Category Archives: MONEY, POWER, PRESTIGE

“It’s as difficult to be rich without bragging as it is to be poor without complaining.”

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“I could not imagine that the future I was walking toward could compare in any way to the past that I was leaving behind.”

― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom



Where the gold dust is, that is where the women like to be.


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“This is a test, isn’t it? It’s like choosing out of three caskets in a fairy tale. Everyone knows the rules. You never choose the gold shiny one. Or even the quite impressive silver one. What you’re supposed to do is choose the dull little lead one, and then there’s a flash of light and it turns into a mountain of jewels”
― Sophie Kinsella

A Cat May Look at a Queen

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And the kings and queens of the culture look down on you and say, “He’s got nothing else.  Let him have another drink.  She’s not doing anything with her life anyway.  Pass her another blunt.” 

But oh, no.  Nothing for me.  I have a meeting in the morning

Rank and riches are chains of gold, but still chains.

– Giovanni Ruffini.

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“Froi saw the foolishness of dreamers, and he decided he’d like to die so foolish. With a dream in his heart about the possibilities, rather than a chain of hopelessness.”

― Melina Marchetta, Quintana of Charyn

An alcoholic has been lightly defined as a man who drinks more than his own doctor.

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“Oh, Mr. Trout…teach us to sing and dance and laugh and cry. We’ve tried to survive so long on money and sex and envy and real estate and football and basketball and automobiles and television and alcohol — on sawdust and broken glass!”

― Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

He wanted a pet, so he asked for an octopus, thinking it would be an eight-sided cat.

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“All bands eventually break up because of one or more of the four P’s: power, property, prestige, pussy.”
― Dave Mustaine, Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir

He realized that the loudest are the least sincere, that arrogance is a quality of the ignorant, and that flatterers tend to be vicious. ”

― Isabel Allende, Zorro

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Wealth is both an enemy and a friend.


A moment of silence is actually a very loud moment. ― Nouf Alfadl

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“The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poor-house. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man’s abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.”

― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things. Confucius.

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Victory, union, faith, identity, time,
The indissoluble compacts, riches, mystery,
Eternal progress, the kosmos, and the modern reports.
This, then, is life;
Here is what has come to the surface after so many throes and
How curious! how real!    

Walt Whitman


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Crescentem sequitur cura pecuniam, Major- unique fames — Care accompanies increasing wealth, and a craving for still greater riches. Horace.


Our nature is inseparable from desires, and the very word "desire" (the craving for something not possessed) implies that our present felicity is not complete. Hobbes.

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A bad compromise is better than a good battle. Russian



Affirmative. Money is fine. It pass book sense. Negative. Book sense is fine. It pass money.

Affirmative. Money is fine and I live to go and find my money. Negative. Book sense is fine and pass the money; that is why I go and find book sense. Because book sense is property for the prophets. Money be property for Pharaoh in this world.

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He who placeth confidence in an enemy, either from inclination or necessity, awaketh from his delusion, like one who hath fallen from the top of a tree in his sleep !

"Fables and proverbs from the Sanskrit : being the Hitopadésa"


‘ Fortitude in adversity, and moderation in pros- perity ; eloquence in the senate, and courage in the field; great glory in renown, and labour in study; are the natural perfections of great minds.’

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"Even a black lamb’s wool is warm.": A Choyen proverb meaning "every cloud has a silver lining." Black animals are generally held to be unlucky.


Ambition, like a seeled (blind) 
dove mounts upward, higher and 
higher still, to perch on clouds, but 
tumbles headlong down with 
heavier ruin. John Ford.
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