Cicero's Stoic Paradoxes #6: only the wise man is wealthy


"Danaus the king of Argos was rich and powerful, but he had fifty daughters, and so had to pay for fifty dowries. How wealthy you are is not simply a matter of how much gold you have, but of whether you are able to satisfy your needs. The one who refuses to be satisfied with enough because there is more to acquire condemns himself to a life of poverty: his bank account is necessarily too small to supply him with the infinity of possessions he desires." Apology: A new translation of Plato's Defence of Socrates, Don Adams.