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DiogenesIn a rich man's house there is no place to spit but his face.

—  Diogenes, 410-323 BC, Ancient Greek Cynic philosopher

Mignon McLaughlinThe poor have the same basic pleasures as the rich, and the rich will always resent it.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

Steve JobsBeing the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful...that’s what matters to me.

—  Steve Jobs, 1955-2011, American businessman

Donald TrumpThe beauty of me is that I’m very rich.

—  Donald Trump, 1946-, President of the USA

George Bernard ShawIn an ugly and unhappy world, the richest man can purchase nothing but ugliness and unhappiness.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Rutherford B. HayesAbolish plutocracy if you would abolish poverty.

—  Rutherford B. Hayes, 1822-1893, American President [1877-1881]

George W. BushThis is an impressive crowd: the Have's and Have-more's. Some people call you the elites. I call you my base.

—  George W. Bush, 1946-, American President

George Bernard ShawThe more I see of the moneyed classes, the more I understand the guillotine

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Vladimir LeninCapital, created by the labor of the worker, crushes the worker, ruining small proprietors and creating an army of unemployed.

—  Vladimir Lenin, 1870-1924, Soviet revolutionary & leader

ConfuciusTo be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerPeople of Wealth and the so called upper class suffer the most from boredom.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Immanuel KantWe are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.

—  Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804, German philosopher

Jean-Paul SartreWhen the rich make war, it's the poor that die.

—  Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905-1980, French philosopher

TalleyrandThe rich man despises those who flatter him too much, and hates those who do not flatter him at all.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

Aristotle OnassisYou are not truly wealthy unless you earn money while you are sleeping.

—  Aristotle Onassis, 1900-1975, Greek tycoon

Samuel JohnsonIt is better to live rich than to die rich.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

G. K. ChestertonThe rich are the scum of the earth in every country.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Victor HugoAdversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Henry David ThoreauThe rich man is always sold to the institution which makes him rich.

—  Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862, American writer

Elbert HubbardIt takes brains to make money, but any dam fool can inherit.
P.S.: I never inherited any money.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

Franklin RooseveltOrganized money hates me--and I welcome their hatred!

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

ConfuciusWhen a country is well governed, poverty and a mean condition are things to be ashamed of. When a country is ill governed, riches and honor are things to be ashamed of.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher


Bible Quotes

Old TestamentHe swallows riches, But will vomit them up; God will expel them from his belly.

—  Old Testament ‐ Job 20:15


Latin Quotes

SenecaA great fortune is a great slavery.

Magna servitus est magna fortuna.

—  Seneca, 4 AD-65 AD, Roman philosopher

Latin proverbA rich man is either a knave, or the heir of a knave.

Dives aut iniquus est, aut iniqui haeres.

—  Latin proverb


Proverbs

Yiddish proverbThe poor man’s enemies are few, the rich man’s friends are even fewer.

—  Yiddish proverb

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