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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
A little house well filled, a little land well tilled, and a little wife well willed are great riches.  1
A man that keeps riches and enjoys them not, is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles.  2
A rich child often sits in a poor mother’s lap.  Danish.  3
A rich man’s foolish sayings pass for wise ones.  Spanish.  4
A rich man is either a rogue or a rogue’s heir.  Latin.  5
A rich man is never ugly in the eyes of a girl.  French.  6
A rich man knows not his friends.  German.  7
A rich man without understanding is a sheep with golden wool.  German.  8
A rich mouthful, a heavy groan.  9
All ask if a man be rich, none if he be good.  Latin.  10
All strive to give to the rich man.  11
And his best riches, ignorance of wealth.  Goldsmith.  12
At the door of the rich are many friends, at the door of the poor none.  Hebrew.  13
Before the rich man is willing to give, the poor man dies.  Turkish.  14
Better rich in God than rich in gold.  15
Every one is kin to the rich man.  16
For one rich man that is content there are a hundred who are not.  17
Give me neither poverty or riches.  Bible.  18
God help the poor, for the rich can help themselves.  Scotch.  19
God help the poor, the rich help themselves.  German.  20
God help the poor, the rich can beg.  21
God sends us some wheat of our own when the rich men go to dinner.  22
God sends us of our own when rich men go to dinner.  23
He alone is rich who makes a proper use of his riches.  Horace.  24
He has riches enough who need neither borrow nor flatter.  25
He is not fit for riches who is afraid to use them.  26
He is not rich who is not satisfied.  German.  27
He is rich enough who does not want.  Italian.  28
He is rich enough who has true friends.  German.  29
He is rich enough who owes nothing.  German, French, Italian.  30
He is rich that is satisfied.  31
He is richest who is content with least, for content is the wealth of a nation.  32
He is truly rich who desires nothing and he is truly poor who covets all.  Solon.  33
He that is poor all his kindred scorn him; he that is rich all are kin to him.  34
He that maketh haste to be rich, shall not be innocent.  Proverbs.  35
He that never fails never grows rich.  Italian.  36
He that oppresses the poor to increase his riches and he that giveth to the rich shall surely come to want.  Bible.  37
He who despises small things seldom grows rich.  Danish.  38
He who has good health is young and he is rich who has no debts.  39
He who hastens to be rich incurs peril.  Chinese.  40
He who is rich can have no vice, and he that is poor no virtue.  Fielding.  41
He who wants to be rich in a year comes to the gallows in half a year.  French, Italian, Spanish.  42
I never knew a silent rich man.  French.  43
I would rather be a hog than an ignorant rich man.  Bishop Hall.  44
If rich be not elated, if poor be not dejected.  Socrates.  45
If riches were granted even beggars would become rich.  Modern Greek.  46
Is it not sheer madness to live poor to die rich?  Juvenal.  47
It is a miserable sight to see a poor man proud and a rich man avaricious.  Italian.  48
It is better to be poor and well, than rich and ill.  African.  49
It is better to be poor with honor than rich with shame.  German.  50
It is not without a purpose when a rich man greets a poor man with kindness.  Plautus.  51
It would make a man scratch where he doth not itch to see a man live poor to die rich.  52
Men often seem rich to become rich.  Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine.  53
Moderate riches will carry you, if you have more you must carry them.  54
Once poor, my friend, still poor you must remain,
The rich alone have all the means of gain.  Martial.
