The seven deadly sins ... Food, clothing, firing, rent, taxes, respectability and children. Nothing can lift those seven milestones from man's neck but money; and the spirit cannot soar until the milestones are lifted.
- Booker T. Washington
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
"Money doesn't make
you happy, but it gives a zone of comfort around you."
- Maeve Binchy
A heavy purse makes
a light heart.
- Irish Proverb
"Money moves, like
planets, and its very movement reveals truths."
- from "Numb3rs"
"Praised be to God,
I neither live in poverty nor pomp, but in a very good indifferency, and
to a full content."
- William Fitzhugh of Virginia (1686)
The greatest good you
can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him
- Benjamin Disraeli
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Tell me what you eat,
and I will tell you what you are.
- Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, "The Physiology of Taste" (1825)
Whether they be old
or young, rich or poor, high or low, wise or foolish, ignorant or learned,
every individual is seen to be strongly actuated by a desire to be seen,
heard, talked of, approved and respected... a passion for distinction.
- John Adams
Reputation is only
a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it
is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
- James Russell Lowell
The crowds cheered
me as I passed by, but they would be just as noisy if they were going to
see me hanged.
- Oliver Cromwell, on the illusions of fame
To a man of pleasure
every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of
- Joseph Addison
What is so rare as
a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.
- James Russell Lowell
A combination of all
that was best in the gladdest days of the departing year...
- Shelby Foote, describing Christmas in the antebellum South, "The Civil War"
As life is action and
passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action
of his time, at peril of being judged not to have lived.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
If all else fails,
immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.
- John Kenneth Galbraith
It seems you haven't
really become a success until you have as many people as possible condemning
- Ian O'Doherty, "The Irish Independent"
Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.
- Edith Wharton
"I think perhaps the
secret of happiness lies in knowing which of our ambitions we can achieve."
- Dr. Fitzpiers, in Thomas Hardy's "The Woodlanders"
Happiness is the exercise
of vital powers, along lines of excellence, in a life affording them scope.
I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.
"If you owe your banker a thousand dollars
and have five hundred to pay him, you've got a problem; if you ower your
banker a million and you don't have a nickel, he's got a partner."
"The pursuit of material
things is ultimately pointless if one loses the things that are truly valuable
to the human spirit."
- Narration from "The Outer Limits: Alien Shop"
The grand essentials of life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for
- Joseph Addison
Sensible people find nothing useless.
- Jean de la Fontaine, "Fables"
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of ones values.
Know that the people
who are the richest are not those who have the most, but those who need
The mind is it's own place, and of itself can make a heaven of hell, and a hell of heaven
- Frederick Langbridge, 1849-1923.
Not in the clamour of the crowded street, Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.
The most unhappy of all men is he who believes himself to be so.
- David Hume
I must find a truth that is true for me.
I may not have gone
where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to
- Douglas Adams
Reality is that which,
when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
- Philip K. Dick
The most merciful thing
in the world... is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its
- H.P. Lovecraft
There are two tragedies
in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
- George Bernard Shaw
"Depend upon it that
if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not
disagreeable to him."
- Dr. Johnson
Real pain can alone
cure us of imaginary ills. We feel a thousand miseries till we are lucky
enough to feel misery.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Present fears are less
than horrible imaginings
- from Shakespeare's "Macbeth"
Tis better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven
If all the year were playing holidays,to sport would be as tedious as to work.
No profit grows where is no pleasure taken; In brief, sir, study what you most affect.
If Heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing, it would not have given them to such a scoundrel.
Barry was one of those
born clever enough at gaining a fortune, but incapable of keeping one.
For the qualities and energies which lead a man to achieve the first are
often the very cause of his ruin in the latter case.
- The Narrator, in "Barry Lyndon"
Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did.
- William Beckford
"I don't have the life
that I want."
"How would you know it if you had it? So you're miserable ó but at least you're rich and miserable."
- Dr. Ben Creed and John Bollandine, "Tempting Fate"
If you want to feel rich, just count all of the things you have that money can't buy.
Success is the child of audacity.
- Dorothea Brande
Fortune favours the prepared mind.
- Louis Pasteur
The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.
"Adversity and success
both contribute largely to making you what you are. If you don't experience
either one of those, you're being deprived of something."
- Shelby Foote
You got to have two things to win. You got to have brains and you got to have balls. Now you've got too much of one and not enough of the other.
- Damon Runyon
Good sense alone is a sedate and quiescent quality, which manages its possessions well, but does not increase them; it collects few materials for its own operations, and preserves safety, but never gains supremacy.
- Samuel Johnson
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.
- Sir Winston Churchill
Heroism consists in hanging on one minute longer.
- Mark Twain
A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.
- Michel de Montaigne
It is an exaggeration
to say we have nothing to fear but fear itself, but correct to say that
we have lots to fear from cowardice.
- Brendan Keenan
It takes a lot of moral
courage not to be afraid of being thought afraid.
- John Dill, British WW2 General
An utterly fearless man is a far more dangerous comrade than a coward.
- Herman Melville
There's such a thing as being too frightened to be a coward.
- Mark Steyn
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