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Get place and wealth, if possible, with grace;
  If not, by any means get wealth and place.
      - Alexander Pope, Epistles of Horace
         (ep. I, bk. I, l. 103)

What riches give us let us then inquire:
  Meat, fire, and clothes. What more? Meat, clothes, and fire.
    Is this too little?
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. III, l. 79)

Diligence is the basis of wealth, and thrift the source of riches.
      - Proverb, (Chinese)

What money creates, money preserves: if thy wealth decays, thy honor dies; it is but a slippery happiness which fortunes can give, and frowns can take; and not worth the owning which a night's fire can melt, or a rough sea can drown.
      - Francis Quarles

Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think.
      - Ayn Rand

Poverty treads close upon the heels of great and unexpected wealth.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

It requires a great deal of boldness and a great deal of caution to make a great fortune; and when you have got it, it requires ten times as much wit to keep it.
      - Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild

Golden roofs break men's rest.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Lack of desire is the greatest riches.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

For they say, if money go before, all ways do lie open.
      - William Shakespeare

How i' the name of thrift doth he rake this together?
      - William Shakespeare

All gold and silver rather turn to dirt,
  An 'tis no better reckoned but of these
    Who worship dirty gods.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Arviragus at III, vi)

If thou art rich, thou'rt poor,
  For, like an ass whose back with ingots bows,
    Thou bear'st thy heavy riches but a journey,
      And death unloads thee.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Vincentio, the Duke at III, i)

All that glisters is not gold;
  Often have you heard that told;
    Many a man his life hath sold;
      But my outside to behold.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Morocco at II, vii), requoting a proverb

O, what a world of vile ill-favored faults
  Looks handsome in three hundred pounds a year.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Anne Page at III, iv)

Seneca devoted much of his time to writing essays in praise of poverty, and in lending money at usurious rates.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

To suppose, as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and keep absolutely sober.
      - Logan Pearsall Smith

A man can no more make a safe use of wealth without reason than he can of a horse without a bridle.
      - Socrates

If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
      - Socrates

One man pursues power in order to possess wealth, and another pursues wealth in order to possess power; which last is the safer way, and generally followed.
      - Bishop Robert South

Through life's dark road his sordid way he wends,
  An incarnation of fat dividends.
      - Charles Sprague, Curiosity (st. 25)

If all the rich people in the world divided up their money amongst themselves there wouldn't be enough to go around.
      - Christina Stead

No, he was no such charlatan--
  Count de Hoboken Flash-in-the-Pan--
    Full of gasconade and bravado,
      But a regular, rich Don Rataplane,
        Santa Claus de la Muscavado,
          Senor Grandissimo Bastinado!
            His was the rental of half Havana
              And all Matanzas; and Santa Ana,
                Rich as he was, could hardly hold
                  A candle to light the mines of gold
                    Our Cuban owned.
      - Edmund Clarence Stedman,
        The Diamond Wedding (st. 7)

The man is mechanically turned, and made for getting. . . . It was verily prettily said that we may learn the little value of fortune by the persons on whom Heaven is pleased to bestow it.
      - Sir Richard Steele,
        in the "Tatler", no. 203

The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable; for the happy impute all their success to prudence and merit.
      - Jonathan Swift

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