Wealth Quotes

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The greatest luxury of riches is that they enable you to escape so much good advice.


Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
Seek wealth, not money or status. Wealth is having assets that earn while you sleep. Money is how we transfer time and wealth. Status is your place in the social hierarchy.

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The way to get rich is to keep $10 million in your checking account in case a good deal comes along.

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Prosperity is the best protector of principle.


It is more pitiable once to have been rich than not to be rich now.
Understand that ethical wealth creation is possible. If you secretly despise wealth, it will elude you.
When you're finally wealthy, you'll realize that it wasn't what you were seeking in the first place.
Seek wealth, it's good.
The rich are different.
Affluence means influence.


The first wealth is health.


Only the rich are lonesome.
There is no Wealth but Life.


His wealth is superior to him.
— African proverb

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The rich never want for kindred.


Great wealth is its own nationality.
Those who own much have much to fear.


You can never be too rich or too thin.
Wealth unused might as well not exist.
The insolence of wealth will creep out.
We all covet wealth, but not its perils.
His greatest riches—ignorance of wealth.
It is better to live rich than to die rich.


No one can earn a million dollars honestly.


The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires.

contentment desire

No man actually owns a fortune. lt owns him.
The rich are different—they have more money.
Behind every great fortune there is a crime.

cynical fortune

The Rich aren't like us—they pay less taxes.
I find all this money a considerable burden.
To be thought rich is as good as to be rich.
He does not possess wealth; it possesses him.
Riches rather enlarge than satisfy appetites.

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Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only.
Without the rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.
Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think.
He is not fit for riches who is afraid to use them.
Wealth is a lot of things that a man can do without.
In truth, prosperity tries the souls even of the wise.
Few rich men own their own property. The property owns them.
Let me gain by you, and no matter whether you love me or not.
If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars.
To be wealthy and honoured in an unjust society is a disgrace.
Youth is the best time to be rich; and the best time to be poor.


I've got all the money I'll ever need, if I die by four o'clock.


Poverty is "Who knows you?"; Prosperity is "I am your relative."
— African proverb

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Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions.


Some people confuse having a lot of money with being worth a lot of money.
It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.
Very few men acquire wealth in such a manner as to receive pleasure from it.
You will never know for sure if someone is an asshole until he becomes rich.


Wealth is a tool of freedom. But the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery.
One's strongest asset is simultaneously his point of strongest vulnerability.
We may see the small value God has for riches, by the people he gives them to.
It is not the man who has too little who is poor, but the one who craves more.


Those who inherit fortunes are often more troublesome than those who make them.
— African proverb

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


I care for riches, to make gifts to friends, or lead a sick man back to health.
Wealth is now itself intrinsically honorable and confers honor on its possessor.
I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position.
In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
If you have money, men think you are wise, handsome, and able to sing like a bird.
— Jewish proverb

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Many fortunes, like rivers, have a pure source, but grow muddy as they grow large.
A miser grows rich by seeming poor; an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.
It is difficult to set bounds to the price unless you first set bounds to the wish.
If you don't find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.


What a ready passport wealth gives its possessor to the good opinions of this world!
To turn $100 into $110 is work. To turn $100 million into $110 million is inevitable.
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.
Wealth is the smallest thing on earth, the least gift that God has bestowed on mankind.
Being wealthy when no one else is is like being the only one at the party with a drink.
It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness.
How often the rich like to play at being poor.  A rather nasty game, I've always thought.
A man who both spends and saves money is the happiest man, because he has both enjoyments.
The greatest victory in life is to rise above the material things that we once valued most.


The best condition in life is not to be so rich as to be envied nor so poor as to be damned.
There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.
To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance.

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If you like them, wish them financial security. If you dislike them, wish them extreme wealth.
Wealth has never the value to its possessor as it is supposed to have by an avaricious admirer.
When the anger of the gods is incurred, wealth or power only bring more devastating punishment.


Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all; only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.


If a rich man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become, and the same is true of fame.


If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free: if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.
If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.
The first rule [of becoming wealthy] is not to lose. The second rule is not to forget the first rule.
I wonder how many people would seek excessive wealth if it did not carry a measure of status with it.


The only way for a rich man to be healthy is, by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor.


Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only.  Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul.
The wealth of man is the number of things which he loves and blesses, which he is loved and blessed by.
Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money.


