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Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man. Benjamin Disraeli
Money brings some happiness. But after a certain point, it just brings more money. Neil Simon
The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people. Andrew Johnson
Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community. Andrew Carnegie
The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force. George Bancroft
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. John F. Kennedy
I don't like Communism because it hands out wealth through rationing books. Omar Torrijos Herrera
Prosperity is the best protector of principle. Mark Twain
A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers. Friedrich August von Hayek
If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place. Margaret Mead
Prosperity makes few friends. Luc de Clapiers
A man may be a tough, concentrated, successful money-maker and never contribute to his country anything more than a horrible example. Robert Menzies
It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble. Jane Austen
Pleasure is a shadow, wealth is vanity, and power a pageant; but knowledge is ecstatic in enjoyment, perennial in frame, unlimited in space and indefinite in duration. DeWitt Clinton
The issue of wealth inequality is ... the great moral issue of our time. Bernie Sanders
Corporate greed, where they need more and more and more, regardless of how much they already have, is ruining the economy of this country. Bernie Sanders
Colleges and universities divide families by income, providing access to the best schools for those with accumulated wealth. Low- or moderate-income families are relegated to the less prestigious schools where the resources for advancement are fewer than those provided at better financed schools. C. Anthony Broh
Power always follows Property. This I believe to be as infallible a Maxim, in Politicks, as, that Action and Re-action are equal, is in Mechanicks. Nay I believe We may advance one Step farther and affirm that the Ballance of Power in a Society, accompanies the Ballance of Property in Land. The only possible Way then of preserving the Ballance of Power on the side of equal Liberty and public Virtue, is to make the Acquisition of Land easy to every Member of Society: to make a Division of the Land into Small Quantities, So that the Multitude may be possessed of landed Estates. If the Multitude is possessed of the Ballance of real Estate, the Multitude will have the Ballance of Power, and in that Case the Multitude will take Care of the Liberty, Virtue, and Interest of the Multitude in all Acts of Government. John Adams
Things of this World are in so constant a Flux, that nothing remains long in the same State. Thus People, Riches, Trade, Power, change their Stations; flourishing mighty Cities come to ruine, and prove in time neglected desolate Corners, whilst other unfrequented places grow into populous Countries, fill'd with Wealth and Inhabitants. John Locke
The men of middling property and poor men can never be safe in a mixed representation with the men of over-grown property. Benjamin Rush
I think the Right has made a serious mistake in adopting a moral-values strategy, because they’re winning in the short run. But in the long run, they’re going to lose this debate because they won’t be able to restrict it to two issues (abortion & gay marriage). Once you open that door to a values conversation, it’s going to undercut a right-wing economic agenda, which values wealth over work and favors the rich over the poor, or resorts to war as the first resort and not the last. Jim Wallis
We cannot have homeless people in our society. It's just wrong. Adrienne Clarkson
We have about 50% of the world's wealth but only 6.3% of its population…. we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment … George F. Kennan
If you want to take my guns away from me, and you’re all for murdering fetuses, and love it when homosexuals marry each other, and want to give them kitchen appliances at their showers, and you’re for the poor, you’re a liberal. If you are against those perversions and for the rich, you’re a conservative. What could be simpler? Kurt Vonnegut
The combined Gross Domestic Product of forty-eight countries is less than the wealth of the three richest people in the world. Fifteen billionaires have assets greater than the total national income of Africa, south of the Sahara. Thirty-two people own more than the annual income of everyone who lives in South Asia. Ken Coates
After all our experience we are sure that America is the only country able to help us. Kemal Ataturk
Our tribunals — unlike those in the United States — have been traditionally subordinated to political power. Mexico has a history of corrupt elections where the will of the people has been subverted by the wealthy and powerful. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
For the lower classes it is economic. They need to work and appear proper, so they veil. By contrast, wealthier and more educated families frequently have histories in which mothers and aunts took off the veil more than 80 years ago. Rima Husni
How different has been the course pursued by the Unitarian party. How few of that numerous body, powerful from wealth and education, whether ministers or laymen, have placed themselves by the side of the suffering bondman. The freedom of discussion, which was fearlessly applied to metaphysical doctrines and theological subtleties, was found to be a dangerous weapon when it was used for the examination of an institution, the ramification of which entwined themselves around every altar of mammon worship Edmund Quincy
We draw the line against misconduct. Not against wealth. Theodore Roosevelt
Traitor to his class Anonymous
Of course there are Chinese millionaires in big cars and big houses. Is it the answer to make a few Malay millionaires with big cars and big houses? …. Meanwhile, whenever there is a failure of economic, social and educational policies, you come back and say, oh, these wicked Chinese, Indian and others opposing Malay rights. They don't oppose Malay rights. They, the Malay, have the right as Malaysian citizens to go up to the level of training and education that the more competitive societies, the non-Malay society, has produced. That is what must be done, isn't it? Not to feed them with this obscurantist doctrine that all they have got to do is to get Malay rights for the few special Malays and their problem has been resolved. Lee Kuan Yew
Malefactors of great wealth Theodore Roosevelt
Web of corruption Criminals of great wealth Apologists for corrupt wealth Powerful wrongdoers Hypocritical baseness Peculiarly flagrant iniquity Flagrant dishonesty Rottenness Greed, trickery and cunning Representatives of predatory wealth Wealth accumulated by iniquity Corrupt men of wealth Law-defying wealth Mammon of unrighteousness Very wealthy criminals Corruption of organized politics Evil eminence of infamy The death knell of the Republic Wealthy malefactors Theodore Roosevelt
Quite frequently, economic needs may compel people to act against their best impulses, even strongly felt natural values. Murray Bookchin
The hardest way to make a million dollars is to become a United States senator. Any vicious, impudent, brazen, shrewd, gifted person can think of an infinite number of better ways to become rich than to become a crooked politician. Walter Karp
Those who have been most fortunate in amassing wealth in our country should return a portion to the nation, since in many ways they have benefitted the most from our American way of life. Lee Farris
The seven blunders that human society commits and cause all the violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, and politics without principles Mohandas K. Gandhi
Share the Wealth Huey P. Long
Nobody in America lives at the survival level, Most people in the world would love to live the way poor Americans live. Rick Warren
One of the most disruptive forces in politics is the feeling that wealth is concentrated in the hands of an alien people. Vijay Singh
The better the citizenry as a whole are educated, the wider and more sensible public participation, debate and social mobility will be. Any serious rivalry from private education systems will siphon off Élites and thus fatally weaken both the drive and the financing of the state system. That a private system may be able to offer to a limited number of students the finest education in the world is irrelevant. Highly sophisticated Élites are the easiest and least original thing a society can produce. The most difficult and the most valuable is a well-educated populace. John Ralston Saul
Democracy is nothing but the Tyranny of Majorities, the most abominable tyranny of all, for it is not based on the authority of a religion, not upon the nobility of a race, not on the merits of talents and of riches. It merely rests upon numbers and hides behind the name of the people. Pierre Joseph Proudhon
Better educated than wealthy Welsh Proverb
Money is the key that opens all locks. Welsh Proverb
If class warfare is being waged in America, my class is clearly winning. Warren Buffett
Beliefs are also both functional and social. Functionally, beliefs inform us when we choose our actions, given our preferences. But many of our beliefs are also social, in that others see and react to our beliefs. So beliefs can also allow us to identify with groups, to demonstrate our independence and creativity, and to signal our wealth, profession, and social status. Robin Hanson
The Christian church has set up a religion of pomp and revenue in pretended imitation of a person (Jesus) who lived a life of poverty. Thomas Paine
…an enormous Proportion of Property vested in a few individuals is dangerous to the Rights, and destructive of the Common Happiness of Mankind… Gordon S. Wood
He who loves wine … shall not be rich. Book of Proverbs; Solomon
Wealth makes many friends; but the poor is deserted by his neighbor. Book of Proverbs; Solomon
I am a gentleman. I live by robbing the poor. George Bernard Shaw
When a society is economically dominant, it is easy for its members to assume that such dominance reflects a deeper superiority—whether religious, racial, genetic, ethnic, cultural, or institutional—rather than an accident of timing or geography. Jeffrey Sachs
Abolish plutocracy if you would abolish poverty. As millionaires increase, pauperism grows. The more millionaires, the more paupers Rutherford B. Hayes
The problem is, how can we help them get rich and stay rich ourselves? Clyde Prestowitz
If the wealth of the whole world is, as you say, “pre-eminently and beneficially the nation's wealth,” how is it that thousands of able-bodied, willing, earnest men and women are suffering the pangs of hunger? We may boast of our wealth and civilization, but to the hungry man and woman and child our progress is a hollow mockery, our civilization a sham, and our national wealth a chimera. Samuel Gompers
We are living in a Golden Age, the most gilded Golden Age of human history—not only of past history, but of future history. Aldous Huxley
Which shall rule - wealth or man; which shall lead - money or intellect. Edward G. Ryan
It is hard to redistribute wealth of there is no productive class producing it. Alvaro Vargas Llosa
Redistribution of wealth has rarely been from the rich to the poor. Usually it is from the poor and middle class to the rich. Alvaro Vargas Llosa
Money is power, and you ought to be reasonably ambitious to have it. You ought because you can do more good with it than you could do without it. Money printed your Bible, money builds your churches, money sends your missionaries, and money pays your preachers, and you would not have many of them, either, if you did not pay them. Russell H. Conwell
Everything must be in contrast at an affair like this. You know, to show anything off properly you must have the contrast. Now, I am here tonight representing poverty. We have enough wealth right here at this table, right here at the speaker's table alone---their conscience should hurt them, which I doubt if it does---so that we could liquidate our national debt. Every rich man reaches a time in his career when he comes to a turning point and starts to give it away. Will Rogers
Wealth conquered Rome after Rome had conquered the world. Italian Proverb
There is plenty of corn in Castile, but he who has none, starves. Portuguese Proverb
Wind and fortune are not lasting. Portuguese Proverb
If a rich man ate a snake, they would say it was because of his wisdom. Portuguese Proverb
Laws go where money pleases. Portuguese Proverb
The great vice of democracy --- a vice which is exacting a bitter retribution from it at this moment - is that for a generation we have been busy getting ourselves on to the list of beneficiaries and removing ourselves from the list of contributors, as if somewhere there was somebody else's wealth and somebody else's effort on which we could thrive. Robert Menzies
To realize democracy it is necessary to absolutely eliminate ... colour from all State and social policy, unless you would justify ... caste, wealth, rank, birth and education, as giving title to privileged treatment ... Bernard O'Dowd
We have now had a long period of very limited participation in the growth of our society…. If you are going to have broad based political support for economic policies, you have to have broad based participation in the benefits of those policies…. This is a change of historic proportions. Robert E. Rubin
Is the Muslim who is an American citizen ---... Is he really an American citizen who loves America, or does he belong to a fifth column, with loyalties that lie elsewhere, and he is only using America temporarily to accumulate wealth? Khaled Abu Alfadhl
The investigation has shown, let us hope, privilege at its worst. The trail is one of dishonesty, greed, violation of law, secrecy, concealment, evasion, falsehood, and cunning. It is a trail of betrayals by trusted and presumably honorable men--betrayals of a government, of certain business interests and the people who trusted and honored them; it is a trail showing a flagrant degree of the exercise of political power and influence, and the power and influence of great wealth upon individuals and political parties; it is the trail of despoilers and schemers, far more dangerous to the well-being of our Nation and our democracy than all those who have been deported Gerald Nye
Is it best to put the pseudo-aristoi (of wealth and birth) into a separate chamber of legislation, where they may be hindered from doing mischief by their coordinate branches, and where, also, they may be a protection to wealth against the agrarian and plundering enterprises of the majority of the people? I think that to give them power in order to prevent them from doing mischief is arming them for it, and increasing instead of remedying the evil. For if the coordinate branches can arrest their action, so may they that of the coordinates. Mischief may be done negatively as well as positively... Nor do I believe them necessary to protect the wealthy; because enough of these will find their way into every branch of the legislation to protect themselves Thomas Jefferson
Do not be frightened into their surrender by the alarms of the timid, or the croakings of wealth against the ascendancy of the people. Thomas Jefferson
Wealth, title, office, are no recommendations to my friendship. On the contrary, great good qualities are requisite to make amends for their having wealth, title, and office. Thomas Jefferson
There is also an artificial aristocracy founded on wealth and birth, without either virtue or talents;... The artificial aristocracy is a mischievous ingredient in government, and provision should be made to prevent its ascendancy. Thomas Jefferson
Where some people are very wealthy and others have nothing, the result will be either extreme democracy or absolute oligarchy, or despotism will come from either of those excesses. Aristotle
Steam and the telegraph and other machinery have required capital greater than any individual can furnish. Henry L. Stimson
These days the Jews have reached their dreams. They’re rich; they reign supreme…O Egyptians, here’s my advice to you. Turn Jewish, since the heavens have turned Jew! Sa’d Abu
Never forget that there are rich people in poor countries and poor people in rich countries. Michael Harrington
If a rich man ate a snake, they would say it was because of his wisdom. Portuguese Proverb
Laws go where money pleases. Portuguese Proverb
There is always greed. There is nothing wrong with greed. Tony Blankley
The power which a multiple millionaire, who may be my neighbor and perhaps my employer, has over me is very much less than that which the smallest "functionaire" possesses who wields the coercive power of the state, and on whose desecration it depends whether and how I am allowed to live or to work. Friedrich A. Hayek
Such forms of wealth as gold, silver, precious stones are only minerals and products having an exchange value. It is social effort, the search for profit and the use of tools that cause the increase or decrease of the quantity of precious metals in circulation and hence, the real wealth of a King Ibn Khaldoun
When the ruler abusively increases taxes, it discourages the crafts from applying their skills to the creation of new wealth Ibn Khaldoun
In Islamic Law, public interest is defined by the preservation of five universal needs, which are as follows: 1. Preservation of the religion. 2. Preservation of life. 3. Preservation of the rational faculties. 4. Preservation of wealth. 5. Preservation of lineage. Sheikh Abd Al-Wahhab Al-Turayri
If you don't have much money, you don't have much chance against a rich opponent, whether you are suing them or they are suing you. Cases can go on for years. Judgments can be appealed. The costs become enormous. Only those with deep pockets can pursue such cases to the end. Brian Martin
A capitalist democracy is a competitive society where predatory pressure groups struggle for wealth and prestige and jockey for power. Sam Dolgoff; Sam Weiner; Sholem Dolgopolsky
The ability to take advantage of freedom and democracy is proportional to the size of your bank account. Lech Walesa
To be American in the United States means to be white, protestant, and very rich. This excludes almost entirely black people and anyone else who can be easily identified. Richard Wright
Power, before it comes from arms or wealth, emanates from ideas. Kenneth Neil Cukier
Money does not choose people. Albanian Proverb
The king comes out two times and each year in order that all should see him and is accompanied by 200 elephants on which there are mounted many lords and captain’s, and he is accompanied by five to 6000 guardsmen is carried on an elephant, sitting on a very ornate chair and one of his pages sits on the elephants head and carries a golden rope on his right hand was a bag full of coins which he distributes as alms. Fernao Mendez Pinto
Nigeria must be one of the very few countries in the world where a man’s source of wealth is of no concern to his neighbors, the public or the government. Once a man is able to dole out money, the churches pray for him, he collects chieftancy titles and hobnobs with those who govern. The message to those who have not made it is clear: just be rich, the ways and means are irrelevant A. K. Ubeku
Modern liberal societies cannot be based on a simple assertion of group identity - the very idea of the rule of law, of equal legal treatment for everyone regardless of religion, wealth, gender or ethnicity, conflicts with it. David Goodhart
As we grow richer, the ties that used to bind workers together in a risk-pooling welfare state (first locally, later nationally) have loosened. David Goodhart
The central issue of our time remains the fact that the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer. Ivan Illich
The health of our nation is the wealth of our nation. Anonymous
It Is Glorious To Be Rich Anonymous
We affirm, as a fundamental principle, that labor, the creator of wealth, is entitled to all it creates. Anonymous
Nothing appeared rich but the churches, nobody fat but the clergy. John Quincy Adams
In this country, politicians of desperate private fortunes always find the means of keeping themselves above water as public men. John Quincy Adams
Was there or will there ever be a nation whose individuals were all equal, in natural and acquired qualities, in virtues, talents, and riches? The answer in all mankind must be in the negative. John Adams
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen. Samuel Adams
Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will, like them, only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful easily break through them. Anacharsis
Sociometric status is a powerful determinant of health. Marcia Angell
I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human being become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of respectability at a commensurate speed. Maya Angelou
What is the essence of kingship? [It is] to rule oneself well, and not be led astray by wealth or fame. Letter of Aristeas
No one should have more than five times the wealth of the poorest person. Aristotle
I think the best country is one in which rich Jews feel like living. Taro Aso
To live well in the second half of the 1990s and into the 21st Century, Australians have to produce and trade better than we have in the past….to improve workers' living standards and generate more jobs, we need to make major changes in the way our companies are managed and our factories produce wealth Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union
All social institutions should aim at the moral, intellectual and physical improvement of the most numerous and poorest class. All privileges of birth to be abolished without exception. The task of each be according to his capacity, the wealth of each be according to his works. Saint-Amand Bazard; Claude Henri
Is it our party's position that Americans are rich enough to police the world but not rich enough to take care of our own? Warren Beatty
There is no wealth like health. Wisdom of Ben Sira
You can easily rebuild wealth, but you cannot create liberty when it has gone. Ernest Bevin
A political huckster, who lives upon the reputation as well as the wealth of his ancestors; intense egotism being the characteristic of his appearance, and selfishness that of his action. Boston Atlas
We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis
Government in this country is made up of the landed interest, which alone has the right to be represented. As for the rabble, who have nothing but personal property, what hold has the nation of them? What security for the payment of their taxes? They may pack up all their property on their backs, and leave the country in the twinkling of an eye. Robert MacQueen Braxfield
Much of the existing wealth of this country takes the form of rights that do not fall within traditional common-law concepts of property. William J. Brennan, Jr.