No good man ever becomes suddenly rich.  Publius Syrus.  56
No man is so rich as to say, “I have enough.”  Latin.  57
Not possession but use is the only riches.  58
Rich for yourself, poor for your friend.  59
Rich in gold, rich in care.  German.  60
Rich men and fortunate men have need of much prudence.  61
Rich men are slaves condemned to the mines.  62
Rich men feel misfortunes that pass over poor men’s heads.  63
Rich men have no faults.  64
Rich men seem happy, great and wise, all which the good man only is.  65
Rich men’s spots are covered with money.  66
Rich people are everywhere at home.  German.  67
Riches abuse them who know not how to use them.  68
Riches and cares are inseparable.  (Fable of the mouse and the weasel.)  69
Riches and favor go before wisdom and art.  Danish.  70
Riches and virtue do not often keep each other company.  71
Riches are always restless; it is only to poverty the gods give content.  Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine.  72
Riches are as precious as life.  Turkish.  73
Riches are but the baggage of fortune.  74
Riches are but the baggage of virtue.  75
Riches are first to be sought for, after wealth virtue.  76
Riches are like muck which stink in a heap but spread abroad make the earth fruitful.  77
Riches are often abused but never refused.  Danish.  78
Riches breed care, poverty is safe.  Danish.  79
Riches cause arrogance, poverty meekness.  German.  80
Riches come better after poverty than poverty after riches.  Chinese.  81
Riches endless is as poor as winter,
To him that ever fears he shall be poor.  Shakespeare.
Riches fall not always to the lot of the most deserving.  Latin.  83
Riches have made more men covetous, than covetousness hath made men rich.  84
Riches have their embarrassments.  French.  85
Riches have wings.  86
Riches make men worse in their latter days.  87
Riches never come even by chance to him whose destiny it is to be poor.  Chinese.  88
Riches only adorn the house, but virtue adorns the person.  Chinese.  89
Riches only give us meat, fire and clothes.  Pope.  90
Riches rule the roast.  91
Riches serve a wise man but command a fool.  92
Riches take peace from the soul but rarely if ever confer it.  Petrarch.  93
Riches well got and well used are a blessing.  94
Riches will bear out folly.  Latin.  95
Riches without understanding, a body without a soul.  German.  96
That man is rich who hath a sufficiency and desires no more.  97
The abuse of riches is worse than the want of them.  98
The foolish sayings of the rich man pass for laws in society.  Don Quixote.  99
The rich and ignorant are sheep with golden wool.  Italian.  100
The rich are trustees under God for the poor.  101
The rich can only eat with one mouth.  German.  102
The rich devour the poor, and the devil devours the rich and so both are devoured.  Dutch.  103
The rich have many friends.  Dutch.  104
The rich man does not know who is his friend.  105
The rich man has more relations than he knows.  French.  106
The rich man is often poorer than the beggar.  German.  107
The rich need not beg a welcome.  108
The rich never want for kindred.  109
The rich ruleth over the poor and the borrower is servant to the lender.  Bible.  110
The richest man carries nothing away with him but his shroud.  French.  111
The richest man whatever his lot,
Is he who’s content with what he has got.  Dutch.
The ways to enrich are many and most of them foul for you.  Terence.  113
The whole world is the house of the rich and they may live in whatever apartment they please.  Fielding.  114
There are none so poor they cannot help, and none so rich as not to need help.  German.  115
There be as many miseries beyond riches as on this side them.  116
There is no one so rich that he does not still want something.  German.  117
There is no revenging yourself on a rich man.  Don Quixote.  118
’Tis brave scrambling at the rich man’s dole.  119
To be rich one must have a relation at home with the devil.  Italian.  120
To become rich in this world it needs only to turn one’s back on God.  Italian.  121
To whom can riches give repute or trust,
Content, or pleasure, but the good and just?  Pope.
We heap up riches as if we should live always.  French.  123
What need a rich man be a thief?  124
When riches increase, the body decreaseth.  125
Who is healthy and free is rich.  German.  126
Who will become rich must cast his soul behind the money chest.  German.  127
Who will become rich must have great care and little conscience.  German.  128
Who will become rich must rise at four; who is rich may lie till seven.  German.  129
Who would be rich in a year gets hanged in half a year.  Spanish.  130
Who would be rich must keep his soul under cover of his cash box.  German.  131

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