„2591. If I leave thee a moderate Fortune, as my Father left me, and thou provest wise and virtuous, it will be sufficient. It's none of the least of God's Favours, that Wealth comes not trolling in upon us; for many of us should have been worse, if our Estates had been better.“
— Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734
These precepts were first collected as advice for Fuller's son John. Compare Poor Richard's Almanack (1751) : Many a Man would have been worse, if his Estate had been better.