Saturday, February 9, 2013

It’s not how much money we have but how much we enjoy by giving what we have

Money can do many things for you, but not everything. It can't even buy you happiness (Pleasure? Perhaps, there are lots of them for you to choose from depending on your taste). I'm not going to be one of those pretentious people who should sound as if money is not at all that needed, but what I'm trying to convey here is that money should not be treated as though it was the only important thing or as something by which you can tread on other people. I heard about people who change for the worse and because of money and they're not even that wealthy as they should suppose after all. Below is a short essay I have produced by combining the quotes of Henry Ford, Benjamin Franklin, Mahatma Gandhi, Epictitus, Aristotle Onasis, Sophocles, Lucretius, and Alan Watts (with their own views on wealth, money, and happiness).

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business --(Henry Ford). Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants --(Benjamin Franklin). It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver --(Mahatma Gandhi).

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money --(Benjamin Franklin). After a certain point, money is meaningless. It ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts. --(Aristotle Onassis). Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant. --(Epictetus). Wisdom outweighs any wealth --(Sophocles).

The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination. There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it's only money... they don't know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination. --(Alan Watts). Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. --(Epictetus). The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied --(Lucretius).

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