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These grains of gold are not grains of wheat!
  These bars of silver thou canst not eat;
    These jewels and pearls and precious stones
      Cannot cure the aches in thy bones,
        Nor keep the feet of death one hour
          From climbing the stairways of thy tower.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Old gold has a civilizing virtue which new gold must grow old to be capable of secreting.
      - James Russell Lowell

Wealth may be an excellent thing, for it means power, it means leisure, it means liberty.
      - James Russell Lowell

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

Wealth is the smallest thing on earth, the least gift that God has bestowed on mankind.
      - Martin Luther

Our Lord commonly giveth Riches to such gross asses, to whom he affordeth nothing else that is good.
      - Martin Luther, Colloquies (p. 90),
        (ed. 1652)

The possession of wealth is, as it were, prepayment, and involves an obligation of honor to the doing of correspondent work.
      - George MacDonald

The wealth of society is its stock of productive labor.
      - Sir James Mackintosh

Of all pure things, purity in the acquisition of riches is the best. He who preserves purity in becoming rich is really pure, not he who is purified by water.
      - Manu (or Menu)

Infinite riches in a little room.
      - Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta
         (act I, sc. 1)

You often ask me, Priscus, what sort of person I should be, if I were to become suddenly rich and powerful. Who can determine what would be his future conduct? Tell me, if you were to become a lion, what sort of a lion would you be?
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. XII, ep. 92)

The little sister of the Poor
  . . . .
    The Poor, and their concerns, she has
      Monopolized, because of which
        It falls to me to labor as
          A Little Brother of the Rich.
      - Edward Sandford Martin,
        A Little Brother of the Rich

Those who we strive to benefit
  Dear to our hearts soon grow to be;
    I love my Rich, and I admit
      That they are very good to me.
        Succor the poor, my sisters,--I
          While heaven shall still vouchsafe me health
            Will strive to share and mollify
              The trials of abounding wealth.
      - Edward Sandford Martin,
        A Little Brother of the Rich

But wealth is a great means of refinement; and it is a security for gentleness, since it removes disturbing anxieties.
      - Ik Marvel (pseudonym of Donald G. Mitchell),
        Reveries of a Bachelor--Over his Cigar

Men do not desire merely to be rich, but to be richer than other men.
      - John Stuart Mill

Let none admire
  That riches grow in hell; that soil may best
    Deserve the precious bane.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 690)

I am rich beyond the dreams of avarice.
      - Edward Moore, The Gamester (act II, sc. 2)

The million covet wealth, but how few dream of its perils?
      - John Neal

The ungovernable passion for wealth.
  [Lat., Opum furiata cupido.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Fasti
         (I, 211)

Riches, the incentives to evil, are dug out of the earth.
  [Lat., Effodiuntur opes irritamenta malorum.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (I, 140)

Embarrassment of riches.
  [Fr., Embarras des richesse.]
      - translated by John Ozell,
        title of a French comedy played at the Haymarket, London, Oct. 9, 1738,

That plenty should produce either covetousness or prodigality is a perversion of providence; and yet the generality of men are the worse for their riches.
      - William Penn

Riches are deservedly despised by a man of honor, because a well-stored chest intercepts the truth.
  [Lat., Opes invisae merito sunt forti viro,
    Quia dives arca veram laudem intercipit.]
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia), Fables
         (IV, 12, 1)

I trust no rich man who is officiously kind to a poor man.
  [Lat., Nemini credo, qui large blandus est dives pauperi.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Aulularia
         (II, 2, 30)

A shortcut to riches is to subtract from our desires.
      - Plutarch

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