Riches are always over estimated [sic]; the enjoyment they give is more in the pursuit than the possession.

enjoyment pursuit

It is perhaps a more fortunate destiny to have a taste for collecting shells than to be born a millionaire.


To acquire wealth is difficult, to preserve it more difficult, but to spend it wisely most difficult of all.
It isn't what a man has that constitutes wealth.  No—it is to be satisfied with what one has; that is wealth.


So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.


It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
— The Bible—Mark 10:25


I'm the only person I know that's lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year. It's very character-building.
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
— Matthew 19:24


Inherited wealth is a real handicap to happiness. It is as certain a death to ambition as cocaine is to morality.
When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.

character health

The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application.
No one has yet had the courage to memorialize his wealth on his tombstone. A dollar mark would not look well there.


How unfortunate and how narrowing a thing it is for a man to have wealth who makes a god of it instead of a servant.
That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.
Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.


There is an old-time toast which is golden for its beauty. "When you ascend the hill of prosperity may you not meet a friend."
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.
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 a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.


Those who have no wisdom yet 
count their wealth by what they get.
You who have the grace to live: 
count your wealth by what you give!


Wealth is not without its advantages, and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.
Wealth, indeed, per se, I never too much valued, and my acquaintance with its possessors has by no means increased my veneration for it.
If you want to know how rich you really are, find out what would be left of you tomorrow if you should lose every dollar you own tonight?
Wherever there is excessive wealth, there is also in the train of it excessive poverty; as, where the sun is brightest, the shade is deepest.
Of all the sources of human pride, mere wealth is the basest and most vulgar-minded.  Real gentlemen are almost invariably above this low feeling.
Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful that's what matters to me.


The only question with wealth is what to do with it. It can be used for evil purposes or it can be an instrumentality for constructive social living.
Riches, both material and spiritual, can choke you if you do not use them fairly.  For not even God can put anything in a heart that is already full.
To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.

hard work inspirational success

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me ... Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful ... that's what matters to me.

purpose of life

Wealth is nothing more or less than a tool to do things with. It is like the fuel that runs the furnace or the belt that runs the wheel—only a means to an end.
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 keep completely sober.
It requires a great deal of boldness and a great deal of caution to make a great fortune, and when you have got it, it requires ten times as much wit to keep it.
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.
Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars.
The wealthy...live in marble mausoleums surrounded by the suspicions and neuroses that have replaced the medieval moats which once isolated so-called aristocrats from reality.
Luxury makes a man so soft that it is hard to please him, and easy to trouble him; so that his pleasures at last become his burden. Luxury is a nice master, hard to be pleased.


Nothing is more fallacious than wealth. Today it is for thee, tomorrow it is against thee. It arms the eyes of the envious everywhere. It is a hostile comrade, a domestic enemy.
For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice—no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the goal of real service.
What is 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 they do not form a class.
I like to walk about amidst the beautiful things that adorn the world; but private wealth I should decline, or any sort of personal possessions, because they would take away my liberty.

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Lampis the ship owner, on being asked how he acquired his great wealth, replied, 'My great wealth was acquired with no difficulty, but my small wealth, my first gains, with much labour.'
Though the worship of riches is an old religion, there has never before been a danger that it might become the sole religion.  And yet that is what is surely going to happen in the world.
Experience declares that man is the only animal which devours its own kind; for I can apply no milder term to the governments of Europe, and to the general prey of the rich upon the poor.

mankind man the animal

The true way to gain much, is never to desire to gain too much. He is not rich that possesses much, but he that covets no more; and he is not poor that enjoys little, but he that wants too much.


At the end, the acquisition of wealth is ignoble in the extreme. I assume that you save and long for wealth only as a means of enabling you the better to do some good in your day and generation.


If the majority of people of a country, no matter how great its natural resources, organize and conspire to get more out and put less in, to do less and get more, how long will, how long can it last?

natural resources

If rich men would remember that shrouds have no pockets, they would, while living, share their wealth with their children, and give for the good of others, and so know the highest pleasure wealth can give.
Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury — to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.
The most valuable of human possessions, next to a superior and disdainful air, is the reputation of being well-to-do. Nothing else so neatly eases one's way through life, especially in democratic countries.


Wherever desirable superfluities are imported, industry is excited, and thereby plenty is produced. Were only necessaries permitted to be purchased, men would work no more than was necessary for that purpose.

