What you call bareness and poverty is to me simplicity.—Journal, 5 December 1856
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.—Walden
I am never rich in money, and I am never meanly poor.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
Let me see no other conflict but with prosperity.—Journal, 25 June 1840
When my eye ranges over some 30 miles of this globe's surface—an eminence—green & waving with sky and mountains to bound it—I am richer than Croesus.—Journal, 12 May 1850
Who will not confess that the necessity to get money has helped to ripen some of his schemes?—Journal, 6 February 1852
Merely to come into the world the heir of a fortune is not to be born, but to be still-born, rather.—"Life without Principle"
Just in proportion to the outward poverty is the inward wealth.—Journal, 13 November 1851.
There is a reptile in the throat of the greedy man always thirsting & famishing. It is not his own natural hunger & thirst which he satisfies.—Journal, 2 September 1851
Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul.—Walden