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24 May
QOTD - Scientific American, 5/24/00

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One great and growing sin of a national character is an inordinate desire
to get rich and rich in a hurry.  As wealth is the only aristocracy in
America, every man seems bent on attaining to that important distinction.
The 'haste to get rich' fosters a speculative spirit, and men rush
hap-hazard into schemes for the sudden acquisition of wealth.  Bubbles are
blown, consequently, all around us.  The man who amasses wealth thus
suddenly rarely retains it, while his momentary success lures thousands to
the same delusive pursuits.  What can be more fatal to society than such
	-- Scientific American, June 1850

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