„Everything great and splendid is founded on power and wealth.“
„The incentives that people need to work and to find meaning in their lives should be found beyond material wealth and power.“
— Didier Sornette French scientist 1957
Why Stock Markets Crash - Critical Events in Complex Systems (2003), Chapter 10, 2050: The End Of The Growth Era?, p. 390.
„Wealth is a form of power in our society. With great power comes great responsibility. If you have too much wealth, ipso facto, you have too much power - therefore you have too much responsibility - and you're a kind of dictator.“
— Will Self English writer and journalist 1961
The Moral Maze, BBC Radio 4, October 1st, 2008.
„Other great sources of wealth are found in financial and speculative operations, often of distinctly anti-social tendency and possible only through the defective organization of our economy.“
— Leonard Trelawny Hobhouse British sociologist 1864 - 1929
Liberalism (1911), Chapter VIII, Economic Liberalism, p. 97.
„If we judge by wealth and power, our times are the best of times; if the times have made us willing to judge by wealth and power, they are the worst of times.“
— Randall Jarrell poet, critic, novelist, essayist 1914 - 1965
Kipling, Auden & Co: Essays and Reviews 1935-1964 (1980), "The Taste of the Age," The Saturday Evening Post (1958-07-26) [p. 290]
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
Context: Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control — and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. 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 our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.
— Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910
Path of Life (1909), p. 86
„Proud over the rest, with splendid wealth arrayed,
As crown to this wide empire, Europe's head,
Fair Lusitania smiles, the western bound,
Whose verdant breast the rolling waves surround.“
— Luís de Camões Portuguese poet 1524 - 1580
Eis aqui, quase cume da cabeça De Europa toda, o Reino Lusitano, Onde a terra se acaba e o mar começa. Stanza 20, lines 1–3 (tr. William Julius Mickle)
„Nothing withstands the influence of wealth. Everything submits to its tyranny, everything cowers at its dominion.“
— Basil of Caesarea Christian Saint 329 - 379
Social Justice, To the Rich (c. 368), Οὐδὲν ὑφίσταται τὴν βίαν τοῦ πλούτου· Πάντα ὑποκύπτει τῇ τυραννίδι, πάντα ὑποπτήσσει τὴν δυναστείαν. p. 51
„Many will there be who will give up work and labour and poverty of life and goods, and will go to live among wealth in splendid buildings, declaring that this is the way to make themselves acceptable to God.“
— Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519
XX Humorous Writings
„I shouldn’t be naive” Diana said. “Of course, realising its destructive power only makes them want it more. Of course. Even more than great wealth, power craves technologies of destruction. Good to be wealthy, but better to remain in power—and the more awe-inspiring the weaponry at your disposal, the better able you are to do that.“
— Adam Roberts British writer known for speculative fiction and parody novels; literature and writing academic 1965
Jack Glass (2012), Part 2, Chapter 14, “The Third Letter of the Alphabet” (pp. 259-260).
— Ram Mohan Roy Indian religious, social, and educational reformer, and humanitarian 1772 - 1833
Quoted from Goel, S. R. (2016). History of Hindu-Christian encounters, AD 304 to 1996. Chapter 8 ISBN 9788185990354
— John Mearsheimer American political scientist 1947
The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (2001), Chapter 2, Anarchy and the Struggle for Power, p. 43
— Matt Ridley economist 1958
The Red Queen (1993), Ch. 7