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
You cannot serve two masters. It requires more than a day's devotion to know and to posses the wealth of a day.—"Life without Principle"
It is the greatest of all advantages to enjoy no advantage at all. I find it invariably true, the poorer I am, the richer I am. What you consider my disadvantage, I consider my advantage.—Journal, 5 December 1856
Poverty was her lot, but she possessed those virtues without which the rich are but poor.—Early Essays and Miscellanies
O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it—for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.—The Correspondence of Henry David Thoreau
I am grateful for what I am & have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite—only a sense of existence.—The Correspondence of Henry David Thoreau