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Rags To Riches Quotes


"Well, that's baseball. Rags to riches one day and riches to rags the next. But I've been in it 36 years and I'm used to it." - Casey Stengel

"The ultimate idea of rags-to-riches success in America is the Hollywood movie star." - Marin Ireland

"My life has been sensationalised into a rags to riches story." - Jonathan Rhys Meyers

"Adam had once told Gansey, "Rags to riches isn't a story anyone wants to hear until after it's done." - Maggie Stiefvater

"The American dream was not, at least at the beginning, a rags-to-riches type of narrow materialism." - Charles A. Reich

"My life has often been described as 'from rags to riches' but in fact, the Ross's were never raggedy." - Diana Ross

"My life has often been described as 'from rags to riches,' but in fact, the Rosses were never raggedy." - Diana Ross

"People are complaining of having rags and not riches, but I find it a blessing just to have rags, to wipe away the dirt and dust that may come in the course of life." - Anthony Liccione

"Your incredible brain can take you from rags to riches, from loneliness to popularity, and from depression to happiness and joy - if you use it properly." - Brian Tracy

"The oat is the Horatio Alger of cereals, which progressed, if not from rags to riches, at least from weed to health food." - Waverley Root

"Unfortunately I have no rags-to-riches story to tell. Money never played a big role for me. My parents just had it." - Stelios Haji-Ioannou

"[Autobiographies] are all the same - it's always rags-to-riches or I-slept-with-so-and-so. Damned if I'm going to say that." - Deborah Kerr

"The American dream of rags to riches is a dream for a reason - it is hard to achieve; were everyone to do it, it wouldn't be a dream but would rather be reality." - Robert Fulton

"Gypsy [Rose Lee] is as unique as she is timeless. Her story is classic Americana, and the strangest rags-to-riches saga you'll ever read; I like to call it Horatio Alger meets Tim Burton." - Karen Abbott

"The faith that anyone could move from rags to riches - with enough guts and gumption, hard work and nose to the grindstone - was once at the core of the American Dream." - Robert Reich

"In A Midnight Carol Patricia Davis illuminates the dark and brilliant humanity of Charles Dickens - the man who lived a rags-to-riches life more remarkable than any of his stories." - Richard Lederer

"The death of Lincoln was a disaster for Christendom. There was no man in the United States great enough to wear his boots and the bankers went anew to grab the riches. I fear that foreign bankers with their craftiness and tortuous tricks will entirely control the exuberant riches of America and use it to systematically corrupt civilization." - Otto Von Bismarck

"From recovery to rags and rags to recovery symbolizes art - a perfect compilation of human imperfections." - Criss Jami

"In those vernal seasons of the year when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against nature not to go out and see her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth." - John Milton

"We are the rags to riches story, okay, the Robertson's are. Okay? We had very humble beginnings. Everybody's trying to figure out what, what's behind it, and all the Robertsons say, 'Hey, it's divine intervention.' Me personally, okay, God's gonna take 'Duck Dynasty' where he wants it to go, okay, and to the people that he wants it to go to." - Si Robertson

"You have available to you, right now, a powerful supercomputer. This powerful tool has been used through-out history to take people from rags to riches, from poverty and obscurity to success and fame, from unhappiness and frustration to joy and self-fulfillment, and it can do the same for you." - Brian Tracy

"I got to sing solo in the junior choir when I was 10 or 11 and won a competition, and my sister's piano playing improved to a certain level. One time my sister and I worked together. The first song we ever sang in High School was Rags to Riches by Tony Bennett." - Gordon Lightfoot

"James Taylor may be an all-American boy but he isn't Horatio Alger, and the lionizing of many rock stars by the rock press has as much to do with old fashioned rags-to-riches stories as does the straight culture's deification of its idols." - Jon Landau

"Commend me to sterling honesty though clad in rags." - Walter Scott

"In our rags of light, all dressed to kill." - Leonard Cohen

"The Dream obsessed him... but what was it? Was it Horatio Alger, rags to riches, the idea that you could start with nothing and end up rolling naked in stacks of hundreds? Or was it a dream of freedom? Personal freedom...or the concept of freedom that the founders brought into the whole world?" - William McKeen

"While some multimillionaires started in poverty, most did not. A study of the origins of 303 textile, railroad and steel executives of the 1870s showed that 90 percent came from middle- or upper-class families. The Horatio Alger stories of "rags to riches" were true for a few men, but mostly a myth, and a useful myth for control." - Howard Zinn

"The extent of his influence across jazz, across American music, and around the world has such continuing stature that he is one of the few who can easily be mentioned with Stravinsky, Picasso and Joyce. His life was the embodiment of one who moves from rags to riches, from anonymity to internationally imitated innovator. Louis Daniel Armstrong supplied revolutionary language that took on such pervasiveness that it became commonplace, like the light bulb, the airplane, the telephone." - Stanley Crouch

