"I have an income nearly sufficient for my wants (no one's income is ever quite sufficient, you know)."
~ The Prisoner of Zenda
by Anthony Hope
"Even you are not rich enough, Sir Robert, to buy back your past. No man is."
~ An Ideal Husband
by Oscar Wilde
One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied.
~ The Gift of the Magi
by O. Henry
"Beauty is that quality which, next to money, is generally the most attractive to the worst kinds of men; and, therefore, it is likely to entail a great deal of trouble on the possessor."
~ The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
by Anne Bronte
"He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light or burdensome; a pleasure or a toil. Say that his power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count 'em up: what then? The happiness he gives, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune."
~ A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
Hunters for gold or pursuers of fame, they all had gone out on that stream, bearing the sword, and often the torch, messengers of the might within the land, bearers of a spark from the sacred fire. What greatness had not floated on the ebb of that river into the mystery of an unknown earth!... The dreams of men, the seed of commonwealths, the germs of empires.
~ Heart of Darkness
by Joseph Conrad
Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.
~ Gulliver's Travels
by Jonathan Swift
"Simple, generous goodness is the best capital to found the business of this life upon. It lasts when fame and money fail, and is the only riches we can take out of this world with us."
~ Little Men
by Louisa May Alcott
Debt is the prolific mother of folly and of crime; it taints the course of life in all its dreams.
~ Henrietta Temple
by Benjamin Disraeli
"There is no such thing as unmixed evil. A man who loses his money gains, at least, experience, and sometimes something better."
~ The Young Duke
by Benjamin Disraeli