„To get rich is glorious!“
Deng is commonly quoted with this phrase in western media but there is no proof that he actually said it
However, this phrase in Chinese is more accurately translated as ""wealth is glorious,"" where wealth can have a very general meaning, including knowledge, personal relationships, family: anything of value. Understood this way, the quote is not as directly controversial as a ideological/political statement, and so it is not hard to believe that he really did say this.
Misattributed or apocryphal
Original: (zh) 致富光荣
— Russell Conwell American academic administrator 1843 - 1925
Acres of Diamonds (1915)
— L. Ron Hubbard American science fiction author, philosopher, cult leader, and the founder of the Church of Scientology 1911 - 1986
Response to a question from the audience during a meeting of the Eastern Science Fiction Association on (7 November 1948), as quoted in a 1994 affidavit by Sam Moskowitz.
This statement is similar or identical to several statements http://www.bible.ca/scientology-1million-start-a-religion.htm Hubbard is reported to have made to various individuals or groups in the 1940s. Variants include:
The incident is stamped indelibly in my mind because of one statement that Ron Hubbard made. What led him to say what he did I can't recall — but in so many words Hubbard said: "I'd like to start a religion. That's where the money is!"
L. Ron Hubbard to Lloyd A. Eshbach, in 1949; as quoted by Eshbach in his autobiography Over My Shoulder: Reflections On A Science Fiction Era (1983) ISBN 1-880418-11-8 .
Y'know, we're all wasting our time writing this hack science fiction! You wanta make real money, you gotta start a religion!
As reported to Mike Jittlov by Theodore Sturgeon as a statement Hubbard made while at the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society clubhouse in the 1940s.
Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wanted to make a million dollars, the best way to do it would be start his own religion.
As quoted in the Los Angeles Times (27 August 1978)
Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.
As quoted in the article "Scientology: Anatomy of a Frightening Cult" by Eugene H. Methvin. Reader's Digest (May 1980).
I always knew he was exceedingly anxious to hit big money — he used to say he thought the best way to do it would be to start a cult.
Sam Merwin, Editor of Thrilling Science Fiction magazine Winter of 1946-47; quoted in Bare-Faced Messiah, The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard (1987) by Russell Miller
Whenever he was talking about being hard up he often used to say that he thought the easiest way to make money would be to start a religion.
Neison Himmel, briefly a roommate of Hubbard in Pasadena during the fall of 1945, in a 1986 interview, quoted in Bare-Faced Messiah, The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard (1987) by Russell Miller.
— Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946
Fuente: Everybody’s Autobiography (1937), Ch. 3
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Fuente: The Great Gatsby
„Man should possess an infinite appetite for life. It should be self-evident to him, all the time, that life is superb, glorious, endlessly rich, infinitely desirable.“
— Colin Wilson, libro The Philosopher's Stone
Fuente: The Philosopher's Stone (1969), p. 317-318
Contexto: Man should possess an infinite appetite for life. It should be self-evident to him, all the time, that life is superb, glorious, endlessly rich, infinitely desirable. At present, because he is in a midway position between the brute and the truly human, he is always getting bored, depressed, weary of life. He has become so top-heavy with civilisation that he cannot contact the springs of pure vitality. Control of the prefrontal cortex will change all of this. He will cease to cast nostalgic glances towards the womb, for he will realise that death is no escape. Man is a creature of life and the daylight; his destiny lies in total objectivity.
„If you are rich, you have to be an idiot not to stay rich. And if you are poor, you have to be really smart to get rich.“
— John Green American author and vlogger 1977
The Greek Debt Crisis Explained in Four Minutes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEVqeaFHsHE
— Deng Xiaoping Chinese politician, Paramount leader of China 1904 - 1997
"Nanxun" (Southern Tour) of 1992. Quoted in The Economist http://www.economist.com/node/639652 (31 May 2001). A summarization of several quotations from Deng Xiaoping, known in Chinese as, "让一部分人先富起来", News of the Communist Party of China http://cpc.people.com.cn/GB/34136/2569304.html World Development Report 2009 https://books.google.com/books?id=ZkDE5CxAqHcC&pg=PA73&lpg=PA73&dq=%22some+areas+must+get+rich+before+others%22&source=bl&ots=ezli3nfD8W&sig=ACfU3U2wto-q9C3waDTgnGgB2xLgodbruA&hl=en&sa=X The Nanxun Legacy and China's Development in the Post-Deng Era https://books.google.com/books?id=jDJqDQAAQBAJ&pg=PA202&dq=%22to+get+rich+first%22&hl=en&sa=X.
Misattributed or apocryphal
— Françoise Sagan, libro Dans un mois, dans un an
Dans un mois, dans un an (1957, Those Without Shadows, translated 1957)
— Karl Marx German philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist and revolutionary socialist 1818 - 1883
Attributed to Leo Tolstoy in Romance and Reality (1912) by Holbrook Jackson.
„Most rich people get rich by taking what they want without paying for it. It’s the way of the world.“
— John Brunner, libro The Tides of Time
Fuente: The Tides of Time (1984), Chapter 5 (p. 83)
— James Russell Lowell, A Fable for Critics
A Fable for Critics (1848)
— Conor McGregor Irish mixed martial artist and boxer 1988
UFC 178 post-event press conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAAC34JzxS0 (September 2014), Ultimate Fighting Championship, Zuffa, LLC
— Jeffrey D. Sachs American economist 1954
"Good Reads" w:Good Reads, https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6440.Jeffrey_D_Sachs
— Harry Truman American politician, 33rd president of the United States (in office from 1945 to 1953) 1884 - 1972
Harry S Truman, quoted in Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S Truman by Merle Miller, 1973-1974 SBN 425-02664-7 LOC 73-87198, Berkeley Medallion Edition, October, 1974, Chapter 10. "The Only Defeat − and Then Victory", pg. 134.
Similarly, "An honest public servant can't become rich in politics." - Truman's diary, 24 April 1954.
„The dreams of the rich, and the dreams of the poor—they never overlap, do they?See, the poor dream all their lives of getting enough to eat and looking like the rich. And what do the rich dream of?Losing weight and looking like the poor.“
— Aravind Adiga, libro The White Tiger
The Sixth Night.
The White Tiger (2008)
— Mitch Hedberg American stand-up comedian 1968 - 2005
Do You Believe in Gosh?
— Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946
Campaign Rally in South Carolina http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/donald-trump-campaign-speech-lindsey-graham