„The use of riches is better than their possession.“

—  Fernando de Rojas, Act II.
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„A good name is better than riches.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright 1547 - 1616
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„They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?“

—  Diana, Princess of Wales First wife of Charles, Prince of Wales 1961 - 1997
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„Health is the greatest of all possessions; a pale cobbler is better than a sick king.“

—  Isaac Bickerstaffe Irish playwright and librettist 1733 - 1812
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„Possession make you rich? I don't have that type of richness. My richness is Life, forever.“

—  Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981
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„Better that the nation grow poor for a cause we can honor, than grow rich for an end that is unknown.“

—  L. P. Jacks British educator, philosopher, and Unitarian minister 1860 - 1955
Context: Better that the nation grow poor for a cause we can honor, than grow rich for an end that is unknown. Who can regard without deep misgiving the process of accumulating wealth unaccompanied by a corresponding growth of knowledge as to the uses to which wealth must be applied? This is what we see in normal times, and the spectacle is profoundly disturbing. Far less disturbing at all events is that process of spending the wealth which we have now to witness. "The Peacefulness of Being at War." in The New Republic (11 September 1915), p. 152 http://fair-use.org/the-new-republic/1915/09/11/the-peacefulness-of-being-at-war.

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„You are rich if and only if money you refuse tastes better than money you accept.“

—  Nassim Nicholas Taleb Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, statistician, former trader and risk analyst 1960
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„I've been poor and I've been rich. Rich is better!“

—  Beatrice Kaufman American writer and playwright 1895 - 1945
Leonard Lyons' column, The Washington Post, May 12, 1937. Quoted in the Yale Book of Quotations, and The Quote Verifier by Ralph Keyes. https://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/07/01/poor-rich/