"Let us learn [...] not to call the rich lucky nor the poor unfortunate. Rather, if we are to tell the truth, the rich man is not the one who has collected many possessions but the one who needs few possessions; and the poor man is not the one who has no possessions but the one who has many desires. We ought to consider this the definition of poverty and wealth.... So if you see someone with few needs, you should count him the richest of all, even if he has acquired nothing."
- John Chrysostom, an early church father and a pastor in Antioch & Constantinople