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We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.

Wealth after all is a relative thing since he that has little and wants less is richer than he that has much and wants more.

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.

Wealth depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality; that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both.

Wealth has now all the respect paid to it which is due only to virtue and to talent, but we can see what estimate God places upon it, since he often bestows it on the meanest and most unworthy of all his creatures.

Wealth has seldom been the portion and never the mark to discover good people; but God, who disposeth of all things wisely, hath denied it to many whose minds he has enriched with the greater blessings of knowledge and virtue, as the fairer testimonies of his love to mankind.

Wealth hath never given happiness, but often hastened misery; enough hath never caused misery, but often quickened happiness.

Wealth is like a viper, which is harmless if a man knows how to take hold of it; but if he does not, it will twine round his hand and bite him.

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.

Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.

Wealth is not of necessity a curse, nor poverty a blessing. - Wholesome and easy abundance is better than either extreme; better for our manhood that we have enough for daily comfort; enough for culture, for hospitality, for Christian charity. - More than this may or may not be a blessing. - Certainly it can be a blessing only by being accepted as a trust.

Wealth is nothing in itself; it is not useful but when it departs from us; its value is found only in that which it can purchase. As to corporeal enjoyment, money can neither open new avenues of pleasure, nor block up the passages of anguish. Disease and infirmity still continue to torture and enfeeble, perhaps exasperated by luxury, or promoted by softness. With respect to the mind, it has rarely been observed that wealth contributes much to quicken the discernment or elevate the imagination, but may, by hiring flattery, or laying diligence asleep, confirm error and harden stupidity.

Wealth may be an excellent thing, for it means power, leisure, and liberty.

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.

What real good does an addition to a fortune, already sufficient, procure? Not any. Could the great man, by having his fortune increased, increase also his appetites, then precedence might be attended with real enjoyment.

When I caution you against becoming a miser, I do not therefore advise you to become a prodigal or a spendthrift.

Wherever there is excessive wealth, there is also in its train excessive poverty, as where the sun is highest, the shade is deepest.

Who is wise?  He that learns from everyone.  Who is powerful?  He that governs his passions.  Who is rich?  He that is content.  Who is that?  Nobody.

Worldly wealth is the devil's bait; and those whose minds feed upon riches, recede in general from real happiness, in proportion as their stores increase; as the moon, when she is fullest of light, is farthest from the sun.


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