An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown






People don't have fortunes left them in that style nowadays; men have to work and women to marry for money. It's a dreadfully unjust world.


Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888, American author)


To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure.


Honore De Belzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.


Orlando A. Battista


One does not jump, and spring, and shout Hurrah! at hearing one has got a fortune. One begins to consider responsibilities and to ponder business; on a base of steady satisfaction rise certain grave cares, and we contain ourselves, and brood over our bliss with a solemn brow.


Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855, British novelist)


My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it.


John Bunyan (1628-1688, British author)


In this choice of inheritance we have given to our frame of polity the image of a relation in blood; binding up the constitution of our country with our dearest domestic ties; adopting our fundamental laws into the bosom of our family affections; keeping inseparable and cherishing with the warmth of all their combined and mutually reflected charities, our state, our hearths, our sepulchres, and our altars.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


For pleasures past I do not grieve, nor perils gathering near; My greatest grief is that I leave nothing that claims a tear.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


The way to be immortal (I mean not to die at all) is to have me for your heir. I recommend you to put me in your will and you will see that (as long as I live at least) you will never even catch cold.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


I would as soon leave my son a curse as the almighty dollar.


Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919, American industrialist, philanthropist)


There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.


Hodding Carter


There is a strange charm in the thoughts of a good legacy, or the hopes of an estate, which wondrously removes or at least alleviates the sorrow that men would otherwise feel for the death of friends.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


You may not be able to leave your children a great inheritance, but day by day, you may be weaving coats for them which they will wear for all eternity.


Theodore L. Cuyler (1822-1909, American pastor, author)


All heiresses are beautiful.


John Dryden (1631-1700, British poet, dramatist, critic)


Of course, money will do after its kind, and will steadily work to unspiritualize and unchurch the people to whom it was bequeathed.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Of course, money will do after its kind, and will steadily work to unspiritualize and unchurch the people to whom it was bequeathed.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The patient is not likely to recover who makes the doctor his heir.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


The weak shall inherit the earth, but not the mineral rights.


J. Paul Getty (1892-1976, American oil tycoon, arts patron)


What you have inherited from your fathers, earn over again for yourselves, or it will not be yours.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


The art of will-making chiefly consists in baffling the importunity of expectation.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


It's going to be fun to watch and see how long the meek can keep the earth after they inherit it.


Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)


A third heir seldom enjoys what has been dishonestly acquired.


(Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal (c.55-c.130, Roman satirical poet)


Never say you know a man until you have divided an inheritance with him.


Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801, Swiss theologian, mystic)


Men sooner forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


We pay for the mistakes of our ancestors, and it seems only fair that they should leave us the money to pay with.


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


You give me nothing during your life, but you promise to provide for me at your death. If you are not a fool, you know what I wish for!


Marcus Valerius Martial (40-104, Latin poet and epigrammatist)


The weeping of an heir is laughter in disguise.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


If you want to really know what your friends and family think of you, die broke, and then see who shows up for the funeral.


Gregory Nunn (1955-, American golfer)


Lifestyles and sex roles are passed from parents to children as inexorably as blue eyes or small feet.


Letty Cottin Pogrebin (1939-, American journalist, author)


But thousands die without or this or that, die, and endow a college, or a cat: To some, indeed, Heaven grants the happier fate, Tenrich a bastard, or a son they hate.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


Die and endow a college or a cat.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


The child who is given everything he asks for usually won't succeed in life.


Burmese Proverb


He who comes for the inheritance is often made to pay for the funeral.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.


Ruth E. Renkel


An infinitude of tenderness is the chief gift and inheritance of all truly great men.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


No legacy is so rich as honestly.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


A man cannot leave a better legacy to the world than a well-educated family.


Thomas Scott


Those in supreme power always suspect and hate their next heir.


Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117, Roman historian)


I would rather make my name than inherit it.


William M. Thackeray (1811-1863, Indian-born British novelist)


A person can receive nothing except it be given him from heaven.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


To inherit property is not to be born -- it is to be still-born, rather.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


What you enjoy is yours; what you save for your heirs, is already not yours, but theirs.


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