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Single Idea 17228

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 4. External Goods / c. Wealth]

Full Idea

Those who know the true use of money, and regulate the measure of wealth according to their needs, live contented with few things.

Gist of Idea

Rational people judge money by needs, and live contented with very little


Baruch de Spinoza (The Ethics [1675], IVApp 29)

Book Reference

Spinoza,Benedict de: 'Ethics', ed/tr. White,WH/Stirling,AH [Wordsworth 2001], p.222

A Reaction

Spinoza himself lived up to this, being incredibly austere in his personal life.