“We Fools and our Money” Life Tips

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“And when the farmer has got his house, he may not be the richer but the poorer for it, and it be the house that has got him…our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed in them.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“He looked blurrily out at the yard. It delighted him, as always; it was the neat yard of a successful business man of Zenith, that is, it was perfection, and made him also perfect. He regarded the corrugated iron garage. For the three-hundred-and-sixty-fifth time in a year he reflected, ‘No class to that tin shack. Have to build me a frame garage. But by golly it’s the only thing on the place that isn’t up-to-date.’” ~ Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis

“He was a lucky fox that left his tail in the trap.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“In actuality, it was like the homes of all people who are not really rich but who want to look rich, and therefore end up looking like one another: it had damasks, ebony, plants, carpets, and bronzes, everything dark and gleaming—all the effects of a certain class of people produce so as to look like people of a certain class. And his place looked so much like the others that it would never have been noticed.” ~ Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich

“Figure it out. Work a lifetime to pay off a house. You finally own it, and there’s nobody to live in it.” ~ Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman

“Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.” ~ Mark Twain

“Ne te quaesiveris extra.” (Do not seek for things outside yourself.) – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The Joneses’ things are still just things.” ~ Kurt Borne

“We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have in order to impress people we don’t like.” ~ Dave Ramsey

“You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” ~ Haggai 1:6

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