Thursday 8 December 2016

Looking back for the future

Published 20/11/2010 | 05:00

Now that we know the full extent of how much our bankers have fumbled in their greasy tills, I am reminded of the words of Seneca, the Hispano-Roman poet-cum-philosopher.

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"What does it matter how much a man has laid up in his safe, or in his warehouse, how large are his flocks and how fat his dividends, if he covets his neighbour's property, and reckons, not his past gains, but his hopes of gains to come?

"Do you ask what is the proper limit to wealth? It is, first, to have what is necessary, and, second, to have what is enough." (Epistles Book 1)

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