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If Heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing, it would not have given them to such a scoundrel.
      - Jonathan Swift, Letter to Miss Vanhomrigh

That man has the fewest wants who is the least anxious for wealth.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)

No good man ever became suddenly rich.
  [Lat., Repente dives nemo factus est bonus.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

You can have money piled to the ceiling, but the size of your funeral is still going to depend on the weather.
      - Chuck Tanner

He that is proud of riches is a fool. For if he be exalted above his neighbors because he hath more gold, how much inferior is he to a gold mine!
      - Jeremy Taylor, Holy Living--Of Humility
         (ch. II, sc. 4)

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can let alone.
      - Henry David Thoreau

. . . I was rich, if not in money, in sunny hours and summer days. . . .
      - Henry David Thoreau

Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Wealth cannot purchase any great private solace or convenience. Riches are only the means of sociality.
      - Henry David Thoreau

In goodness, rich men should transcend the poor, as clouds the earth; raised by the comfort of the sun to water dry and barren grounds.
      - Cyril Tourneur (Turnour or Turner)

I've been rich and I've been poor. Rich is better.
      - attributed to Sophie Tucker (f/k/a Sophie Abuza),
        in Nice Guys Finish Last by Ralph Keyes

I've been rich and I've been poor; rich is better.
      - Sophie Tucker (f/k/a Sophie Abuza)

If wealth come, beware of him, the smooth, false friend! There is treachery in his proffered hand; his tongue is eloquent to tempt; lust of many harms is lurking in his eye; he hath a hollow heart; use him cautiously.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Many a beggar at the crossway, or gray-haired shepherd on the plain, hath more of the end of all wealth than hundreds who multiply the means.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Many in hot pursuit have hasted to the goal of wealth, but have lost, as they ran, those apples of gold, the mind and the power to enjoy it.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Wealth hath never given happiness, but often hastened misery; enough hath never caused misery but often quickened happiness.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality.
      - John Tyler

Wealth is not acquired, as many persons suppose, by fortunate speculations and splendid enterprises, but by the daily practice of industry, frugality, and economy. He who relies upon these means will rarely be found destitute, and he who relies upon any other will generally become bankrupt.
      - Francis D.D. Wayland

What a man does with his wealth depends upon his idea of happiness. Those who draw prizes in life are apt to spend tastelessly, if not viciously; not knowing that it requires as much talent to spend as to make.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

What does competency in the long run mean? It means to all reasonable beings, cleanliness of person, decency of dress, courtesy of manners, opportunities for education, the delights of leisure, and the bliss of giving.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

No man is rich enough to buy back his past.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

I envy none the gilding of their woe.
      - Edward Young

Can wealth give happiness? look round and see
  What gay distress! what splendid misery!
    Whatever fortunes lavishly can pour,
      The mind annihilates, and calls for more.
      - Edward Young, Love of Fame
         (satire V, l. 394)

Much learning shows how little mortals know:
  Much wealth, how little worldlings can enjoy.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night VI, l. 519)

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