have had wealth, rank and power, but, if these were all I had, how wretched I
should be. BrianWilson Aldiss Attributed last words.
Salud, Dinero, AmoryTiempo. Health,Wealth,
Loveand Time to enjoy them. Anonymous Traditional Spanish
The order of nobility is of great use, too, not only in what it creates, but in
what it prevents. It prevents the rule of wealththe religion
of gold. This is the obvious and natural idol of the
Anglo-Saxon From this our aristocracy
preserves us. Walter Bagehot The English Constitution, ch.4,'The House of
Therichman'swealthishisstrongcity: thedestructionof the poor is their
poverty. Bible (Old Testament) Proverbs10:15.
Entre nosotros el dinero ha hecho desaparecer ma s preocupaciones de
familia que en las viejas sociedades europeas. En e
stas hay lo que llaman aristocracia de dinero, que jama s alcanza con su
podera hacer olvidar enteramente la
oscuridad de la cuna, al paso que en Chiletodo va
cediendo su puesto a la riqueza. Among us, money has
dissolved more worries than among ancient
European societies. The latter have what they call the
moneyed aristocracy, which, despite all its power, never gets
to forget its humble origins; on the other hand, in
Chile everything yields to wealth. Alberto Blest Gana Mart| n Rivas, ch.2 (translated1918).
Wealth has more and more increased, and at the same time gathered
itself more and more into masses, strangely altering
the old relations, and increasing the distance between
the rich and the poor. Thomas Carlyle Signs of the Times.
Where Plenty smilesalas! she smiles for few, And those who taste
not, yet behold her store, Are as the slaves
that dig the golden ore, The wealth around
them makes them doubly poor. George Crabbe The Village, bk.1, l.136^9.
She's all states, and all princes I, Nothing else is. Princes do but play
us; compared to this, All honour's mimic,
all wealth alchemy. John Donne c.1595^1605 'The Sun Rising', collected in Songs and Sonnets (1633).
For God's sake, hold your tongue, and let me love, Or chide my palsy,
or my gout, My five grey hairs,
or ruined fortune flout, With wealth your
state, your mind with arts improve, Take you a course,
get you a place, Observe his honour,
or his grace, Or the King's real,
or his stamped face Contemplate; what
you will, approve, So you will let me
love. John Donne c.1595^1605 'The Canonization', collected in Songs and Sonnets (1633).
Why should he, with wealth and honour blest, Refuse his age the
needful hours of rest? Punish a body which
he could not please; Bankrupt of life,
yet prodigal of ease? And all to leave
what with his toil he won To that unfeathered
two-legged thing, a son. John Dryden Absalom and Achitophel, pt.1, l.165^70.
The court he practised, not the courtier's art: Large was his
wealth, but larger was his heart. John Dryden Of the loyalist James Butler, Duke of Ormond.
Absalom and Achitophel,
My wealth is health and perfect ease; My conscience clear
my chief defence; I neither seek by
bribes to please, Nor by deceit to
breed offence. Thus do I live;
thus will I die. Would all did so
well as I! Sir Edward Dyer 'In Praise of a Contented Mind'.
And wealth abides not, it is but for a day. Euripides Phoenissae, l.558.
The labor of women inthehouse, certainly, enables men to produce more
wealth than they otherwise could; and in this way [they]
are economic factors in society. But so are horses. Gilman and Charlotte Perkins Stetson Women and Economics: A Study of the Economic
Relation between Men and
Women as a Factor in Social Evolution, ch.1.
and Ireally hopeno white person ever has causetowrite about me because they never
understand Black love is Black wealth and they'll probably talk about
my hard childhood and never understand that all the while I was
quite happy Nikki in full Yolande CorneliaGiovanni,Jr Giovanni Black Judgement,'Nikki^Rosa'.
Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey Where wealth
accumulates and men decay: Princes and lords
may flourish or may fade; A breath can make
them, as a breath has made; But a bold
peasantry, their country's pride, When once
destroyed, can never be supplied. Oliver Goldsmith The Deserted Village, l.51^6.
