Mara Bar Serapion on Wealth

Follow diligently learning rather than riches.  For the greater are one’s possessions, the greater is the evil attendant upon them.  For I have myself observed that, where a man’s goods are many, so also are the tribulations which happen to him; and, where luxuries are accumulated, there also do sorrows congregate; and, where riches are abundant, there is stored up the bitterness of many a year.

~ Mara Bar Serapion

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Ante-Nicene_Fathers/Volume_VIII/Memoirs_of_Edessa_And_Other_Ancient_Syriac_Documents/A_Letter_of_Mara,_Son_of_Serapion

Seneca on Malady

“It matters little whether you lay a sick man on a wooden or on a golden bed, for whithersoever he be moved he will carry his malady with him; so one need not care whether the diseased mind is bestowed upon riches or upon poverty. His malady goes with the man.”

~ Seneca

Cicero on Thrift

“Cannot people realise how large an income is thrift?”

~ Cicero

Cicero on Wealth

“Who is there who would wish to be surrounded by all the riches in the world and enjoy every abundance in life and yet not love or be loved by anyone?”

~ Cicero

Seneca on Possessions

“At last, then, away with all these treacherous goods! They look better to those who hope for them than to those who have attained them.”

~ Seneca / Epistulae Morales AD Lucilium

Seneca on Possessions

“Again, let us possess nothing that can be snatched from us to the great profit of a plotting foe. Let there be as little booty as possible on your person.”

~ Seneca / Epistulae Morales AD Lucilium

Benjamin Franklin on Contentment

He that is rich need not live sparingly, and he that can live sparingly, need not be rich.

~ Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin on Wealth

Great estates may venture more; little boats must keep near shore.

~ Benjamin Franklin