What do you consider to be the greatest blessing which you have reaped from your wealth
of nations depends upon an infinite variety of causes.
Four billion dollars of wealth
is produced in one year in the United States.
It is, however, a subject of curious inquiry at the present day, to look into the brief records of that early period, and observe how regular, and with few exceptions how inevitable, were the gradations, on the one hand, of the masters to poverty, and on the other, of their servants to wealth
. Accustomed to ease, and unequal to the struggles incident to an infant society, the affluent emigrant was barely enabled to maintain his own rank by the weight of his personal superiority and acquirements; but, the moment that his head was laid in the grave, his indolent and comparatively uneducated offspring were compelled to yield precedency to the more active energies of a class whose exertions had been stimulated by necessity.
"Grandeur has but little," said Elinor, "but wealth
has much to do with it."
It is agreed on all sides, that numbers are the best scale of wealth
and taxation, as they are the only proper scale of representation.
For which reason the art of money-getting seems to be chiefly conversant about trade, and the business of it to be able to tell where the greatest profits can be made, being the means of procuring abundance of wealth
and possessions: and thus wealth
is very often supposed to consist in the quantity of money which any one possesses, as this is the medium by which all trade is conducted and a fortune made, others again regard it as of no value, as being of none by nature, but arbitrarily made so by compact; so that if those who use it should alter their sentiments, it would be worth nothing, as being of no service for any necessary purpose.
You doubtless imagine that I have acquired all the wealth
and luxury that you see me enjoy without difficulty or danger, but this is far indeed from being the case.
"But I wonder that the late Judge--being so opulent, and with a reasonable prospect of transmitting his wealth
to descendants of his own--should not have felt the propriety of embodying so excellent a piece of domestic architecture in stone, rather than in wood.
He told the king of the vast wealth
that was lying at the bottom of the sea.
121-139) But after earth had covered this generation -- they are called pure spirits dwelling on the earth, and are kindly, delivering from harm, and guardians of mortal men; for they roam everywhere over the earth, clothed in mist and keep watch on judgements and cruel deeds, givers of wealth
; for this royal right also they received; -- then they who dwell on Olympus made a second generation which was of silver and less noble by far.
A canting, lie-loving, fact-hating, scribbling, chattering, wealth-hunting, pleasure-hunting, celebrity-hunting mob, that, having lost the fear of hell, and not replaced it by the love of justice, cares for nothing but the lion's share of the wealth
wrung by threat of starvation from the hands of the classes that create it.
"He is not much to be pitied: he has acquired sufficient glory, and sufficient wealth
"I will tell you, Master Scarlett Trent," he said, "I will tell you why I crave for wealth
. You are a young and an ignorant man.
When a country is fully developed and its production keeps pace with its consumption, if private wealth
is to increase as well as the wealth
of the community at large, there must be exchanges with other communities, which will keep a balance on the right side of the balance-sheet.