Five Financial Lessons From Charles Dickens

Since I’ve been on a Charles Dickens kick of late, I thought I would share with you some of my five favorite Charles Dickens quotes that have an economic angle, and share with you what they mean to me:

“Although Oliver had been brought up by philosophers, he was not theoretically acquainted with the beautiful axiom that self-preservation is the first law of nature.” –Dickens, Oliver Twist

The first law of charity is that we need to make sure that we ourselves become self-sufficient. Obligations should be viewed in ascending order: your first obligation is to your immediate nuclear family, your secondary obligation is to your extended family and close friends, then your local community, then your town, state, country, and so on. You don’t want to be one of those people who feels good about donating to the celebrity cause blasting on the television while ignoring the local hardships … Read the rest of this article!