The Miser

July 16, 2013

I read this in Robert Greene’s The 48 Laws of Power*:

The Miser

A miser, to make sure of his property, sold all that he had and converted it into a great lump of gold, which he hid in a hole in the ground, and went continually to visit and inspect it. This roused the curiosity of one of his workmen, who, suspecting that there was a treasure, when his master’s back was turned, went to the spot and stole it away. When the miser returned and found the place empty, he wept and tore his hair. But a neighbor who saw him in this extravagant grief, and learned the cause of it, said: “Fret thyself no longer, but take a stone and put it in the same place, and think that is your lump of gold; For, as you never meant to use it, the one will do you as much good as the other. ” The worth of money is not in his possession but in its use. – Fables, Aesop, Sixth Century BC

2 responses to The Miser

  1. There is comfort in gold. Not so much in stone

  2. Love those Aesop s fables.