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Published Tuesday, May 28, 2013 @ 7:34 AM EDT
May 28 2013

A commune is where people join together to share their lack of wealth.
-Richard Stallman

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.
-Evan Esar

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 penny.
-George McGovern

As wealth is power, so all power must infallibly draw wealth to itself by some means or other.
-Edmund Burke

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.
-Benjamin Franklin

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 you are.
-Jimmy Carter

Early to rise and early to bed makes a man healthy and wealthy and dead.
-James Thurber

Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.
-Ernest Hemingway

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
-Albert Einstein

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.
-Jimmy Carter

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.
-Anatole France

It is less important to redistribute wealth than it is to redistribute opportunity.
-Arthur Vandenberg

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

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.
-Leon Levy

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 alone.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.
-Rex Stout

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 them.
-Jean de la Bruyere

Once wealth and beauty are gone, there is always rural life.
-Mason Cooley

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 wealth.
-Will Rogers

The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth that it prevents you from achieving.
-Russell Green

The company of just and righteous men is better than wealth and a rich estate.

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.
-P.J. O'Rourke

The only thing wealth does for some people is to make them worry about losing it.
-Antoine de Rivarol

The press is owned by wealthy men who only want certain things to reach the public.
-Noam Chomsky

There is no road to wealth so easy and respectable as that of matrimony.
-Anthony Trollope

There is untold wealth in America, especially at tax time. (Cartoon caption in The Wall Street Journal)

Wars are caused by undefended wealth.
-Douglas MacArthur

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)
-Louis Brandeis

We cannot win the weak by sharing our wealth with them. They feel our generosity as oppression.
-Eric Hoffer

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.
-Douglas Coupland

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

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 of intelligence.
-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 is.
-Paul Krugman

What has destroyed every previous civilization has been the tendency to the unequal distribution of wealth and power.
-Henry George

What information consumes is rather obvious- it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.
-Herbert Simon

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.
-Garth Brooks

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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