"Wealth is freedom.

It isn’t a thing, nor is it any accumulation of things. Above all, it isn’t a certain number of dollars in net worth. There are, after all, families who would feel wealthy beyond words to have a net worth of $500,000, and others for whom $5 million wouldn’t begin to be enough.

Wealth is freedom. At the very least, wealth frees you from financial worry about what will happen to you, and to your children. No matter how much money you have, if you’re still worried, you aren’t wealthy. Freedom from financial fear is thus wealth’s negative accomplishment.

Beyond that, wealth is the positive freedom to live the kind of life that is meaningful to you, even – and especially – when you no longer work to earn an income. When your investments, as distinctly opposed to the sweat of your brow, will provide you sufficient income to live a full and joyful life, you are truly wealthy – because you are truly free.”

Simple Wealth, Inevitable Wealth by Nick Murray