Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde Quote – Time is waste of money

Time is waste of money.

- Oscar Wilde1

  1. From Phrases and Philosophies For The Use Of The Young in The Prose of Oscar Wilde, pg. 307 []

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde Quote – Every man of ambition has to fight …

Every man of ambition has to fight his century with its own weapons. What this century worships is wealth. The god of this century is wealth. To succeed one must have wealth. At all costs one must have wealth.

- Oscar Wilde1

  1. From Sebastian Melmoth in The Prose of Oscar Wilde, pg. 663 []

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde Quote – Industry is the root of all ugliness

Industry is the root of all ugliness.

- Oscar Wilde1

  1. From Phrases and Philosophies For The Use Of The Young in The Prose of Oscar Wilde, pg. 308 []

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde Quote – A woman ought to consider it …

The character of girls must depend upon their reading as much as upon the company they keep. Besides the intrinsic pleasure to be derived from solid knowledge, a woman ought to consider it as her best resource against poverty.

- Mrs. Taylor as quoted by Oscar Wilde1

  1. From Three Remarkable Women in The Prose of Oscar Wilde, pg. 493 []

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde Quote – If the poor only had profiles …

If the poor only had profiles there would be no difficulty in solving the problem of poverty.

- Oscar Wilde1

  1. From Phrases and Philosophies For The Use Of The Young in The Prose of Oscar Wilde, pg. 305 []

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy Quote – People who have little thought …

People who have little thought of the relations of the rich to the poor generally assume that all that is necessary is for the rich to give to the poor, or that they should be compelled to give part of their wealth, and all would be wellBut this is a great mistake.  The whole thing is in the distribution.  If there is a poor man, it is always because the distribution effected by the laws in regard to the acquisition of property, the labour, and the relation of the classes is irregular; and so, to correct this irregular distribution, another has to be established.  But to take from the rich and give to the poor does not mean to make a new distribution, but only to introduce a great confusion into the old distribution.

- Leo Tolstoy1

  1. From Famine Letters in The Complete Works of Count Tolstoy, pg. 231 []

T.I.

Music Quote – T.I. ft. Rihanna – Live Your Life

rappers nowadays are comedy
the hootin’ and the hollerin’
back and forth with all the arguin’
where you from, who you know,
what you make and what kind of car you in
seems as though you lost sight
of what’s important with the positive
and checks into your bank account
and you up out of poverty
your values is a disarray,
prioritizin’ horribly
unhappy with your riches
’cause your piss poor morally
ignoring all prior advice and forewarnin’
and we might full of ourselves all of a sudden,
aren’t we?

Chorus:
you’re gonna be a shining star
fancy clothes, fancy cars
and then you’ll see
you’re gonna go far
cause everyone knows,
who you are
so live your life
you steady chasing that paper
just live your life
ain’t got no time for no haters
just life your life
no telling where it’ll take ya
just life your life
cause I’m a paper chaser
just living my life,
my life, my life, my life
just living my life,
my life, my life, my life

- T.I ft. Rihanna

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde Quote – There is only one class …

There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else. That is the misery of being poor.

- Oscar Wilde1

  1. From Oscariana in The Prose of Oscar Wilde, pg. 601 []

Robert Benchley

Robert Benchley Quote – Anyone can do any amount of work …

A GREAT many people have come up to me and asked me how I manage to get so much work done and still keep looking so dissipated.  My answer is “Don’t you wish you knew?”  and a pretty good answer it is, too, when you consider the nine times out of ten I didn’t hear the original question.

But the fact remains that hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country are wondering how I have time to do all my painting, engineering, writing and philanthropic work when, according to the rotogravure sections and society notes I spend all my time riding to hounds, going to fancy-dress balls disguised as Louis XIV or spelling out GREETINGS TO CALIFORNIA in formation with three thousand Los Angeles school Children.  “All work and all play,” they say.

The secret of my incredible energy and efficiency in getting work done is a simple one.  I have based it very deliberately on a well known psychological principle and have refined it so that it is now almost too refined.  I shall have to begin coarsening it up again pretty soon.

The psychological principle is this: anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.

- Robert Benchley1

  1. The Benchley Roundup, pg. 5 []

Ann Radcliffe

Ann Radcliffe Quote – Poverty cannot deprive us of many consolations …

Be comforted, my dear sir; we shall not feel the want of those luxuries which others value so highly, since we never had a taste for them; and poverty cannot deprive us of many consolations.  It cannot rob us of the affection we have for each other, or degrade us in our own opinions, or in that of any person whose opinion we ought to value.

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Besides, my dear sir, poverty cannot deprive us of intellectual delights.  It cannot deprive you of the comfort of affording me examples of fortitude and benevolence, nor me of the delight of consoling a beloved parent.  It cannot deaden our taste for the grand and the beautiful, nor deny us the means of indulging it; for the scenes of nature – those sublime spectacles, so infinitely superior to all artificial luxuries! are open for the enjoyment of the poor as well as of the rich.  Of what, then, have we to complain, so long as we are not in want of necessaries? pleasures, such as wealth cannot buy will still be ours.  We retain, then, the sublime luxuries of nature, and lose only the frivolous ones of art.

- Ann Radcliffe1

  1. The Mysteries of Udolpho, pg. 57 []