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The wealth which breeds idleness...is only a sort of human oyster-bed, where heirs and heiresses are planted, to spend a contemptible life of slothfulness in growing plump and succulent for the grave-worm's banquet.
A man that cleaves to wealth had better cast it away than allow his heart to be poisoned by it; but a man who does not cleave to wealth, and possessing riches, uses them rightly, will be a blessing unto his fellow humans.
If any man is rich and powerful he comes under the law of God by which the higher branches must take the burnings of the sun, and shade those that are lower; by which the tall trees must protect the weak plants beneath them.
Bare-faced covetousness was the moving spirit of civilization from the first dawn to the present day; wealth, and again wealth, and for the third time wealth; wealth, not of society, but of the puny individual, was its only and final aim.
No man is any the worse off because another acquires wealth by trade, or by the exercise of a profession; on the contrary, he cannot have acquired his wealth except by benefiting others to the extent of what they considered to be its value.


I was worth about over a million dollars when I was twenty-three and over ten million dollars when I was twenty-four and over a hundred million dollars when I was twenty-five, and it wasn't that important because I never did it for the money.
Every gain made by individuals or societies is almost instantly taken for granted. The luminous ceiling toward which we raise our longing eyes becomes, when we have climbed to the next floor, a stretch of disregarded linoleum beneath our feet.


Ordinary riches can be stolen from a man.  Real riches cannot.  In the treasury-house of your soul, there are infinitely precious things, that may not be taken from you.  And so, try to so shape your life that external things will not harm you.
The millionaire has become common in numbers, common in the source of wealth, common in the usage of bygone snobberies in social origin, common in the continued narrowing of the gap between his fortune and that of the normally affluent middle class.
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 trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.
In the practical as in the theoretic life, the man whose acquisitions stick is the man who is always achieving and advancing, whilst his neighbours, spending most of their time in relearning what they once knew but have forgotten, simply hold their own.


Our preference for money appears unbounded, with no explicit satiation level. But just as there's an optimal height, weight, and muscle mass beyond which one appears malformed, there's a subtle optimal wealth. It's the level of wealth above and below which your sleep degrades.
Each man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God. For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.
— Ecclesiastes 5:19-20, Bible
You know, my main reaction to this money thing is that it's humorous, all the attention to it, because it's hardly the most insightful or valuable thing that's happened to me in the past ten years. But it makes me feel old, sometimes, when I speak at a campus and I find that what students are most in awe of the fact that I'm a millionaire.
Whatever a person saves from his revenue he adds to his capital, and either employs it himself in maintaining an additional number of productive hands, or enables some person to do so ... for a share of profits. As the capital of an individual can be increased only by what he saves ... so the capital of a society can be increased only in the same manner.

economics saving money

The real wealth of the Nation lies in the resources of the earth—soil, water, forests, minerals, and wildlife. To utilize them for present needs while insuring their preservation for future generations requires a delicately balanced and continuing program, based on the most extensive research.  Their administration is not properly, and cannot be, a matter of politics.
Savings represent much more than mere money value. There are the proof that the saver is worth something in himself. Any fool can waste; any fool can muddle; but it takes something more of a man to save and the more he saves the more of a man he makes of himself. Waste and extravagance unsettle a man's mind for every crisis; thrift, which means some form of self-restraint, steadies it.

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I still don't understand it. It's a large responsibility to have more than you can spend in your lifetime—and I feel I have to spend it. If you die, you certainly don't want to leave a large amount to your children. It will just ruin their lives. The challenges are to figure out how to live with it and to reinvest it back into the world, which means either giving it away or using it to express your concerns or values.
Wealth brings with it its own checks and balances. The basis of political economy is non interference. The only safe rule is found in the self-adjusting meter of demand and supply. Open the doors of opportunity to talent and virtue and they will do themselves justice, and property will not be in bad hands. In a free and just commonwealth, property rushes from the idle and imbecile to the industrious, brave, and persevering.
Bottom line is, I didn't return to Apple to make a fortune. I've been very lucky in my life and already have one. When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million. I decided then that I wasn't going to let it ruin my life. There's no way you could ever spend it all, and I don't view wealth as something that validates my intelligence. I just wanted to see if we could work together to turn this thing around when the company was literally on the verge of bankruptcy. The decision to go without pay has served me well.