Why attack God? He may be as miserable as we are.
~ Erik Satie
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.
Men can bear all things except good days.
When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.
There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity 'til he has tasted adversity.
Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence - those are the three pillars of Western prosperity.
Fate often puts all the material for happiness and prosperity into a man's hands just to see how miserable he can make himself with them.
The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?
Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.
The human race has had long experience and a fine tradition in surviving adversity. But we now face a task for which we have little experience, the task of surviving prosperity.
Human prosperity never rests but always craves more, till blown up with pride it totters and falls. From the opulent mansions pointed at by all passers-by none warns it away, none cries, "Let no more riches enter!"
In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.
We cannot get grace from gadgets. In the Bakelite house of the future, the dishes may not break, but the heart can. Even a man with ten shower baths may find life flat, stale and unprofitable.
All of the biggest technological inventions created by man - the airplane, the automobile, the computer - says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness.
Pearls around the neck - stones upon the heart.
Hanan J. Ayalti
It is generally agreed, that few men are made better by affluence or exaltation.
We face the question whether a still higher "standard of living" is worth its cost in things natural, wild, and free.
It is an ironic fact that while half the world's population is dying as a result of diseases of poverty (largely starvation and infection) the other half is succumbing to diseases of affluence.
We've got the most prosperous culture in human history and we've also got the biggest spiritual hole in human history.
Mark Victor Hansen
Luxury: The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house as a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.
What has always made a hell on earth has been that man has tried to make it his heaven.