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





Wealth unused might as well not exist.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


A man who has a million dollars is as well off as if her were rich.


John Jacob Astor (1886-1962, American newspaper proprietor)


The only thing I like about rich people is their money.


Lady Nancy Astor (1897-1964, British politician)


The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and un envied.


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


It ain't so much trouble to get rich as it is to tell when we have got rich.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


It ain't so much trouble to get rich as it is to tell when we have got rich.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


Wealth shines in giving rather than in hoarding, for the miser is hated whereas the generous man is applauded.




The reason why we see that people of the greatest capacity are not rich, is either they despise wealth in comparison to something else, or, they are not content in getting an estate, unless they may do it in their own way, while at the same time enjoying all the pleasures and gratitude's of life.


Eustace Budgell


If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.


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


It is, generally, in the season of prosperity that men discover their real temper, principles, and designs.


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


For Wealth are all things that conduce, to one's destruction or their use. A standard both to buy and sell, all things from heaven down to hell.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


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.


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


The wealth of a man is the number of things which he loves and blesses, which he is loved and blessed by.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.


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


The day is not far distant when the man who dies leaving behind him millions of available wealth, which was free for him to administer during life, will pass away "unwept, unhonored, and unsung," no matter to what uses he leave the dross which he cannot take with him. Of such as these the public verdict will then be: "The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced." Such, in my opinion, is the true gospel concerning wealth, obedience to which is destined some day to solve the problem of the rich and the poor.


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


The problem of our age is the proper administration of wealth, so that the ties of brotherhood may still bind together the rich and poor in harmonious relationship.


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


The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.


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


A wise man looks upon men as he does on horses; all their comparisons of title, wealth, and place, he considers but as harness.


Robert Cecil (1830-1903, British conservative politician, Prime Minister)


The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application.


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


To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.


William Henry Channing (1810-1884, American writer)


If prosperity is regarded as the reward of virtue it will be regarded as the symptom of virtue.


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


The golden age only comes to men when they have forgotten gold.


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


There are many definite methods, honest and dishonest, which make people rich; the only "instinct" I know of which does it is that instinct which theological Christianity crudely describes as "the sin of avarice."


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


We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Wealth is an inborn attitude of mind, like poverty. The pauper who has made his pile may flaunt his spoils, but cannot wear them plausibly.


Jean Cocteau (1889-1963, French author, filmmaker)


If you see yourself as prosperous, you will be. If you see yourself as continually hard up, that is exactly what you will be.


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.


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


When wealth is centralized, the people are dispersed. When wealth is distributed, the people are brought together.


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


Wealth, howsoever got, in England makes lords of mechanics, gentlemen of rakes; Antiquity and birth are needless here; 'Tis impudence and money makes a peer.


Daniel Defoe (1661-1731, British author)


By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich.


Democritus (c.460-370 BC, Greek philosopher)


He that is rich is wise.


Daniel Depoe


The secret point of money and power in America is neither the things that money can buy nor power for power's sake... but absolute personal freedom, mobility, privacy. It is the instinct which drove America to the Pacific, all through the nineteenth century, the desire to be able to find a restaurant open in case you want a sandwich, to be a free agent, live by one's own rules.


Joan Didion (1934-, American essayist)


There is a gigantic difference between earning a great deal of money and being rich.


Marlene Dietrich (1904-1992, German-born American film actor)


The wealth of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.


Victor C. Dymowski


Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.


John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-, American economist)


Wealth, in even the most improbable cases, manages to convey the aspect of intelligence.


John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-, American economist)


Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, where wealth accumulates, and men decay.


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


The contented man is never poor; the discontented never rich.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one’s self?


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


The first wealth is health.


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


The greatest man in history was the poorest.


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


Wealth is in applications of mind to nature; and the art of getting rich consists not in industry, much less in saving, but in a better order, in timeliness, in being at the right spot.


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


Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.


