„No man takes with him to Hades all his exceeding wealth.“

—  Teógnis Mégara, Line 725, comparable to: "For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away, his glory shall not descend after him", Psalm xlix, 17.
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In very primitive conditions robbery is a moderately profitable enterprise. Where the rewards of labor are small and uncertain, and where all wealth is portable, the size of a man’s wealth depends a good deal on the size of his club and the agility with which he wields it. But to the man whose wealth so largely depends upon his credit, dishonesty has become as precarious and profitless as honest toil was in more primitive times.“

—  Norman Angell British politician 1872 - 1967
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„Socialism takes and redistributes wealth, but it is utterly incapable of creating wealth.“

—  Leonard E. Read American academic 1898 - 1983
Context: Socialism depends upon and presupposes material achievements which socialism itself can never create. Socialism is operative only in wealth situations brought about by motes of production other than its own. Socialism takes and redistributes wealth, but it is utterly incapable of creating wealth.

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„Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think.“

—  Ayn Rand Russian-American novelist and philosopher 1905 - 1982

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„Не does not possess wealth that allows it to possess him.“

—  Benjamin Franklin American author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman,... 1706 - 1790

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