A fish is the last being to discover water.” – Buddhist adage
Words from a man who knew whereof he spoke:
“People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.” – Adam Smith (1723-1790), Scottish social philosopher, father of modern economics and capitalism, and author of “The Wealth of Nations.”
Take comfort, financially struggling Americans:
“A man who has a million dollars is as well off as if he were rich.” – John Jacob Astor (1763-1848), German-American business magnate, merchant, investor, opium smuggler, and the first multi-millionaire in the United States.
A humorous and cogent take on gluttony:
“If all the rich people in the world divided up their money among themselves, there wouldn’t be enough to go around.” – Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian writer acclaimed for her satirical wit and psychological insight into human behavior.