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


Since many of you work in this arena where return on investment is the prime criteria for success, I want to give you a tip. Start immediately giving away at least 10 percent of your income, no matter what your income is.  This will ensure that your family will never want.... and then if you learn to give away 15 to 20 percent and more, you'll really start to get rich.


Harvey Encbin


Great abundance of riches cannot be gathered and kept by any man without sin.


Desiderius Erasmus (c.1466-1536, Dutch humanist)


The petty economies of the rich are just as amazing as the silly extravagances of the poor.


William Feather (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.


W. C. Fields (1879-1946, American actor)


Riches have never fascinated me, unless combined with the greatest charm or distinction.


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

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Real riches are the riches possessed inside.


B.C. Forbes


He does not posses wealth that allows it to possess him.


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


Industry, perseverance, and frugality make fortune yield.


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


The way to wealth depends on just two words, industry and frugality.


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


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


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


Controlled time is our true wealth.


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American inventor, designer, poet, philosopher)


He is rich who is satisfied.


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


The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character building values of the privation of the poor.


John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-, American economist)


Wealth is a means to an end, not the end itself. As a synonym for health and happiness, it has had a fair trial and failed dismally.


John Galsworthy (1867-1933, British novelist, playwright)


I am not against wealth; I am against wealth that enslaves.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


No one should be rich except those who understand it.


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


The wealth that cannot be administered is a burden.


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


So-called rich men are simply trustees. All that they have at best is a life-lease on the property.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


It is sheer madness to live in want in order to be wealthy when you die.


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


The smell of profit is clean and sweet, whatever the source.


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


This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


Many people despise wealth, but few know how to give it away.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


'Tis a sort of duty to be rich, that it may be in one's power to do good, riches being another word for power.


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762, British society figure, letter writer)


That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and, hence, is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


I've been more bossed by my fortune than it has been bossed by me.


John P. Lippett


It is great wealth to a soul to live frugally with a contented mind.


Lucretius (c.95-55 BC, Roman poet and philosopher)


Wealth, position, fame, and even elusive happiness will be mine, eventually, if I determine to render more and better service, each day, than I am being paid to render.


Og Mandino (1923-1996, American motivational author, speaker)

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Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none.


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


The wealthy man is the man who is much, not the one who has much.


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


You may have tangible wealth untold, caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you could never be; I know someone who told stories to me.


Cynthia Pearl Maus


Wealth is so much the greatest good that Fortune has to bestow that in the Latin and English languages it has usurped her name.


Lord Melbourne (1779-1848, British statesman, Prime Minister)


No just person ever became quickly rich.


Menander of Athens (BC 342-291, Greek dramatic poet)


Let none admire that riches grow in hell; that soil may best deserve the precious bane.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


There's nothing so comfortable as a small bankroll. A big one is always in danger.


Wilson Mizner (1876-1933, American author)


A man's true wealth is the good he does in the world.


Mohammed (c.570-c.632, Mecca spiritual leader)


The main source of our wealth is goodness. The affections and the generous qualities that God admires in a world full of greed.


Alfred A. Montapert (American author)


There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things that we could use.


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


Just think how happy you would be if you lost everything you have right now, and then got it back again.


Frances Rodman


Wealth is both an enemy and a friend.


Nepalese Proverb


Wealth often takes away chances from men as well as poverty. There is none to tell the rich to go on striving, for a rich man makes the law that hallows and hollows his own life.


Sean O'Casey (1884-1964, Irish dramatist)


Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work.


Robert Orben (1927-, American editor, writer, humorist)


Although they posses enough, and more than enough still they yearn for more.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


You can never be too rich or too thin.


Babe Paley


Wealth and want equally harden the human heart.


Theodore Parker (1810-1860, American minister)


Such a simple thing as the giving of yourself -- giving thoughtfulness, time, help or understanding -- will trigger the cycle of abundance.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


Short of genius a rich man cannot even imagine poverty.


Charles Peguy (1873-1914, French poet, philosopher)


Short of genius a rich man cannot even imagine poverty.


