Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940), U.S. author. "The Rich Boy," All the Sad Young Men (1926).
The first line also occurs in Fitzgerald's notebooks, published in The Crack-Up, "Notebook E" (1945), and was taken up by Hemingway in his story "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" (1936). Also see Ernest Hemingway's comment under "rich, the," and Fitzgerald under "wealth," for his riposte to Hemingway's jibe.