Over the ages, many eloquent people have made observations about what it really means to be rich. If you have a copy of my book Seminar in a Sentence, you’ve already seen most of these, but they’re certainly worth another visit.

Find your favorite, print it out and use it to help you live more abundantly.

In this world, it is not what we take up, but what we give up that makes us rich. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich. ~ Sarah Bernhardt

There are people who have money and people who are rich. ~ Coco Chanel

Money should be the servant of your visions, not their master. ~ Alan Cohen

Wealth is when small efforts produce big results. Poverty is when big efforts produce small results. ~ George David

I knew that to be at home in the world was the way to grow rich. The way I wanted to be rich. ~ Marlena de Blasi

Both having money and not having money make fantastic adventures possible that would not otherwise be possible. Same for having, and not having, anything else. ~ Mike Dooley

 Money is the gravy of life, not the meat. ~ Jerry Gilles

Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, or even, joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor. ~ Paul Hawken

An open mind collects more riches than an open purse. ~ Will Henry

It is better to live rich than to die rich. ~ Samuel Johnson

The prosperity of a country depends, not on the abundance of its revenues, nor on the strength of its fortifications, nor the beauty of its public buildings, but it consists in the number of its people of enlightenment and character. ~ Martin Luther

The lack of wealth is easily repaired but the poverty of the soul is irreplaceable. ~ Michel de Montaigne

I count my blessings more than I count my money. ~ Dolly Parton

If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is no poverty and no poor, indifferent place. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Being rich is not about having a lot of money. Being rich is about having lots of options. ~ Chris Rock

You will never fail as a result of any investment you make in humanizing your business. ~ Anita Roddick

Here’s what would be pitiful: If your income grew and you didn’t. ~ James Rohn

We think much more about the use of money, which is renewable, than we do about the use of time, which is irreplaceable. ~ Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber

If you are going to let your fear of poverty govern your life your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Money loses its value the moment you try to hang onto it. Money only has value when you’re willing to let it go. Money has its greatest value when it leaves your hand, because it empowers you to be, do and have something that you choose to be, do and have. ~ Neale Donald Walsch

The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings. ~ David Weinbaum

Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. ~ Oscar Wilde

Earning your first income for doing something you love is an important landmark; it’s your first playcheck.  Celebrate it, no matter how small. ~ John Williams