Wealth quotes
SYCOPHANT, n. One who approaches Greatness on his belly so that he may not be commanded to turn and be kicked. He is sometimes an editor. As the lean leech, its victim found, is pleased To fix itself upon a part diseased Till, its black hide distended with bad blood, It drops to die of surfeit in the mud, So the base sycophant with joy descries His neighbor's weak spot and his mouth applies, Gorges and prospers like the leech, although, Unlike that reptile, he will not let go. Gelasma, if it paid you to devote Your talent to the service of a goat, Showing by forceful logic that its beard Is more than Aaron's fit to be revered; If to the task of honoring its smell Profit had prompted you, and love as well, The world would benefit at last by you And wealthy malefactors weep anew -- Your favor for a moment's space denied And to the nobler object turned aside. Is't not enough that thrifty millionaires Who loot in freight and spoliate in fares, Or, cursed with consciences that bid them fly To safer villainies of darker dye, Forswearing robbery and fain, instead, To steal (they call it "cornering") our bread May see you groveling their boots to lick And begging for the favor of a kick? Still must you follow to the bitter end Your sycophantic disposition's trend, And in your eagerness to please the rich Hunt hungry sinners to their final ditch? In Morgan's praise you smite the sounding wire, And sing hosannas to great Havemeyher! What's Satan done that him you should eschew? He too is reeking rich -- deducting _you_.

- Ambrose Bierce
Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread.

- Billings, Josh
In any country where talent and virtue produce no advancement, money will be the national god. Its inhabitants will either have to possess money or make others believe that they do. Wealth will be the highest virtue, poverty the greatest vice. Those who have money will display it in every imaginable way. If their ostentation does not exceed their fortune, all will be well. But if their ostentation does exceed their fortune they will ruin themselves. In such a country, the greatest fortunes will vanish in the twinkling of an eye. Those who don't have money will ruin themselves with vain efforts to conceal their poverty. That is one kind of affluence: the outward sign of wealth for a small number, the mask of poverty for the majority, and a source of corruption for all.

- Diderot, Denis
External signs of wealth and success are often cheap storefronts that hide internal mediocrity or even incompetence.

- Real Live Preacher
I've been more bossed by my fortune than it has been bossed by me.

- Lippett, John P.
It is sheer madness to live in want in order to be wealthy when you die.

- Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none.

- Martial, Marcus Valerius
People hate me because I am a multifaceted, talented, wealthy, internationally famous genius.

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

- Carnegie, Andrew
A Parliament is that to the Commonwealth which the soul is to the body. It behooves us therefore to keep the facility of that soul from distemper.

- Pym, John
There exists a false aristocracy based on family name, property, and inherited wealth. But there likewise exists a true aristocracy based on intelligence, talent and virtue.

- Tom Robbins
I have no riches but my thoughts. Yet these are wealth enough for me.

- Sara Teasdale
When I was young, I used to think that wealth and power would bring me happiness... I was right.

- Gahan Wilson
In a country well governed poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed wealth is something to be ashamed of.

- Confucius
It is certain that stealing nourishes courage, strength, skill, tact, in a word, all the virtues useful to a republican system and consequently to our own. Lay partiality aside, and answer me: is theft, whose effect is to distribute wealth more evenly, to be branded as a wrong in our day, under our government which aims at equality? Plainly, the answer is no.

- Sade, Marquis De
Whoever does not regard what he has as most ample wealth, is unhappy, though he be master of the world.

- Epictetus
Industry, perseverance, and frugality make fortune yield.

- Franklin, Benjamin
The very flexibility and ease which make men's friendships so agreeable while they endure, make them the easier to destroy and forget. And a man who has a few friends, or one who has a dozen (if there be any one so wealthy on this earth), cannot forget on how precarious a base his happiness reposes; and how by a stroke or two of fate --a death, a few light words, a piece of stamped paper, a woman's bright eyes --he may be left, in a month, destitute of all.

- Stevenson, Robert Louis
All wealth is the product of labor.

- John Locke
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

- Benjamin Franklin

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