It is the unvarying law that the wealth of the community will be in the hands of the few ... David J. Brewer
The power of groups of men organized by incorporation ... or of small knots of rich men acting in combination has developed with unexpected strength in unexpected ways, overshadowing individuals and even communities, and showing that the very freedom of association which men sought to secure by law when they were threatened by the violence of the potentates may, under the shelter of law, ripen into a new form of tyranny. James Bryce
There is no society, however free and democratic, where wealth will not create an aristocracy. Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton
lt is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere. Edmund Burke
All power will infallibly draw wealth to itself by some means or other. Edmund Burke
Some call you the elite. I call you my base. George W. Bush
The interior [of Africa] is mostly a magnificent and healthy country of unspeakable riches. Verney Lovett Cameron
A man who dies … rich, lies disgraced. Andrew Carnegie
The Republic may not give wealth or happiness; she has not promised these. It is the freedom to pursue these, not their realization, which the Declaration of Independence claims. Andrew Carnegie
May you be as rich as a Republican and have the sex life of a Democrat. Johnny Carson
…In certain parts of Latin America, the seizure of the vast majority of the wealth by an oligarchy of owners bereft of social consciousness, the practical absence or the shortcomings of a rule of law, military dictators making a mockery of elementary human rights, the corruption of certain powerful officials, the savage practices of some foreign capital interests constitute factors which nourish a passion for revolt among those who thus consider themselves the powerless victims of a new colonialism in the technological, financial, monetary, or economic order. Catholic Church
Support of private ownership does not mean that anyone has the right to unlimited accumulation of wealth Catholic Church
Unless combated and overcome by social and political action, the influence of the new industrial and technological order favors the concentration of wealth, power and decision-making in the hands of a small public or private controlling group. Catholic Church
No man can always have riches. Geoffrey Chaucer
Communism is a hateful thing and a menace to peace and organized government; but the communism of combined wealth and capital, the outgrowth of over weening cupidity and selfishness, which insidiously undermines the justice and integrity of free institutions, is not less dangerous than the communism of oppressed poverty and toil, which, exasperated by injustice and discontent, attacks with wild disorder the citadel of rule. Grover Cleveland
We discover that the fortunes realized by our manufacturers are no longer solely the reward of sturdy industry and enlightened foresight, but that they result from the discriminating favor of the government. Grover Cleveland
Don't come in [to the Senate] without assets and remain that way.... Go out and accumulate some capital and then try and run for the Senate. William S. Cohen
In recent times, modern science has developed to give mankind, for the first time in the history of the human race, a way of securing a more abundant life which does not simply consist in taking away from someone else.... Science really creates wealth and opportunity which did not exist before. Karl Compton
In a well-governed nation poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a badly governed country wealth is something to be ashamed of. Confucius; Kung Fu-tse
When wealth is centralized, the people are dispersed. When wealth is distributed, the people are united. Confucius; Kung Fu-tse
We justify the greater and greater accumulation of capital because we believe that therefrom flows the support of all science, art, learning, and the charities which minister to the humanities of life, all carrying their beneficent effects to the people as a whole. Unless this is measurably true our system of civilization ought to stand condemned. Calvin Coolidge
I have about half a million dollars more than my family will need. What is the best thing I can do with it for the State. Ezra Cornell
We have discovered a land rich in gold, pearls, and other things … There are in the city many large and beautiful houses … and pleasant gardens …. Two great aqueducts made of mortar … The people are dressed with elegance and [have a ] courtly bearing …. Considering that these people are barbarous, lacking knowledge of God and communication with other civilized nations, it is remarkable to see all that they have. Hernan Cortes
(Referring to president Herbert Hoover) ... the banker's friend, the Holy Ghost of the rich, the protective angel of Wall Street. Charles E. Coughlin
Scotland has long groaned under the chains of England and knows that its connection there has been the source of its greatest misfortunes …. We bartered our liberty, and with it our morals, for a little wealth. Lord Daer
The greatest enemy a man can have is his prosperity. Samuel Daniel
to the end that wealth may bear its due proportion of the expenses of government. Democratic Party
In any country where talent and virtue produce no advancement, money will be the national god. Its inhabitants will either have to possess money or make others believe that they do. Wealth will be the highest virtue, poverty the greatest vice. Denis Diderot
Power is more satisfying to some than wealth.... Power is, indeed, a heady thing—whether it be a King, a President, a Legislature, a Court, or an Administration agency that is concerned. William O. Douglas
War seldom enters but where wealth allures. John Dryden
A person who is no longer with us has a rather difficult time proving his innocence …. In Texas and elsewhere in the country, people’s innocence is determined by their income. Rodney Ellis
People say law but they mean wealth. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The prince should try to prevent too great an inequality of wealth .... prevent the wealth of the multitude from being hoarded by a few. Desiderius Erasmus
Nothing prospers to the end. Euripides
If you can actually count your money, then you are not really a rich man. J. Paul Getty
As in most country constituencies, the majority of those of wealth or large property are on the Conservative side. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
Poverty is born of super-abundance itself. Charles Fourier
Honest mediocrity is the most suitable condition for states; riches lead to softness and corruption. Frederick II
The rich follow Wealth, and the Poor the Rich. Thomas Fuller
It is difficult but not impossible to conduct strictly honest business. What is true is that honesty is incompatible with the amassing of a large fortune. Mohandas K. Gandhi
All amassing of wealth or hoarding of wealth above and beyond one's legitimate needs is theft. Mohandas K. Gandhi
It is difficult but not impossible to conduct strictly honest business. What is true is that honesty is incompatible with the amassing of a large fortune. Mohandas K. Gandhi
All these black people want to be related to Thomas Jefferson. I want to be related to Bill Gates. Henry Louis Gates Jr.
There are a lot of Americans who do not realize that their financial comfort is a consequence of conditions and programs in this country that made it possible for them to be wealthy. William H. Gates Sr.
Where the conditions to which material progress everywhere tends are most fully realized, we find the deepest poverty .... Amid the greatest accumulations of wealth, men die of starvation, and puny infants suckle dry breasts. Henry George
Capital is good; the capitalist is a helper if he is not also a monopolist. We can safely let any one get as rich as he can if he will not despoil others in doing so. Henry George
There are three ways by which an individual can get wealth—by work, by gift, and by theft. And, clearly, the reason why the workers get so little is that the beggars and thieves get so much. Henry George
So long as all the increased wealth which modern progress brings, goes but to build up great fortunes, to increase luxury, and make sharper the contest between the House of Have and the House of Want, progress is not real and cannot be permanent. Henry George
Nothing confers freedom like a buck in the bank. Malcolm Forbes
The wealth of a country is in its working people. Theodor Herzl
That system, unequal as it is indefensible, is the mightiest engine of oppression imposed upon an honest yeomanry since the feudal ages. This system places a high premium on wealth and a severe penalty on poverty. Cordell Hull
Asia is rich in people, rich in culture, and rich in resources. It is also rich in trouble. Hubert Humphrey
Economic factors are critically important in the prevention of illness. James C. Hurowitz
Distinction in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. Andrew Jackson
Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. Andrew Jackson
My observations do not enable me to say I think integrity the characteristic of wealth ... The decisions of the people in a body, will be more honest and more disinterested than those of wealthy men. Thomas Jefferson
I have not observed men's honesty to increase with their riches. Thomas Jefferson
Instead of an aristocracy of wealth, of more harm and danger than benefit, to society, and scattered with equal hand throughout all its conditions. Thomas Jefferson
All riches come from iniquity, and unless one has lost, another cannot gain. Saint Jerome; Hieronymus
Taxes on acquired wealth would be the fairest solution. But such taxes have met an invincible resistance among the possessors, who are the most powerful. … The selfishness of possessing classes is not reducible. We have to adopt to it. Gaston Jeze
Your imagination, your initiative, and your indignation will determine whether we build a society where progress is the servant of our needs, or a society where old values and new visions are buried under unbridled growth. For in your time we have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society, and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society. Lyndon B. Johnson
You are the biggest part of the population in the state. You create its wealth. Mary Harris Jones; Mother Jones
Labor is the only means of creating wealth. William Lyon Mackenzie
To become a successful hegemon, it helps to be both very rich and very big. Angus Maddison
I want to see wealth cascading down the generations. John Major
Liberty … is to go to all, and not to the few or the rich alone. Thomas Jefferson
Economic developments made modern democracy possible. Joyce Appleby
Most corporations are against socialism except when it comes to benefits for themselves Jack Lessenberry
The wealth acquired by speculation and plunder, is fugacious in its nature, and fills society with the spirit of gambling. Thomas Jefferson
The elderly of the baby boomer generation will not put up with the traditional discrimination against the elderly. They have the demographic and they have the dollars. William Novelli
Neither friends nor wealth nor learning have the power to make us glad. Mary Queen of Scots
In England, justice is open to all, like the Ritz hotel. James Mathew
As London is the greatest of all cities, there is naturally the greatest amount of human wretchedness to be seen concentrated within it; wretchedness too, that is made to look still more wretched, simply from the fact of its being associated with the most abundant comfort in the world. Henry Mayhew
The commonly urged identification of Constitutional freedom with the freedom of business enterprise is an illusion which could be entertained only in a society which is too busy in seeking success to give time or energy to finding out what success is. Alexander Meiklejohn
The concentration of income inside the United States is striking, but it pales in comparison with the concentration worldwide to which the economic system headed by the United States has given rise. Lorenzo Meyer
Levying the taxes … does not impede the industry, or unnecessarily interfere with the liberty, of the citizen, promotes, not the preservation only, but the increase of the national wealth, and encourages a more active use of the individual faculties. John Stuart Mill
Slavery is not a national evil; on the contrary, it is a national benefit. Involuntary slavery has the advantage, since all who enjoy political liberty are then in fact free. Wealth gives no influence at the polls [in the South]; it does where white men perform the menial services which slaves do here. Stephen D. Miller
Even if a country has money and technology, if it is retarded spiritually or morally, we cannot say it is advanced. Mahathir Mohamad
When you lower trade barriers and level the playing field, you create a mutual pool of wealth. Brian Mulroney
It was to guard against the encroachment of power, the insatiate ambition of wealth that this government was instituted by the people themselves. William Leggett
Muslims have been hating us for centuries …. Bernard Lewis
You [a country] cannot be rich, successful and powerful and still be loved, particularly be those who have little success, wealth or power. Bernard Lewis
You can’t be rich, strong, and loved, particularly by those who are not rich or strong. Bernard Lewis
It is best for all to leave each man free to acquire property as fast as he can. Some will get wealthy. I don’t believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good. So while we do not propose any war upon capital, we do wish to allow the humblest man an equal chance to get rich with everybody else. Abraham Lincoln
I have very large ideas about the mineral wealth of the nation. I believe it practically inexhaustible. Abraham Lincoln
Liberty produces wealth and wealth destroys liberty. Henry Demarest Lloyd
The real wealth of a nation resides in its farms and factories and the people who man them. John F. Kennedy
Wealth is the means and people are the ends. John F. Kennedy
Jews are as rich as Episcopalians, but they vote like Puerto Ricans. Irving Kristol
Unprincipled men inflict injuries on others, because the laws are practically not valid against all classes. A transgressor who belongs to the wealthy classes is not punished for his injustice, while a poor man, who does not understand business, undergoes the legal penalty, that is if he does not depart this life before the trial, so long is the course of lawsuits protracted, and so much money is expended on them. The climax of the misery is to have to pay in order to obtain justice. For no one will give a court to the injured man unless he pay a sum of money to the judge and the judge's clerks Attila
