“How I pity you, and this is honest. You are an old man, and ought to have some rest, and yet you have to struggle, and deny yourself, and rob yourself restful sleep and peace of mind, because you need money so badly. I always feel for a man who is so poverty ridden as you.

Don’t misunderstand me, Vanderbilt, I know you have $70 million. But then you know and I know, that it isn’t what a man has that constitutes wealth. No – it is to be satisfied with what one has; that is wealth.”

— Mark Twain to one of the richest men of his time.

This quote reinforces the idea that material possessions and wealth are not the only measures of success or happiness.

Twain is expressing sympathy for the struggles of a wealthy individual who may still be struggling with financial issues despite their vast wealth.

He emphasises that true wealth comes from being satisfied with what one has, which is a sentiment that is still relevant and valuable today.

A lovely definition of wealth: To be satisfied with what one has.

It resonated.

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