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fhalt find therewith Sorrow, careful Labour, Misery, Vexation of Mind, and much Mischief; but if thou seekest to be Godly, thou fhalt find Comfort, Wealth, Prosperity, Peace of Conscience, and all Felicity. Cicero.
If Riches and Rich Men are greatly set by in a Commonwealth, Vestue and good Men will not be so much regarded ; and yet greater Matters are brought to pass (and Commonwealths preserved) by Vertue, than by Riches. Plato.
Vertue is greater Riches than ei ther Silver or Gold. Aristotle.
Labour for the Riches that after Death profit the Soul. Plato,
God doth permit, that covetous Fathers, in gathering Riches with great Labour, should die with the same, to leave their Riches to their vicious Children to spend badly. Mar. Aurel.
Riches, and the Subftance of the World (often) rob and spoil a Man of much better Riches, (viz.) the love of Vertue, and all Godly Exercise. Hierom. It is almost imposible, that. Vertue
Thould dwell (or rule) in a Rich City or House ; for Riches often begét Pride in the Posleffor, excessive Defire in gathering them, Covetousness in keeping them, and Filthiness and Disoluteness in enjoying them. Diogencs.
Gold is a corruptible Matter, and fhall therefore once be confumed
. but that Treasure, for which a Man's Soul ought to labour, shall never be wasted, neither in Quality nor Quantity diminished. --- Wherefore, whatever Pains be taken about the getting of this Treasure, it ought not to be reputed grievous. Plato.
Great Pofleffions, or Substance, make Vertue fufpected ; because they are Ministers of Pleasures -- and also Nurfes of wanton Appetites: Alex. Sev."
Prepare thee Tuch Riches, as when the Ship is broken, they may swim and escape with their Master (vizo) a good Conscience.
Seek not the Riches of this World, so as to have Shame in the other; for this is only as a Place of Baiting in our Journey to the other World Aristotle..
Riches too eagerly fought, lead, Men into many crooked Paths.
Be not careful for Worldly Riches, for God hath provided for each Man fufficient. Socrates.
Riches content not the Owners, nor leave them without Sorrow and Care; but as they that are sick of the Dropfie, the more they drink, become the thirstier: So the more Riches increase, the more they are desired. They are the cause of infinite Murthers, and stir up Domestick Sedition among Brethren and Relations, and often destroy both Body and Soul, Thales.
Where Riches are honour'd, good Men are despis’d; but Immortal Honour is better than Transitory Richese Homer.
He is not happy: (only) that hath Riches, but he that rightly useth them. Herniese
The Riches of this World abused, ingender Pride and Forgetfulness of God.
Riches puff up the Mind, captivate the Understanding, and cause many to lose their way to Happiness.
There are three Causes noted, that chiefly move Men's Minds to desire thefe Worldly Goods; one is, the Love thereof, Ease, Mirth and Pleaa fure; the second is, the Love of Worfhip, Honour and Glory; and the third is, the Doubtfulness and Mistrust of wicked and faithless Men, that are too careful of living here in this World. Solon. ;
That Time and those Riches are best bestow'd, that are imploy'd about the Service of God. Pýthagoras.
In thy Prosperity, when Riches flow in to thee (even at thy Will and Pleasure) thou must the more earnestly endeavour to fly Pride, Disdainfulness, Arrogancy, Immoderation of Back and Belly, Incontinency, and Looseness of Life. . Tullius. :::
The "Instability of Earthly Riches, imitate the course of the floating Waters, they abound for a little time to such as think they have them, and suddenly turn back again unto others; but the Treasures of a liberal Heart are stable, and abide with the Poffeffor. Agapetuso
The Riches that fome Fathers have gather'd with great Thoughts, some Children fpend with little Care; and fuch Fathers that gét Riches with Deceit and Craft to fustain their Children, and serve them in Rioting; at last, according to their Merits, God often suffers a Blast to come upon them and their Children, and lastlya another, of whom they least thought, to enjoy them. Mar. Aurel.
The Touchstone trieth Gold; and Gold trieth Men, Chilon.
Spend not prodigally, neither be niggardly; for the one often caufeth: Want, and the other Bondage to thy Riches, but use Liberality.
He is mighty, who having Riches is
poor; but he is more mighty, who being Poor, is Rich. Philip. Rex.
No Man can be Poór, that has enough; nor Rich, that covets more than he has.--- Money never made any Man Rich, for the more he had, the more he coveted.--- But those, whom the World calls Happy, their Felicity is a false Splendor that dazles the Eyes of the Vulgar: But our Rich Man is glorious and happy within ;