Quotes on Materialism and Worldliness


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Money Brings You Food But Not a Appetite

"Money may buy the husk of many things, but not the kernal. It brings you food, but not the appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not faithfulness; days of joy, but not happiness."

-Henrik Ibsen-

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"Do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy."

-2 Nephi 9:51-

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"The real measure of our wealth is how much we would be worth if we lost all our money."

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"Now I do not care how much wealth you pour into the laps of men, unless there is in their bosoms the Spirit of God they are unhappy…It is so with all of us; unless we have the spirit of contentment in our hearts we are miserable.….If a man has all the wealth in creation, and has heaped upon him all the honours and powers that the world can give, his soul is discontented and miserable, unless he possesses the Spirit of Christ."

President George Albert Smith, JD 9:349 Quoted by Mary Ellen Edmunds, Speeches 1995-96, p. 89

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"A man who examines the saddle and bridle and not the animal itself when he is out to buy a horse is a fool; similarly, only an absolute fool values a man according to his clothes, or according to his position, which after all is only something we wear like clothing."


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"Men will spend their health getting wealth; then, gladly pay all they have earned to get health back."                

Mike Murdock, God's Little Devotional for Graduates, p. 284   

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"Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for; and with obscurity, for being unenvied."


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"It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent."

M. Somerset Maugham

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"Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you will not take money."

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