The Richest Man in Babylon - George S. Clason (1926).

'A part of all you earn is yours to keep. It should be not less than a tenth no matter how little you earn. It can be as much more as you can afford. Pay yourself first. Do not buy from the clothes-maker and the sandal-maker more than you can pay out of the rest and still have enough for food and charity and penance to the Gods. 15.1

Wealth, like a tree, grows from a tiny seed. The first copper you save is the seed from which your tree of wealth shall grow. The sooner you plant that seed the sooner shall the tree grow. And the more faithfully you nourish and water that tree with consistent savings, the sooner may you bask in contentment beneath its shade. 15.2

"The first sound principle of investment is security for your principal. Is it wise to be intrigued by larger earnings when your principal may be lost? I say not. The penalty of risk is probable loss. Be not misled by romantic desires to make wealth rapidly." 34.

A small return and a safe one is far more desirable than risk. 21.

With more interest in my work, more concentration upon my task, more persistence in my effort, and, behold, few men could deliver in a day what I could. With reasonable promptness, my increased skill was rewarded, nor was it necessary for me to go six times to my employer to request a salary increment." 41.

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