Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

We commonly say that the rich man can speak the truth, can afford honesty, can afford independence of opinion and action;—and that is the theory of nobility. But it is the rich man in a true sense, that is to say, not the man of large income and large expenditure, but solely the man whose outlay is less than his income and is steadily kept so.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Farming," Society and Solitude (1870).
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