We’ve taken care not to penalize the wealthy but we have to redistribute some income …It is through reform that we can obtain fairness in the modern world…A reformed welfare state is the only way to obtain social justice. Tony Blair
Having wealth and prestige by being a court official comes at a cost. Being poor and having low social status give people freedom. Chinese Proverb
Those wealthy people purchase books to put on their book shelves for display rather than for reading. Chinese Proverb
In all Places it is observed, that Great Men alwayes have their Followers, who hang on their Skirts; and some who have no thoughts of their own, make the Rich and Powerful their Oracle John Colman
Your parents would probably want you to be more like Bill Gates than like Bill Clinton. Dinesh D'Souza
As to the wealth of the nation, that undoubtedly lies chiefly among the trading part of the people Daniel Defoe
This, then, is first what I will: that every man be worthy of folk-right, as well poor as rich; and that righteous dooms be judged to him; Edgar
For the good of Spain, I should like there to be rather fewer rich people and rather fewer poor. Francisco Franco
By the will of Fate wealth influences everything. Rulers are slaves of their means. Frederick II
The Riches or Strength of a Nation consists in the Number of its Inhabitants Isaac Gervaise
It is the custom of the Apostolic see to prescribe these rules to bishops when they are ordained: that all emoluments which accrue, are to be divided into four portions ;—one for the bishop and his household, for hospitality and entertainment of guests; another for the clergy; a third for the poor; and the fourth for the repair of churches. Gregory I
Capitalists … can grow rich only where there is an oppressed body of labourers Thomas Hodgskin
There seems to be a happy concurrence of causes in human affairs, which checks the growth of trade and riches, and hinders them from being confined entirely to one people. David Hume
Sirs, strive not: lead men courteously, and my son, to my cousin the prince, and strive not for my taking, for I am so great a lord to make you all rich Jean II
The poor are fighting this war and the middle class and rich are getting deferments. We must end the graduate school draft exemption. Lyndon B. Johnson
It is not the difficulty of the problem which we have; it is the fact that the rich people of this country -- and by rich people I mean the super-rich -- will not allow us to solve the problems, or rather the one little problem that is afflicting this country, because in order to cure all of our woes it is necessary to scale down the big fortunes, that we may scatter the wealth to be shared by all of the people. Huey P. Long
The wealth of this land must be immediately redistributed among its 125 million people if America is to be saved as a country. Huey P. Long
We hold the view that all men are created equal." Now, what did they mean by that? Did they mean, my friends, to say that all men were created equal and that that meant that any one man was born to inherit $10 billion and that another child was to be born to inherit nothing? Did that mean, my friends, that someone would come into this world without having had an opportunity, of course, to have hit one lick of work, should be born with more than it and all of its children and children's children could every dispose of, but that another one would have to be born into a life of starvation? Huey P. Long
You must keep the wealth of the country scattered, and you must limit the amount that any one man can own. Huey P. Long
Although a Kingdom may be enriched by gifts received, or by purchase taken from some other Nations, yet these are things uncertain and of small consideration when they happen. The ordinary means therefore to increase our wealth and treasure is by Foreign Trade Thomas Mun
No Man is richer for having his Estate all in Money, Plate, etc. lying by him, but on the contrary, he is for that reason the poorer. That man is richest, whose Estate is in a growing condition… Dudley North
I have always resented the way the other sultans and emirs of my time have become too caught up in glory, pride and wealth Saladin
All the households of the poor are not equally submissive Sumerian Proverb
Not only the wealth; but the independence and security of a Country, appear to be materially connected with the prosperity of manufactures. Alexander Hamilton
We have more billionaires than any country but the United States. And Putin can imprison any one of them at a moment’s notice. Do you think he is poor? Garry Kasparov
Many Indians turned to the gun for the same reason as did some Europeans: the prestige attached to them. Indians, like many members of the European elite, owned guns not simply because they served a function but as a symbol of power and wealth Michael A. Bellesiles
I am the only public servant and the only Mexican President ever who has made his finances public from before, during, and after public service. Vincente Fox
I . . . appeal to the House to consider well our interests in the Western Ocean, on our western coast, and the trade to China and India; and the ease with which it can be brought down the Missouri. What is this commerce? Thousands of years have passed by, and, year after year, all the nations of the earth have, each year, sought the rich commerce of that country; all have enjoyed the riches of the East. That trade was sought by King Solomon, by Tyre, Sidon; this wealth found its way to Egypt, and at last to Rome, to France, Portugal, Spain, Holland, England, and finally to this Republic. How vast and incomparably rich must be that country and commerce, which has never ceased, one day, from the highest point of Jewish splendor to the instant that I am speaking, to supply the whole globe with all the busy imagination of man can desire for his ease, comfort, and enjoyment! John Floyd
There is no starvation in China today. This is something that has not ever been achieved by any other government in China – ever. He Ya-Fei
Our enemies are all those in league with imperialism -- the warlords, the bureaucrats, the comprador class, the big landlord class and the reactionary section of the intelligentsia attached to them…. As for the vacillating middle bourgeoisie, their right-wing may become our enemy and their left-wing may become our friend -- but we must be constantly on our guard and not let them create confusion within our ranks. Mao Zedong
There’s an excellent historical reason why Jewish intellectual achievement sits along side political weakness…Jewish achievement in other areas has come at the expense of political strength….Centuries of survival in other peoples’ lands prevented Jews from achieving full acceptance—and access to the levers of government. Some individual Jews have lived large, but the Jewish people as a whole lived on sufferance afraid to antagonize those from whom they sought tolerance. Ruth Wisse
Inasmuch as great wealth is an instrument which is uniformly used to extort from others their property, it ought to be taken away from its possessor, on the same principle that a sword or a pistol may be wrested from a robber, who shall undertake to accomplish the same effect in a different manner. Daniel DeLeon
One day God summoned the two sons of the first human couple. One of them was white, the other dark-skinned. Placing before them a heap of gold and a book, God ordered the dark-skinned brother, as being the elder, to choose one of the two. He chose the gold, so the younger brother received the book. An unknown force immediately transported the younger one with the book to a cold, distant country. But thanks to his book he became learned, terrifying and strong. As for the elder brother, he remained in his native country and lived long enough to see how superior science is to wealth.” Guinea Legend
The strength of a nation depends in a great measure upon its wealth … James Henry Hammond
The revolt against the Papacy was essentially a struggle between exploiters and exploited, not a struggle over mere ecclesiastical dogmas or vague slogans, such as a struggle between “authority” and “individualism.” The Popes hastened their own destruction by becoming increasingly contemptible. This is the fate of every ruling class that has become obsolete and is approaching extinction. Their functions dwindle as their wealth grows, and nothing remains for them to do but dissipate the proceeds of their extortions. Karl Kautsky
... popular art has no chance of a healthy life, or, indeed, of a life at all, till we are on the way to fill up this terrible gulf between riches and poverty. William Morris
All the rivalries of nations have been reduced to this one - a degraded struggle for their share of the spoils of barbarous countries to be used at home for the purpose of increasing the riches of the rich and the poverty of the poor. William Morris
The really rich people figure out how to dodge taxes anyway. George W. Bush
Demoralization is something I know a great deal about, all my life I have got something for nothing. That is entirely due to luck and I think a great many members opposite are in the same position. We have all got something for nothing. The question is: are we demoralized? I am not demoralized. Cynthia Mosley
I saw such personal wealth there that were I to describe it, the people of Persia would never believe it. I could discover no end or limit to their wealth, and I never saw such ease and comfort anywhere Nasir Khusaro
There were no less than twenty thousand shops in Cairo, all of which belong to the sultan (al-Mustansir). Many shops are rented for as much as ten dinars a month, and none for less than two. There is no end of caravanserais, bathhouses and other public buildings - all property of the sultan, for no one owns any property except houses and what he himself builds….In the midst of the houses in the city are gardens and orchards watered by wells. In the sultan's harem are the most beautiful gardens imaginable. Water-wheels have been constructed to irrigate these gardens. There are trees planted and pleasure parks built even on the roofs …. All the houses of Cairo are built separate one from another, so that no one's trees or outbuildings are against anyone else's walls. Cairo has four cathedral mosques where men pray on Fridays. Nasir Khusaro
Dignity and plenty instead of humility and poverty. Amir Ullaqah
Since the growing worldwide population is increasingly straining the world's supply of food, minerals, and water and sharpening international tensions, the reduction of the rate of consumption of resources by the affluent and the reduction of current world population growth rates have become imperative. People have the duty to consider the impact on the total world community of their decisions regarding childbearing and should have access to information and appropriate means to limit their fertility United Methodist Church
We have about 50% of the world’s wealth, but only 6.3% of its population. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity. George F. Kennan
The reigning model of economic globalization threatens earth’s life systems, undermines cultural integrity and diversity, and endangers the lives of many who are poor in order that some might consume exorbitantly and a few accumulate vast wealth. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda
A large civilization yields large profits [earnings] because of' the large amount of [available] labor which is the cause of profit. Ibn Khaldun
People who, whether they inhabit the desert or settled areas and cities, live a life of abundance and have all the good things to eat, die more quickly than others when a drought or famine comes upon them Ibn Khaldun
The old general rule was that educated people did not perform manual labor. They managed to eat their bread, leaving the toil of producing it to the uneducated. This was not an insupportable evil to the working bees, so long as the class of drones remained very small. But now, especially in these free States, nearly all are educated--quite too nearly all, to leave the labor of the uneducated, in any wise adequate to the support of the whole. It follows from this that henceforth educated people must labor. Otherwise, education itself would become a positive and intolerable evil. No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive. Abraham Lincoln
In the modern era, the wealthiest and most successful countries have been democracies. Michael Mandelbaum
Actually, the problem in the world is that there is much too many rich people Paul R. Ehrlich
Free enterprise really means rich people getting richer: they have the freedom to exploit and psychologically rape their fellow human beings in the process…Capitalism is destroying the earth Helen Caldicott
Unequal wealth distribution is a risk factor for inequality that must be attacked by policies. Pedro Solbes
The most egregious predatory states produce predatory societies. People do not get rich through productive activity and honest risk taking; they get rich by manipulating power and privilege, by stealing from the state, extracting from the weak, and shirking the law. Larry Diamond
For thousands of years, the natural tendency of elites everywhere has been to monopolize power rather than restrain it. Larry Diamond
It is a remarkable fact that the slave-traders in this city have matured their arrangements so thoroughly that they almost invariably manage to elude the meshes of the law. Now they bribe a jury, another time their counsel or agents spirit away a vital witness...The Government is determined to break up the African slave-trade, and it will accompllish it. To effect this it will be necessary to purge the Courts and offices of these pimps of piracy. New York Tribune
… ‘great men’, will dally with all rights, in order to smuggle a fortune at ‘one fell swoop’; mortgage Texas, possess Oregon, and claim all the unsettled regions of the world for hunting and trapping; and should an humble, honest man, red, black, or white, exhibit a better title, these gentry have only to clothe the judge with richer ermine, and spangle the lawyer's finger with finer rings, to have the judgment of his peers, and the honor of his lords as a pattern of honesty, virtue, and humanity, while the motto hangs on his nation's escutcheon: ‘Every man has his price!’ …. reform this nation. Joseph Smith, Jr.
