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





The rich swell up with pride, the poor from hunger.


Sholom Aleichem (1859-1916, Ukraine-born American writer)


Every man thinks God is on his side. The rich and powerful know he is.


Jean Anouilh (1910-1987, French playwright)


There are two things needed in these days; first, for rich men to find out how poor men live; and second, for poor men to know how rich men work.


Edward Atkinson (1827-1905, American business, inventor of automatic sprinklers)


Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.


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


Riches are not an end of life, but an instrument of life.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Have you never been moved by poor men's fidelity, the image of you they form in their simple minds? Why should you always talk of their envy, without understanding that what they ask of you is not so much your worldly goods, as something very hard to define, which they themselves can put no name to; yet at times it consoles their loneliness; a dream of splendor, of magnificence, a tawdry dream, a poor man's dream -- and yet God blesses it!


Georges Bernanos (1888-1948, French novelist, political writer)


Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Of all the riches that we hug, of all the pleasures we enjoy, we can carry no more out of this world than out of a dream.


John S. Bonnell


A man that hoards up riches and enjoys them not, is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles.


Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890, Explorer, born in Torquay)


The man who dies leaving behind him millions of available wealth, which was his to administer during his life, will pass away unwept, unhonored, and unsung, no matter to what uses he leaves the dross which he cannot take with him.


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


The man who dies rich... dies disgraced.


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


This, then, is held to be the duty of the man of wealth: First, to set an example of modest, unostentatious living, shunning display or extravagance; to provide moderately for the legitimate wants of those dependent upon him; and, after doing so, to consider all surplus revenues which come to him simply as trust funds, which he is called upon to administer, and strictly bound as a matter of duty to administer in the manner which, in his judgment, is best calculated to produce the most beneficial results for the community -- the man of wealth thus becoming the mere trustee and agent for his poorer brethren, bringing to their service his superior wisdom, experience and ability to administer, doing for them better than they would or could do for themselves.


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


Among the very rich you will never find a really generous man, even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egoistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Many speak the truth when they say that they despise riches, but they mean the riches possessed by other men.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


We want wealth, but there are many other things we want very much more. Among them are peace, honor, charity, and idealism.


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


In a rich man's house there is no place to spit but his face.


Diogenes of Sinope (c.410-320 BC, Cynic philosopher)


Man was born to be rich, or grow rich by use of his faculties, by the union of thought with nature. Property is an intellectual production. The game requires coolness, right reasoning, promptness, and patience in the players.


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


He who multiplies riches, multiplies cares.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Her voice is full of money.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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If your riches are yours, why don't you take them with to the other world?


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Riches enlarge rather than satisfy appetites.


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


Of all classes the rich are the most noticed and the least studied.


John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-, American economist)


The jests of the rich are ever successful.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


There is nothing wrong with men possessing riches. The wrong comes when riches possess men.


Billy Graham (1918-, American evangelist)


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


Dick Gregory (1932-, American comedian)


The rich were dull and they drank too much or they played too much backgammon. They were dull and they were repetitious. He remembered poor Julian and his romantic awe of them and how he had started a story once that began, "The very rich are different from you and me." And how someone had said to Julian, "Yes, they have more money."


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


A sumptuous dwelling the rich man hath. And dainty is his repast; but remember that luxury's prodigal hand keeps the furnace of toil in blast.


Mary Elizabeth Hewitt (1818-18?)


Think and grow rich.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Evil deeds do not prosper; the slow man catches up with the swift.


Homer (c. 850 -? BC, Greek epic poet)


Know from the bounteous heavens all riches flow; and what man gives, the gods by man bestow.


Homer (c. 850 -? BC, Greek epic poet)


It is better to live rich, than to die rich.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


It is wonderful to think how men of very large estates not only spend their yearly income, but are often actually in want of money. It is clear, they have not value for what they spend.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


One cause, which is not always observed, of the insufficiency of riches, is that they very seldom make their owner rich.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


It's better to have a rich soul than to be rich.


Olga Korbut (1955-, Soviet gymnast)


Nothing more clearly shows how little God esteems his gift to men of wealth, money, position and other worldly goods, than the way he distributes these, and the sort of men who are most amply provided with them.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


The desire for riches is more sharpened by their use than by their need. Pleasing all: a mark that can never be aimed at or hit.


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


Riches are chiefly good because they give us time.


Charles Lamb (1775-1834, British essayist, critic)


The bottom line is in heaven.


Edwin H. Land (1909-1991, American scientist, founder of Polaroid Camera & Co.)


He who is contented is rich.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


He who knows he has enough is rich.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


A certain kind of rich man afflicted with the symptoms of moral dandyism sooner or later comes to the conclusion that it isn't enough merely to make money. He feels obliged to hold views, to espouse causes and elect Presidents, to explain to a trembling world how and why the world went wrong. The spectacle is nearly always comic.


