664) Proverbs on Thrift and Contentment

Enough is as good as a feast.

Beware of little expenses.

Always taking out of the meal-tub and never putting in, soon comes to the bottom.

Ask thy purse what thou should spend.

The borrower is servant to the lender.

The generous man enriches himself by giving; the miser hoards himself poor.

He is richest who is contented with least, for contentment is natural wealth.

He is well constituted who grieves not for what he has not, and rejoices for what he has.

He only is rich enough who has all he desires.

If you desire many things, the possession of many things will seem but little.

Wise and good is better than rich and great.

Prefer loss to unjust gain.

Creditors have better memories than debtors.

Debt is a heavy burden to an honest mind, but thievish borrowers make light of it.

Spending is quick, earning is slow.

It is easier to buy than to sell.

No man is free who does not command himself.

Nothing is so hard to bear well as prosperity.

Diligence is the mother of good luck.

There is as much room for happiness in a small house as in a big house.


Proverbs 6:6-11:

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
    no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
    and gathers its food at harvest.

How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
    When will you get up from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest—
and poverty will come on you like a thief
    and scarcity like an armed man.

Philippians 4:11-13  —   I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

I Timothy 6:7-8  —  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

Hebrews 13:5-6a  —  Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.”

Proverbs 15:16-17  —  Better a little with the fear of the Lord, than great wealth with turmoil.  Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.

Proverbs 17:1  —  Better a dry crust with peace and quiet, than a house full of feasting, with strife.