Wealth Quotes Showing Both Sides of Money
September 18, 2022 5:00 AM EST
We tend to think of wealth as good but there are two sides to every story as these wealth quotes show.
Growing wealth is a pursuit that many people have in life.
And while money can open a lot of doors for people and provide new opportunities, there is another side to it.
If you’re not careful, money can become your central focus which is why some people with money get such a bad name.
So whether you’re in pursuit of wealth or learning how to manage what you have, there are many lessons found in the wealth quotes below.
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Wise wealth quotes
1. “You can’t enjoy wealth if you’re not in good health.” – Anonymous
2. “God gave us wealth, not that we should be hoarders but dispensers.” – Thomas Manton
3. “Wealth can do us no good unless it helps us toward heaven.” – Thomas Adams
4. “It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.” – C. C. Colton
5. “Wealth flows from energy and ideas.” – William Feather
6. “Wealth is quiet. Rich is loud. Poor is flashy.” – Unknown
7. “Wealth is no mark of God’s favour. Poverty is no mark of God’s displeasure.” – J. C. Ryle
8. “Former education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” – Jim Rohn
9. “Wealth is not wisdom’s goal, but is often wisdom’s reward.” – R.C. Sproul
10. “Excuse me while I save, invest, and build wealth.” – Stephanie Lahart
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True wealth quotes
11. “Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” – Jim Rohn
12. “The most valuable things in your life are always the things that money cannot buy.” – Matshona Dhilwayo
13. “The key to understanding if something is truly precious is to ask if we can hold it, for things truly precious cannot be held.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough
14. “If you choose money over love, you will always be poor.” – Matshona Dhliwayo
15. “The rich invest in time, the poor invest in money.” – Warren Buffett
16. “True wealth is not of the pocket, but of the heart and of the mind.” – Kevin Gates
17. “The real measure of our wealth is how much we’d be worth if we lost all our money.” – John Henry Jowett
18. “True wealth is not measured in money or status or power. It is measured in the legacy we leave behind for those we love and those we inspire.” – Cesar Casey
19. “The mark of true wealth is determined by how much one can give away.” – T. Harv Eker
20. “True wealth is not what you have, it’s what you’re left with when all you have is gone.” – James Arthur Ray
The dangers of wealth quotes
21. “Whenever wealth keeps a man from thinking about God, it is not a blessing but a curse.” – John Blanchard
22. “Money is a tool. Used properly it makes something beautiful; used wrong, it makes a mess!” – Bradley Vinson
23. “The more money he has, the more troubles he will have.” – C. H. Spurgeon
24. “In today’s world, money is like oxygen – lack of oxygen can kill you, so can too much of it.” – Abhijit Naskar
25. “People have to do awful things for money.” – Gillian Flynn
26. “Getting straight with your money is as complicated as a trip to the grocery store: You need a comparison shop, add and subtract, stick with a plan, and ask questions- nothing more.” – Elizabeth Warren
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27. “When the purse becomes empty, the mind becomes full of issues.” – Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
28. “Money is a very dangerous thing, you have to get to know how to look after it or else you will lose it with ease and remember how you would’ve it in hard times.” – Auliq Ice
29. “Rich people buy luxuries last, while the poor and middle class tend to buy luxuries first.” – Robert Kiyosaki
30. “Rich people play the money game to win. Poor people play the money game to not lose.” – T. Harv Eker
Wealth quotes about rich people
31. “The only thing I like about rich people is their money.” – Nancy Astor
32. “When rich people fight wars with one another, poor people are the ones to die.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
33. “Are you willing to work sixteen hours a day? Rich people are. Are you willing to work seven days a week and five up most of your weekends? Rich people are. Are you willing to sacrifice seeing your family, your friends, and give up your recreations and hobbies? Rich people are. Are you willing to risk all your time, energy and start-up capital with no guarantee of returns? Rich people are.” – T. Harv Eker
34. “Try to imagine an America without rich people. Rich people contribute a lot to this country.” – Bernard Goldberg
35. “Rich people are committed to being rich. Poor people want to be rich.” – T. Harv Eker
36. “Rich people always have a certain degree of debt. Apparently it helps to reduce taxes. I’m not so hot on the bean-counting side.” – Felix Dennis
37. “There are a lot of rich people in the world. There are very few people who have the privilege of getting to invent things that billions of people use.” – David Karp
38. “Poverty is an anomaly to rich people; it is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell.” – Walter Bagehot
