it is better to be born lucky than rich

1639 J. CLARKE Parœmiologia Anglo-Latina 49 Better to have good fortune then be a rich mans child.

1784 New Foundling Hospital for Wit (new ed.) IV. 128 Estate and honours!—mere caprich! Better be fortunate than rich: Since oft me find..Is verify’d what proverbs prate.

1846 M. A. DENHAM Denham Tracts (1892) I. 224 Better to be born lucky than rich.

1926 D. H. LAWRENCE in Harper’s Bazaar July 97 ‘Then what is luck, mother?’ ‘It’s what causes you to have money. If you are lucky you have money. That’s why it’s better to be born lucky than rich. If you’re rich you may lose your money. But if you’re lucky, you will always get more money.’

1980 T. MORGAN Somerset Maugham XV. This was Maugham at his most lighthearted, exposing the fallacy of the moralist position. ‘I’m glad to be able to tell you that it has a moral,’ he said, ‘and that is: it’s better to be born lucky than to be born rich.’


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