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Thoughts on wealth

Published: Dec 24, 2021 10:31:17 AM IST

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Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.
—Ernest Hemingway
American novelist

Wealth flows from energy and ideas.
—William Feather
American publisher and author

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
American lawyer

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
—Henry David Thoreau
American naturalist

Contentment is the only real wealth.
—Alfred Nobel
Swedish inventor

If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.
—Edmund Burke
Irish statesman

Wealth and compassion are opposites.
—Munshi Premchand

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
—George Bernard Shaw
Irish playwright

How should we begin to make amends for raising a generation obsessed with the pursuit of material wealth and indifferent to so much else?
—Tony Judt
British-American historian

It’s pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.
—Kin Hubbard
American humourist

I strongly believe that those of us who are privileged to have wealth should contribute significantly to try and create a better world for the millions who are far less privileged.
—Azim Premji

(This story appears in the 24 December, 2021 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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