— Dante Alighieri, Purgatorio
The Divine Comedy (c. 1308–1321), Purgatorio, Canto XX, lines 26–27 (tr. Longfellow).
„That people who pay greater respect to a wealthy villain than to an honest, upright man in poverty, almost deserve to be enslaved; they plainly show that wealth, however it may be acquired, is, in their esteem, to be preferred to virtue.“
— Dante Alighieri, Purgatorio
— Thiruvalluvar, книга Tirukkuṛaḷ
Tirukkural, Verse IV.2
„The noblest people are those despising wealth, learning, pleasure and life; esteeming above them poverty, ignorance, hardship and death.“
— Diogenes of Sinope ancient Greek philosopher, one of the founders of the Cynic philosophy -404 - -322 до н.э.
Quoted by Stobaeus, Stobaeus, iv. 29a. 19
„Whatever the virtue may be, from whatever source it may come, it is worthy of esteem… Mind, beauty, wealth, nobility, although the children of chance, all have their own value, as skill, learning and virtue have theirs.“
— Julien Offray de La Mettrie, книга Man a Machine
Man a Machine (1747), p, 125
„Everyone knew that democracy-direct rule by all the people-required such spartan, sel denying virtue on the part of all the people that it was likely to survive only where poverty made upright behavior necessary for the perpetuation of the race.“
— Bernard Bailyn, книга The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (1967), Chapter III, POWER AND LIBERTY A THEORY OF POLITICS, p. 65.
„Nothing more clearly shows how little God esteems his gift to men of wealth, money, position and other worldly goods, than the way he distributes these, and the sort of men who are most amply provided with them.“
— Jean de La Bruyère, Les Caractères
Les Caractères (1688), Des biens de fortune, Rien ne fait mieux comprendre le peu de chose que Dieu croit donner aux hommes, en leur abandonnant les richesses, l'argent, les grands établissements et les autres biens, que la dispensation qu'il en fait, et le genre d'hommes qui en sont le mieux pourvus. Aphorism 24
— Jane Austen, книга Northanger Abbey
„There is no use of simply acquiring titles or amassing wealth if one has no self-respect and scientific knowledge.“
— Periyar E. V. Ramasamy Tamil politician and social reformer 1879 - 1973
Society, Quoted in “Collected works of Periyar E.V.R.” p. 511.
— Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910
Path of Life (1909), p. 86
„Reports show that the combined Gross Domestic Product of forty-eight countries is less than the wealth of the three richest people in the world. Fifteen billionaires have assets greater than the total national income of Africa, south of the Sahara. Thirty-two people own more than the annual income of everyone who lives in South Asia. Eighty-four rich people have holdings greater than the GDP of China, a nation with 1.2 billion citizens.“
— Ken Coates
Post-Labour's New Imperialism, The Spokesman, no. 79, p. 39
„The wealthy are different than you and I: they have many more ways of having their wealth stripped away.“
— William J. Bernstein economist 1948
The Four Pillars of Investing (2002), Chapter 7, Misbehavior, p. 179.
„Jesus's poverty has made it possible for a people to exist who can live dispossessed of possessions. To be poor does not in itself make one a follower of Jesus, but it can put you in the vicinity of what it might mean to discover the kind of poverty that frees those who follow Jesus from enslavement to the world. Not to be missed, moreover, is the political significance of such poverty. Too often we fail to recognize our accommodation to worldly powers because we fear losing our wealth.“
— Stanley Hauerwas American theologian 1940
Matthew (2006), p. 62 http://books.google.com/books?id=MbRzBQAAQBAJ&pg=PA62
„A slave dreams of freedom, a free man dreams of wealth, the wealthy dream of power, and the powerful dream of freedom.“
— Andrzej Majewski Polish writer and photographer 1966
Aphorisms. Magnum in Parvo (2000), Niewolnik marzy o wolności, człowiek wolny o bogactwie, bogacz o władzy, a władca o wolności.