‘Riches ruin only the foolish, not those in quest of the Beyond. By craving for riches the witless person ruins himself as well as others.’

‘Wealth is a matter of consciousness.’
Florence Scovel Shinn

‘A person’s treatment of money is the most decisive test of his character, how they make it and how they spend it.’
James Moffat

‘To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.’
Henry David Thoreau

‘If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.’
 Arab Proverb

‘It all depends on whether you have things, or they have you.’
Robert A. Cook

‘Being rich isn’t about money. Being rich is a state of mind.’
Harvey Mackay

‘Whoever shuts his ears at the cry of the poor, they also shall cry themselves, but not be heard.’

‘The person who does not know how to live while they are making a living is a poorer person after their wealth is won than when they started.’
Josiah Gilbert Holland

‘The fame of great men ought to be judged always by the means they used to acquire it.’
Francois De La Rochefoucauld

‘There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbours. This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favour, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry.’ 
Benjamin Franklin

‘You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.’
Dr. Adrian Rogers

‘You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.’
Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865), Sixteenth President of the United States of America

moneySo what have we learned in 2,065 years?
‘The budget should be balanced; the Treasury should be refilled,
public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.’
Marcus Tulius Cicero -55 BC

‘As favour and riches forsake a man, we discover in him the foolishness they concealed, and which no one perceived before.’
Jean De La Bruyere

‘Most people seek after what they do not possess and are enslaved by the very things they want to acquire.’
Anwar El-Sadat

‘Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.’
Ruth E Renkel

‘Be charitable before wealth makes you covetous.’
Sir Thomas Browne

‘The greatest man in history was the poorest.’
Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘He is a great simpleton who imagines that the chief power of wealth is to supply wants. In ninety-nine cases out of a hundred it creates more wants than it supplies.’
W Wirt

‘The pride of dying rich raises the loudest laugh in hell.’ 
John W Foster