Quotations The Best Quotes About Riches  

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Every man thinks God is on his side. The rich and powerful know he is. Jean Anouilh

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Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress. Francis Bacon

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Riches are not an end of life, but an instrument of life. Henry Ward Beecher

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Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them. Napoleon Bonaparte

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It is better to live rich, than to die rich. Samuel Johnson

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Many speak the truth when they say that they despise riches, but they mean the riches possessed by other men. Charles Caleb Colton

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The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all. G. K. Chesterton

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Nothing more clearly shows how little God esteems his gift to men of wealth, money, position and other worldly goods, than the way he distributes these, and the sort of men who are most amply provided with them. Jean de La Bruyère

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Real riches are the riches possessed inside. B. C. Forbes

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Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Have you never been moved by poor men's fidelity, the image of you they form in their simple minds? Why should you always talk of their envy, without understanding that what they ask of you is not so much your worldly goods, as something very hard to define, which they themselves can put no name to; yet at times it consoles their loneliness; a dream of splendor, of magnificence, a tawdry dream, a poor man's dream --and yet God blesses it! Georges Bernanos

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Riches are chiefly good because they give us time. Charles Lamb

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Riches enlarge rather than satisfy appetites. Thomas Fuller

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Man was born to be rich, or grow rich by use of his faculties, by the union of thought with nature. Property is an intellectual production. The game requires coolness, right reasoning, promptness, and patience in the players. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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He who multiplies riches, multiplies cares. Benjamin Franklin

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He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. -- Proverbs 28:20

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If you want to feel rich, just count all of the things you have that money can't buy.

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The jests of the rich are ever successful. Oliver Goldsmith

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Among the very rich you will never find a really generous man, even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egoistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it. G. K. Chesterton

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The rich were dull and they drank too much or they played too much backgammon. They were dull and they were repetitious. He remembered poor Julian and his romantic awe of them and how he had started a story once that began, The very rich are different from you and me. And how someone had said to Julian, Yes, they have more money. Ernest Hemingway

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That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. Henry David Thoreau

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The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs. Karl Marx

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This, then, is held to be the duty of the man of wealth: First, to set an example of modest, unostentatious living, shunning display or extravagance; to provide moderately for the legitimate wants of those dependent upon him; and, after doing so, to consider all surplus revenues which come to him simply as trust funds, which he is called upon to administer, and strictly bound as a matter of duty to administer in the manner which, in his judgment, is best calculated to produce the most beneficial results for the community --the man of wealth thus becoming the mere trustee and agent for his poorer brethren, bringing to their service his superior wisdom, experience and ability to administer, doing for them better than they would or could do for themselves. Andrew Carnegie

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A certain kind of rich man afflicted with the symptoms of moral dandyism sooner or later comes to the conclusion that it isn't enough merely to make money. He feels obliged to hold views, to espouse causes and elect Presidents, to explain to a trembling world how and why the world went wrong. The spectacle is nearly always comic. Lewis Lapham

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The wretchedness of being rich is that you live with rich people. 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 stay sober. Logan Pearsall Smith

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He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. Socrates

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He rides in the row at ten o clock in the morning, goes to the Opera three times a week, changes his clothes at least five times a day, and dines out every night of the season. You don't call that leading an idle life, do you? Oscar Wilde

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The trouble is that rich people, well-to-do people, very often don't really know who the poor are; and that is why we can forgive them, for knowledge can only lead to love, and love to service. And so, if they are not touched by them, it's because they do not know them. Mother Teresa

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He must have killed a lot of men to have made so much money. Molière

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It is wonderful to think how men of very large estates not only spend their yearly income, but are often actually in want of money. It is clear, they have not value for what they spend. Samuel Johnson

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If your riches are yours, why don't you take them with to the other world? Benjamin Franklin

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Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion. Benjamin Franklin

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There is nothing wrong with men possessing riches. The wrong comes when riches possess men. Billy Graham

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He who knows he has enough is rich. Laozi

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He who is contented is rich. Laozi

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No, not rich. I am a poor man with money, which is not the same thing. Gabriel García Márquez

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

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Tom Islava added When All the Trees Have Been Cut Down, When All the Animals Have Been Hunted, When All the Waters Are Polluted, When All the Air Is Unsafe to Breathe, Only Then Will You Discover You Cannot Eat Money. Cree Prophecy

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About the only difference between the poor and the rich, is this, the poor suffer misery, while the rich have to enjoy it. Josh Billings

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For just as poets love their own works, and fathers their own children, in the same way those who have created a fortune value their money, not merely for its uses, like other persons, but because it is their own production. This makes them moreover disagreeable companions, because they will praise nothing but riches. Plato

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Her voice is full of money. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Of all classes the rich are the most noticed and the least studied. John Kenneth Galbraith

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So our Lord God commonly gave riches to those gross asses to whom he vouchsafed nothing else. Martin Luther

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What is the matter with the poor is poverty; what is the matter with the rich is uselessness. George Bernard Shaw

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No one has ever said it, but how painfully true it is that the poor have us always with them. Saki

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Among all the emotions, the rich have the least talent for love. It is possible to love one's dog, dress or duck-shooting hat, but a human being presents a more difficult problem. The rich might wish to experience feelings of affection, but it is almost impossible to chip away the enamel of their narcissism. They take up all the space in all the mirrors in the house. Their children, who represent the most present and therefore the most annoying claim on their attention, usually receive the brunt of their irritation. Lewis Lapham

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Think and grow rich. Napoleon Hill

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One cause, which is not always observed, of the insufficiency of riches, is that they very seldom make their owner rich. Samuel Johnson

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The rich man is always sold to the institution which makes him rich. Absolutely speaking, the more money, the less virtue. Henry David Thoreau

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To be rich nowadays merely means to possess a large number of poor objects. Raoul Vaneigem