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What you enjoy is yours; what you save for your heirs, is already not yours, but theirs.

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Never say you know a man until you have divided an inheritance with him.

Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801) Swiss theologian and poet.

Die and endow a college or a cat.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English poet and satirist.

Men sooner forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony.

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) Italian political philosopher and statesman.

An infinitude of tenderness is the chief gift and inheritance of all truly great men.

John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.


The are of will-making chiefly consists in baffling the importunity of expectation.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.

But thousands die without or this or that, die, and endow a college, or a cat: To some, indeed, Heaven grants the happier fate, Tenrich a bastard, or a son they hate.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English poet and satirist.

No legacy is so rich as honestly.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

Those in supreme power always suspect and hate their next heir.

Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117) Roman historian.

To inherit property is not to be born -- it is to be still-born, rather.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.