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





Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Ten ancient commandments lousing up the fun. Along came prosperity, and then there was none.


Gerald Barzan


In prosperity prepare for a change; in adversity hope for one.


James Burgh (1714-1775, American libertarian thinker)


Prosperity is not just having things. It is the consciousness that attracts the things. Prosperity is a way of living and thinking, and not just having money or things. Poverty is a way of living and thinking, and not just a lack of money or things.


Eric Butterworth


When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.


Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933, American President (30th))


Prosperity in the form of wealth works exactly the same as everything else. You will see it coming into your life when you are unattached to needing it.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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Americans have mastered the art of being prosperous though broke.


Billy Boy Franklin


Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity.


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


I will say this for adversity: people seem to be able to stand it, and that is more than I can say for prosperity.


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


The prosperous man is never sure that he is loved for himself.


F. L. Lucan (39-65, Roman epic poet)


Prosperity belongs to those who learn new things the fastest.


Paul Zane Pilzer (American businessman, economist, author, speaker)


Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


If you want greater prosperity in your life, start forming a vacuum to receive it.


Catherine Ponder


If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


A full cup must be carried steadily.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


The person who gets stuck on trivial prosperity will not attain great prosperity.


Tibetan Proverb (Sayings of Tibetan origin)


Americans have always been able to handle austerity and even adversity. Prosperity is what is doing us in.


James Reston (1909-1995, Dutch-born American journalist)


All prosperity begins in the mind and is dependent only upon the full use of our creative imagination.


Ruth Ross


Prosperity is the surest breeder of insolence I know.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Who feels no ills, should, therefore, fear them; and when fortune smiles, be doubly cautious, lest destruction come remorseless on him, and he fall unpitied.


Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)


Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


When you ascend the hill of prosperity, may you not meet a friend.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


The wisest prophets make sure of the event first.


Horace Walpole (1717-1797, British author)


When men and governments work intelligently and far-sightedly for the good of others, they achieve their own prosperity, too.


Barbara Ward


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