"Mother used to say escape is never further than the nearest book. Well, Mumsy, no, not really. Your beloved large-print sagas of rags, riches, and heartbreak were no camouflage against the miseries trained on you by the tennis ball launcher of life, were they? But, yes, Mum, there again, you have a point. Books do' offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw." - David Mitchell

"Mother used to say escape is never further than the nearest book. Well, Mumsy, no, not really. Your beloved large-print sagas of rags, riches, and heartbreak were no camouflage against the miseries trained on you by the tennis ball launcher of life, were they? But, yes, Mum, there again, you have a point. Books don't offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw." - David Mitchell

"You have to keep taking the next necessary stitch, and the next one, and the next. Without stitches, you just have rags. And we are not rags," - Anne Lamott

"The rule in our society is that while those who kill once make wretched a single person are severely punished, those (heads of state, inventors, manufacturers) who are responsible for the death, mutilation or general wretchedness of thousands or millions are rewarded with fame, riches and prizes... If you are going to rob, rob big; if you're going to kill, kill big." - Philip Slater

"I care for riches, to make gifts." - Euripides

"Riches do not constitute any claim to distinction. It is only the vulgar who admire riches as riches." - Samuel Smiles

"and nobody knows what's going to happen to anybody besides the forlorn rags of growing old" - Jack Kerouac

"I've done my damndest to rip a reader's nerves to rags, I don't want him satisfied." - John Steinbeck

"Christianity even when watered down is hot enough to boil all modern society to rags." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"and nobody knows what's going to happen to anybody besides the forlorn rags of growing old" - Jack Kerouac

"Rags will always make their appearance where they have a right to do it." - Samuel Johnson

"So please get your rags And your polishing jars, Somebody has to go polish the stars." - Shel Silverstein

"To gain riches is wise; to pay for riches with happiness is foolish." - Solomon

"When I speak about the "tyranny of choice," I mean an ideology that originates in the era of post-industrial capitalism. It began with the American Dream - the idea of the self-made man, who works his way up from rags to riches. By and by, this career concept developed into a universal life philosophy. Today we believe we should be able to choose everything: the way we live, the way we look, even when it comes to the coffee we buy, we constantly need to weigh our decision. That is extremely unhealthy." - Renata Salecl

"When a natural discourse paints a passion or an effect, one feels within oneself the truth of what one reads, which was there before, although one did not know it. Hence one is inclined to love him who makes us feel it, for he has not shown us his own riches, but ours. ...such community of intellect that we have with him necessarily inclines the heart to love." - Blaise Pascal

"All, or the greatest part of men that have aspired to riches or power, have attained thereunto either by force or fraud, and what they have by craft or cruelty gained, to cover the foulness of their fact, they call purchase, as a name more honest. Howsoever, he that for want of will or wit useth not those means, must rest in servitude and poverty." - Walter Raleigh

"One who dresses in rags that have been washed clean dresses cleanly to be sure, but raggedly nonetheless." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"A great deal of the furniture of ancient tyranny is torn to rags; the rest is entirely out of fashion." - Edmund Burke

"I took her from rags right through to stitches, Oh baby, tonight we sleep in separate ditches." - Nick Cave

"Only laughter can blow to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand." - Mark Twain

"It's nice to get your glad rags on for awards like the Baftas, but it doesn't happen all the time." - Dan Stevens

"Riches are first to be sought for; after wealth, virtue." - Horace

"Riches are able to solder up abundance of flaws." - Miguel De Cervantes

"A good name is rather to be chosen than riches." - Solomon

"Riches are apt to betray a man into arrogance." - Joseph Addison

"Tis better than riches To scratch when it itches." - Anonymous

"Great riches come to many men by chance." - Bias of Priene

"A good name is rather to be chosen than riches." - King Solomon

"Wishing will not bring riches. But desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession, then planning definite ways and means to acquire riches, and backing those plans with persistence which does not recognize failure, will bring riches." - Napoleon Hill

"He who has learned to love an art or science has wisely laid up riches against the day of riches." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"Than farewell riches, the fat is in the fire, And neuer shall I to like riches aspire." - John Heywood

"Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own." - Samuel Johnson

"So we must lay it down that the association which is a state exists not for the purpose of living together but for the sake of noble actions. Those who contribute most to this kind of association are for that very reason entitled to a larger share in the state than those who, though they may be equal or even superior in free birth and in family, are inferior in the virtue that belongs to a citizen. Similarly they are entitled to a larger share than those who are superior in riches but inferior in virtue." - Aristotle