Lewis H. Lapham (1935-, American essayist, editor)


Among all the emotions, the rich have the least talent for love. It is possible to love one's dog, dress or duck-shooting hat, but a human being presents a more difficult problem. The rich might wish to experience feelings of affection, but it is almost impossible to chip away the enamel of their narcissism. They take up all the space in all the mirrors in the house. Their children, who represent the most present and therefore the most annoying claim on their attention, usually receive the brunt of their irritation.


Lewis H. Lapham (1935-, American essayist, editor)


So our Lord God commonly gave riches to those gross asses to whom he vouchsafed nothing else.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


Being rich isn't about money. Being rich is a state of mind. Some of us, no matter how much money we have, will never be free enough to take time to stop and eat the heart of the watermelon. And some of us will be rich without ever being more than a paycheck ahead of the game.


Harvey MacKay (American businessman, speaker, author)


No, not rich. I am a poor man with money, which is not the same thing.


Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1928-, Colombian writer)


The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs.


Karl Marx (1818-1883, German political theorist, social philosopher)


Being sensitive to the needs of the oppressed poor, creates a new world in which all persons affirm their full sense of humanity.


Pedrito U. Maynard-Reid


He must have killed a lot of men to have made so much money.


Jean Baptiste Moliere (1622-1673, French playwright)


Being rich, we thought it our duty to hand out a little to the poor around us.


Margaret Morris


Of rich men it telleth, and strange is the story how they have, and they hanker, and grip far and wide; And they live and they die, and the earth and its glory has been but a burden they scarce might abide.


William Morris (1834-1896, British artist, writer, printer)


Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


The trouble is that rich people, well-to-do people, very often don't really know who the poor are; and that is why we can forgive them, for knowledge can only lead to love, and love to service. And so, if they are not touched by them, it's because they do not know them.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


No one has ever said it, but how painfully true it is that the poor have us always with them.


Hector Hugh Munro (1870-1916, British novelist, writer)


I don't mind their having a lot of money, and I don't care how they employ it, but I do think that they damn well ought to admit they enjoy it.


Ogden Nash (1902-1971, American humorous poet)


For a person to build a rich and rewarding life for himself, there are certain qualities and bits of knowledge that he needs to acquire. There are also things, harmful attitudes, superstitions, and emotions that he needs to chip away. A person needs to chip away everything that doesn't look like the person he or she most wants to become.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


For just as poets love their own works, and fathers their own children, in the same way those who have created a fortune value their money, not merely for its uses, like other persons, but because it is their own production. This makes them moreover disagreeable companions, because they will praise nothing but riches.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


When you are rich, you are hated; when you are poor, you are despised.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


It is an easy matter for a stingy man to get rich -- but what's the use?


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


It is an easy matter for a stingy man to get rich -- but what's the use?


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


The person seeking India's riches must have them within himself.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


The acquisition of riches has been to many not an end to their miseries, but a change in them: The fault is not in the riches, but the disposition.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


O, what a world of vile ill-favored faults, looks handsome in three hundred pounds a year!


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


The more I see of the moneyed classes, the more I understand the guillotine.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


What is the matter with the poor is poverty; what is the matter with the rich is uselessness.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


The wretchedness of being rich is that you live with rich people. To suppose, as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and stay sober.


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


Riches are a stronghold in the imagination of a rich man.


Solomon (970-928 BC, Israeli king)


To be wealthy, a rich nature is the first requisite and money but the second. To be of a quick and healthy blood, to share in all honorable curiosities, to be rich in admiration and free from envy, to rejoice greatly in the good of others, to love with such generosity of heart that your love is still a dear possession in absence or unkindness -- these are the gifts of fortune which money cannot buy, and without which money can buy nothing.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


If Heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing, it would not have given them to such a scoundrel.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


As for the rich in this world.. they are to be rich in good deeds. . and generous so that they may take hold of the life which is life indeed.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Timothy 6.7-10


Both riches and honor come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in this hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. [Chronicles 29:12]


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Do you want to be truly rich? You are already if you are happy and good.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Timothy 6:6


He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 28:20


There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Ecclesiastes 5:13


That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.


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


The rich man is always sold to the institution which makes him rich. Absolutely speaking, the more money, the less virtue.


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


If you want to feel rich, just count all of the things you have that money can't buy.


Author Unknown


In times of great need we are all rich enough to be philanthropists.


Author Unknown


Riches have wings.


Author Unknown


The richest man on earth is but a pauper fed and clothed by the bounty of heaven. Proverb Riches have made more men covetous, than covetousness hath made men rich.


Author Unknown


To be rich nowadays merely means to possess a large number of poor objects.


Raoul Vaneigem (1934-, Belgian situationist philosopher)


The rich aren't like us; they pay less taxes.


Peter De Vries (1910-1993, American author)


To value riches is not to be covetous. They are the gift of God, and, like every gift of his, good in themselves, and capable of a good use. But to overvalue riches, to give them a place in the heart which God did not design them to fill, this is covetous.


H. L. Wayland


He rides in the row at ten o'clock in the morning, goes to the Opera three times a week, changes his clothes at least five times a day, and dines out every night of the season. You don't call that leading an idle life, do you?


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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