— Antisthenes Greek philosopher -444 - -365 v.Chr
From Symposium by Xenophon, iv. 34
— Antisthenes Greek philosopher -444 - -365 v.Chr
„Translation: In all companies there are more fools than wise men, and the greater part always gets the better of the wiser.“
— Francois Rabelais, buch Gargantua und Pantagruel
Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532–1564), Pantagruel (1532), En toutes compagnies il y a plus de folz que de sages, et la plus grande partie surmonte tousjours la meilleure. Chapter 10 http://books.google.com/books?id=wfRKAQAAIAAJ&q=%22En+toutes+compagnies+il+y+a+plus+de+folz+que+de+sages+et+la+plus+grande+partie+surmonte+tousjours+la+meilleure%22&pg=PA285#v=onepage.
„Associate yourself with Men of good Quality if you Esteem your own Reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad Company.“
— George Washington first President of the United States 1732 - 1799
Misattributed, This is from a set of maxims which Washington copied out in his own hand as a school-boy: "Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation http://gwpapers.virginia.edu/documents/the-rules-of-civility/" Rule # 56 written out by Washington ca. 1744: : These maxims originated in the late sixteenth century in France and were popularly circulated during Washington's time. Washington wrote out a copy of the 110 Rules in his school book when he was about sixteen-years old... During the days before mere hero worship had given place to understanding and comprehension of the fineness of Washington's character, of his powerful influence among men, and of the epoch-making nature of the issues he so largely shaped, it was assumed that Washington himself composed the maxims, or at least that he compiled them. It is a satisfaction to find that his consideration for others, his respect for and deference to those deserving such treatment, his care of his own body and tongue, and even his reverence for his Maker, all were early inculcated in him by precepts which were the common practice in decent society the world over. These very maxims had been in use in France for a century and a half, and in England for a century, before they were set as a task for the schoolboy Washington. :* Charles Moore in his Introduction to George Washington's Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation (1926) http://gwpapers.virginia.edu/documents/civility/index.html, edited by Charles Moore, xi-xv
„Attacking the rich is not envy. It is self defense. The hoarding of wealth is the cause of poverty. The rich aren’t just indifferent to poverty; they create it and maintain it.“
— Jodie Foster American actor, film director and producer 1962
Misattributed, Incorrectly attributed to Foster, according to snopes.com https://www.snopes.com/attacking-the-rich/
„People on all levels of income are better off than they were in 1979. The hon. Gentleman is saying that he would rather that the poor were poorer, provided that the rich were less rich. That way one will never create the wealth for better social services. as we have. What a policy. Yes, he would rather have the poor poorer, provided that the rich were less rich. That is the Liberal policy.“
— Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013
Third term as Prime Minister, From her last House of Commons speech (22 November 1990) http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/108256; response to M.P. Simon Hughes
„The people think of wealth and power as the greatest fate,
But in this world a spell of health is the best state.
What men call sovereignty is a worldly strife and constant war;
Worship of God is the highest throne, the happiest of all estates.“
— Suleiman Sultan of the Ottoman Empire 1494 - 1566
Poetry, Mansel, Philip, Constantinople: city of the world's desire 1453-1924 (1995), p. 84
„If rich men would remember that shrouds have no pockets, they would, while living, share their wealth with their children, and give for the good of others, and so know the highest pleasure that wealth can give.“
— Tryon Edwards American theologian 1809 - 1894
A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891, p. 623.
„Wealth often takes away chances from men as well as poverty. There is none to tell the rich man to go on striving, for a rich man makes the law that hallows and hollows his own life.“
— Sean O`Casey Irish writer 1880 - 1964
Rose and Crown (New York: Macmillan, 1952) p. 282.
„When the rich plunder the poor of his rights, it becomes an example of the poor to plunder the rich of his property, for the rights of the one are as much property to him as wealth is property to the other and the little all is as dear as the much. It is only by setting out on just principles that men are trained to be just to each other; and it will always be found, that when the rich protect the rights of the poor, the poor will protect the property of the rich.“
— Thomas Paine English and American political activist 1737 - 1809
1790s, Letter to the Addressers (1792), Context: It is from a strange mixture of tyranny and cowardice that exclusions have been set up and continued. The boldness to do wrong at first, changes afterwards into cowardly craft, and at last into fear. The Representatives in England appear now to act as if they were afraid to do right, even in part, lest it should awaken the nation to a sense of all the wrongs it has endured. This case serves to shew that the same conduct that best constitutes the safety of an individual, namely, a strict adherence to principle, constitutes also the safety of a Government, and that without it safety is but an empty name. When the rich plunder the poor of his rights, it becomes an example of the poor to plunder the rich of his property, for the rights of the one are as much property to him as wealth is property to the other and the little all is as dear as the much. It is only by setting out on just principles that men are trained to be just to each other; and it will always be found, that when the rich protect the rights of the poor, the poor will protect the property of the rich. But the guarantee, to be effectual, must be parliamentarily reciprocal.
„The rich people are those who create wealth, and you have to treat them well so they continue to give wealth.“
— Augusto Pinochet Former dictator of the republic of Chile 1915 - 2006
1980s, Speech (26 May 1988), quoted in "Las frases para el bronce de Pinochet."
„If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.“
— Edmund Burke Anglo-Irish statesman 1729 - 1797
Letters On a Regicide Peace (1796), No. 1
„If you know how rich you are, you are not rich. But me, I am not aware of the extent of my wealth. That's how rich we are.“
— Imelda Marcos Former First Lady of the Philippines 1929
After promising to give $800 million to poor Filipinos if she becomes president, quoted in The Philippine Daily Inquirer (March 1998).
„Put baldly, globalization has been nothing less than a mechanism for a massive transfer of wealth from poor to rich — in other words, exactly what it is was designed to be.“
— David McNally Canadian political scientist 1953
Another World Is Possible : Globalization and Anti-capitalism (2002), Chapter 2, Globalization - It's Not About Free Trade, p. 47
— Geoffrey Chaucer, buch The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales, The Miller's Tale, l. 121-122
— Hesiod, buch Werke und Tage
Works and Days (c. 700 BC), Χρήματα δ᾽ οὐχ ἁρπακτά· θεόσδοτα πολλὸν ἀμείνω. line 320.
— Lucy Parsons American communist anarchist labor organizer 1853 - 1942
Lucy Parsons: Freedom, Equality & Solidarity - Writings & Speeches, 1878-1937
— Bill Bryson, buch Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe
— Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
The Deserted Village (1770), Line 61.