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 []

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde Quote – Ordinary riches can be stolen …

Ordinary riches can be stolen from a man; real riches cannot. In the treasury-house of your soul there are infinitely precious things that may not be taken from you. Try to so shape your life that external things will not harm you; and try, also, to get rid of personal property. It involves sordid preoccupation, endless industry, continual wrong. Personal property hinders Individualism at every step.

- Oscar Wilde1

  1. From Oscariana in The Prose of Oscar Wilde, pg. 600-601 []

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 []

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 []

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 – Surely there is some magic in wealth …

Surely, said she, there is some magic in wealth, which can thus make persons pay their court to it, when it does not even benefit themselves.  How strange it is, that a fool or a knave, with riches, should be treated with more respect by the world, than a good or wise man in poverty!

- Ann Radcliffe1

  1. The Mysteries of Udolpho, pg. 127 []

Robert Pirsig

Robert M. Pirsig Quote – We do need a return to individual integrity …

My personal feeling is that this is how any further improvement of the world will be done: by individuals making Quality decisions and that’s all. God, I don’t want to have any more enthusiasm for big programs full of social planning for big masses of people that leave individual Quality out. These can be left alone for a while. There’s a place for them but they’ve got to be built on a foundation of Quality within the individuals involved. We’ve had that individual Quality in the past, exploited it as a natural resource without knowing it, and now it’s just about depleted. Everyone’s just about out of gumption. And I think it’s about time to return to the rebuilding of this American resource…individual worth. There are political reactionaries who’ve been saying something close to this for years. I’m not one of them, but to the extent they’re talking about real individual worth and not just an excuse for giving more money to the rich, they’re right. We do need a return to individual integrity, self-reliance and old-fashioned gumption. We really do.

- Robert M. Pirsig1

  1. From Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values (P.S.) []

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin Quote – I do not pretend to give …

To Benjamin Webb

A New Method of repaying Money lent.

Passy, 22 April 1784

Dear Sir,

I have received yours of the the 15th instant, and the memorial it enclosed. The account they give of your situation grieves me. I send you herewith a bill for ten louis d’ors. I do not pretend to give such a sum; I only lend it to you. When you shall return to your country with a good character, you cannot fail of getting into some business, that will in time enable you to pay all your debts. In that case, when you meet with another honest man in similar distress, you must pay me by lending this sum to him; enjoining him to discharge the debt by a like operation, when he shall be able, and shall meet with such another opportunity. I hope it may thus go through many hands, before it meets with a knave that will stop its progress. This is a trick of mine for doing a deal of good with a little money. I am not rich enough to afford much in good works, and so am obliged to be cunning and make the most of a little. With best wishes for the success of your memorial, and your future prosperity, I am, dear Sir, your most obedient servant,

B. Franklin.1

  1. The Works of Benjamin Franklin, pg. 82 []

Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand Quote – So you think that money is the root of all evil?

So you think that money is the root of all evil? Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?

-Ayn Rand1

  1. Atlas Shrugged, pg. 405 []

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson Quote – System

System

Every night my prayers I say,
And get my dinner every day;
And every day that I’ve been good,
I get an orange after food.

The child that is not clean and neat,
With lots of toys and things to eat,
He is a naughty child, I’m sure -
Or else his dear papa is poor.

- Robert Louis Stevenson1

  1. A Child’s Garden of Verses, pg. 29 []