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Riches are the pettiest and least worthy gifts which God can give a man. What are they to God's Word, to bodily gifts, such as beauty and health; or to the gifts of the mind, such as understanding, skill, wisdom! Yet men toil for them day and night, and take no rest. Therefore God commonly gives riches to foolish people to whom he gives nothing else.

Riches are valuable at all times, and to all men, because they always purchase pleasures such as men are accustomed to and desire; nor can anything restrain or regulate the love of money but a sense of honor and virtue, which, if it be not nearly equal at all times, will naturally abound most in ages of knowledge and refinement.

Riches do not delight us so much with their possession, as torment us with their loss.

Riches exclude only one inconvenience, and that is poverty.

Riches should be admitted into our houses, but not into our hearts; we may take them into our possession, but not into our affections.

Riches without charity are nothing worth. They are a blessing only to him who makes them a blessing to others.

Riches, honors, and pleasures are the sweets which destroy the mind's appetite for heavenly food; poverty, disgrace, and pain are the bitters which restore it.

Riches, though they may reward virtue, cannot cause it. - He is much more noble who deserves a benefit than he who bestows one.

Satiety comes of riches, and contumaciousness of satiety.

Some of God's noblest sons, I think, will be selected from those that know how to take wealth, with all its temptations, and maintain godliness therewith. It is hard to be a saint standing in a golden niche.

That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.

The greatest and the most amiable privilege which the rich enjoy over the poor is that which they exercise the least - the privilege of making them happy.

The larger the income, the harder it is to live within it.

The pleasures of the rich are bought with the tears of the poor.

The rich are the real outcasts of society, and special missions should be organized for them.

The sons of the rich, the educated darlings of wealthy families, are nowhere. - All their gifts were only so many fatal temptations, and they themselves are forgotten, like bad copies of good pictures.

The use we make of our fortune determines as to its sufficiency. A little is enough if used wisely, and too much is not enough if expended foolishly.

There is a burden of care in getting riches; fear in keeping them; temptation in using them; guilt in abusing them; sorrow in losing them; and a burden of account at last to be given concerning them.

There is no less merit in keeping what we have got, than in first acquiring it. Chance has something to do with the one, while the other will always be the effect of skill.

To have what we want is riches; but to be able to do without is power.


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