Prosperity Quotes


  • …abused prosperity is oftentimes made the very means of our greatest adversity…
    o Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe 1719


  • “Few of us can stand prosperity. Another man’s, I mean.”
    o Mark Twain

  • “Watch lest prosperity destroy generosity.”
    o Beecher

  • “Prosperity seems to be scarcely safe, unless it be mixed with a little adversity.”
    o Hosea Ballou

  • “The increase of a great number of citizens in prosperity is a necessary element to the security, and even to the existence, of a civilized people.”
    o Buret

  • “Prosperity is the touchstone of virtue; for it is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.”
    o Tacitus

  • “Prosperity demands of us more prudence and moderation than adversity.”
    o Cicero

  • “We must distinguish between felicity and prosperity; for prosperity leads often to ambition, and ambition to disappointment.”
    o Landor

  • “He that swells in prosperity will be sure to shrink in adversity.”
    o Colton

  • “Prosperity is very liable to bring pride among the other goods with which it endows an individual; it is then that prosperity costs too dear.”
    o Hosea Ballou

  • “Prosperity, in regard of our corrupt inclination to abuse the blessings of Almighty God, doth prove a thing dangerous to the soul of man.”
    o Hooker

  • “It is one of the worst effects of prosperity to make a man a vortex, instead of a fountain; so that, instead of throwing out, he learns only to draw in.”
    o Beecher

  • “Prosperity makes some friends and many enemies.”
    o Vauvenargues

  • “They who lie soft and warm in a rich estate seldom come to heat themselves at the altar.”
    o South

  • “Take care to be an economist in prosperity: there is no fear of your being one in adversity.”
    o Zimmerman

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