The Difference between Knowledge and Wealth
Once a group of ten learned men asked Imam Ali (A.S.) the difference between knowledge and wealth.
The Imam answered:
Knowledge is the legacy of the prophets; wealth is the inheritance of the Pharaohs. Therefore, knowledge is better than wealth.
You guard your wealth but knowledge guards you. Therefore, knowledge is better than wealth.
A man of wealth has many enemies, while a man of knowledge has many friends. Hence, knowledge is better.
Knowledge is better because it increases with distribution, while wealth decreases by that act.
Knowledge is better because a learned man is apt to be generous while a wealthy person is apt to be miserly.
Knowledge is better because it is boundless while wealth is limited and you have to keep account of it.
Knowledge is better because it illuminates the mind while wealth is apt to blacken it.
Knowledge is better because knowledge induced the humanity in our Prophet to say to God "We worship You as we are Your servants"while
wealth made the Pharaoh and Nimrod vain which made them claim to be God.