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Gain is an increase in wealth, often through profit or an increase in value of an investment.


  • And if you mean to profit, learn to please.
  • As to pay, Sir, I beg leave to assure the Congress that as no pecuniary consideration could have tempted me to accept this arduous employment at the expense of my domestic ease and happiness, I do not wish to make any profit from it.
    • George Washington, in Congress on his appointment as Commander-in-Chief (June 16, 1775).

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 306.
  • Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.
  • Little pains
    In a due hour employ'd great profit yields.
  • Necesse est facere sumptum, qui quærit lucrum.
    • He who seeks for gain, must be at some expense.
    • Plautus, Asinaria, I, 3, 65.
  • Lucrum malum æquale dispendio.
    • An evil gain equals a loss.
    • Syrus, Maxims.
  • Hoc scitum'st periculum ex aliis facere, tibi quid ex usu sit.
    • From others' slips some profit from one's self to gain.
    • Terence, Heauton timorumenos, I, 2.
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