A commune is where people join together to share their lack of wealth.
A man is wealthy in proportion to the things he can do without.
All work and no play make Jack a dull boy, and Jill a wealthy widow.
And above all, above all, honest work must be rewarded by a fair and
just tax system. The tax system today does not reward hard work: it
penalizes it. Inherited or invested wealth frequently multiplies itself
while paying no taxes at all. But wages on the assembly line or in
farming the land, these hard-earned dollars are taxed to the very last
As wealth is power, so all power must infallibly draw wealth to itself
by some means or other.
Corrupted by wealth and power, your government is like a restaurant with
only one dish. They've got a set of Republican waiters on one side and a
set of Democratic waiters on the other side. But no matter which set of
waiters brings you the dish, the legislative grub is all prepared in the
same Wall Street kitchen.
-Huey P. Long
Don't judge a man's wealth- or his piety- by his appearance on Sunday.
Earlier in my life I thought the things that mattered were the things
that you could see, like your car, your house, your wealth, your
property, your office. But as I've grown older I've become convinced
that the things that matter most are the things that you can't see- the
love you share with others, your inner purpose, your comfort with who
Early to rise and early to bed makes a man healthy and wealthy and dead.
Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.
I am absolutely convinced that no wealth in the world can help humanity
forward, even in the hands of the most devoted worker in this cause
I believe that anyone can be successful in life, regardless of natural
talent or the environment within which we live. This is not based on
measuring success by human competitiveness for wealth, possessions,
influence, and fame, but adhering to God's standards of truth, justice,
humility, service, compassion, forgiveness, and love.
In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a
country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.
In every well governed state, wealth is a sacred thing; in democracies
it is the only sacred thing.
It is less important to redistribute wealth than it is to redistribute
It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of
-Charles Caleb Colton
It is wrong to assume that men of immense wealth are always unhappy.
-John D. Rockefeller
It's pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth
have both failed.
-Frank McKinney (Kin) Hubbard
Man must have no idol and the amassing of wealth is one of the worst
species of idolatry.
Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions.
-Frank Lloyd Wright
Money is only unused power. The real purpose of wealth, after food,
clothing and shelter, is philanthropy.
No man is wholly free. He is a slave to wealth, or to fortune, or the
laws, or the people [who] restrain him from acting according to his will
Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires
tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.
Nothing is quite so wretchedly corrupt as an aristocracy which has lost
its power but kept its wealth and which still has endless leisure to
devote to nothing but banal enjoyments. All its great thoughts and
passionate energy are things of the past, and nothing but a host of
petty, gnawing vices now cling to it like worms to a corpse.
-Alexis de Tocqueville
Nothing more clearly show 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
-Jean de la Bruyere
Once wealth and beauty are gone, there is always rural life.
Our surest protection against assault from abroad has been not all our
guards, gates and guns, or even our two oceans, but our essential
goodness as a people. Our richest asset has been not our material wealth
but our values.
-Theodore (Ted) Sorensen
People want just taxes more than they want lower taxes. They want to
know that every man is paying his proportionate share according to his
The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise
the wealth that it prevents you from achieving.
The company of just and righteous men is better than wealth and a rich
The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character-building value of
privation for the poor.
-John Kenneth Galbraith
The first wealth is health.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
The greater the wealth the thicker will be the dirt.
-John Kenneth Galbraith
The notion of economic equality is based on an ancient and ugly
falsehood central to bad economic thinking: There's a fixed amount of
wealth. Wealth is zero-sum.
The only thing wealth does for some people is to make them worry about
-Antoine de Rivarol
The press is owned by wealthy men who only want certain things to reach
There is no road to wealth so easy and respectable as that of matrimony.
There is untold wealth in America, especially at tax time. (Cartoon
caption in The Wall Street Journal)
Wars are caused by undefended wealth.
We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth
concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. (in 1939)
We cannot win the weak by sharing our wealth with them. They feel our
generosity as oppression.
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to
consume wealth without producing it.
-George Bernard Shaw
We have, however, a clear mandate from the people, that Americans must
forswear that conception of the acquisition of wealth which, through
excessive profits, creates undue private power over private affairs and,
to our misfortune, over public affairs as well.
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt
We spend our youth attaining wealth, and our wealth attaining youth.
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.
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
Wealth, in even the most improbable cases, manages to convey the aspect
-John Kenneth Galbraith
Wealthy Americans who benefit hugely from a system rigged in their favor
react with hysteria to anyone who points out just how rigged the system
What has destroyed every previous civilization has been the tendency to
the unequal distribution of wealth and power.
What information consumes is rather obvious- it consumes the attention
of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of
When wealth is centralized the people are dispersed. When wealth is
distributed the people are brought together.
You aren't wealthy until you have something money can't buy.
You will hear people say that poverty is the best spur to the artist.
They have never felt the iron of it in their flesh. They do not know how
mean it makes you. It exposes you to endless humiliation, it cuts your
wings, it eats into your soul like a cancer. It is not wealth one asks
for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to
be generous, frank, and independent.
-W. Somerset Maugham
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