A man ought to be so much larger than anything he piles about himself; he ought to tower so far above his possessions that they would scarcely be noticed because of the superiority of his own great dominant character.
When one allows mere things to dictate his entire career, his coming and going, his life policy, he evolves a pretty small specimen of a man.
A human being who is a mere puppet tossed hither and thither by his fortune, who is its slave, as it were; merely a guard to watch over it is indeed a pitiful sight.
On the other hand, what an inspiring sight is a real human giant, a noble soul, a great manly man who so towers above and completely dominates his possessions that they are mere tools in his hands, which he uses to help and inspire others.
If he has a fortune, he makes it a power for good because he is himself a superior force.
O. S. Marsden