He who comes for the inheritance is often made to pay for the funeral.
What madness it is for a man to starve himself to enrich his heir, and so turn a friend into an enemy! For his joy at your death will be proportioned to what you leave him.
And Happy always was it for that son – Whose father for his hoarding went to hell. (Henry VI)
We inherit nothing truly, but what our actions make us worthy of.
I have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul.
When you have a fortune that is almost hard to imagine, the best thing is not to pass that on to one’s children. That distorts their life situation. (upon giving $100 million to fight the spread of HIV and AIDS in India)
Enjoy what thou has inherited from thy sires if thou wouldst really possess it. What we employ and use is never an oppressive burden; what the moment brings forth, that only can it profit by.
Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. And it is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow and triumphs that are the aftermath of war.
A man’s qualities are not divisible among his heirs.
Say not you know another entirely, till you have divided an inheritance with him.