I am still astounded by the clarity of the statement by Dickens and finance, (from a very short post I did when I first started writing this tome) :
“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, 1849
An astoundingly clear observation even in Victorian times, spend less than you make and you are doing fine, why is that message so hard to understand?
Oh, you’d like a quote from a Christmas Carol?
“Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it.”
Dickens and Finance: A Festive View
There is your money quote, and then you can have a more festive quote:
” . . . every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.” to the man who “knew how to keep Christmas well”
A festive thought for this season too.