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- I worship freedom; I abhor restraint, trouble, dependence. As long as the money in my purse lasts, it assures my independence; it relieves me of the trouble of finding expedients to replenish it, a necessity which has always inspired me with dread; but the fear of seeing it exhausted makes me hoard it carefully. The money which a man possesses is the instrument of freedom.; that which we eagerly pursue is the instrument of slavery. Therefore I hold fast to that which I have, and desire nothing.
- The question is not put how far extends
- His piety, but what he yearly spends;
- Quick, to the business; how he lives and eats;
- How largely gives; how splendidly he treats;
- How many thousand acres feed his sheep;
- What are his rents; what servants does he keep?
- The account is soon cast up; the judges rate
- Our credit in the court by our estate.