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Upton Sinclair, ed. (1878–1968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest.  1915.
 
Concerning Wealth. II.
(From the Instructions of Ptah-Hotep)

By Ptah-Hotep

(Egyptian, B.C. 3550; the oldest book in the world)
 
IF thou be great, after being of no account, and hast gotten riches after squalor, being foremost in these in the city, and hast knowledge concerning useful matters, so that promotion is come unto thee; then swathe not thine heart in thine hoard, for thou art become a steward of the endowment of the God. Thou art not the last, others shall be thine equal, and to them shall come what has come to thee.  1
 
 
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