35 Astonishing Quotes From The Richest Man in Babylon

Published in 1926 and written by George Samuel Clason, ‘The Richest Man in Babylon’ focused on financial responsibility and management of your household and business expenses. Many lessons are taught in just 144 pages. Here is a look at some of the most astonishing quotes from ‘The Richest Man in Babylon.’

“A part of all I earn is mine to keep.’ Say it in the morning when you first arise. Say it at noon. Say it at night. Say it each hour of every day. Say it to yourself until the words stand out like letters of fire across the sky.”

“Advice is one thing that is freely given away, but watch that you only take what is worth having.”

“As for time, all men have it in abundance.”

“Good luck can be enticed by accepting opportunity.”

“I found the road to wealth when I decided that a part of all I earned was mine to keep. And so will you.”

“I thought not that you would. But it is there and simple too. Just this: If thou desire to help thy friend, do so in a way that will not bring thy friend’s burdens upon thyself.”

“If thou desire to help thy friend, do so in a way that will not bring thy friend’s burdens upon thyself.”

“In those things toward which we exerted our best endeavors we succeeded.”

“It costs nothing to ask wise advice from a good friend.”

“Learning was of two kinds: the one being the things we learned and knew, and the other being the training that taught us how to find out what we did not know?”

“Men of action are favored by the Goddess of good luck.”

“My admiration stranger within our gates, who hesitates not to speak the truth.”

“Never mind though our purses be as empty as the falcon’s nest of a year ago. Let that not detain us. We are weary of being without gold in the midst of plenty. We wish to become men of means. Come, let us go to Arkad and ask how we, also, may acquire incomes for ourselves.”

“One may not condemn a man for succeeding because he knows how. Neither may one with justice take away from a man what he has fairly earned, to give to men of less ability.”

“Opportunity is a haughty goddess who wastes no time with those who are unprepared.”

“Our acts can be no wiser than our thoughts.”

“Our wise acts accompany us through life to please us and to help us. Just as surely, our unwise acts follow us to plague and torment us. Alas, they cannot be forgotten. In the front rank of the torments that do follow us are the memories of the things we should have done, of the opportunities which came to us and we took not.”

“Perhaps there is some secret we might learn if we but sought from those who knew.”

“Proper preparation is the key to our success. Our acts can be no wiser than our thoughts. Our thinking can be no wiser than our understanding.”

“Second, the PLAN doth provide that I shall support and clothe my good wife who hath returned to me with loyalty from the house of her father. For Mathon doth say that to take good care of a faithful wife putteth self respect into the heart of a man and addeth strength and determination to his purposes.”

“So must every man master his own spirit of procrastination before he can expect to share in the rich treasures of Babylon.”

“That is truth, Kobbi, unpleasant thought though it be. We do not wish to go on year after year living slavish lives. Working, working, working! Getting nowhere.”

“That what each of us calls our necessary expenses will always grow to equal our incomes unless we protest to the contrary.”

“The hungrier one becomes, the clearer one’s mind works— also the more sensitive one becomes to the odors of food.”

“The man who became of his understanding of the laws of wealth, acquireth a growing surplus, should give thought to those future days. He should plan certain investments or provisions that may endure safely for many years, yet will be available when the time arrives which he has so wisely anticipated.”

“The more of wisdom we know, the more we may earn. That man who seeks to learn more of his craft shall be richly rewarded. If he is an artisan, he may seek to learn the methods and the tools of those most skillful in the same line. If he laboreth at the law or at healing, he may consult and exchange knowledge with others of his calling.”

“The reason why we have never found measure of wealth. We never sought it.”

“The sun that shines today is the sun that shone when thy father was born, and will still be shining when thy last grandchild shall pass into the darkness.”

“The thoughts of youth,’ he continued, ‘are bright lights that shine forth like the meteors that oft make brilliant the sky, but the wisdom of age is like the fixed stars that shine so unchanged that the sailor may depend upon them to steer his course.”

“Wealth, like a tree, grows from a tiny seed. The first copper you save is the seed from which your tree of wealth shall grow. The sooner you plant that seed the sooner shall the tree grow. And the more faithfully you nourish and water that tree with consistent savings, the sooner may you bask in contentment beneath its shade.”

“When I set a task for myself, I complete it. Therefore, I am careful not to start difficult and impractical tasks, because I love leisure.”

“Where the determination is, the way can be found.”

“Will power is but the unflinching purpose to carry the task you set for yourself to fulfillment.”

“You first learned to live upon less than you could earn. Next you learned to seek advice from those who were competent through their own experiences to give it. And, lastly, you have learned to make gold work for you.”

“You left them alone and they grew too strong for thee. Hadst fought them as a man, thou couldst have conquered them and been one, honored among thy townspeople. But thou had not the soul to fight them and behold thou hast gone down until thou art a slave in Syria.”

Here is a look at the top lessons learned from the book, ‘The Richest Man in Babylon.’ This novel is dedicated to teaching the laws of Gold and is based on the parables set in ancient Babylon.

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