Economics & Affluence
Money is the great enabler.
Money is the cause of good things to a good man and bad things to a bad man.
All wealth is power, so power must infallibly draw wealth to itself by some means or other.
They say that knowledge is power. I used to think so, but I now know they mean money.
A man thinks differently in a palace and a in hut.
Whenever there is great property there is great inequality.
The affluence of the few supposes the indigence of the many.
The pleasures of the rich are bought with the tears of the poor.
The bread that you store up belongs to the hungry; the cloak that lies in your chest belongs to the naked; the gold you have hidden in the ground belongs to the poor.
Where there is bread there is my country, is the motto of all immigrants.
Wealth belongs to him who creates it.
Share the wealth!
There never has yet existed a wealthy and civilized society in which one portion of the community did not, in point of fact, live on the labor of the other.
I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous that standing armies and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but a swindle on a large scale.
There are three ways by which an individual can get wealthy - by work, by gift, and by theft. And clearly the reason the workers get so little is that the beggars and the thieves get so much.
All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
If nature had produced spontaneously all the objects which we desire, and in sufficient abundance for the desires of all, there would have been no source of dispute or of injury among men, nor would any man have possessed the means of ever acquiring authority over each other.
Those who get their living by their daily labor have nothing to stir them up to be serviceable but their wants which it is a prudence to relieve, but a folly to cure.
A generous and noble spirit cannot be expected to dwell in the breasts of men who are struggling for their daily bread.
Poverty is very good in poems, but it is very bad in a house. It is very good in maxims and sermons, but it is very bad in practical life.
It is not the man who has little, but he who desires more, that is poor.
To admit poverty is no disgrace for a man, but, to make no effort to escape from it is indeed disgraceful.
If a man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make a better chain or knives, crucibles, or church-organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.
Capitalistic production is not merely the production of commodities; it is essentially the production of surplus value.
The merchant has no country.
As long as the money in my purse lasts, it assures my independence.
The money which man possesses is the instrument of freedom, that which we eagerly pursue is the instrument of slavery. Therefore I hold fast to that which I have, and desire nothing.
It is the business of the very few to be independent, and a privilege of the strong.
To be poor and independent is very nearly an impossibility.
What can be the "personal freedom" of an unemployed person who goes hungry and finds no use for his toil?
People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage.
Avarice of the old...absurd to increase ones baggage as one nears his journey's end.
A desire for property is one of the elements of our nature.
We have given so many hostages to fortune.
The law of the economy is the law of history.
From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.
A fair day's wages for a fair days work.
Fortune helps the bold.
Fortune favors the brave.
Six faults ought to be avoided by a man seeking prosperity in this world; sleep, sloth, laziness, fear, anger, prolixity.
The greatest fruit of self-sufficiency is freedom.
He who knows how to be poor knows everything.
A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.
Let him then who wishes to be free not wish for anything or avoid anything that depends on others; or else he is bound to be a slave.
As long as the money in my purse lasts, it assures my independence. The money which man possesses is the instrument of freedom, that which we eagerly pursue is the instrument of slavery. Therefore I hold fast to that which I have, and desire nothing.
To produce without possessing, to work without expecting, to enlarge without usurping: this is the supreme virtue.
Property given away to friends is the only kind that will forever be yours.
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