George S. Clason reveals some practical lessons in his  personal finance classic “The Richest Man in Babylon.”

Richest man in Babylon

The Richest Man in Babylon is a book written  by George Samuel Clason. It dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. Through their experiences in business and managing household finance, the characters in the parables simple lessons in financial wisdom.

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Originally a series of separate informational pamphlets distributed by banks and insurance companies, the pamphlets were bound together and published in book form in 1926. 

Here are selected quotes from the the book “The Richest Man in Babylon.”

1. “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.”

2. “Good luck can be enticed by accepting opportunity.”

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

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

5. “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?”

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

7. “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.”

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8. “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.”

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

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

11. “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.”

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

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

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

15. “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.”

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16. “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.”

17. “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.”

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

19. “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.”

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

21. “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.”

22. “Money is plentiful for those who understand the simple laws which govern its acquisition.”

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23. “Wealth is power. With wealth many things are possible.”

24. “Without wisdom, gold is quickly lost by those who have it.”

25. “Gold cometh gladly and in increasing quantity to any man who will put by not less than one-tenth of his earnings to create an estate for his future and that of his family.”

26. “Budget thy expenses that thou mayest have coins to pay for thy necessities, to pay for thy enjoyments, and to gratify thy worthwhile desires without spending more than nine-tenths of thy earnings.”

27. “Remember, work, well done, does good to the man who does it. It makes him a better man.”

28. “We found water. We passed into a more fertile country where were grass and fruit. We found the trail to Babylon because the soul of a free man looks at life as a series of problems to be solved and solves them, while the soul of a slave whines, ‘What can I do who am but a slave?”

29. “Decide what thou desirest to accomplish and then work will aid thee to achieve it!”

30. “All good fortune and opportunity is lost when you culture a habit of needless delaying where action is required – action prompt and decisive.”

31. “The more of wisdom we know, the more we may earn.”

32. “No man can climb who cannot plant his feet firmly upon the first step.”

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

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