What do men demand of Fortune: to banish need with plenty? The more your plenty the greater your care to house, maintain and guard it. Have you no personal good within yourself that you must seek external things to give you value? Do you, a reasoning man, only appear splendid to yourself in the possession of dead objects? Man is better than other things only when he knows himself; no other animal has this ability.
— Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy