„The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively“

—  Bob Marley

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„Man has wants deeper than can be supplied by wealth or nature or domestic affections. His great relations are to his God and to eternity.“

—  Mark Hopkins (educator) American educationalist and theologian 1802 - 1887

Source: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 403.

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„No man takes with him to Hades all his exceeding wealth.“

—  Theognis of Megara Greek lyric poet active in approximately the sixth century BC -570 - -485 BC

Source: Elegies, Line 725, comparable to: "For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away, his glory shall not descend after him", Psalm xlix, 17.

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„Ability is a poor man's wealth. “

—  John Wooden American basketball coach 1910 - 2010

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„Nothing more clearly shows how little God esteems his gift to men of wealth, money, position and other worldly goods, than the way he distributes these, and the sort of men who are most amply provided with them.“

—  Jean de La Bruyère, book Les Caractères

Rien ne fait mieux comprendre le peu de chose que Dieu croit donner aux hommes, en leur abandonnant les richesses, l'argent, les grands établissements et les autres biens, que la dispensation qu'il en fait, et le genre d'hommes qui en sont le mieux pourvus.
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„The superior man does what is proper to the station in which he is; he does not desire to go beyond this. In a position of wealth and honor, he does what is proper to a position of wealth and honor. In a poor and low position, he does what is proper to a poor and low position.“

—  Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 BC

The Analects, The Doctrine of the Mean
Context: The superior man does what is proper to the station in which he is; he does not desire to go beyond this. In a position of wealth and honor, he does what is proper to a position of wealth and honor. In a poor and low position, he does what is proper to a poor and low position. Situated among barbarous tribes, he does what is proper to a situation among barbarous tribes. In a position of sorrow and difficulty, he does what is proper to a position of sorrow and difficulty. The superior man can find himself in no situation in which he is not himself. In a high situation, he does not treat with contempt his inferiors. In a low situation, he does not court the favor of his superiors. He rectifies himself, and seeks for nothing from others, so that he has no dissatisfactions. He does not murmur against Heaven, nor grumble against men. Thus it is that the superior man is quiet and calm, waiting for the appointments of Heaven, while the mean man walks in dangerous paths, looking for lucky occurrences.

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„Lampis, the sea commander, being asked how he got his wealth, answered, "My greatest estate I gained easily enough, but the smaller slowly and with much labour."“

—  Plutarch ancient Greek historian and philosopher 46 - 127

Whether an Aged Man ought to meddle in State Affairs
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„779. He that marries for wealth sells his liberty.“

—  George Herbert Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest 1593 - 1633

Jacula Prudentum (1651)

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