Buying Happiness

For if neither thousands of gold or silver, nor any of the advantages or pleasures purchased thereby, can prevent our being miserable, it evidently follows that they cannot make us happy.

Are the rich and great the only happy men?  And is each of them more or less happy in proportion to his measure of riches?  Are they happy at all?  I had well nigh said, they of all men are the most miserable!

John Wesley (1748)