This contempt for money is a trick developed by the rich to keep the poor without it. Mario Puzo
Gold is power Aurum est Potestas Ancient Roman Proverb
Poverty is a noose that strangles humility and breeds disrespect for God and man. Sioux Indian Tribe
Modernization Without Westernization Anonymous
It might be that my poverty is my fault—the result of my ineptitude or my laziness. However, is there any way that the poverty that my child is condemned to is his fault? He certainly does not have the same opportunity as my child would if I were rich. But where then is our equality of opportunity? Walter Benn Michaels
There is a moral crisis in France and it has a name. That is the crisis of labor or work. Nicolas Sarkozy
White people scare the crap out of me... I have never been attacked by a black person, never been evicted by a black person, never had my security deposit ripped off by a black landlord, never had a black landlord... never been pulled over by a black cop, never been sold a lemon by a black car salesman, never seen a black car salesman, never had a black person deny me a bank loan, never had a black person bury my movie, and I've never heard a black person say, "We're going to eliminate ten thousand jobs here— have a nice day Michael Moore
Human rights -- especially those of non-Moslems or non-Arabs -- simply do not have the same absolute value that they do in the West. Meir Kahane
The Latin American people have become fed up with the 500 year siesta and the lack of opportunity. So they come to the United States. But that is because the leaders of their countries do not do anything to improve the situation…. When Mexican President Fox took office he observed that over half the Mexican population was living in poverty and that he was unlikely to make significant changes during his remaining term in office. That was a sophisticated way of saying to the Mexicans, “Go to the United States!” Herman Badillo
With the Clinton higher tax rates for the top two brackets, we had the longest and strongest economic expansion in U. S. history. Robert E. Rubin
Usually this desire for family size limitation has been laid to economic pressure... It has asserted itself among the rich and among the poor, among the intelligent and the unintelligent. It has been manifested in such horrors as infanticide, child abandonment and abortion Margaret Sanger
The tax program is based upon a broad and just social and economic purpose ... not to destroy wealth, but to create a broader range of opportunity, to restrain the growth of unwholesome and sterile accumulations. Franklin D. Roosevelt
There is a burgeoning wealthy class in Nigeria, but it is small, and its members thrive largely thanks to political connections and connivances. Jean Herskovits
This Government intends no injury to honest business. The processes we follow in seeking social justice do not, in adding to general prosperity, take from one and give to another. In this modern world, the spreading out of opportunity ought not to consist of robbing Peter to pay Paul. In other words, we are concerned with more than mere subtraction and addition. We are concerned with multiplication also -- multiplication of wealth through cooperative action, wealth in which all can share. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The yacht of the millionaire incorporates a million days' labor which might have been given to abolishing the slums … Henry Demarest Lloyd
If our civilization is destroyed, as Macaulay predicted, it will not be by his barbarians from below. Our barbarians come from above. Our great money-makers have sprung in one generation into seats of power kings do not know. The forces and the wealth are new, and have been the opportunity of new men. Without restraints of culture, experience, the pride, or even the inherited caution of class or rank, these men, intoxicated, think they are the wave instead of the float. and that they have created the business which has created them. To them science is but a never-ending repertoire of investments stored up by nature for the syndicates, government but a fountain of franchises, the nations but customers in squads… Henry Demarest Lloyd
What we call Monopoly is Business at the end of its journey. The concentration of wealth, the wiping out of the middle classes, are other names for it. To get it is, in the world of affairs, the chief end of man. Henry Demarest Lloyd
Liberty produces wealth, and wealth destroys liberty. Henry Demarest Lloyd
The richness and abundance of this great capital and its district is such as is indeed a wonder to behold: and it is for this reason that it bears the name of Samarkand: for this name would he more exactly written Semiz-kent, two words which signify ‘Rich-Town’. Roy Gonzalez De Clavijo
After all, a learned man is often not much better off than a man who knows a great many commonplace people. Arnold J. Toynbee
Trade is so far here from being inconsistent with a gentleman, that, in short, trade in England makes gentlemen ; for, after a generation or two, the tradesmen's children, or at least their grandchildren, come to be as good gentlemen, statesmen, parliament-men, privy-councilors, judges, bishops, and noblemen, as those of the highest birth, and the most ancient families Daniel Defoe
As capital is thus the most essential element in setting industry in motion, so it is by the amount of it, that the productiveness of that industry is chiefly determined. Adam Smith
The inland trade is almost perfectly free. This freedom of interior commerce . .. is perhaps one of the principal causes of the prosperity of Great Britain. Adam Smith
The Scholastic Aptitude Tests do not predict success any better than the socio economic status of the parents. Stephen Murdoch
The evils of European society were rooted in feudalism and entrenched in privilege. Herbert A. L. Fisher
… a permanent Council of the ablest men chosen by the people John Milton
We have grown up in a culture thinking that our energy resources were inexhaustible and without impact. Andy Karsner
Among the rights that the laws give the sovereign should be included [the right] to display all the signs of grandeur and majesty necessary to make manifest the authority and dignity of such wide-ranging and lofty power, and to impress veneration for it upon the minds of all subjects. Jean Domat
I would rather govern rich men than be rich myself; since for one man to abound in wealth and pleasure, when all about him are mourning and groaning, is to a jailer and not a king. Fabricus; Caius Fabricius Luscinus
It is evident of what great concernment it is to a Prince [a ruler], to encourage and increase the trade, and manufacture of his own people. Samuel Fortrey
Two things … appear to be chiefly necessary to make a nation great and powerful, which is to be rich and populous. Samuel Fortrey
Even though the Arab countries have both strategic and invaluable subterranean riches, most of them are poor. Mehmet Kamis
As Justice gives every Man a Title to the product of his honest industry, and the fair Acquisitions of his Ancestors descended to him; so Charity gives every Man a Title to so much out of another’s plenty, as will keep him from extreme want, where he has no means to subsist otherwise. John Locke
Fewness of people, is real poverty; and a Nation wherein are Eight Millions of people, are more than twice as rich as the same scope of Land wherein are but Four William Petty
Among the general Causes is, First, the unwillingness of the people to pay them [taxes]; arising from an opinion, that by delay and reluctancy they may wholly avoid them, with a suspicion that what is imposed is too much, or that what is collected is embezzled or ill expended, or that it is unequally levied and assessed…. Moreover, the peoples believing that Forms of Government shall in a few years produce any considerable alteration as to the wealth of the Subject; that the Form which is most ancient and present is not the best for the place; that any established family or person is not better then any new pretender, or even then the best Election that can be made; that Sovereignty is invisible, and that it is not certainly annexed unto some certain person or persons …. Causes of Civil War are also, that the Wealth of the Nation is in too few mens’ hands … the allowing Luxury in some, whilst others starve. William Petty
I really thing that people more and more want beautiful things about them. Nelson A. Rockefeller
The world no longer permits the stronger to kill the weaker, but it allows the wealthy to oppress the poor. Money is holier than man. Human life is less sacred than property. To save a dollar is regarded as a more necessary virtue than to save a human heart. Society cares more for fortune than for truth. Lemuel K. Washburn
There seems to be an idea abroad in this land as well as in others, that a certain class of people are for the purpose of producing servants for another class of people, and that this servant-producing class has no right to give their children an education that is calculated to elevate them above the position of their parents. We are not in sympathy with this idea. Lemuel K. Washburn
Clergy who preach must content themselves with the tithe and voluntary contributions Arnold of Brescia
O kings of the earth! We see you increasing every year your expenditures, and laying the burden thereof on your subjects. This, verily, is wholly and grossly unjust . . . do not rob them to rear palaces for yourselves. Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
That's what we were doing for the last twenty years, telling everybody to adopt a raw capitalism with no safety nets, no redistributive mechanisms…. I think we have to find ways to spread the benefits of global markets beyond just the small group of market-dominant minorities and foreign investors. We need to find ways to redistribute the wealth, whether it's property title and giving poor people property, land reform.... Redistributive mechanisms are tough to have if you have so much corruption. Amy L. Chua
Our rich people are not an ethnic minority. A poor person in Tennessee or Arkansas can say, "I'm not wealthy, but maybe my son or my daughter can grow up to be Bill Gates, or Bill Clinton." That's absolutely not true in countries like Zimbabwe, or Burma, or Indonesia, or Bolivia, where the majority of the people look around and they say, "Everybody who's rich belongs to a different ethnic group. Amy L. Chua
You only have to ask yourself, "What would happen if the entire population of India and China had two-car garages and were living at the technological and the economic standard that the American middle class is today?" The planet would become very rapidly uninhabitable. Perry Anderson
In prosperity prepare for a change; in adversity hope for one. James Burgh
Considering our luxury, and our great expense of foreign wares here at home, we could not have grown rich without other dealings in the world. Charles D'Avenant
It is forbidden to the tolerated peoples living on Muslim territory to clothe themselves in the same manner as the chiefs, the scholars, and the nobles. They should not be allowed to clothe themselves in costly fabrics which have been cut in the modes which are forbidden to them, in order that they may not offend the sensibilities of poor Muslims and in order that their faith in their religion should not be shaken by this. Muhammad Al-Ramli
It is no longer permitted them [Christians and Jews] to put themselves, with respect to their houses, on an equal footing with the dwellings of their Muslim neighbors, and still less to build their buildings higher. If they are of the same height, or higher, it is incumbent upon us to pull them down to a size a little less than the houses of the true believers. This conforms to the word of the Prophet: 'Islam rules, and nothing shall raise itself above it.' This is also in order to hinder them from knowing where our weak spots are and in order to make a distinction between their dwellings and ours…. They should not be permitted to employ mounts like the Muslims. They must use neither saddles, nor iron-stirrups, in order to be distinguished from the true believers. They must under no circumstance ride horses because of the noble character of this animal …. They shall only walk single-file, and in narrow lanes they must withdraw even more into the most cramped part of the road. Hassan Al Kafrawi
The Palestinian population is relatively affluent in the Arab world. Poverty is not the root cause of the Palestinian problems. Hillel Fradkin
Pullman, who has grown so rich from the toil of his workingmen, that he can riot in luxury, while he heartlessly turns these very workmen out of their tenements into the streets and leave to the tender mercies of corporate greed. Samuel Gompers
If the wealth of the whole world is, as you say, "pre-eminently and beneficially the nation's wealth," how is it that thousands of able-bodied, willing, earnest men and women are suffering the pangs of hunger? We may boast of our wealth and civilization, but to the hungry man and woman and child our progress is a hollow mockery, our civilization a sham, and our "national wealth" a chimera. Samuel Gompers
The paramount problem is not how to stop the growth of property, and the building up of wealth; but how to manage it so that every species of property, like a healthful fruit tree, will spread its roots deeply and widely in the soil of a popular proprietorship. The paramount problem is not how to crush, … or hamper the corporation, merely because it is a corporation; but how to make this new form of property ownership a workable agent toward repeopleizing the proprietorship of the country’s industries Peter S. Grosscup
Who is not rich to-day when compared with his ancestors of a century ago? The steamboat and the railroad bring to his breakfast table the coffees of Java and Brazil, the fruits from Florida and California, and the steaks from the plains. The loom arrays him in garments and the factories furnish him with a dwelling that the richest contemporaries of his grandfather would have envied. With health and industry he is a prince Peter S. Grosscup
I am not a product of privilege, I am a product of opportunity Edward Heath
dominating populations suppress the history of their victims, destroy the practice of the culture of their victims, prevent the victims from coming to understand themselves as a part of a cultural family, teach systematically the ideology of white supremacy, control the socialization process, control the accumulation of wealth, and perform segregation and apartheid. Asa Grant Hilliard III
I am a capitalist—a rich businessman and most of you are not. Karen Hughes
The secularization or appropriation of ecclesiastical property by the State - a thing not at present to be thought of, yet, nevertheless, inevitable in the future, when the State shall assume its true educational mission—will place a vast sum of wealth in the hands of the nation. Giuseppe Mazzini
Opulence is a crime Louis Saint-Just
The Palestinian population is relatively affluent in the Arab world. Poverty is not the root cause of the Palestinian problems. Gabriel Schoenfeld
Labor is the source of all wealth, and of all civilization; and since it is only through society that generally productive labor is possible, the whole product of labor, where there is a general obligation to work, belongs to society, - that is, to all its members, by equal right, to each according to his reasonable needs. Socialist Labor Party of Germany
For such is the disease of wealth, which knows no limit to its desire of more... Gregory of Nazianzus
A wife is man's conscience, his children perpetuate his memory, wealth enables him to live, arms are needed to extirpate the tyrants. HarGobind Sahib Ji
We’re the party that wants to see an America in which people can still get rich. Ronald Reagan
Experience has shown that the trade of the East is the key to national wealth and influence. Chester A. Arthur
one kind of affluence: the outward sign of wealth for a small number, the mask of poverty for the majority, and a source of corruption for all. Denis Diderot
A man can't get rich if he takes proper care of his family American Indian proverb
All true wealth is biological. Lois McMaster Bujold
There’s just too much money in the hands of too few. Ralph Nader
Activity produces riches, and riches do not endure when it slackens. Ptah-Hotep
We have found ourselves rich in goods, but ragged in spirit; reaching with magnificent precision for the moon, but falling into raucous discord on earth. Richard Nixon
The hopes of the Republic cannot forever tolerate either undeserved poverty or self-serving wealth. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Riches run after the rich, and poverty runs after the poor. French Proverb
He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent Book of Proverbs
He that is rich will not be called a fool. Spanish Proverb
God help the rich, the poor can look after themselves English Proverb or Saying
Children are poor men's riches. English Proverb or Saying
Labour is the father and active principle of wealth, as lands are the mother. William Petty
To be thought rich is as good as to be rich. William Makepeace Thackeray
To be prosperous is not to be superior, and should form no barrier between men. Wealth ought not to secure the prosperous the slightest consideration. William Ellery Channing
Wealth governs this country, and wealth uses military violence to control the rest of the world as best it can. Ramsey Clark
The rich make life more interesting: they are a luxury a civilized society should be able to afford. William C. Davis
Wealth has no source but labor William Maxwell Evarts
Every thing is moving and changing. Persons in poverty, are rising to opulence, and persons of wealth, are sinking to poverty. Catharine Beecher
You have sent us a rich man, untrained in diplomacy, unlearned in history and politics, who is a great publicity seeker and who is apparently ambitious to be the first Catholic President of the United States. Josiah Wedgwood
Experience has shown that the trade of the East is the key to national wealth and influence. Chester A. Arthur
If, in a country, the wealth is concentrated in the hands of only the few, it cannot witness harmony and stability. Wen Jiabao
You have riches and freedom here but I feel no sense of faith or direction. You have so many computers, why don’t you use them in the search for love? Lech Walesa
These days to be great is to exceed on prosperity; greatness today has nothing to do with moral magnanimity. Cornel West
Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth Alan Greenspan
If we do not have the economic resources to be a leader, it’s going to affect our foreign policy. Peter G. Peterson
Free trade economists have to explain how free trade can be an explanation for the economic success of today’s rich countries, when it simply had not been practiced very much before they became rich. Ha-Joon Chang
We must prevent the transmission in their entirety of those fortunes swollen beyond all healthy limits. Theodore Roosevelt
I have now reigned above fifty years in victory or peace; beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies, and respected by my allies. Riches and honors, power and pleasure, have waited on my call, nor does any earthly blessing appear to have been wanting to my felicity. In this situation, I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot: they amount to Fourteen: - O man! place not thy confidence in this present world. Abd-ar Rahman III
