Tuesday, July 30, 2013

What is real wealth?

“I take him to be the only rich man that lives upon what he has, owes nothing, and is contented.”
Samuel Grindley Howe (American, 1801-1876)

“Learn that it is not abundance that makes riches, but economy and the application of what you have…Do not heap up wealth in abundance to rejoice in its possession alone, lest woe comes unto you. Do not grind the faces of the poor: consider the sweat of their brows. Do not thrive on oppression, lest the ruin of your brother disturb your heart. Do not harden your heart with love of wealth, lest grief and distress soften it again.”

“Riches are servants to the wise, but to the soul of the fool they are tyrants.”
Dandemis (Indian, 3rd Century B.C.)

“Wealth, after all, is only a relative thing, since he that has little and wants less is richer than he that has much but wants more.”
Caleb Colton (English, 1780-1832)

“As the touchstone tries gold, so gold tries men.”
Sir Francis Child (English, 1642-1713)

“The heart contracts as the pocket expands.”
Christian Nestell Bovee (American, 1820-1904)

“It requires a great deal of boldness and a great deal of caution to make a great fortune; and when you have made it, it requires ten times as much cleverness to keep it.”
Rothschild, Lord (English, 1840-1915)

“Riches should be admitted into our houses, but not into our hearts; we may take them into our possession, but not into our affections.”
Pierre Charron (French, 1541-1603)

All the above quotes are from ‘Wisdom of the Ages’ by Mark Gilbert.

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