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Quotes About Wealth

By Edited Mar 2, 2014 0 0

This article is analysis of some of the best ever quotes about wealth.

Wealth is defined as an abundance or profusion of anything, and is typically related to money or material resources.  However, wealth comes in many forms that are not monetary.  A man or woman with an abundance of health, family, or happiness is wealthy in their own right.  It is all a matter of perspective.

- Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” – Henry David Thoreau

American author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau, ever the naturalist and advocate of a sustainable lifestyle, presents here what I consider to be the clearest and most concise definition of what it means to be wealthy.  Our true wealth lies in our outlook on life, in our ability to make the best of what we have, and to enjoy the little time we are granted with on this Earth with the most enthusiasm, gratitude, and joy that we can summon.

- “The greatest wealth is to live content with litte.” – Plato

This is well said by arguably the greatest philosopher in the history of mankind.  In this famous quote about wealth, Plato draws a connection between wealth, possession, and happiness.  Most people base their happiness upon the amount of something they have (money, fame, friends, baseball cards etc.).  Plato’s wisdom shines in this quote because he understands that the average man or woman is always wishing that they had more, and that the smartest and happiest of people are always able to find satisfaction with that which they already have.  Because let’s face it.  It could always be worse!

- “The man who dies rich dies disgraced.” – Andrew Carnegie

This quote about wealth is particularly interesting considering it comes from one of the richest businessmen in American history.  I think that despite his vast industrial success, Mr. Carnegie understood a fact of reality that so many other multi-millionaires and billionaires seem to overlook.  Life is temporary, and it is short!  There is only so much wealth that a man really needs.  A man who dies rich dies disgraced because he was too selfish in life to spread his excess assets around to those who may have needed them more than he did.  Great quote!

- “The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires.” – Seneca

This quote by the ancient Roman philosopher Seneca is short but loaded with wisdom.  The Buddhists believe that desire is the root of all man’s suffering, and there is logic in their theory.  Desire, both good and bad, is what consumes the vast majority of human impulses.  When desires are not fulfilled, we usually become unhappy and disappointed.  Thus, it follows that the person with the least amount of desires, is the person least susceptible to unhappiness, disappointment and ultimately suffering.

- “No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger.  It is the heart that makes a man rich.  He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.” – Henry Ward Beecher

This is a great quote about wealth by distinguished U.S. clergyman and abolitionist Henry W. Beecher.  His point is simple.  In life, a person’s depth of character is far more significant than their depth of pocket. 

I hope you enjoyed these quotes about wealth!

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