - Walter Savage Landor

The most brilliant fortunes are often not worth the littleness required to gain them.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Riches are gotten with pain, kept with care, and lost with grief. The cares of riches lie heavier upon a good man than the inconveniences of an honest poverty.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

It is easy at any moment to resign the possession of a great fortune; to acquire it is difficult and arduous.
  [Lat., Facile est momento quo quis velit, cedere possessione magnae fortunae; facere et parare eam, difficile atque arduum est.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (XXIV, 22)

All wealth is the product of labor.
      - John Locke (1)


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