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1,155. There is no wealth but life. Life, including all its powers of love, of joy, and of admiration. That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest number of noble and happy human beings; that man is richest who, having perfected the function of his own life to the utmost, has always the widest helpful influence, both personal, and by means of his possessions, over the lives of others. (Life’s Like That & Wealth & Country & Philanthropy) John Ruskin
73,527. Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land, or lending or the taxation of labor. (Fortune & Wealth) John Ruskin
4,557. Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man. (Man & Wealth & Leisure) Benjamin Disraeli, speech Manchester 3rd April 1872
4,921. Titles are tinsel, power a corrupter, glory a bubble, and excessive wealth a libel on its possessor. (Rights & Title & Power & Glory & Wealth) Percy Bysshe Shelley, Declaration of Rights
5,072. The labour movement means just this: it is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth. (Trade Unions & Labour & Wealth) Wendell Phillips
5,089. All wealth is the product of labour. (Trade Unions & Labour & Wealth) John Locke
5,160. Labour was the first price, the original purchase – money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver but by labour that all wealth of the world was originally purchased. (Labour & Wealth) Adam Smith
5,383. 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. (Liberty & Civil Liberties & Wealth & Servitude) Samuel Adams
5,566. The freedom of affluence opposes and contradicts the freedom of community life. (Freedom & Wealth & Society & Community) Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace
6,155. To be wealthy and honoured in an unjust society is a disgrace. (Society & Wealth & Honour & Honours) Confucius, The Analects
69,847. Wealth and rank are what people desire. But unless they are attained in the right way they may not be possessed. (Desire & Privilege & Wealth & Honours) Confucius
6,173. It was possible, no doubt, to imagine a society in which wealth, in the sense of personal possessions and luxuries, should be evenly distributed, while power remained in the hands of a small privileged caste. But in practice such a society could not long remain stable. For if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate and would learn to think for themselves; and when once they had done this, they would sooner or later realise that the privileged minority had no function, and they would sweep it away. In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on a basis of poverty and ignorance. (Society & Minority & Wealth & Poverty & Ignorance & Inequality & Equality) George Orwell, 1984
6,893. But the numbers were also having a strange and perverse effect on New Labour’s vision of a freer and more open Britain. They were in fact creating a more rigid and stratified society. At the heart of this was Education and the league tables for schools. The tables showed parents which were the best-performing schools and which were the worst ones. The government said that this would incentivize the less successful ones to compete and improve their services. And then standards would rise across the country. In fact the very opposite happened. Rich parents moved into the areas of the best schools which then caused house prices to spiral, keeping the poor out. And nearly all schools taught their pupils only those narrow facts they would need to answer in exams. And so would help the schools rise up the league tables. What was lost was the wider education that would help the poorer children rise up in society. (Education & Schools Wealth & Society) Adam Curtis, The Trap
6,894. In 2006 a series of reports made it clear that there was a definite link between the government’s policies in Education and the rise of social segregation based on wealth. This has contributed to a much wider problem. Social mobility in Britain has now ground to a halt. (Education & Society & Wealth) ibid.
138,657. In Russia that same dream seemed to have led to disaster … Russia had been taken over by a small group called the oligarchs who had looted the country of much of its wealth … No-one believed in communism or democracy any longer … They had been promised a democracy but what they got was chaos and corruption on a vast scale. (Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & Russia & Wealth & Corruption) Adam Curtis, Can’t Get You Out of My Head VI Are We a Pigeon? Or Are We Dancer? *****
24,559. I’ll never understand this obsession with accumulating material wealth. You spend your entire life plotting and scheming to acquire more and more possessions until your living areas are bursting with useless junk. Then you die, your relatives sell everything and start the cycle all over again. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine & Wealth) Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Q-Less s1e7, Q
29,122. Thus began the quest for the so-called American Dream: the dream made of wealth comfort and well-being ... The connection between liberty and wealth was being continually reinforced. (United States of America & Neo-Conservatives & US Empire US & War on Terror & Liberty & Wealth) PSTV.tv – The New American Century
29,928. England and America owe their liberty to commerce, which created a new species of power to undermine the feudal system. But let them beware of the consequences: the tyranny of wealth is still more galling and debasing than that of rank. (England & United States of America & Commerce & Wealth) Mary Wollstonecraft
31,959. The Queen’s wealth as a monarch includes fifty-four Commonwealth nations worldwide, millions of acres of Crown land and resources. Thousands of Crown corporations. And the Corporate State of London which is the capital of world finance. The Queen’s visible personal wealth which was accumulated tax free until 1992 include Royal Yachts, Rolls-Royces, racehorses, five castles, the world’s largest collection of jewels, twenty thousand old masterpieces, and billions of Class A shares in blue-chips and bonds which have been invested and reinvested over and over again tax free. Most of the Queen’s family’s fortune was inherited from her ancestors’ illegal opium trade with China and the black slave trade. (Royal Family & Monarchy & Elizabeth II & Wealth) The Bloodlines of the Illuminati
34,713. Call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all God’s children. (King & Wealth & Equality) Martin Luther King junior
42,358. And one day we must ask the question, Why are there forty million poor people in America? And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. (Economics & Capitalism & Wealth & Poor & King) Martin Luther King junior
41,233. The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively. (Ability & Wealth & Greatness & Integrity) Bob Marley
41,403. Unfortunately, whenever we get into power with either one of these two parties we find that the one crying need of our people – the redistribution of wealth so that none would be too poor and none would be too rich – is always neglected by the party that is in power. (Money & Wealth & Equality) Huey Long
41,670. Banks ... transfer wealth from society to the creators of money. (Money & Banksters & Federal Reserve & Wealth) James Jaeger, Fiat Empire: Why the Federal Reserve Violates the US Constitution
41,712. The wealth of the nation was quickly concentrated into the hands of the richest Romans once again. (Money & Federal Reserve & Banksters & Economics & Debt & Wealth & Rome) Bill Still, The Secret of Oz 2009
41,713. So in Rome we learn that with cheap, government-issued money the Roman Republic flourished, but under the gold money it perished. (Money & Federal Reserve & Banksters & Economics & Debt & Wealth & Rome) ibid.
41,782. There is enough money in the world to make everybody a millionaire. (Money & Wealth) Money: Who Wants to be a Millionaire BBC 2011, bloke on settee
41,783. Thousands of others are flocking to wealth seminars. (Money & Wealth) ibid.
41,784. A considerable part of Robert’s wealth comes from teaching other people how to get rich. (Money & Wealth) ibid.
41,785. ‘It’s not about the money, it’s about the mindset.’ (Money & Wealth) ibid. bloke in coffee shop
42,206. I believe and I have always believed and I always will believe in private enterprise has the backbone of the economic well-being of the United States. People of American have no quarrel with business; they insist only that the power of concentrated wealth shall not be abused. (Business & Enterprise & Economics & Wealth) Franklin D Roosevelt, 1933