Religion must necessarily produce both industry and frugality and these cannot but produce riches. But as riches increase, so will pride, anger, and love of the world in all its branches. John Wesley
Moses (that wise Legislator) in his forbidding the Jews to lend money one to another, and permitting them to lend their money to Strangers; ordained that Law as much to a Political as a Religious intent; knowing that by the latter they should enrich their own Nation, and by the former no publick good could ensue; the consequences being only to impoverish one Jew to make another rich. Josiah Child
Out of this modern civilization, economic royalists carved new dynasties. New kingdoms were built upon concentration of control over material things. Through new uses of corporations, banks and securities, new machinery of industry and agriculture, of labor and capital - all undreamed of by the Fathers - the whole structure of modern life was impressed into this royal service. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Only 18 percent of the income of America’s richest families come from work—hard or otherwise. In America, most wealth does not come from hard work, It comes from wealth. Juan Williams
The single biggest threat to our national security is our debt. Michael Glenn Mullen
The man who is possessed of wealth, who lolls on his sofa or rolls in his carriage, cannot judge the wants or feelings of the day-laborer. James Madison
In the early stages of the state, taxes are light in their incidence, but fetch in a large revenue...As time passes and kings succeed each other, they lose their tribal habits in favor of more civilized ones. Their needs and exigencies grow...owing to the luxury in which they have been brought up. Hence they impose fresh taxes on their subjects...and sharply raise the rate of old taxes to increase their yield...But the effects on business of this rise in taxation make themselves felt. For business men are soon discouraged by the comparison of their profits with the burden of their taxes...Consequently production falls off, and with it the yield of taxation. Ibn Khaldun
The outstanding faults of the economic society in which we live are its failure to provide for full employment and its arbitrary and inequitable distribution of wealth and incomes. John Maynard Keynes
The Atlantic Slave Trade was greatest planned accumulation of wealth that the world has ever known. C. L. R. James; Johnson, J. R,
Brazil was a capitalist society without capital. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Traditional autocrats leave in place existing allocations of wealth, power, status, and other re-sources which in most traditional societies favor an affluent few and maintain masses in poverty. But they worship traditional gods and observe traditional taboos. They do not disturb the habitual rhythms of work and leisure, habitual places of residence, habitual patterns of family and personal relations. Jeane Kirkpatrick
Those who can create wealth — and know that they can — are able to dictate their own terms. Richard Koch
The bigger the gap there is between the rich and the poor, the less stable and successful the society will be Howard Dean
It is impossible to deny that dishonest men often grow rich and famous, becoming powerful in their parish or in parliament. Their portraits grace shop windows; and they live and die respected. This success is theirs; yet it is not the success which a noble soul will envy. George Henry Lewes
At stake are two different visions of faith, the Church of Caesar, powerful and rich; and the Church of Christ - loving, poor and spiritually rich. Penny Lernoux
The Spaniards would have nothing to say to us. They had no thoughts of accepting our proffer of liberty; and we could not oblige them to take it. I reflect that amidst all their alleged grievances, they have great wealth and prosperity, and whatever they suffer, they have in general no pain from the consciousness of oppression. James Biggs
Luxury and Extravagance are in my opinion totally destructive to those virtues which are necessary for the Preservation of the Liberty and Happiness of the People. Samuel Adams
Prosperity seldom chooses the side of the virtuous. Heloise
The distribution of wealth is just as important as its creation. William Randolph Hearst
The labor union in enforcing a high scale of wages brings about the distribution of wealth throughout the entire community. William Randolph Hearst
... the wrong and evils of the money-piling tendency of our country ... giving all power to the rich and bringing in pauperism. Rutherford B. Hayes
Prosperity comes slowly. Barack Obama
God has placed upon our head a diadem and has laid at our feet power and wealth beyond definition and calculation. Benjamin Harrison
Make money, get rich. Enrichissez-vous. Francois Guizot
In your time we have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society. The Great Society rests on abundance and liberty for all. It demands an end to poverty and racial injustice, to which we are totally committed in our time Lyndon B. Johnson
Unless the mass retains sufficient control over those entrusted with the powers of their government, these will be perverted to their own oppression, and to the perpetuation of wealth and power in the individuals and their families selected for the trust. Whether our Constitution has hit on the exact degree of control necessary, is yet under experiment Thomas Jefferson
I am not evading tax in any way, shape or form. Now of course I am minimizing my tax and if anybody in this country doesn't minimize their tax they want their heads read because as a government I can tell you you're not spending it that well that we should be donating extra. Kerry Packer
The reason why the citizens of New York will pay so large a part of the tax is New York City is the chief financial and commercial centre of a great country with vast resources and industrial activity. For many years Americans engaged in developing the wealth of all parts of the country have been going to New York to secure capital and market their securities and to buy their supplies. Thousands of men who have amassed fortunes in all sorts of enterprises in other states have gone to New York to live because they like the life of the city or because their distant enterprises require representation at the financial centre. The incomes of New York are in a great measure derived from the country at large. A continual stream of wealth sets toward the great city from the mines and manufactories and railroads outside of New York Elihu Root
Separate an individual from society, and give him an island or a continent to possess, and he cannot acquire personal property. He cannot be rich. So inseparably are the means connected with the end, in all cases, that where the former do not exist the latter cannot be obtained. All accumulation, therefore, of personal property, beyond what a man's own hands produce, is derived to him by living in society; and he owes on every principle of justice, of gratitude, and of civilization, a part of that accumulation back again to society from whence the whole came. Thomas Paine
This society cannot go forward, the way we have been going forward, where the gap between the rich and the poor keeps growing. Michael Bloomberg
I care not how affluent some may be, provided that none be miserable in consequence of it. Thomas Paine
A broke nation is a weak nation. Mark Udall
Wars are started by old rich people. Young people want to party. George Henry Wallace
The inhabitants of Rhode Island, especially those of Newport, have had by far the greatest share of this traffic of all these United States. This trade in the human species has been the first wheel of commerce in Newport, on which every other movement in business has chiefly depended. That town has been built up, and flourished in times past, at the expense of the blood, the liberty, and the happiness of the poor Africans; and the inhabitants have lived on this, and by it have gotten most of their wealth and riches. Samuel Hopkins
The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson Franklin D. Roosevelt
We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world – no longer a Government of free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men Woodrow Wilson
The state does not possess trade or industry. Its wealth is the wealth of the people and the people’s wealth is not possible without the spread of these sciences amongst them so that they may know the ways for acquiring wealth. Muhammad Abduh
We are undertaking a formidable task when we attempt to correct and remodel the ideals of our people. But for the task before us, we Indian Musalmans possess many advantages; we have the advantage of living under a Government which administers justice evenly between rich and poor and between persons of different creeds and classes; in the second place, we enjoy complete freedom to devise plans for the amelioration of our people. We have no reason to fear that our deliberations will be abruptly closed if we propose schemes of education other than those approved by Government. We know that no book and no branch of knowledge will be forbidden to us by official command; and, lastly, we know that, under the protection of British rule, we shall be allowed to work out to the end any plans for social and economic salvation which we may devise. Our wealth will not excite rapacity, nor our advancement in learning awaken the jealousy of our rulers. Muhammed Shah Aga Kahn III
A politician that is poor is a poor politician. Carlos Hank Gonzalez
The middle class took the taxpayers money and benefits to go to school and get rich and now they don’t want to pay the taxes to pay for the poor of the next generation to have the same opportunity. Andrew Young
Technology is often not a prime mover but a second-order consequence of food surpluses, urbanization, secularism, political stability ... and other conditions that create a fertile climate for innovation. Max Boot
America…could within twenty years bring us to a degree of development which Turks, left to themselves, would not be able to achieve in a century. It would make Turkey prosperous, rich and happy and turn Turks into a strong and civilized nation. Riza Nur
Protestantism, Judaism and Confucianism have been the religions more conducive to progress while Islam, Catholicism, and Orthodox Christianity have been the least conducive. Lawrence E. Harrison
Corruption in Nigeria is blocking development even though they have all this oil wealth. Bill Gates
As long as inheritance lasts, there will be hereditary economic inequality—not the natural inequality of individuals, but the artificial inequality of classes—which will necessarily continue to be expressed in hereditary inequality of the development and cultivation of intelligence and will remain the source and sanction of all political and social inequality. Mikhail Bakunin
Without development there is no profit, without profit no development. Joseph A. Schumpeter
Virtue cannot dwell with wealth either in a city or in a house. Diogenes
What, gentlemen, is the first quality which is required in a Second Chamber? Without doubt, independence. What is the best foundation of independence? Without doubt, property. Benjamin Disraeli
Goods which are not shared are not goods. Fernando de Rojas
The use of riches is better than their possession. Fernando de Rojas
The people are getting screwed In this country. Jon Huntsman, Jr.
We can have a democracy or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both. Louis D. Brandeis
An elite has prospered with our kinds of institutions, but the same cannot be said of the masses. Niall Ferguson
Once we become wealthy, we tend to move away from what made us wealthy. James Dyson
We have to keep the old man’s money coming into the campaign but keep him out of it. John F. Kennedy
When we are all slaves to the rich, they will finally pay taxes because we will not have enough money to pay any taxes. Anonymous
Give not much to whom you should give little, nor little to whom much should receive much. Gregory I
The rich men, in free society, may, if they please, lounge about town, visit clubs, attend the theatre, and have no other trouble than that of collecting rents, interest and dividends of stock. In a well constituted slave society, there should be no idlers. But we cannot divine how the capitalists in free society are to put to work. The master labors for the slave, they exchange industrial value. But the capitalist, living on his income, gives nothing to his subjects. He lives by mere exploitations. George Fitzhugh
I hate this shallow Americanism which hopes to get rich by credit, to get knowledge by raps on midnight tables, to learn the economy of the mind by phrenology, or skill without study, or mastery without apprenticeship. Ralph Waldo Emerson
American capitalism today offers us no assurances that our efforts will be rewarded by security, stability or enough income to let us live well or at least well enough… Contemporary capitalism turns all workers—laborers and managers alike—into economic junk. The days if a long career with one employer, once a key part of the American dream, are long gone for most workers. Marcellus Andrews
As soon as any art is pursued with a view of money, then farewell, in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, all hope of genuine good work. Samuel Butler
There are two great enemies of thought and progress, the aristocracy of royalty and the aristocracy of gold. Mary Elizabeth Lease
The records of the period show that the outcry against the concentration of capital was furious. Men believed that it threatened society with a form of tyranny more abhorrent than it had ever endured. Edward Bellamy
We have … a clear mandate from the people, that Americans must forswear that conception of the acquisition of wealth which, through excessive profits, creates undue private power over private affairs and, to our misfortune, over public affairs as well. Franklin D. Roosevelt
We do not destroy ambition, nor do we seek to divide our wealth into equal shares on stated occasions. We continue to recognize the greater ability of some to earn more than others. But we do assert that the ambition of the individual to obtain for him and his a proper security, a reasonable leisure, and a decent living throughout life is an ambition to be preferred to the appetite for great wealth and great power. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The opportunity to earn a dollar…. just now is worth… more than the opportunity to spend a dollar in an opera house. Booker T. Washington
You can invest as much as you want in infrastructure and education. But in the end people have to be allowed to make a profit from their work. Benjamin Netanyahu
Money is power! Cecil Rhodes
All businesses that create wealth, pay their taxes and comply with the law are, by definition, good companies. John Longworth
Health is the first and most important gift of Providence; without it we are poor, miserable creatures, though the whole earth were our property. Leopold II
Not only there does not exist, nor can exist, any other revenue than the clear produce of land, but it is the earth also that has furnished all capitals, that form the mass of all the advances of culture and commerce. Anne Robert Jacques Turgot
Why was it, if you were a wealthy European industrialist in the 19th century, you would also most likely be a Protestant. There had been a shift of economic power from Catholic Countries like Italy and Spain towards Protestant countries like England and Germany? It seemed as if there were some kind of connection between the content of your faith—the form of your worship and your economic fortunes… What was it about Protestantism that made people not only work harder but save and accumulate capital? Niall Ferguson
… [a] blowbriating ignoramous … Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low and you can still intrude into American politics. George Will
We peer so suspiciously at each other that we cannot see that we Canadians are standing on the mountaintop of human wealth, freedom and privilege. Pierre Trudeau
… the passion for wealth is certainly in some senses new. It grew up very rapidly at the beginning of the present century [19th]; it was not so strong in the last century [18th], when men were much more content to lead a quiet easy life of leisure. The change has really influenced the relations between men; but in the future it is quite possible that the scramble for wealth may grow less intense, and a change in the opposite direction take place. Arnold J. Toynbee
To the capitalists we appeal to use their wealth, as many of their order already do, as a great national trust, and not for selfish purposes alone. Arnold J. Toynbee
The essence of the Industrial Revolution was the substitution of competition for the medieval regulations which had previously controlled the production and distribution of wealth. Arnold J. Toynbee
The compassionate are not rich; therefore, the rich are not compassionate. Leo Tolstoy
Wealth is a great sin in the eyes of God. Poverty is a great sin in the eyes of man. Leo Tolstoy
It is difficult if not impossible to find some reasonable limit for acquiring more and more property. Arthur Schopenhauer
Nothing is quite so wretchedly corrupt as an aristocracy which has lost its power but kept its wealth Alexis de Tocqueville
I know of no country, indeed, where the love of money has taken stronger hold on the affections of men, and where the profounder contempt is expressed for the theory of the permanent equality of property. Alexis de Tocqueville
After I asked him [a student] what he meant, he replied that freedom consisted of the unimpeded right to get rich, to use his ability, no matter what the cost to others, to win advancement. No decent society can tolerate that definition. Norman Thomas
Tampering with the market system to redistribute the wealth or assure that the poor are protected is labeled "socialism." By these standards Jesus was a socialist. David Chandler
Since the equality of fortunes reigns in the North, and slavery does not exist there, man finds himself absorbed with those same material wants which the white man disdains in the South. He knows it admirable to take advantage of nature and men to produce riches. Alexis de Tocqueville
…national wealth, especially when carefully accumulated in the hands of a few individuals, is dangerous in the extreme to human liberty. Perez Fobes
…wealth’s influence on civic elections is still more pernicious. Money is frequently the most forcible logic, and he that carries the longest purse, will often carry the most votes. Perez Fobes
…empire follows the balance of property, whether lodged in one, a few, or many hands. James Harrington
Frugality is a great revenue. John Adams
While property continues to be pretty equally divided, and a considerable share of information pervades the community, the tendency of people’s suffrage will be to elevate merit even from obscurity. As riches increase and accumulate in a few hands, as luxury prevails in society, virtue will be in greater degree considered only as a graceful appendage of wealth, and the tendency of things will be to depart from the republican standard. Alexander Hamilton
