„The rich people are those who create wealth, and you have to treat them well so they continue to give wealth.“

Speech (26 May 1988), quoted in "Las frases para el bronce de Pinochet."
1980s

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Former dictator of the republic of Chile 1915 - 2006

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„Attacking the rich is not envy. It is self defense. The hoarding of wealth is the cause of poverty. The rich aren’t just indifferent to poverty; they create it and maintain it.“

—  Jodie Foster American actor, film director and producer 1962

Incorrectly attributed to Foster, according to snopes.com https://www.snopes.com/attacking-the-rich/
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„Help me to liberate those who create wealth—and to make the wreckers run for cover.“

—  Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013

Article for the News of the World (29 April 1979) http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/104052
Leader of the Opposition
Context: In this over-governed country of ours, the creative majority have too little freedom, and the tiny minority of wreckers have too much licence. The government I shall form next weekend will decisively reverse this state of affairs. Help me to liberate those who create wealth—and to make the wreckers run for cover.

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„Never be deceived that the rich will allow you to vote away their wealth.“

—  Lucy Parsons American communist anarchist labor organizer 1853 - 1942

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„Socialism takes and redistributes wealth, but it is utterly incapable of creating wealth.“

—  Leonard E. Read American academic 1898 - 1983

Anything That's Peaceful (1964)
Context: Socialism depends upon and presupposes material achievements which socialism itself can never create. Socialism is operative only in wealth situations brought about by motes of production other than its own. Socialism takes and redistributes wealth, but it is utterly incapable of creating wealth.

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„If you know how rich you are, you are not rich. But me, I am not aware of the extent of my wealth. That's how rich we are.“

—  Imelda Marcos Former First Lady of the Philippines 1929

After promising to give $800 million to poor Filipinos if she becomes president, quoted in The Philippine Daily Inquirer (March 1998).

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„The lust of lucre has so totally seized upon mankind, that their wealth seems rather to possess them, than they to possess their wealth.“

—  Pliny the Younger Roman writer 61 - 113

Letter 30, 4.
Letters, Book IX
Original: (la) Ea invasit homines habendi cupido, ut possideri magis quam possidere videantur.

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„The noblest people are those despising wealth, learning, pleasure and life; esteeming above them poverty, ignorance, hardship and death.“

—  Diogenes of Sinope ancient Greek philosopher, one of the founders of the Cynic philosophy -404 - -322 BC

Stobaeus, iv. 29a. 19
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„… a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention…“

—  Herbert A. Simon American political scientist, economist, sociologist, and psychologist 1916 - 2001

Simon, H. A. (1971) "Designing Organizations for an Information-Rich World" in: Martin Greenberger, Computers, Communication, and the Public Interest, Baltimore. MD: The Johns Hopkins Press. pp. 40–41.
1960s-1970s
Context: In an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.

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„Manufacturing creates wealth, services distribute it.“

—  Gregory Benford Science fiction author and astrophysicist 1941

Source: Short fiction, The Man Who Sold The Stars (2013), p. 320

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„You will always be poor, if you are poor, Aemilianus. Wealth is given to-day to none save the rich.“

—  Martial, book Epigrammata

Semper eris pauper, si pauper es, Aemiliane;
Dantur opes nulli nunc, nisi divitibus.
V, 81 (Loeb translation).
Epigrams (c. 80 – 104 AD)
Original: (la) Semper eris pauper, si pauper es, Aemiliane;
Dantur opes nulli nunc, nisi divitibus.

„Those who make laws, appropriate wealth in order to secure power.“

—  Thomas Hodgskin British writer 1787 - 1869

Source: The Natural and Artificial Right of Property Contrasted (1832), p. 49

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„Do not desire wealth for giving to the poor.“

—  Evagrius Ponticus Christian monk 345 - 399

Outline Teaching on Asceticism and Stillness in the Solitary Life, vol. 1, p. 32
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„Those who control the wealth of this society have an influence over political life far in excess of their number.“

—  Michael Parenti American academic 1933

Source: Democracy for the Few (2010 [1974]), sixth edition, Chapter 12, p. 203

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