middot frugality quotes from the mussar masters

from the mussar masters

Written by  riverton mussar


Amen, I say to you, it is difficult for a rich person to enter the kingdom of Heaven. Moreover, I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of G-d.”  Mashiach Yeshua, Matthew 19:23-24, DHE

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rottenness consume them, and thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in the heavens, where moths and rottenness do not consume them, and thieves do not break in and steal." 

Mashiach Yeshua, Matthew 6:19-21, DHE

Ben Zoma said : "Who is wealthy? One who is happy with his lot.” Avot 4:1

“The lover of pleasure will be a man who lacks; the lover of wine and oil will not grow rich.” Proverbs 21:17

"Whoever possesses the following three traits is of the disciples of our forefather Abraham: … a good eye [generosity], a humble spirit [humility], and a modest soul [frugality]." Avot 5:19

 “A desirable treasure and oil endures in the abode of the wise, but the fool of a man swallows it up.” Proverbs 21:20

 On taking frugality to an extreme, it is said: “In the future world, a man will have to give an accounting for every good thing his eyes saw, but of which he did not eat.” Talmud, Kiddushin 4:12

“It is forbidden to cause the oil in a lamp to burn too quickly, thus wasting fuel.” Talmud, Shabbat 67b

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