Affluence Quotes

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Ayn Rand
“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Wendell Berry
“The freedom of affluence opposes and contradicts the freedom of community life.”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

Maya Angelou
“People whose history and future were threatened each day by extinction considered that it was only by divine intervention that they were able to live at all. I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Jamie Arpin-Ricci
“Rather than elevating poverty to a form of righteousness, Jesus is instead calling for a revolution of imagination around the nature of what we consider true blessing.”
Jamie Arpin-Ricci, The Cost of Community: Jesus, St. Francis and Life in the Kingdom

Israelmore Ayivor
“Leaders will love to be poor and see their people rich, than to be rich and see their people poor. This is their mission.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders' Ladder

“Don't only learn from the rich and successful men, also learn from the poor and those that failed woefully, for in their failures lies the secret of success as well.”
Ikechukwu Izuakor, Great Reflections on Success

William Wilberforce
“A soft luxurious course of habitual indulgence, is the practice of the bulk of modern Christians: and that constant moderation, that wholesome discipline of restraint and self-denial, which are requisite to prevent the unperceived encroachments of the inferior appetites, seem altogether disused, as the exploded austerities of monkish superstition...

But the persons of whom we are now speaking, forgetting alike the duties they owe to themselves and to their fellow-creatures, often act as though their condition were meant to be a state of uniform indulgence, and vacant, unprofitable sloth...

To multiply the comforts of affluence, to provide for the gratification of appetite, to be luxurious without diseases, and indolent without lassitude, seems the chief study of their lives. Others again seem more to attach themselves to what have been well termed the ‘pomps and vanities of this world.’ Magnificent houses, grand equipages, numerous retinues, splendid entertainments, high and fashionable connections, appear to constitute, in their estimation, the supreme happiness of life.”
William Wilberforce, A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious Systems

“The Vikings thought they were big shots because they had boats. You know how obnoxious people get when they own a boat. They always want to go on the boat. "We're taking the boat out this weekend. It's supposed to be beautiful. Why don't you come? You never come. You're always working. You know how many people wish they would get invited to come on the boat? And you turn it down.”
Colin Quinn, The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America

“Bill Gates wasn't born rich but he wasn't poor either even before he discovered Microsoft, he was just waiting for a connecting flight to the boulevards of greatness.”
Ikechukwu Izuakor, Great Reflections on Success

Kirtida Gautam
“My definition of Fun Game is when everyone wins.”
Kirtida Gautam

“Neatness and cleanliness is not a function of how rich or poor you are but that of mentality and principle.”
Ikechukwu Izuakor, Great Reflections on Success

“Never forget a man who weathered and rescued you from the storm just because you can see the shores.”
Ikechukwu Izuakor, Great Reflections on Success

“Don't cheat the foundation of a house because you want to save for the roofing for at the end, you will have only roofed rubbles.”
Ikechukwu Izuakor, Great Reflections on Success

“Don't sell the warmer for an air conditioner just because its summer, for in winter, you will have to do the reverse.”
Ikechukwu Izuakor, Great Reflections on Success

Ivan Illich
“Today, one must either be isolated and cut off, or a carefully guarded, affluent drop-out, to allow one's children to play in an environment where they listen to people rather than to stars, speakers, or instructors. All over the world, one can see the rapid encroachment of the disciplined acquiescence that characterizes the audience, the client, the customer.”
Ivan Illich, The Right to Useful Unemployment and Its Professional Enemies

Thomas Merton
“In actual fact it would seem that during the Cold War, if not during World War II, this country has become frankly a warfare state built on affluence, a power structure in which the interests of big business, the obsessions of the military, and the phobias of political extremists both dominate and dictate our national policy. It also seems that the people of the country are by and large reduced to passivity, confusion, resentment, frustration, thoughtlessness and ignorance, so that they blindly follow any line that is unraveled for them by the mass media.”
Thomas Merton, Cold War Letters

“There are three impossibilities in life: God cannot lie, God cannot change and finally, I cannot be a poor man.”
Ikechukwu Izuakor, Great Reflections on Success

“Real power, is the power that empowers without corruption”
Constance Friday

George F. Will
“Behavior was better when cinemas were opulent.”
George F. Will, The Woven Figure: Conservatism and America's Fabric

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Whether it is big or small, the size of a poor man’s yard incessantly reminds him that he is poor.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“To have affluence is to spread kingdom principles”
Sunday Adelaja

Ludwig von Mises
“Granted, many of them replied, that socialism may not result in riches for all but rather in a smaller production of wealth; nevertheless the masses will be happier under socialism, because they will share their worries with all their fellow citizens, and there will not be wealthier classes to be envied by poorer ones. The starving and ragged workers of Soviet Russia, they tell us, are a thousand times more joyful than the workers of the West who live under conditions which are luxurious compared to Russian standards; equality in poverty is a more satisfactory state than well-being where there are people who can flaunt more luxuries than the average man.”
Ludwig von Mises

“...we steal with our eyes closed to the conditions in which the poor, who make our affluence possible, live. We covet what our neighbours have and want more of the same.”
Karen Baker-Fletcher, Dancing with God: The Trinity from a Womanist Perspective

“Every opportunity, every influence and affluence you possess, could not have been for you alone, but to act as a platform to impact a generation.”
Sunday Adelaja, The Mountain of Ignorance

John N. Gray
“Where affluence is the rule, the true threat is the loss of desire,(...) What is new is not that prosperity depends on stimulating demand. It is that it cannot continue without inventing new vices”
John N. Gray, Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

Richie Norton
“Influence creates affluence. Affluence does not create influence. Affluence makes you more of who you already are.”
Richie Norton

“I fear that we are being led to become morally lazy. Our affluence has given many of us almost immediate access to virtually anything we want. We have grown comfortable with indulgence, and we don't want to feel guilty about it. Guilt prods us toward the hard work of changing. That's why we want our heroes to be flawed like we are. They assure us that our weaknesses, addictions, moral lapses, and compromises are not unusual. Such heroes become mirrors reflecting a comfortable image that says, Hey, don't get so uptight about your failures and lapses. We're all like this.”
Michael W Smith

“True Knowledge always increases his/her thinking accomplishment and help them in getting new and innovative, happy ideas. After effectuating those visions successfully earns affluence and knowledge.”
Shreeom Surye Shiva

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