"In the first part of each proverb, Solomon compares the wealth of a rich person to a strong city. What conclusions do you draw from that? For me it helps to think of some characteristics of a strong city. I envision a strong city as being:"
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"Building wealth is like moving dirt. A person who earns $50,000 moves dirt by the shovelful. Someone who earns $100,000 or more drives a bulldozer."
"That wealth unconsumed and unused by him is confiscated by Kings, stolen by thieves, burnt by fire, swept aside by floods, or inherited by unfavored relatives. His wealth, accumulated and not used, disappears to no purpose. His wealth is like a forest pool, clear, cool and fresh, with good approaches and shady setting, in a forest of ogres. No-one can drink, bathe in or make use of that water."
"Building wealth is like building a great structure. The most important thing is the foundation you are building on. If your foundation is not strong, your amazing creation will crumble. Those who take on too much debt and mismanage their finances, even if they are high-paid like professional athletes and entertainers, will find themselves struggling to build any sustainable wealth."
"Real wealth is the ability to achieve what we want in both our inner and outer worlds. When we emphasize our focus on the inner world, we start reaping the benefits in the outer world, and automatically wealth starts expressing itself through us. Laxmi (the Hindu goddess of wealth prosperity and fortune, as picture in the beginning of this article) will start showering wealth upon us all. Lila is Sanskrit for the science of manifestation, or more poetically, Divine play. Wealth is like a current, and only when it is flowing can be begin manifesting in our lives."
"Wealth is like water and human beings are like ships. Ships reach their destinations by using water to cover distances. However, if water goes inside the ship, then it causes the ship to sink. Similarly, if we use wealth to earn Allah's pleasure and bring us closer to Jannah, there is nothing like it. But if the love of wealth enters our hearts, then it destroys us."
Start thy purse to fattening: This is done by contributing a small portion of earnings (keeping one-tenth of all income) for future use. "Wealth is like a tree that grows from a tiny seed".
"I think wealth is like water. If you have a cup of water, you can drink it; if you have a bucket of water you can put it in your house. If you own a river, you should learn to share it with others. Money means nothing."
"There is a lot of evidence that being richer doesn't bring happiness. Wealth is like health: although its utter absence breeds misery, having it is no guarantee of happiness. The research suggests that people in richer countries do tend to be happier than people in not-so-rich ones, but once you have a home, food and clothes, then extra money does not seem to make people much happier."
"Wealth is like a four-legged table. The monetary aspect is just one leg. The other quadrant legs include emotional wealth, spiritual wealth and physical wealth."
"So in addition to purification of our wealth through charity (zakat), another meaning that stems from the root z-k-w is 'to grow'. The spreading of wealth, then, benefits the commonweal, while the hoarding of wealth blights it. It is worth noting that the word for pure gold in classical Arabic ('iqyan) is derived from the word for an infant's faeces (al-iqī). Wealth is like manure - when it is spread around, many things grow, but when it is hoarded, a great stench rises."
"Wealth is like running water, and giving like digging a well. Just as the deeper the well, the more water it holds, the more you give, the more wealth you have."
"He also said: Wealth is like an orchard - you have to share the fruit, not the trees. With the orchard, what you have to do is make it grow, reinvest it to make it bigger, or diversify into other areas." Me I kuku trust Naija billionaires, they will give they all they have to charity without blinking an eye...lol!"
"Wealth and poverty are like waves; what is now crest will soon be trough. Such conditions demand forbearance and mutual sympathy."
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