We claim to be rich; we are mistaken, we are poor, very poor, indeed, for the needs that we go on multiplying are a crowd of beggars that assault our home; each addition is a fresh charge upon us. We grow poorer as we add to our wants, for each fresh need, each desire for some new thing, increases the mob of supplicants. In appearance we may seem richer, but in fact we are tending towards absolute beggary, for we in our turn come to be always asking—asking that we may supply the needs that have become our masters.
- Msgr. Landriot
The rich differ in nothing from beggars, but in being more miserable, for beggars have need of little, and the rich of much.