Forbes India 15th Anniversary Special

Thoughts on wealth

Published: Oct 31, 2019 01:50:10 PM IST
Updated: Oct 31, 2019 09:00:36 PM IST

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Never spend your money before you have earned it.
—Thomas Jefferson

Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.
—Erich Fromm

It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.
—George Lorimer

I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages.
—Robert Bosch

Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.
—Henry David Thoreau

I pity that man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth shall starve in the process.
—Benjamin Harrison

I made my money the old-fashioned way. I was very nice to a wealthy relative right before he died.
—Malcolm Forbes

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
—Oscar Wilde

A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.
—Jonathan Swift

Know what you own, and know why you own it.
—Peter Lynch

If you want to know what a man is really like, take notice of how he acts when he loses money.
—Simone Weil

In a country well-governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.

If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it. 

(This story appears in the 08 November, 2019 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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