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Henry David Thoreau Quotes on Money & Wealth (17 Quotes)


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  • O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.
    (Henry David Thoreau, "Walden, or Life in the Woods")

  • The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poor-house. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man's abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.
    (Henry David Thoreau, "Walden, or Life in the Woods")

  • Those things for which the most money is demanded are never the things which the student most wants. Tuition, for instance, is an important item in the term bill, while for the far more valuable education which he gets by associating with the most cultivated of his contemporaries no charge is made.
    (Henry David Thoreau, "Walden, or Life in the Woods")

  • The rich man ... is always sold to the institution which makes him rich. Absolutely speaking, the more money, the less virtue.
    (Henry David Thoreau)

  • Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only. Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul.
    (Henry David Thoreau)


  • Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
    (Henry David Thoreau)

  • To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.
    (Henry David Thoreau)

  • Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.
    (Henry David Thoreau)

  • If you give money, spend yourself with it.
    (Henry David Thoreau)

  • The best thing a man can do for his culture when he is rich is to endeavor to carry out those schemes which he entertained when he was poor
    (Henry David Thoreau)

  • Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.
    (Henry David Thoreau)

  • I would give all the wealth of the world, and all the deeds of all the heroes, for one true vision.
    (Henry David Thoreau)

  • Almost any man knows how to earn money, but not one in a million knows how to spend it.
    (Henry David Thoreau)

  • The only wealth is life.
    (Henry David Thoreau)

  • . Give me the poverty that enjoys true wealth.
    (Henry David Thoreau)


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