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Horace – Wealth increases want of more

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Horace The accumulation of wealth is followed by an increase of care, and by an appetite for more.

Horace   (65 BC-8 BC)

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Adam Smith – Regard for own interest

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It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.

Adam Smith   (1723-1790)

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Horace – In a hurry to be wealthy

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Horace He who is always in a hurry to be wealthy and immersed in the study of augmenting his fortune has lost the arms of reason and deserted the post of virtue.

Horace   (65 BC-8 BC)

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Francis Quarles – If thou desire not to be poor

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Francis QuarlesIf thou desire not to be poor, desire not to be too rich. He is rich, not that possesses much, but he that covets no more; and he is poor, not that enjoys little, but he that wants too much. The contented mind wants nothing which it hath not; the covetous mind wants, not only what it hath not, but likewise what it hath.

Francis Quarles  

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Jane Austen – Honest and rich

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Jane AustenBe honest and poor, by all means — but I shall not envy you; I do not much think I shall even respect you. I have a much greater respect for those that are honest and rich.

Jane Austen   (1775-1817)
Mansfield Park

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Epicurus – The wealth required by nature

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EpicurusThe wealth required by nature is limited and is easy to procure; but the wealth required by vain ideals extends to infinity.

Epicurus  

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Theodore Roosevelt – The eighth commandment

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Theodore RooseveltThe eighth commandment reads, “Thou shalt not steal.” It does not read, “Thou shalt not steal from the rich man.” It does not read, “Thou shalt not steal from the poor man.” It reads simply and plainly, “Thou shalt not steal.”

No good whatever will come from that warped and mock morality which denounces the misdeeds of men of wealth and forgets the misdeeds practiced at their expense; which denounces bribery, but blinds itself to blackmail; which foams with rage if a corporation secures favors by improper methods, and merely leers with hideous mirth if the corporation is itself wronged.

Theodore Roosevelt   (1858-1919)

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Thomas Sowell – The zero-sum fallacy

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Thomas SowellMany individual fallacies in economics are founded on the larger, and usually implicit, fallacious assumption that economic transactions are a zero-sum process, in which what is gained by someone is lost by someone else. But voluntary economic transactions — whether between employer and employee, tenant and landlord, or international trade — would not continue to take place unless both parties were better off making these transactions than not making them.

Thomas Sowell   (1930-)
Economic Facts and Fallacies: Second Edition

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Samuel Johnson – Resolve not to be poor

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Samuel JohnsonResolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult.

Samuel Johnson   (1709-1784)

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Horace – Money as a handmaiden or mistress

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Horace Money is a handmaiden, if thou knowest to use it; a mistress if thou knowest not.

Horace   (65 BC-8 BC)

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