Those in middling circumstances, have less temptation—they are inclined by habit and the company with whom they associate, to set bounds to their passions and appetites—if this is not sufficient, the want of means to gratify them will be a restraint—they are obliged to employ their time in their respective callings—hence less substantial yeomanry of the country are more temperate, or better morals and less ambition than the great. Melancthon Smith
America is a young country, with small inequalities of property, and without manufactures. Few people are here dependent on the rich, for every man has an opportunity of becoming rich himself…the people of New England enjoy an equality of condition unknown in any other part of the world. Noah Webster
When we consider the small inequality of fortune throughout the country, compared with others which we know…that in most of the states the laws primogeniture are gone or going, out of use—that landed property is in general held in small portions, even in the southern states, compared with the manors, parks and royal demesnes of most countries… Jonathan Jackson
Virtue, patriotism, or love of country, never was and never will be, till mens’ natures are changed a fixed, permanent principle and support of government. But in an agricultural country, a general possession of land…may be rendered perpetual, and the inequalities introduced by commerce, are too fluctuating to endanger government. An equality of property, with a necessity of alienation, constantly operating to destroy combinations of powerful families, is the very soul of a republic. Noah Webster
In what then does real power consist? The answer is short and plain—in property. Noah Webster
…the exorbitant wealth of individuals has a most baneful influence on public virtue, and therefore should be carefully guarded against. A wicked rich man soon corrupts a whole neighborhood, and a few of them will poison the morals of a whole community. Phillips Payson
…property in fact generally confers power, though the possessor of it may not have much more wit than a mole or a mugwash… James Otis
…the transmission of…property from generation to generation in the same name raised up a distinct set of families who, being privileged by law in the perpetuation of their wealth were thus formed into a Patrician order. Thomas Jefferson
It is important that there be a uniform, equal citizenry, evenly distributed over the various provinces of the island, and free from extremes in wealth and poverty. His intention, as he phrases it, is “not completely to destroy private property, since this is impossible, but to enclose it within more narrow boundaries, to give it a measure, a rule, a bridle which restrains it, which directs it, which subdues it, and always keeps it subordinate to the public good. Jean Jacques Rousseau
…luxury is the result of wealth, or it makes wealth necessary. It corrupts both rich and poor, the one by possessing, the other by coveting. It sells out the fatherland to indolence and vanity; it deprives the State of all its Citizens by enslaving some of them to others and all of them to opinion. Jean Jacques Rousseau
The chief agent responsible for promoting the passions at the expense of justice turns out to be wealth. Eric Nelson
Dominion must naturally follow Property. James Harrington
In every country, and under every government, particular men may be too rich. John Trenchard
As liberty can never subsist without equality, nor equality be long preserved without an agrarian law, or something like it; so when men’s riches are become immeasurably or surprisingly great, a people, who regard their own security, ought to make a strict enquiry how they came by them, and oblige them to take down their own size, for fear of terrifying the community, or mastering it. John Trenchard
Very great riches in private men are always dangerous to states, because they create greater dependence than can be consistent with the security of any sort of government whatsoever; they place subjects upon too near a level with their sovereigns; make the nobility stand upon too great an inequality in respect of one another; destroy amongst the Commons, that balance of property and power, which is necessary to democracy, or the democratic part of any government, overthrow the poise of it, and indeed alter its nature, though not its name. John Trenchard
…no one should own more than a certain amount of land or receive more than a certain amount of income… Thomas More
…he who goes about to introduce monarchy where the condition of the people is equal shall never bring it to pass, unless he cull out such of them as are the most turbulent and ambitious, and make them gentlemen or noblemen, not in name but in effect, that is by enriching them with lands, castles, and treasures, that may gain them power amongst the rest and bring in the rest unto dependence upon themselves, to the end that, they maintaining their ambition by the prince, the prince may maintain his power by them. James Harrington
The poor developed an envy and an extreme jealousy, born of the realization that they are as worthy, or even more worthy than the wealthy, and are nonetheless afflicted with poverty, hunger, misery, and contempt. Jean Bodin
…of all the causes of seditions and changes in the Republic, there is none greater than the excessive wealth of a few subjects, and the extreme poverty of the majority. Jean Bodin
…set bounds to the quest of wealth… Horace
…those are called gentlemen who live idly in abundance from the returns of their possessions without having any care either for cultivation or for other necessary trouble in living. Such are pernicious in every republic and in every province, but more pernicious are those who, beyond the aforesaid fortunes, command from a castle and have subjects to obey them. Niccolo Machiavelli
…well-ordered republics have to keep the public rich and their citizens poor… Niccolo Machiavelli
In one day he [Lycurgus] eradicated from Sparta all wealth and sumptuousness; he put together all the property of all the inhabitants, then divided it equally among them; he prohibited the use of money and all the activities for which wealth is sought: sumptuous display, banquets, many servants, luxurious clothes and fine houses. Francesco Guicciardini
It would be necessary to eliminate the excessive regard and esteem for wealth, because the craving for riches erodes the desire for true glory, prevents the cultivation of the virtues and results in countless seizures of what belongs to others, as well as many other dishonorable actions. Francesco Guicciardini
…the ownership of slaves brought men great gain from the multitude of their progeny, who increased because they were exempt from military service. Thus certain powerful men became extremely rich and the race of slaves multiplied throughout the country, while the Italian people dwindled in numbers and strength, being oppressed by penury, taxes, and military service. Appian
…the plebeians and the Senate of Rome were often at strife with each other concerning the enactment of laws, the canceling of debts, the division of lands, or the election of magistrates. Appian
… a dunderhead who has no more brains than a post, and who is as vicious as he is foolish, should command a great many wise and good men, simply because he happens to have a big pile of gold coins. Thomas More
Restrict the right of the rich to buy up any anything and everything, and then to exercise a kind of monopoly. Thomas More
…in Europe, he is thought to be the best who is the richest. Desiderius Erasmus
Of $350 billion that was used for good purposes let’s say that $50 billion was for improper purposes. I say, so what! Bandar Bin Sultan
Although the market and opportunities for consumption seem to offer a counterbalance to the government's authoritarian powers, many Chinese are ambivalent about the forces of Westernization and marketization and the rapidly growing gap between rich and poor Amy Hanser
Learning Before Earning Chris Whittle
One of the glaring failures of capitalism is the continuing widespread existence of poverty - often extreme poverty. Even in the advanced economies, many millions of people endure terrible economic and social deprivation, despite the incredible wealth all around them. Jim Stanford
The less of one's life one must exchange for money, the more freedom one may enjoy. Gerry Spence
Those who sell their liberty for security are understandable, if pitiable, creatures. Those who sell the liberty of others for wealth, power, or even a moment's respite deserve only the end of a rope. L. Neil Smith
Democracy really depends not only on not just having a middle class but having wealth distributed relatively evenly across the society so that people buy into the legitimacy of the system Francis Fukuyama
Wherever there is great property, there is great inequality. Adam Smith
China is a much richer country than any part of Europe. Adam Smith
Progress toward a more abundant material life does not come like manna from heaven, however. My message certainly is not one of complacency. The ultimate resource is people — especially skilled, spirited, and hopeful young people endowed with liberty — who will exert their wills and imaginations for their own benefit and inevitably benefit the rest of us as well. Julian Lincoln Simon
The slave system is one of constant danger, distrust, suspicion, and watchfulness. It debases those whose toil alone can produce wealth and resources for defense, to the lowest degree of which human nature is capable, to guard against mutiny and insurrection, and thus wastes energies which otherwise might be employed in national development and aggrandizement. William H. Seward
Wealth is a form of power in our society. With great power comes great responsibility. If you have too much wealth, ipso facto, you have too much power -- therefore you have too much responsibility -- and you're a kind of dictator. William Woodard Self
Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become. Arthur Schopenhauer
… the U.S. brokerage and investment banking industry has transformed the modern American stock market into nothing more than a mechanism for transferring wealth from shareholders to management. Peter Schiff
When your country is number one, others watch and emulate you. You do not study and emulate others. Edward Luce
The command of a large sum is a dangerous temptation to a national administration. Though accumulated at their expense, the people rarely, if ever profit by it: yet in point of fact, all value, and consequently, all wealth, originates with the people. Jean-Baptiste Say
All travelers agree that Protestant are both richer and more populous than Catholic countries; and the reason is, because the habits of the former are more conducive to production. Jean-Baptiste Say
Opulent, civilized, and industrious nations, are greater consumers than poor ones, because they are infinitely greater producers. Jean-Baptiste Say
To make a fortune some assistance from fate is essential. Ability alone is insufficient. Ihara Saikaku
I cannot shut my eyes to the fact that the production of wealth is not the work of any one man, and the acquisition of great fortunes is not possible without the co-operation of multitudes of men. Peter Cooper
I do not believe that the present flowering of science is due in the least to a real appreciation of the beauty and intellectual discipline of the subject. It is due simply to the fact that power, wealth and prestige can only be obtained by the correct application of science. Derek H. R. Barton
We are all striving to acquire riches of honor or power, or some other object, whose possession is to realize the day dreams of our imaginations; and the aggregate of these efforts constitutes the advance of our society. Lewis Cass
If you make people think that the wealth of the imperial house is the wealth of the nation, then no matter how large the income is, no one will ever complain. Kei Hara
There are seven sins in the world: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, and politics without principle. Mohandas K. Gandhi
He chose to be rich by making his wants few, and supplying them himself. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The growth of New England was a result of the aggregate efforts of a busy multitude, each in his narrow circle toiling for himself, to gather competence or wealth. The expansion of New France was the achievement of a gigantic ambition striving to grasp a continent. It was a vain attempt. Francis Parkman
The world has grown rich and refined, but chiefly by the efforts of those who themselves continue poor and ignorant. Theodore Parker
At the bottom of the Wealth curve Men and Women starve and children die young. In the broad middle of the curve all is turmoil and motion: people rising and falling, climbing by talent or luck and falling by alcoholism, tuberculosis and other kinds of unfitness. At the very top sit the elite of the elite, who control wealth and power for a time – until they are unseated through revolution or upheaval by a new aristocratic class. There is no progress in human history. Democracy is a fraud. Human nature is primitive, emotional, unyielding. The smarter, abler, stronger, and shrewder take the lion's share. The weak starve, lest society become degenerate: Vilfredo Pareto
Among civilized peoples, especially the very wealthy population of the United States of America, women have become objects of luxury who consume but do not produce. Vilfredo Pareto
Increase in the wealth per capita fosters democracy; but the latter, at least according to what we have been able to observe up to now, entails great destruction of wealth and even eventually dries up the sources of it. Hence it is its own grave-digger, it destroys what gave it birth. Vilfredo Pareto
The dirty truth is that the rich are the great cause of poverty. Michael Parenti
Those who control the wealth of this society have an influence over political life far in excess of their number. Michael Parenti
The close relationship between politics and economics is neither neutral nor coincidental. Large governments evolve through history in order to protect large accumulations of property and wealth. Michael Parenti
Children raised in families at the high end of the socioeconomic scale are more likely to be exposed to a stimulating environment and set upon an advantageous path in life with respect to health, cognitive development and social skills. If the brain does not receive the requisite environmental stimulation at certain critical periods, the window of opportunity closes and development fails to occur. Miles Corak
As income inequality increases, social mobility falls. Miles Corak
Like Venice’s oligarchs, America’s super-rich are destroying the social mobility that creates wealth. Chrystia Freeland
It is no accident that in America today the gap between the very rich and everyone else is wider than at any time since the Gilded Age. Now, as then, the titans are seeking an even greater political voice to match their economic power. Now, as then, the inevitable danger is that they will confuse their own self-interest with the common good. Chrystia Freeland
Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The wealthiest in this country have never had it so good. They want more, and more, and more, and more, and they don’t care how many children they have to step on to get it.. Bernie Sanders
Giving away food only encourages the poor not to starve. Increase productivity, not employment. Insure profits before we insure people Don’t be haters! We’re job creators. Bailout banks, not these losers (people evicted by banks foreclosing on their mortgages). Brian McFadden
To him [Mitt Romney] all profits are equal whether made in the United States or off shore. Ted Strickland
Start a small business, borrow money from your parents if you have to. Mitt Romney
This is an impressive crowd -- the haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elite; I call you my base. George W. Bush
How unfortunate and how narrowing a thing it is for a man to have wealth who makes a god of it instead of a servant. Mark Twain
… in a republic where all are free and equal--prosperity and position constitute rank. Mark Twain
Nothing incites to money-crimes like great poverty or great wealth. Mark Twain
You have power, rank, command, influence; we have wealth, the source both of our strength and weakness. Walter Scott
Protection is the first necessity of opulence and luxury. Joseph Conrad
It is an old prerogative of kings to govern everything but their passions. Charles Dickens
There’s a mal-distribution in wealth in this country. Entitlements end up going to the rich anyway. Some of them should be attacked. The ones who rip us off, the ones who get bailed out. Ronald E. Paul
Of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of plutocracy. J. Pierpont Morgan
It is the growing custom to narrow control, concentrate power, disregard and disfranchise the public; and assuming that certain powers by divine right of money-raising or by sheer assumption, have the power to do as they think best without consulting the wisdom of mankind. W. E. B. Du Bois
The American system is the most ingenious system of control in world history. With a country so rich in natural resources, talent, and labor power, the system can afford to distribute just enough wealth to just enough people to limit discontent to a troublesome minority. Howard Zinn
America's abundance was created not by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes. Ayn Rand
You, yourselves, are principally to blame for allowing this in the past. You have allowed great squatters of the worst type to rule you to their own advantage; they have themselves grabbed the good land, and they attempt to pose as your friends by offering you the crumbs that fall from their table. You have the power in your own hands now, and if you do not wish to be forever serfs of territorial gods almighty; if you have got any of the energy of your progenitors, you will not stand this kind of injustice any longer. You will say to them with me — Wealth that we make for you, money we earn; give us our share of them, give us a turn. If you have the pluck to say this, then return me as your representative, and I will lead you Arthur Desmond
The Great Gatsby Curve Alan B. Krueger
I am as much opposed as any member here to worthless money, to depreciated money, but unquestionably it is the interest of the great mass of our people that we should have cheap money and dear property; I do not mean worthless money, but I mean cheap money as compared with the property which it buys. Property is held by the many and money by the few. James Baird Weaver
The building of the transcontinental railroads resulted in an orgy of political corruption. The public lands and the natural resources of coal, of iron, and of timber were lavishly wasted in the great scramble for wealth and material power. The carnival of waste and plunder reached its climax about 1890. Evidences were abundant that the great business interests of the country were controlling the government for their own private benefit. The capitalists who financed the railroads, mines, mills, packing houses, grain elevators, and other great enterprises, received from Congress favors which destroyed competition and enormously increased private fortunes. Fred Emory Haynes
