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The art: Tina Barney, The Son, 1987.

The news:Secret Fears of the Super-Rich: Does great wealth bring fulfillment? An ambitious study by Boston College suggests not. For the first time, researchers prompted the very rich - people with fortunes in excess of $25 million - to speak candidly about their lives. The result is a surprising litany of anxieties: their sense of isolation, their worries about work and love, and most of all, their fears for their children,” by Graeme Wood in The Atlantic.

The source: Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Money doesn’t buy happiness, but having no money pretty much guarantees misery.

(this post was reblogged from 3rdofmay)
Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.

Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, Ch. 12

People say “money can’t buy happiness.” Maybe so, but you know what? Having no money (or spending your way there) is a sure route to misery. Oh, this too…how to count Victorian currency.