Did They Say That? Benjamin Franklin on Money and Happiness

September 9, 2008

“Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.”

Benjamin Franklin

There seems to be a recurring theme in the Did They Say That section. Money does not produce happiness. And prosperity is much more than mere money. Benjamin Franklin knew that money by itself cannot produce happiness. That’s why there are so many rich people who are not happy, but are actually miserable.

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2 Responses to “Did They Say That? Benjamin Franklin on Money and Happiness”

  1. Skeptic Says:

    Money does not make happiness, but lack of money makes unhappiness, according to surveys I’ve seen.

  2. poor boomer Says:

    A lot of poor people would disagree. A little money would indeed fill a vacuum in my life.


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