quotations about prosperity
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament, adversity is the blessing of the New.
FRANCIS BACON, Essays
The fact is prosperity has a purpose. It's to allow us to pursue "the better angels," to give us time to think and grow.
GEORGE H. W. BUSH, RNC acceptance speech, August 18, 1988
It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble.
JANE AUSTEN, Emma
No degree of prosperity can be sufficient to eliminate all misfortune, and sloth is impervious to opportunity.
DEAN KOONTZ, Forever Odd
Much effort, much prosperity.
EURIPIDES, The Suppliant Women
Prosperity makes few friends.
LUC DE CLAPIERS, MARQUIS DE VAUVENARGUES, Reflections and Maxims
Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.
FRANCIS BACON, Essays
Prosperity doth bewitch men, seeming clear;
But seas do laugh, snow white, when rocks are near.
JOHN WEBSTER, The White Devil
Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.
CALVIN COOLIDGE, speech, June 11, 1928
Prosperity gathers smiles, while adversity scatters them.
WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs
If capitalism persists for several more centuries, as seems to be highly likely, then from the vantage point of the future, capitalism may be seen as the system responsible for the transformation of the human condition from one of mass subsistence to mass prosperity.
VICTOR D. LIPPIT, Capitalism
It's all one web, sir. The prosperity of the country is one web.
GEORGE ELIOT, Felix Holt
When things go well, you should be suspicious. When things go exceptionally well, start sniffing for the dog crap on the bottom of your shoe.
ROB THURMAN, Nightlife
It is because of their tranquil thoughts
That creatures go to prosperity.
GAUTAMA BUDDHA, Iti-Vuttaka
All will allow that a change from prosperity to adversity is a trial; and a change from great prosperity to great adversity is a great trial. But a change from adversity to prosperity is as real a trial, as a change from prosperity to adversity; and a change from great adversity to great prosperity is a great trial. The reason why such changes are trials is, because they have a natural tendency to draw forth the affections of the heart, whether they are holy or unholy, friendly or unfriendly to God, who is concerned in every change that takes place. Prosperity is as great a trial of the heart as adversity. Mankind are as naturally disposed to abuse the smiles, as the frowns of divine providence.
NATHANAEL EMMONS, "Deceitfulness of the Heart"
A weak mind sinks under prosperity, as well as under adversity.
JULIUS CHARLES HARE, Guesses at Truth
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
ANNE BRADSTREET, Meditations Divine and Moral
The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity, on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart -- not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.
BARACK OBAMA, Inaugural Address, January 20, 2009
Beware the serpent, slyly hid, which stings
The soul with poison of Prosperity.
EDWARD ROBESON TAYLOR, "Adversity"
We should not speak of one that prospers well
As happy, till his life have run its course,
And reached its goal. An evil spirit's gift
In shortest time has oft laid low the state
Of one full rich in great prosperity,
When the change comes, and so the Gods appoint.