Let not Ambition mock their useful toil, Their homely joys
and destiny obscure; Nor Grandeur hear,
with a disdainful smile, The short and
simple annals of the poor. The boast of
heraldry, the pomp of power, And all that
beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, Awaits alike th'
inevitable hour, The paths of glory
lead but to the grave. Thomas Gray Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, l.29^36.
science is said to be useful if its development tends to accentuate the
existing inequities in the distribution of wealth, or more
directly promotes the destruction of human life. Godfrey Harold Hardy A Mathematician's Apology.
Wealth cannot make a life, but Love. Robert Herrick 'A Country Life: To His Brother, M. Tho. Herrick'.
Science, which cuts its way through the muddy pond
of daily lifewithout
mingling with it, casts its wealthtoright and left, but the
puny boatmen do not know how to fish for it. Alexander Ivanovich Herzen Notebook entry, collected in Byloe i dumy (My Past
and Thoughts), vol.3
(published1861^7, translated by Constance Garnett,1924).
Spanishproverbsays,'He, whowould bring home the wealth of the
Indies, must carry the wealth of the Indies with him.'
So it is in travelling; a man must carry knowledge with him,
if he would bring home knowledge. Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson Remark,17 Apr. Quoted in James Boswell The Life
of Samuel Johnson
Sir, the insolence of wealth will creep out. Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson Remark,18 Apr. Quoted in James Boswell The Life
of Samuel Johnson
Yet I glory More in the cunning
purchase of my wealth Than in the glad
possession. Ben Jonson Volpone, act1, sc.1.
look forward toa future in which our country will match its military
strength with our moral restraint; its wealth with our
wisdom; its power with our purpose. John F(itzgerald) Kennedy Last major public speech, Amherst College, 26
If Enterprise is afoot,Wealth accumulates whatever may be happening
toThrift; and if Enterprise is asleep,Wealth decays,
whateverThrift may be doing. John Maynard, 1st Baron Keynes (of Tilton) A Treatise on Money.
The outstanding faults of the economic society in which we live are its
failure to provide for full employment and its arbitraryand
inequitable distribution of wealth and incomes. John Maynard, 1st Baron Keynes (of Tilton) The General Theory of Employment, Interest and
There is nothing like wealth for dulling desire. Barry McGuigan In The Independent, 29 Dec.
Thus methinks should men of judgement frame Their means of
traffic from the vulgar trade, And as their wealth
increaseth, so enclose Infinite riches in
a little room. Christopher Marlowe c.1589 The Jew of Malta (published1633), act1, sc.1.
The worker becomes poorer the more wealth he produces and the
more his production increases in powerand extent.The
worker becomes anevercheaper commodity the more
good he creates. The devaluation of the human world
increases in direct relation with the increase in value
of the world of things. Labour does not only create goods;
it also produces itself and the worker as a commodity, and
indeed in the same proportion as it produces goods. Karl Heinrich Marx Collected in T B Bottomore (trans and ed) Early
Writings (1964), p.121.
Unlike the Laws of Production, those of Distribution are partly of human
institution, since the manner in which wealth is
distributed in any given society, depends on the statutes or
usages therein obtaining. John Stuart Mill Principles of Political Economy, with Some
Applications to Social Philosophy.
am not charmed with the ideal of life held out by those who think that the
normal state of human beings is that of struggling to
get on. I know not why it should be a matter of congratulation
that persons who are already richer than any one
needs to be, should have doubled their means of
consuming things which give little or no pleasure except as
representative of wealth. John Stuart Mill Principles of Political Economy, with Some
Applications to Social Philosophy.
Les re publiques finissent par le luxe; les monarchies, par la pauvrete . Republics end by
wealth; monarchies end by poverty. Bre' de et de De l'esprit des lois, vol.7, ch.4.
Il en est de la luxure comme de l'avarice: elle augmente sa soif par
l'acquisition des tre sors. The same rule
applies for lust, as for avarice: it increases its thirst by the
acquisition of wealth. Bre' de et de De l'esprit des lois, vol.16, ch.6.
Here, of all her cities, throbbed the true lifethe
true power and spirit of
America; gigantic, crude with the crudityof youth,
disdaining rivalry; saneand healthyand vigorous; brutal in
its ambition, arrogant in the new- found knowledge of
its giant strength, prodigal of its wealth, infinite in
its desires. Frank Benjamin Franklin Norris Of Chicago. The Pit, ch.2.
