The Scramble for Wealth

We must expect for a long time yet to see capitalists still striving to obtain the highest possible profits.

Lots Road Power Station, Kensington & Chelsea, SW10

But observe, that the passion for wealth is certainly in some senses new. It grew up very rapidly at the beginning of the present century; it was not so strong in the last century, when men were much more content to lead a quiet easy life of leisure.

Lots Road Power Station, Kensington & Chelsea, SW10

The change has really influenced the relations between men; but in the future it is quite possible that the scramble for wealth may grow less intense, and a change in the opposite direction take place.

From Arnold Toynbee’s Lectures on The Industrial Revolution in England (1884)

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