"This having learnt, thou hast attained the sum Of wisdom; hope no higher, though all the stars Thou knew'st by name, and all th'ethereal powers, All secrets of the deep, all nature's works, Or works of God in heav'n, air, earth, or sea, And all the riches of this world enjoy'dst, And all the rule, one empire; onlyadd Deeds to thy knowledge answerable, add faith, Add virtue, patience, temperance, add love, By name to come called charity, the soul Of all the rest: then wilt thou not be loath To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess A paradise within thee, happier far." - John Milton

"Like a robe wears out over time and turns to rags, life wears out from day to day, from second to second." - Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

"When you go to Africa, and you see children, they're usually barefoot, dirty and in rags, and they'd love to go to school." - Annie Lennox

"The woman from the depths of her rags, a waif, a martyr - smiled. She must have a divine heart to be so tired and yet smile." - Henri Barbusse

"Treat kindly every miserable truth that knocks begging at your door, otherwise you will some day fail to recognize Truth Himself when He comes in rags." - Austin O'Malley

"Only laughter can blow [a colossal humbug] to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand." - Mark Twain

"If God was willing to wrap himself in rags and drink from a mother's breast, then all questions about his love for us are off the table." - Max Lucado

"Riches ... don't consist in having things, but in not having to do something you don't want to do. ... Riches is being able to thumb your nose." - Josephine Tey

"Through your rags I see your vanity." - Socrates

"The Lord of Rags and Tatters." - Megan Whalen Turner

"Riches may enable us to confer favors, but to confer them with propriety and grace requires a something that riches cannot give." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Riches may enable us to confer favours, but to confer them with propriety and grace requires a something that riches cannot give." - Charles Caleb Colton

"To have what we want is riches; but to be able to do without is power." - George Macdonald

"Real riches are the riches possessed inside." - B C Forbes

"Better to have fewer wants than greater riches to supply increasing wants." - Saint Augustine

"That is true plenty, not to have, but not to want riches." - Saint John Chrysostom

"A propensity to hope and joy is real riches: One to fear and sorrow, real poverty." - David Hume

"To find riches is a beggar's dream, but to find love is the dream of kings." - Sidney Sheldon

"That is true plenty, not to have, but not to want riches." - John Chrysostom

"Who would not wish to be from wealth exempt, Since riches point to misery and contempt?" - William Shakespeare

"We want fewer things to live in poverty with satisfaction, than to live magnificently with riches." - Seigneur de Saint-Evremond

"The secret to riches is the same as the secret to comedy - timing." - Russell Crowe

"Gospel riches are sent to remove our wretchedness, and mercy to remove our misery." - Charles Spurgeon

"To find riches is a beggar's dream, but to find love is the dream of kings." - Sidney Sheldon

"A short cut to riches is to subtract from our desires." - Petrarch

"A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow real poverty." - David Hume

"The Lord commonly gives riches to foolish people, to whom he gives nothing else." - Martin Luther

"Life is nothing but rags and tags and filthy rags at that." - Christina Stead

"I have not observed mens honesty to increase with their riches." - Thomas Jefferson

"On their way to freedom, some people find riches, some people find death." - Jamaica Kincaid

"Riches are of little avail in many of the calamities to which mankind are liable." - Miguel De Cervantes

"The passion of acquiring riches in order to support a vain expense corrupts the purest souls." - Francois Fenelon

"Never forget: the secret of creating riches for oneself is to create them for others." - John Templeton

"To be content with what we possess is the greatest and most secure of riches." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Intelligent planning is essential for success in any undertaking designed to accumulate riches." - Napoleon Hill

"This is an embarrassment of riches, and boy, am I happy to be embarrassed." - Julia Louis-Dreyfus

"I have not observed men's honesty to increase with their riches." - Thomas Jefferson

"To be content with what we possess is the greatest and most secure of riches." - Cicero

"Everything, virtue, glory, honor, things human and divine, all are slaves to riches." - Horace

"Riches expose a man to pride and luxury, and a foolish elation of heart." - Joseph Addison

"Riches for the most part are hurtful to them that possess them." - Plutarch

"There are riches to be found simply by capturing the value released through others' disruptive breakthroughs." - Jay Samit

"If your riches are yours, why don't you take them with you to the other world?" - Benjamin Franklin

"I want the other riches in life; I want to get married." - Scott Hall

"To be content with what one has is the greatest and truest of riches." - Cicero

"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches." - Bible

"He is not fit for riches who is afraid to use them." - Thomas Fuller

"The temple of fame is the shortest passage to riches and preferment." - Junius

"If your riches are yours, why don't you take them with to the other world?" - Benjamin Franklin

"The greatest luxury of riches is that they enable you to escape so much good advice." - Arthur Helps

"Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence." - Plato

"Riches, the incentives to evil, are dug out of the earth." - Ovid

"One always has riches when one has a book to read." - Jacqueline Winspear

"All the riches of the world are not of sufficient value to redeem one perishing soul." - Ellen G White

"A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself." - Henry Ward Beecher

"For sleep, riches and health to be truly enjoyed, they must be interrupted." - Jean Paul

"Riches are for spending." - Francis Bacon

"Riches have wings." - Proverbs

"To pray is to cast off your burdens, it is to tear away your rags, it is to shake off your diseases, it is to be filled with spiritual vigor, it is to reach the highest point of Christian health." - Charles Spurgeon

"Oh! it offends me to the soul to hear a robust periwig-pated fellow, tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings." - William Shakespeare

"O, it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings." - William Shakespeare

"No picture is made to endure nor to live with but it is made to sell and sell quickly with usura, sin against nature, is thy bread ever more of stale rags is thy bread dry as paper." - Ezra Pound

"I admit to subscribing to all the celebrity rags. The best part of being an author is if the celebs aren't being ridiculous enough, you can just make it up." - Lauren Weisberger

"The winter is made and you have to bear it, The winter web, the winter woven, wind and wind, For all the thoughts of summer that go with it In the mind, pupa of straw, moppet of rags...." - Wallace Stevens

"Creatures that hang themselves up like an old rag, to sleep; And disgustingly upside down. Hanging upside down like rows of disgusting old rags And grinning in their sleep. Bats!" - D H Lawrence

"Sorrows are the rags of old clothes and jackets that serve to cover, and then are taken off. That undressing, and the beautiful naked body underneath, is the sweetness that comes after grief." - Rumi

"We Jews, thank God, have nothing to do with the East. . . . The Islamic soul must be broomed out of Eretz-Yisrael. . . . [Muslims are] yelling rabble dressed up in gaudy, savage rags." - Ze'ev Jabotinsky

"Fathers that wear rags Do make their children blind, But fathers that bear bags Shall see their children kind. Fortune, that arrant whore, Ne'er turns the key to th' poor." - William Shakespeare

"How hard it is to escape from places. However carefully one goes they hold you - you leave little bits of yourself fluttering on the fences - like rags and shreds of your very life." - Katherine Mansfield

"Rags, which are the reproach of poverty, are the beggar's robes, and graceful insignia of his profession, his tenure, his full dress, the suit in which he is expected to show himself in public." - Charles Lamb

"I tell you one thing that's great about children. They don't need a show to have fun. What do they need? A book of matches, some oily rags, a little brother... that's all they need." - Dave Attell

"You neither can nor should understand what it means. Listen, it comes without guitar, Neither in rags nor in any purple fashion. And there is nothing in it to comfort you." - Donald Justice

"America's leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment." - Dwight D Eisenhower

"To despise riches, may, indeed, be philosophic, but to dispense them worthily, must surely be more beneficial to mankind." - Fanny Burney

"Riches may enable us to confer favors; but to confer them with propriety and with grace requires a something that riches cannot give. Even trifles may be so bestowed as to cease to be trifles." - Charles Caleb Colton

"A good name is still to be preferred over great riches. Especially it is to be preferred to the appearance of riches, aquired with nothing down and nothing to pay for 2 months." - Ezra Taft Benson

"It is rare to see a rich man religious; for religion preaches restraint, and riches prompt to unlicensed freedom." - Owen Feltham

"God's blessings are dispensed according to the riches of his grace, not according to the depth of our faith." - Max Lucado

"So our Lord God commonly gave riches to those gross asses to whom he vouchsafed nothing else." - Martin Luther

"Our Lord commonly giveth Riches to such gross asses, to whom he affordeth nothing else that is good." - Martin Luther

"The giving riches and honors to a wicked man is like giving strong wine to him that hath a fever." - Plutarch

"Riches without charity are nothing worth. They are a blessing only to him who makes them a blessing to others." - Henry Fielding

"Riches don't respond to wishes. They respond only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant persistence." - Napoleon Hill

"If we do not cling to riches, selfishness or greed-then I believe we are getting closer to God." - Daniel Ortega

"...hymns have been a powerful instrument of God to draw people closer to His Word and the saving riches therein." - Billy Graham

"The way to transform your immense inner value into outer riches is by giving it freely and authentically to others." - Ralph Marston

"So our Lord God commonly gives riches to those gross asses to whom He vouchsafes nothing else." - Martin Luther

"The poor go to war, to fight and die for the delights, riches, and superfluities of others." - Plutarch

"Nature seems to have poured forth her riches so without calculation, merely to mark the fullness of her joy." - Margaret Fuller



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