Labour is the Father and active principle of Wealth, as lands are the
Mother. Sir William Petty Treatise ofTaxes.
For I spend all my time going about trying to persuade you, young and old,
to make your first and chief concern not for your bodies nor for your
possessions, but for the highest welfare of
your souls, proclaiming as Igo,Wealth does not bring
goodness, but goodness brings wealth and every other
blessing, both to the individual and to the state. Plato Apology, 30b
(translated by H Tredennick).
Wealth, in a commercial age, is made up largely of promises. (Nathan) Roscoe Pound An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law, ch.6.
In every case, agricultural as well as manufacturing profits are lowered
bya rise in the price of raw produce, if it be
accompanied bya rise of wages_ The natural tendency of profits
istofall; for inthe progress of society and wealth, the
additional quantity of food required is obtained by the
sacrifice of more and more labour. David Ricardo Principles of Political Economy andTaxation.
was born into wealth and there was nothing I could do about it. It was
there like food or air. David Rockefeller In Merchants and Masterpieces,WETA TV broadcast, 31 Dec.
We have the menthe skillthe wealthand above all, the will We
must be the great arsenal of democracy. Franklin D(elano) Roosevelt 'Fireside chat'radio broadcast, 29 Dec.
There is no wealth but life. John Ruskin Unto this Last, essay 4.
The cold metal of economic theory is in Marx's pages immersed in such a
wealth of steaming phrases as to acquire a
temperature not naturally its own. Joseph Alois Schumpeter Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy, p.21.
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than
to consume wealth without producing it. George Bernard Shaw Morell to Lexy. Candida, act1.
Titles are tinsel, power a corrupter, glorya bubble, and excessive wealth a
libel on its possessor. Percy Bysshe Shelley Declaration of Rights, article 27.
Alas! I have nor hope nor health, Nor peace within
nor calm around, Nor that content
surpassing wealth The sage in
meditation found. Percy Bysshe Shelley 'StanzasWritten in Dejection, near Naples'.
Come sleep,O sleep, the certain knot of peace, The baiting place
of wit, the balm of woe, The poor man's
wealth, the prisoner's release, The indifferent
judge between the high and low. Nevil originally Nevil Shute Norway Shute Astrophel and Stella, sonnet 39.
We cannot not sayhow muchwealththereisina country till we know how it
is shared among its inhabitants. Henry Sidgwick Principles of Political Economy.
Wealth I ask not, hope nor love, Nor a friend to
know me. All I ask, the
heaven above, And the road below
me. Robert Louis Stevenson Songs ofTravel (published1896), no.1,'TheVagabond',
There is no road to wealth so easyand respectable as that of matrimony. Anthony Trollope DoctorThorne, ch.16.
You cannot be pro-jobs and anti-government at the same time.You
cannot love employees and despise employers.You
cannot redistribute wealth that you never created. No
goose, no golden egg. Paul Efthemios Tsongas Quoted in the Los AngelesTimes,19 Feb.
Ja" leider desn mac nicht ges|"n, Das guot und
wertlich e" re Und gotes hulde
me" re Zesamene in ein
herze komen. It is sadly
impossible For wealth and a
good name, along with God's
favour, to be united in one
heart. Walther Von derVogelweide c.1195 'Ich sass u" f eime steine', l.16^19.
Beneath her torn hat glowed the wealth Of simple beautyand
rustic health. John Greenleaf Whittier 'Maud Muller', l.3^4.
Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour: England hath need
of thee: she is a fen Of stagnant waters:
altar, sword and pen, Fireside, the
heroic wealth of hall and bower, Have forfeited
their ancient English dower Of inward
happiness.We are selfish men; Oh! raise us up,
return to us again; And give us
manners, virtue, freedom, power. Thy soul was like a
star, and dwelt apart; Thou hadst a voice
whose sound was like the sea: Pure as the naked
heavens, majestic, free, So didst thou
travel on life's common way, In cheerful
godliness; and yet thy heart The lowliest duties
on herself did lay. William Wordsworth 'Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour', complete poem
The waves beside them danced; but they Out-did the
sparkling waves in glee: A poet could not
but be gay, In such a jocund
company: I gazedand
gazedbut little thought What wealth the
show to me had brought. William Wordsworth 'I wandered lonely as a cloud', stanza 3