Who can live in poverty with peace of mind? How can one by happy with an empty stomach? How can one demonstrate love for one's family if he is unable to feed and house and clothe them? Poverty may be a privilege and even a way of life for a monk in the desert, for he has only himself to sustain and his god to please, but I consider poverty to be the mark of a lack of ability or a lack of ambition. I am not deficient in either of these qualities!
- Hafid speaking to Pathros in Og Mandino's The Greatest Salesman in the World