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We have only to look at the children of the rich, to see how little enduring happiness money gives, and how seldom great advantages result in great characters. The majority of the really great people of the world, in all lines of achievement, have sprung from poverty.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox, The Heart of the New Thought [Amazon, Bookshop, Local Library]

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We have a credit system which when analysed meant that we were all pretending to be rich, a social system in which we all pretended to be esquires at the least. We had Dukes who never led, Marquesses with no marches to ward, Knights who could barely sit a donkey; we called our slattern slaves lady helps, our prostitutes soiled doves, our grumbling mumbling fumbling politicians statesmen.

And it is gone like a ghost—and an unclean spirit sure it was that haunted us.

Aleister Crowley, The Vindication of Nietzsche

Hermetic quote Crowley The Vindication of Nietzsche credit system pretending rich social system pretended equires dukes marquesses knights donkey slattern slaves lady helps prostitutes soiled doves