People are wanted on the farms to raise corn and grow stock for the markets; but they are wanted there far more for the training of manhood and womanhood in moral worth, in religious sensibility, in all the traits of a strong, upright personality. In the future as never heretofore, our cities with their multiplying wealth and lavish luxury are likely to need the country for that steady renewal of their better life which shall keep them from relaxing into sensuality and sinking into decay. George Sherwood Dickerman
What does peace mean in a world in which the combined wealth of the world's 587 billionaires exceeds the combined gross domestic product of the world's 135 poorest countries? Arundhati Roy
The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life. Theodore Roosevelt
Our aim is not to do away with corporations; on the contrary, these big aggregations are an inevitable development of modern industrialism …. We are not hostile to them; we are merely determined that they shall be so handled as to subserve the public good. We draw the line against misconduct, not against wealth. Theodore Roosevelt
The hopes of the Republic cannot forever tolerate either undeserved poverty or self-serving wealth. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Wealth in the modern world does not come merely from individual effort; it results from a combination of individual effort and of the manifold uses to which the community puts that effort. The individual does not create the product of his industry with his own hands; he utilizes the many processes and forces of mass production to meet the demands of a national and international market. Therefore, in spite of the great importance in our national life of the efforts and ingenuity of unusual individuals, the people in the mass have inevitably helped to make large fortunes possible. Without mass cooperation great accumulations of wealth would be impossible save by unhealthy speculation. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Great accumulations of wealth cannot be justified on the basis of personal and family security. In the last analysis such accumulations amount to the perpetuation of great and undesirable concentration of control in a relatively few individuals over the employment and welfare of many, many others. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Where wealth accrues honorably, the people are always silent partners. Andrew Carnegie
Our revenue laws have operated in many ways to the unfair advantage of the few, and they have done little to prevent an unjust concentration of wealth and economic power. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Poor George, he can't help it — he was born with a silver foot in his mouth. Ann Richards
Whoever claims that economic competition represents "survival of the fittest" in the sense of the law of the jungle, provides the clearest possible evidence of his lack of knowledge of economics…. The truth is that economic competition is the very opposite of competition in the animal kingdom. It is not a competition in the grabbing off of scarce nature-given supplies, as it is in the animal kingdom. Rather, it is a competition in the positive creation of new and additional wealth. George Reisman
We have to stop allowing economics to be used as a trump card. Capitalism is like math. It is amoral. It is good at producing wealth; it's bad at distributing wealth. Unless it operates within a moral framework it will produce an unjust society. Charley Reese
It may safely be asserted that the art of war will soon be reduced to a simple question of expenditure and credit, and that the largest purse will be the strongest arm. William Winwood Reade
All, or the greatest part of men that have aspired to riches or power, have attained thereunto either by force or fraud, and what they have by craft or cruelty gained, to cover the foulness of their fact, they call purchase, as a name more honest. Howsoever, he that for want of will or wit useth not those means, must rest in servitude and poverty. Walter Raleigh
There are persons who constantly clamor. They complain of oppression, speculation, and pernicious influence of wealth. They cry out loudly against all banks and corporations, and a means by which small capitalists become united in order to produce important and beneficial results. They carry on mad hostility against all established institutions. They would choke the fountain of industry and dry all streams. Daniel Webster
All men who would obtain freedom must obtain wealth Arthur Desmond
A small appetite makes poverty equivalent to wealth. Democritus
The factory workers say that it’s impossible to do anything right. If you arrive five minutes early you are a saboteur; if you arrive five minutes late you are betraying socialism; if you arrive on time they say, "Where did you get the watch? Anonymous
Once a man has begun to accumulate money, it is unnatural to stop. He actually gets in a state where he wants more and more.. Clarence Day
Americans do not recognize the effect of American power in the world. … People all over the world ask, “Why can’t Americans see how American power affects us?” Kishore Mahbubani
No one would have remembered the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions. He had money as well. Margaret Thatcher
Throughout history, rich nations have gotten to the future first. Their companies can afford to equip their tinkerers and visionaries with the most advanced materials, instruments and knowledge. Eamonn Fingleton
Mercantilism is based upon the idea that a nation's wealth and security depend upon its ability to regulate and control its external trade at the expense of others. Peter Dicken
If exclusive privileges were not granted, and if the financial system would not tend to concentrate wealth, there would be few great fortunes and no quick wealth. When the means of growing rich is divided between a greater number of citizens, wealth will also be more evenly distributed; extreme poverty and extreme wealth would be also rare. Denis Diderot
Nothing more clearly shows how little God esteems his gift to men of wealth, money, position and other worldly goods, than the way he distributes these, and the sort of men who are most amply provided with them. Jean de la Bruyere
He has not acquired a fortune; the fortune has acquired him. Bion of Borysthenes
If history could prove and teach us anything, it would be that private ownership of the means of production is a necessary requisite of civilization and material well-being. . . . Only nations committed to the principle of private property have risen above penury and produced science, art and literature. Ludwig von Mises
He is rich enough who has no wants. Italian Proverb
The economy will bump along, with most of us struggling to make ends meet, while the same people who nearly wrecked the economy altogether will be making more money than they can count. Rich Turner
The men and women who now run for Congress have special features. Most of them are much wealthier than their constituents. Surprisingly few have strong policy interests or experience. Most are willing to spend a day or two or three each week asking strangers for money on the telephone, a demeaning but obligatory exercise. Most have internalized an ethical code that allows them to solicit campaign contributions from people directly affected by legislation they vote on. This is not rare or even unusual — it’s standard Robert J. Kaiser
The zooming wealth of the top 1 percent is a problem, but it’s not nearly as big a problem as the tens of millions of Americans who have dropped out of high school or college. It’s not nearly as big a problem as the 40 percent of children who are born out of wedlock. It’s not nearly as big a problem as the nation’s stagnant human capital, its stagnant social mobility and the disorganized social fabric for the bottom 50 percent. David Brooks
A common person can never again be President of the United States. Steve King
Ted Kennedy’s life’s work was not to champion those with wealth or power or special connections. It was to give a voice to those who were not heard, to add a rung to the ladder of opportunity, to make real the dream of our founding. Barack Obama
This is America. We don’t disparage wealth. We don’t begrudge anybody for achieving success. And we certainly believe that success should be rewarded. But what gets people upset – and rightfully so – are executives being rewarded for failure, especially when those rewards are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers, many of whom are having a tough time themselves. Barack Obama
We have had a continuing problem of the equality of wealth and the power that goes with it. There are other ways of curtailing the power of corporations…. Congress is at fault for not requiring full disclosure of political contributions… Speech is the last thing we should be curtailing. Floyd Abrams
President Lincoln’s biggest blunder was—no not General George McClellan—creating the Agriculture Department. Since 1995, 75 percent of all agricultural subsidies have gone to the largest and wealthiest 10 percent of farms. George Will
Wealth is far away. Poverty is near. Sumerian Proverb
No nation can be freer than its most oppressed, richer than its poorest, wiser than its most ignorant. Henry George
When you are young and impecunious, society conditions you to exchange time for money, and this is quite as it should be. Very few people are hurt by having to work for a living. But as you become more affluent, it somehow is very, very difficult to reverse that process and begin trading money for time. William Rehnquist
When great wealth collects the way it has in the last two decades, it develops an arrogance…. You see it in the development of a survival of the fittest philosophy, one that says markets are more important than democracy. Kevin Phillips
But if there were no other reason why we should never have war, would any sane nation make war on cotton? Without firing a gun, without drawing a sword, should they make war on us we could bring the whole world to our feet. James Henry Hammond
The Spanish culture taught is that having titles of nobility was the way to get rich. But the Aztecs and the indigenous cultures taught us the same thing. Ricardo Salinas Pliego
Since 2009, 95 percent of all gains in the economy went to the top 1 percent. That didn’t leave very much for the rest of us. Greg Kaufmann
The fine, $13 billion, is a big number to everybody but Wall Street. Dennis M. Kelleher
New York seems to be an El Dorado for keyboard instruments. I soon found employment with a piano manufacturer. It’s a pretty well-paying job. The growth of wealth in the United States promises great opportunities for piano manufacturers. You will hardly believe it, but in nearly every household there is a piano. Family music is a part of daily life here. Henry E. Steinway
The Supreme Court has equated money with free speech. Richard Trumka
Secrecy helps give oil wealth its democracy-repelling powers: citizens are satisfied with low taxes and seemingly generous benefits only when they do not realize how much of their country’s wealth is being lost to theft, corruption, and government incompetence. Michael L. Ross
Kid’s starting out with a great deal of money is not necessarily good for the children or society. Bill Gates
In the history of warfare, it has generally been the case that military superiority lies with the wealthiest states and those with the most developed administrations. Hugh Kennedy
By the 1980s divorce declined among the more educated portions of the populace, while rates among the less educated continued to rise… the more educated and more well-to-do were more likely to wed. Given the family role as an incubator of human capital, such trends have had important spillover effects on inequality. Jerry Z. Muller
The world is not quite as inter-dependent as advertised. What happens in the poorest, most marginalized, and most dysfunctional places in the developing world only rarely comes back to bite those living in the wealthy world. What happens in failed states often stays in failed states. Stewart Patrick
When wealth concentrates at the very top, it can inflate unstable bubbles that threaten the economy. Barack Obama
The wealthy have a responsibility to invest in addressing inequality. This is especially true when constraints on others are so great. Bill Gates
The non-democratic governments of petro-states, … use the wealth of at their disposal to resist pressure for more democratic government. In effect, they bribe the people they rule, persuading these citizens to forgo political liberty and the right to decide who governs them. Michael Mandelbaum
This country is very good at creating wealth, but not very good at distributing it. Lloyd Blankfein
Imagine people’s height being proportional to their income, so that someone with an average income is of average height. Now imagine that the entire population of America is walking past you in a single file of ascending income. The owners of losing businesses are invisible; their heads are below ground. Then come the jobless and the working poor who are midgets. After half an hour, the strollers are still only waste high as the median income is have the mean [average].… Then the normal size people enter. Soon, giants thunder by and are 12 feet tall and they get taller. When the last 400 people walk by at the end, each is two miles tall. Jan Pen
In this world it is possible to achieve great material wealth, to live an opulent life. But a life built upon those things alone leaves a shallow legacy. In the end, we will be judged by other standards Cesar Chavez
Today, half of the national income goes to the richest 10 percent. In 2007, the top 1 percent controlled 34.6 percent of the wealth—significantly more than the bottom 90 percent who control just 26.9 percent. Chrystia Freeland
The people think of wealth and power as the greatest fate, But in this world a spell of health is the best state ., What men call sovereignty is a worldly strife and constant war; Worship of God is the highest throne, the happiest of all estates Suleiman the Magnificent
Our prosperity provides a foundation for our power. It pays for our military. It underwrites our diplomacy. Barack Obama
What really matters for great powers is power—national economic and military strength—and that speaks loudly and clearly for itself. Daniel Drezner
Anybody who is successful and does not use the word “luck” is a liar. Paul Newman
Everyone in this room is making investments in oil companies through taxes. Everyone in this room is investing money in hedge funds. They don’t need that money. We need to make the right investments. Elizabeth Warren
There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there. Good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory. Elizabeth Warren
It would be well for those interested to reflect whether there now exists, or ever has existed, a wealthy and civilized community in which one portion did not live on the labor of another.... Remember that labor is the only source of wealth, and how small a portion of it, in all old and civilized countries, even the best governed, is left to those by whose labor wealth is created. John C. Calhoun
Government is to divide the community into two great classes: one consisting of those who, in reality, pay the taxes and, of course, bear exclusively the burden of supporting the government; and the other, of those who are the recipients of their proceeds through disbursements, and who are, in fact, supported by the government; or, in fewer words, to divide it into tax payers and tax-consumers…. The effect, then, of every increase is to enrich and strengthen the one [the net tax-consumers], and to impoverish and weaken the other [the net tax-payers. John C. Calhoun
Capitalism is very undemocratic. Capitalism gives you power according to your wealth while democracy gives you power according to your existence. Anthony Wedgewood Benn; Tony Benn
It is not our affluence, or our plumbing, or our clogged freeways that grip the imagination of others. Rather, it is the values upon which our system is built … liberty, … individual freedom … international peace … law and order … constructive social purpose. When we depart from these values, we do so at our peril. J. William Fulbright
Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice. Mohandas K. Gandhi
Only powerful people have liberty. Sun Yat-sen
The value of lands and houses is the best estimate of the wealth of a nation. John Witherspoon
… taxation should be in proportion to wealth James Wilson
To be without silver is better than to be without honor. Viking Proverb
The Irish famine of 1846 killed more than 1,000,000 people, but it killed poor devils only. To the wealth of the country it did not the slightest damage. Karl Marx
The real "haves" are they who can acquire freedom, self-confidence, and even riches without depriving others of them. Eric Hoffer
His position makes him one of the richest men in the world coming from one of the poorest countries of the world. Sung Yoon Lee
The greatest estates we have in this colony were made … by taking up and purchasing at very low rates the rich back lands which were thought nothing of in those days, but are now the most valuable lands we possess. George Washington
The Western capitalist system is sunk to its neck in human problems. Despite the copious wealth that it has at its disposal, it is completely incapable of establishing social justice. Ali Khamenei
As long as the [Communist] Party remains the ultimate source of wealth and power, its ability to police itself will determine China’s fate. Andrew J. Nathan
Allah never gave such as this to any people without that giving rise to mutual envy and hatred. Umar Ibn Al-Khattab
Tory society is a closed society, in which birth and wealth have priority. Harold Wilson
The private sector is recognized as the creator of social wealth. Jean-Pierre Chevenement
Economic prosperity is a great engine for change. Donald Sassoon
Wealth may not necessarily be the decisive element in the progress of women, but it does create the conditions for further emancipation and equality. Donald Sassoon
The lesson of the past 100 years is that as the United States grows wealthier, Americans become willing to spend more to insure risk and enhance fairness. Advances in social policy come only intermittently but they do come. And when they come, they usually last. Lane Kenworthy
Our tax system rewards wealth more than it does work. Tammy Baldwin
At the end of every 7th year you must make a remission of debts…. Everyone who holds a pledge shall return the pledge to the person indebted to him. He must not press a fellow countryman for payment, for the Lord’s year of remission has been declared. You may press foreigners; but if it is a fellow countryman that holds anything of yours, you just renounce all claim on it. Book of Deuteronomy
The domestic policy of the Democratic Party is to do away with privilege as between individuals, and to secure the cooperation of all citizens for the common good; its standard of success is not the wealth of a few individuals, but the welfare of the people as a whole. Norman H. Davis
Prejudices were deeply rooted; the people really believed themselves to be the richest of the world, even though they lived in destitution. They took the potentialities of the country for actual wealth. Toribio Esquivel Obregon