Charles Peguy (1873-1914, French poet, philosopher)


Don't knock the rich. When did a poor person give you a job?


Laurence J. Peter


Wealth does not bring excellence, but that wealth comes from excellence.


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


Wealth is well known to be a great comforter.


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


Where there are friends there is wealth.


Titus Maccius Plautus (BC 254-184, Roman comic poet)


After a rich man gets rich, his next ambition is to get richer.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


A wise man's day is worth a fool's life.


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


It is a wise man who lives with money in the bank, it is a fool who dies that way.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


He is rich who owes nothing.


Hungarian Proverb (Sayings of Hungarian origin)


Of the wealth of the world each has as much as they take.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Plenty makes dainty!


Scottish Proverb (Sayings of Scottish origin)


A penny is a lot of money, if you have not got a penny.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Wealth is the product of a man's ability to think.


Ayn Rand (1905-1982, Russian philosopher, author, "Atlas Shrugged")


It is wrong to assume that men of immense wealth are always happy.


John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937, American industrialist, philanthropist, founder Exxon)


The only question with wealth is, what do you do with it?


John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937, American industrialist, philanthropist, founder Exxon)


Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


As long as there are rich people in the world, they will be desirous of distinguishing themselves from the poor.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


The surplus wealth we have gained to some extent belongs to our fellow beings; we are only the temporary custodians of our fortunes, and let us be careful that no just complaint can be made against our stewardship.


Jacob H. Schiff


What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more.


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


He is rich who is content with the least; for contentment is the wealth of nature.


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


What a lot of things there are a man can do without.


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


It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong but love of money for its own sake. The spiritual dimension comes in deciding what one does with the wealth.


Margaret Thatcher (1925-, British Prime Minister (1979-90))


He is a great simpleton who imagines that the chief power of wealth is to supply wants. In ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, it creates more wants than it supplies.


W. Wirt


But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Matthew 6:20


For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Timothy 6:7


Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labor shall increase.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 13:11


Wealth maketh many friends.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 19:4


A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.


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


Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only. Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.


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


Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.


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


What is the most important for democracy is not that great fortunes should not exist, but that great fortunes should not remain in the same hands. In that way there are rich men, but they do not form a class.


Alexis De Tocqueville (1805-1859, French social philosopher)


This is the law of prosperity. When apparent adversity comes, be not cast down by it, but make the best of it., and always look forward for better things, for conditions more prosperous.


Ralph Waldo Trine (1866-1945, American author)


A great fortune in the hands of a fool is a great misfortune.


Author Unknown


A rich widow weeps with one eye and signals with the other.


Author Unknown


Adulation is the ever ready attendant to great wealth.


Author Unknown


As the person who has health is young, so the person who owes nothing is rich.


Author Unknown


How much money is enough?


Author Unknown


Some people lose their health getting wealth and then lose their wealth gaining health.


Author Unknown


Wealth is what gives you the right to preach about the virtues of poverty.


Author Unknown


You can't take it with you when you go.


Author Unknown


Worldly riches are like nuts; many a tooth is broke in cracking them, but never is the stomach filled with eating them.


R. Venning


Whether you wind up with a nest egg or a goose egg depends on the kind of chick you married


Wall Street Journal (American business newspaper)


Wealth is not in making money, but in making the man while he is making money.


John Wicker


Every man of ambition has to fight his century with its own weapons. What this century worships is wealth. The God of this century is wealth. To succeed one must have wealth. At all costs one must have wealth.


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


Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.


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


Without inner peace, possession of material riches is like dying of thirst while bathing in a lake.


Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952, Indian spiritual author, lecturer)


Can wealth give happiness? Look around and see, what gay distress! What splendid misery! Whatever fortunes lavishly can pour, the mind annihilates and calls for more.


Andrew Young (1932-, Civil rights activist, protestant minister, public official)


I have about concluded that wealth is a state of mind, and that anyone can acquire a wealthy state of mind by thinking rich thoughts.


Andrew Young (1932-, Civil rights activist, protestant minister, public official)


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