Many summaries and reviews have been written on this timeless classic. I will not be doing an exhaustive book report, but more sharing of my favorite quotes and perhaps my thoughts on the principles taught.
The first chapter of The Richest Man In Babylon is entitled The Man Who Desired Gold. The characters in the chapter are:
Bansir – a chariot builder who finds himself unhappy, poor and longing for a better life.
Kobbi – a musician and Basir’s good friend. Also broke and wishing for better circumstances.
Arkad – The richest man in Babylon. A childhood friend of Bansir and Kobbi who had no more than them in their youth.
Bansir and Kobbi reflect upon their financial misery and decide to ask advice from their friend Arkad who was wealthy beyond all else.
“A Man’s wealth is not in the purse he carries. A fat purse quickly empties if there be no golden stream to refill it.” – Kobbi
“It costs nothing to ask wise advice from a good friend…” – Bansir
“Thou makest me to realize the reason why we have never found any measure of wealth. We never sought it… In thos things toward which we exerted our best endeavors we succeeded.” – Kobbi