The greatest wealth is
contentment with a little.

English Proverb

If all the gold in the world were melted down into a solid cube it would be about the size of an eight-room house. If a person got possession of all that gold--billions of dollars worth--he or she could not buy a friend, character, peace of mind, clear conscience, or a sense of eternity.

Charles F. Banning

I have no absolute right to my wealth; it comes from my ancestors, my parents and from the billions of people who have worked before me to learn, to develop, to create the foundations and wealth of this planet.  It is my turn to contribute to the progress of humanity.  I will be grateful for anything I am paid in return.

Robert Muller

One of the reasons the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class struggles in debt is because the subject of money is taught at home, not at school.

Robert Kiyosaki

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.



Money is good, love is wealth.

Doug Horton


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The only question with wealth is what do you do with it?

John D. Rockefeller, Jr.


Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound
to administer in his or her lifetime for the good of the community.

Andrew Carnegie


Wealth is a relative thing since those who have little and want less
are richer than those who have much but want more.

Charles Caleb Colton


If you're happy, you're wealthy.  Happiness doesn't need a bank account.

Mary Christelle Macaluso


Who is wealthy?  One who is happy with what they have.

Pirkei Avot

Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions.

Frank Lloyd Wright

It is wealth to be content.

Lao Tzu

Who is rich?  The one who rejoices in his or her portion.

The Talmud


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Seek not greater wealth, but simpler pleasure;
not higher fortune, but deeper felicity.

Mohandas Gandhi

The great enemy of freedom is the alignment of political power with wealth.
This alignment destroys the commonwealth-- that is, the natural wealth
of localities and the local economies of household, neighborhood, and
community-- and so destroys democracy, of which the
commonwealth is the foundation and practical means.

Wendell Berry
The Art of the Commonplace:
The Agrarian Essays


Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies
in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Anything that you learn becomes your wealth, a wealth that cannot be
taken away from you; whether you learn it in a building called school
or in the school of life.  To learn something new is a timeless pleasure
and a valuable treasure.  And not all things that you learn are taught to
you, but many things that you learn you realize you have taught yourself.

C. JoyBell C.

When people love each other, they are content with very little.  When we
have light and joy in our hearts, we don't need material wealth.  The most
loving communities are often the poorest.  If our own life is luxurious and
wasteful, we can't approach poor people.  If we love people, we want
to identify with them and share with them.

Jean Vanier
Community And Growth


If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free.
If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.

Edmund Burke


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Spiritual wealth can be a pathway to true and lasting happiness because
with it, we have a resource to provide for what may be needed.  Material
wealth may be dependent on many extraneous factors that can sometimes
be outside our control.  Spiritual wealth can be within our control because
it is an "inside job."  We are the ones who determine how much or how
little we open our hearts and our minds.  If we take inventory and find
ourselves lacking in spiritual wealth, we have the opportunity to replenish
the supply.  Within us can be found the necessary tools for building
productive and happy lives.  We can access the ability to be useful and,
thereby, enjoy life, regardless of what may be taking place around us.

John Marks Templeton
Worldwide Laws of Life

Money is more or less static, for gold, silver, strong paper, or a bank balance
can “stay put” for a long time. But real wealth, such as food, is perishable. Thus
a community may possess all the gold in the world, but
if it does not farm its crops it will starve.

Alan Watts
The Wisdom of Insecurity

Real wealth does not depend on worldly status or a bank balance.
It is available in the sweeping cloud formations above you, the soft
grass under your bare feet, the light in your children’s eyes, and
your funny cat. If we could realize the depth and extent of the gifts
we have already been given, we would attain heights of ecstasy
that collecting stuff will never achieve.

Alan Cohen
The Tao Made Easy