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Riches are apt to betray a man into arrogance.
      - Joseph Addison

Riches expose a man to pride and luxury, and a foolish elation of heart.
      - Joseph Addison

Riches are oft by guilt and baseness earn'd;
  Or dealt by chance to shield a lucky knave,
    Or throw a cruel sunshine on a fool.
      But for one end, one much-neglected use,
        Are riches worth your care; (for nature's wants
          Are few, and without opulence supplied;)
            This noble end is, to produce the soul;
              To show the virtues in their fairest light;
                To make humanity the minister
                  Of bounteous Providence; and teach the breast
                    The generous luxury the gods enjoy.
      - John Armstrong

The rich are like beasts of burden, carrying treasure all day, and at the night of death unladen; they carry to their grave only the bruises and marks of their toil.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)

Believe not much them that seem to despise riches; for they despise them that despair of them; and none are worse when they come to them. Be not penny-wise; riches have wings, and sometimes they fly away of themselves, sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more.
      - Francis Bacon

I cannot call riches better than the baggage of virtue; the Roman word is better, impedimenta; for as the baggage is to an army, so is riches to virtue; it cannot be spared nor left behind, but it hindereth the march; yea, and the care of it sometimes loseth or disturbeth the victory; of great riches there is no real use, except it be in the distribution; the rest is but conceit.
      - Francis Bacon

Men leave their riches either to their kindred or their friends, and moderate portions prosper best in both.
      - Francis Bacon

Of great riches there is no real use, except in the distribution; the rest is but conceit.
      - Francis Bacon

Riches are a good handmaid, but the worst mistress.
      - Francis Bacon

Seek not proud riches, but such as thou mayest get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contentedly. Yet have no abstract nor friarly contempt of them.
      - Francis Bacon

The ways to enrich are many, and most of them foul. Parsimony is one of the best, and yet is not innocent; for it withholdeth men from works of liberality and charity.
      - Francis Bacon

Never respect men merely for their riches, but rather for their philanthropy; we do not value the sun for its height, but for its use.
      - Philip James Bailey

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

Riches are not an end of life but an instrument of life.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Riches without law are more dangerous than is poverty without law.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Some of God's noblest sons, I think, will be selected from those that know how to take wealth, with all its temptations, and maintain godliness therewith. It is hard to be a saint standing in a golden niche.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The rich and poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXII, v. 2)

Labor not to be rich; cease from thine own wisdom.
  Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXIII, v. 4-5)

Of all the riches that we hug, of all the pleasures we enjoy, we can carry no more out of this world than out of a dream.
      - James Bonnell

An eager pursuit of fortune is inconsistent with a severe devotion to truth. The heart must grow tranquil before the thought can become searching.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

The heart contracts as the pocket expands.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

The use we make of our fortune determines its sufficiency. A little is enough if used wisely, and too much if expended foolishly.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

How many threadbare souls are to be found under silken cloaks and gowns!
      - Thomas Brooks

He hath riches sufficient who hath enough to be charitable.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

Misery assails riches, as lightning does the highest towers; or as a tree that is heavy laden with fruit breaks its own boughs, so do riches destroy the virtue of their possessor.
      - Robert Burton

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