As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
—Jesus, Matthew 13.22 (English Standard Version)
Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?
—James 2.6-7 (ESV)
But the rich man—not to make any invidious comparison—is always sold to the institution which makes him rich.
—Henry David Thoreau, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience”