Wealth and Poverty from a Buddhist and a Literary Perspective

There is a saying in Tibetan that “at the door of the miserable rich man sleeps the contented beggar.” The point of this saying is not that poverty is a virtue, but that happiness does not come from wealth, but from setting limits to one’s desires, and living within those limits with satisfaction.
– The Dalai Lama

Or, as the great Maxwell Perkins put it, “The more a man is, the less he wants.”


Drawings by Maxwell Perkins