We need new laws to rein in the forces of greed and to curb those ingenious legal advisors of the holders of vast corporate wealth. Theodore Roosevelt
Two forms of government are favorable to the prevalence of falsehood and deceit. Under a Despotism, men are false, treacherous, and deceitful through fear, like slaves dreading the lash. Under a Democracy they are so as a means of attaining popularity and office, and because of the greed for wealth. Albert Pike
A slave dreams of freedom, a free man dreams of wealth, the wealthy dream of power, and the powerful dream of freedom. Andrzej Majewski
… there is inherent in the dynamics of capitalism a natural and destabilizing tendency toward inequality of income, wealth and opportunity Stephen Pearlstein
… unlike the 19th century, when real estate and government bonds were the primary form of capital, it is riskier assets that generate most of the wealth in the modern global economy — assets that can more quickly lose value as a result of changes in technology or global competition. Stephen Pearlstein
...the concentration of human beings in towns...is contrary to nature, and...this abnormal existence is bound to issue in suffering, deterioration, and gradual destruction to the mass of the population...countless thousands of our fellow-men, and still a larger number of children...are starved of air and space and sunshine. ...This view of city life, which is gradually coming home to the heart and understanding and the conscience of our people, is so terrible that it cannot be put away. What is all our wealth and learning and the fine flower of our civilization and our Constitution and our political theories – what are all these but dust and ashes, if the men and women, on whose labour the whole social fabric is maintained, are doomed to live and die in darkness and misery in the recesses of our great cities? We may undertake expeditions on behalf of oppressed tribes and races, we may conduct foreign missions, we may sympathize with the cause of unfortunate nationalities; but it is our own people, surely, who have the first claim upon us...the air must be purified...the sunshine must be allowed to stream in, the water and the food must be kept pure and unadulterated, the streets light and clean...the measure of your success in bringing these things to pass will be the measure of the arresting of the terrible powers of race degeneration which is going on in the countless sunless streets. Henry Campbell-Bannerman
If plants, and livestock as well, require space and air, sunlight and love, children need them even more. The only real wealth of our country lies in the men and women of the next generation. Margaret Sanger
In our great cities there is plainly in evidence much wealth contrasted with much poverty and some of the wealth has been acquired or is used in a manner for which there is no moral justification. Theodore Roosevelt
[J. P. Morgan has] a yearly income and expenditure nearly as great as Imperial Germany. Ray Stannard Baker
Perhaps no statistic better illustrates the enduring legacy of our country’s shameful history of treating black people as sub-citizens, sub-Americans, and sub-humans than the wealth gap. Ta-Nehisi Coates
Has our society reached the limit of its resources or the maximum of its wealth and prosperity? Rutger Metelerkamp
There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Elizabeth Warren
7 percent of inheritors get two-thirds of all the wealth transfers.. Annie M. Lowrey
The rich and powerful Empire of Austria-Hungary had in 1919 been broken in war and dismembered by peace as no other country has been in recent history. Of the fragments into which the old empire was divided Austria was by far the most miserable. Vienna, once the rich capital of over sixty millions, was left the center of a small country with only one-tenth of that population. Arthur Salter
‘Give us food or we perish’, is now the loudest cry that is heard in this unfortunate country. It is heard in every corner of the Island …. It is a strange popular cry to be heard within the limits of the powerful and wealthy British Empire…. Russia wants liberty, Prussia wants a constitution, Switzerland wants religion, Spain wants a king. Ireland alone wants food. Vindicator
All men are born free. Some are certainly endowed with grater intelligence, stronger will or a greater portion of wealth than others, but that gives them—the cleverer, the stronger, the richer—not the least right to rule over the duller, the weaker, the poorer. God, the Father of us all, has made mankind, without exception, to be happy, and so the obligation is laid on us, as far as is possible, to make each other happy. Joan van der Capellen tot den Pol
With industrialization the gulf between the employed and the employer is growing wider; social contrasts are becoming sharper—as liveried carriages appear, so do barefoot children. Henry George
… the mere money-making American, insensible to every duty, regardless of every principle, bent only on amassing a fortune. Theodore Roosevelt
When the value of silver began to decrease, provident governments in other countries very wisely took measures to stop the minting of silver coins. The Mexican Government did not show any interest in the matter for more than twenty years, during which time foreign miners freely brought their silver bullion to the mints to have it coined; and with the money thus obtained they bought up all the gold coins in Mexico and exported them, with profit to themselves and loss to Mexico. Toribio Esquivel Obregon
It is an indisputable fact, that while the commanding heights in the provincial districts and municipal centers have been conquered by the Communist party, the rural Soviets continue to flounder in the swamps of non-partisanship. . . . We are menaced by the non-partisan wealthy peasantry who have acquired a powerful influence in the rural districts and in some places hold the entire lower Soviet machinery. Izvestia
The distribution of wealth, therefore, depends on the laws and customs of society. Robert Heilbroner
… one accumulates or one gets accumulated. Robert Heilbroner
The possession of wealth confers honor; it is an invidious distinction. Thorstein Veblen
However widely, or equally, or "fairly", it may be distributed, no general increase of the community's wealth can make any approach to satiating this need, the ground of which is the desire of every one to excel everyone else in the accumulation of goods. Thorstein Veblen
The richest countries in the world are democracies. The most stable countries in the world are democracies. There are no tensions between the two. Michael McFaul
The world has grown rich and refined, but chiefly by the efforts of those who themselves continue poor and ignorant. Theodore Parker
Wealth and want equally harden the human heart, like frost and fire both are alien to human flesh. Famine and gluttony alike drive nature away from the heart of man. Theodore Parker
Neither this people or any other free people will permanently tolerate the use of the vast power conferred by vast wealth, and especially by wealth in its corporate form, without lodging somewhere in the government a still higher power of seeing that this power, in addition to being used in the interest of the individual or individuals possessing it, is also to be used for and not against the interests of the people as a whole…. [We must] keep the great highways of commerce open to all on reasonable and equitable terms. Theodore Roosevelt
The greatest issue before the people—the question of special privilege and unequal distribution of wealth. Ida Tarbell
The salary of the chief executive of the large corporation is not a market award for achievement. It is frequently in nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself. John Kenneth Galbraith
In the affluent society no useful distinction can be made between luxuries and necessaries. John Kenneth Galbraith
Wealth has never been a sufficient source of honour in itself. It must be advertised, and the normal medium is obtrusively expensive. John Kenneth Galbraith
Confidence in the future -- Hope -- gives power to individuals and communities. It is that which enables the poor man to become rich, and the character of all legislative action is to be judged by its greater or lesser tendency to produce this effect. Henry Charles Carey
Throughout the world, and in all ages, freedom has advanced with every increase in the ratio of wealth to population.... Henry Charles Carey
With every step of our progress in that direction, social inequality tends to increase. The skillful speculator realizes a fortune by the same operation that ruins hundreds around him, and adds to his fortune by buying their property under the hammer of the sheriff. The wealthy manufacturer is unmoved by revulsions in the British market which sweep away his competitors, and, when the storm blows over, he is enabled to double, treble, or quadruple, his already overgrown fortune... The system tends to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. Henry Charles Carey
Even oil wealth will not insulate a country from modernity forever. Fareed Zakaria
The more affluent women become, the less likely they are to have more children Fareed Zakaria
Conservatism has always been an expression of American business Thomas Frank
We must expect for a long time yet to see capitalists still striving to obtain the highest possible profits. But observe, that the passion for wealth is certainly in some senses new. It grew up very rapidly at the beginning of the present century; it was not so strong in the last century, when men were much more content to lead a quiet easy life of leisure. The change has really influenced the relations between men; but in the future it is quite possible that the scramble for wealth may grow less intense, and a change in the opposite direction take place. Arnold J. Toynbee
Competition has brought about two great opposing opinions; one that Government should do nothing, the other that it should do everything. The first arises from the contemplation of the immense wealth heaped up under a system of unimpeded individual action, and of the extraordinary folly and selfishness of the customs and legislation that controlled such action in the past. The second arises from the sufferings which unimpeded individualism has brought upon the working classes, who cry out that Government is bound to protect them from misery and starvation Arnold J. Toynbee
The possession of wealth does not confer upon the wealthy the right to take advantage of the less fortunate. Madame Chiang Kai-Shek; Soong Mei-ling
From the end of WWI to today, American economic might would be the decisive factor in the shaping of the world order. Adam Tooze
The burning issue of our time is the growing inequality in income and wealth in our country. Tom Harkin
Our parents’ incomes play a larger role in our personal economic fortunes than is true for other peer countries. Edward D. Kleinbard
It was the use of public policy to create economics that favored the big players. There were only a handful of channels. And only some people were going to get them and become fabulously wealthy. Robert McChesney
To a shower of gold most things are penetrable. Thomas Carlyle
The fact is prosperity has a purpose. It’s to allow us to pursue "the better angels," to give us time to think and grow. George W. Bush
What can happen in 30 years? A Senator can become a multimillionaire in public office while voting 17 times against raising the minimum wage, 3 times for corporate tax breaks that send Kentucky jobs overseas and 12 times against extending unemployment benefits for laid-off workers. Allison Grimes
American economic greatness has never trickled down from the top. Barack Obama
The Depression is a good thing generally. Let them fail. Let everybody fail! I made my fortune when I had nothing to start with, by myself ns my own ideas. Let other people do the same. Henry Ford
Gold is special, and what makes it special is thousands of years of people wanting it.. Donald Trump
I have never been able to procure sufficient slaves to cultivate my lands and that of any guilt that attached to this trade we [planters] were at most but partners with the Parliament which tolerated it, and the country which profited so much from it. Joseph Foster Barham
States and nations do not build wealth by storing cash in a bank vault. They build wealth by expanding human solutions to human problems in order that more and more of her people — living and yet to be born — are able to enjoy a higher quality of life. Robert Kennedy
When the government handed over the running of the Internet backbone to commercial Internet providers, it was the largest legal creation of wealth in the history of the planet. John Doerr
The insurance companies use their economic power to grind down working people.. James Matthew Hood
if any have wrongfully been deprived of the privileges of noble lineage, and subjected to a judicial sentence which has consigned them to the women's apartments (1) and to the linen making, there to undergo a cruel and miserable labor, or reduced them to servitude for the benefit of the public treasury, without any exemption on the ground of superior birth; let such persons, resuming the honors they had previously enjoyed, and their proper dignities, henceforward exult in the blessings of liberty, and lead a glad life. Let the free man, (2) too, by some injustice and inhumanity, or even madness, made a slave, who has felt the sudden transition from liberty to bondage, and ofttimes bewailed his unwonted labors, return to his family once more a free man in virtue of this our ordinance, and seek those employments which befit a state of freedom Constantine I
I think Mitt Romney is a good guy. He just has no idea of how good he has had it. Julian Castro
The Riches of a Country are to be valued by the Quantity of Labour its Inhabitants are able to purchase, and not by the Quantity of Silver and Gold they possess Benjamin Franklin
We live in a system that espouses merit, equality, and a level playing field, but exalts those with wealth, power, and celebrity, however gained. Derrick Bell
This dear bought Land with so much blood and cost, hath only made some few rich, and all the rest losers. John Smith
China’s rulers wanted row country to get rich, but not at the cost of control. Julian Baird Gerwitz
Wealth managers not only exploit gaps in legal systems but they also seek to influence legislation, especially in offshore tax havens, to the benefit of their clients. In doing so they preserve and even increase wealth inequality and help undermine the legitimacy of governments that tolerate their wealthy citizens’ evasion or avoidance of the financial responsibilities that every one else must meet—a form of shirking made much easier by modern communications technology. Richard N. Cooper
Israel is now a modern society. Its per capita income is higher than Spain’s. But behind the sheen of economic success, the shadow of undefined borders and violence always lurks. Roger Cohen
Over time, economic benefits are accrued to the stronger, shrewder people in society, and if unrestrained by government, conditions would lead to economic autocracy and political despotism. Henry A. Wallace
We are the wealthiest country in the world. There is no excuse not to help poor people….When was the last time you saw poverty mentioned on television. Bernie Sanders
There is the freedom from want, despair and psychological insecurity that would come from having income sufficient to provide the necessities of life, But there is also the freedom to choosae not to work for a time in order to take care of family members, persue a passion, acquire education, or contribute to a worthwhile community project. There is the freedom to start a new business with an uncertain future, the freedom to say yes ti a job that pays little but yields joy and satisfaction--and the freedom to say no to a job that pays too little of is demeaning or unpleasant. Why they ask should such freedom be reserved only for the wealthy? Stephen Pearlstein
Surrounded by the evidence of their success, the wealthy come to believe that they are fundamentally better than other Americans and that working people deserve their declining fortunes. They trumpet meritocracy while ensuring that their children enjoy crushing advantages from birth. They have unprecedented access to politicians and use it to push policies that swell their wealth while defunding institutions, such as public education, that sustain opportunities for less-fortunate Americans. Ganesh Sitaraman
The appropriate role of government is to provide the framework that allows capital to flow freely, in accord with the law of supply and demand. That is how jobs, businesses and wealth are created. The government would have no money to distribute or spend without the tax revenue generated from the jobs and businesses that are the fruit of our capitalist system. Warren Stephens
Dear Mr. President, Congratulations on a remarkable run. Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure. This is a unique office, without a clear blueprint for success, so I don't know that any advice from me will be particularly helpful. Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past 8 years. First, we've both been blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune. Not everyone is so lucky. It's up to us to do everything we can (to) build more ladders of success for every child and family that's willing to work hard. Second, American leadership in this world really is indispensable. It's up to us, through action and example, to sustain the international order that's expanded steadily since the end of the Cold War, and upon which our own wealth and safety depend. Third, we are just temporary occupants of this office. That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions -- like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties -- that our forebears fought and bled for. Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it's up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them. And finally, take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family. They'll get you through the inevitable rough patches. Michelle and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways which we can. Good luck and Godspeed. Barack Obama
I know a guy--a gambler who bets on politics. He made so much money betting on the Democrats that he became a Rep ublican. Bob Hope
The newspaper people think we should still be back in the trash. . . . They really think Christians ought to be shabby, tacky, crummy, worthless people because we threaten them when we have things as nice as they have.... I’m excessive. Dear Lord, I’m excessive. . . . God is a great God. He deserves my best. Jim Bakker
Nobody in this section of the country believes the threadbare old lie that Negro men rape white women. Lynching is an excuse to get rid of Negroes who were acquiring wealth and property and thus keep the race terrorized and ‘the nigger down,’ ” she wrote in a journal. Ida B. Wells
The ordinary surroundings of life which are esteemed by men (as their actions testify) to be the highest good, may be classed under the three heads — Riches, Fame, and the Pleasures of Sense: with these three the mind is so absorbed that it has little power to reflect on any different good. Baruch Spinoza

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