39. “Is the rich world aware of how four billion of the six billion live? If we were aware, we would want to help out, we’d want to get involved.” – Bill Gates
40. “Poor people have big TV’s. Rich people have big libraries.” – Jim Rohn
Thought-provoking wealth quotes
41. “Most rich people are the poorest people I know.” – Elsa Maxwell
42. “The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure but in its wise application.” – Miguel de Cervantes
43. “What good is money if it can’t buy happiness?” – Agatha Christie
44. “No man should receive a dollar unless that dollar has been fairly earned.” – Theodore Roosevelt
45. “A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.” – Jonathan Swift
46. “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”- Henry David Thoreau
47. “Without a rich heart wealth is an ugly beggar.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
48. “The greatest thing money can buy is freedom.” – Damien Thomas
49. “The first wealth is health.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
50. “Inherited wealth, that is not what America is based upon.” – Richard Neal
More wealth quotes and sayings
51. “Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” – Epictetus
52. “Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” – Ayn Rand
53. “Wealth is the slave of a wise man. The master of a fool.” – Seneca
54. “The wealth of a soul is measured by how much it can feel… its poverty by how little.” – Sherrilyn Kenyon
55. “If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.” – Edmund Burke
56. 2Those who know the true use of money, and regulate the measure of wealth according to their needs, live contented with few things.” – Spinoza
57. “Wealth is not about having a lot of money; it’s about having a lot of options.” – Chris Rock
58. “Wealth is a person’s ability to survive a certain number of days forward.” – R. Buckminster Fuller
59. “Wealth is like seawater; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
60. “Where people are really attached, poverty itself is wealth.” – Jane Austen
More wealth quotes that are full of wisdom
61. “Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy a huge yacht that sails right next to it.” ― David Lee Roth
62. “There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge. Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.” ― Napoleon Hill
63. “Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.” ― John Kenneth Galbraith
64. “There is only one true wealth in all the universe–living time.” ― Frank Herbert
65. “Hold material goods and wealth on a flat palm and not in a clenched fist.” ― Alistair Begg
66. “The poor, I am told, are kind to each other but that is because they have nothing to lose,’ he said. ‘The rich cannot afford to be.” ― M.R.C. Kasasian
67. “I know money isn’t everything. but it certainly is something.” ― Thisuri Wanniarachchi
68. “Your income can grow only to the extent that you do.” ― T. Harv Eker
69. “Share your love, share you happiness, care for others; your wealth will be endless.” ― Debasish Mridha
70. “Wealth, in even the most improbable cases, manages to convey the aspect of intelligence.” ― John Kenneth Galbraith
Wealth Quotes To Make Us Humble
71. “Like wealth, poverty also has the power to build us up and make us appreciate what we have, or it can break our spirits.” ― S. Truett Cathy
72. “To give someone a piece of your heart, is worth more than all the wealth in the world.” ― Michael Jackson
73. “God has ordained the blessing of prosperity to work through faith in Him and therein lies the greatest wealth.” ― Jim Ballew
74. “As you can see, wealth isn’t necessarily about money; it is more the wealth that you have within your own soul and what comes out through your mouth and heart.” ― Catherine Pulsifer
75. “Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.” ― Margaret Bonnano
76. “We are rich only if we control our wealth. If our wealth controls us, we are poor.” ― M. K. Soni
77. “The body can be a source of wealth train it right for your health.” ― Jerry Brundies
78. “Wealth is having enough. That means to some people, no matter how much they have, they can’t really be wealthy because they want more than they’ve got.” ― Warren Buffett
79. “You aren’t wealthy until you have something money can’t buy.” ― Garth Brooks
80. “Having talents, brains, or coming from a wealthy family does not guarantee you a rich life.” ― M. J. Mackenzie
What did you learn from these wealth quotes?
A few lessons we can take away from these quotes are that while wealth is good and can do many things like providing ease and comfort, it can also be difficult for some people to manage.
This can lead to selfishness and being greedy.
Money is not the most important thing and it’s something that everyone can earn and save in an honest way.
And if you want to build wealth, it’s important to learn the strategies and habits that wealthy people have in their lives that help them grow and manage money.
Whether you have a little or a lot, that can change.
It’s important not to let wealth be the only driving factor in life.
What’s your biggest takeaway from these wealth quotes and sayings?
Do you have any other insightful quotes to add?
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