For just as poets love their own works, and fathers their own children, in the same way those who have created a fortune value their money, not merely for its uses, like other persons, but because it is their own production. This makes them moreover disagreeable companions, because they will praise nothing but riches.
For neither birth, nor wealth, nor honors, can awaken in the minds of men the principles which should guide those who from their youth aspire to an honorable and excellent life, as Love awakens them
Health, beauty, vigor, riches, and all the other things called goods, operate equally as evils to the vicious and unjust, as they do as benefits to the just.
Grant that I may become beautiful in my soul within, and that all my external possessions may be in harmony with my inner self. May I consider the wise to be rich, and may I have such riches as only a person of self-restraint can bear or endure.
Whence comes war and fighting, and factions Whence but from the body and the lust of the body Wars are occasioned by the love of money, and money has to be acquired for the same and service of the body.
Any city however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich. These are at war with one another.
The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
Is it not also true that no physician, in so far as he is a physician, considers or enjoins what is for the physician's interest, but that all seek the good of their patients For we have agreed that a physician strictly so called, is a ruler of bodies, and not a maker of money, have we not
Wealth is well known to be a great comforter.
... you did not seem to me over-fond of money. And this is the way in general with those who have not made it themselves, while those who have are twice as fond of it as anyone else. For just as poets are fond of their own poems, and fathers of their own children, so money-makers become devoted to money, not only because, like other people, they find it useful, but because its their own creation.
Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
Wealth is the parent of luxury and indolence, and poverty of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.
All wars are fought for the sake of getting money.
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