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I remember reading somewhere a proverb. I don't remember exactly how it went. I also vaguely remember it being African, but I'm probably wrong.

In a paraphrased form (in my head) it is: "The wealthy is not the one that has the most, but one that connects the most"

Is there an English proverb or idiomatic expression that express the concept I am referring to?

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  • You can ask only for English proverbs here, sorry. – user66974 Nov 5 '15 at 21:27
  • Well, I don't actually know where the proverb came from. I read it in English, so it might be English. – Andrey Nov 5 '15 at 21:30
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    "The richest people in the world build networks. Everyone else is trained to look for work." Robert Kiyosaki – ermanen Nov 5 '15 at 21:51
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There is this which is attributed to Euripides (Greek 480-406BC):

'It is a good thing to be rich, and it is a good thing to be strong, but it is a better thing to be loved of many friends.'

However, while Euripides has a great deal to say about the shallowness of the pursuit of wealth and power, I can't locate this exact text among his works.

This, however, can be verified from Euripides:

'The company of just and righteous men is better than wealth and a rich estate.'

From Euripide's 'Ægeus', Frag. 7.

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From Google.com/site/onlyquotations (but perhaps not idiomatic enough for proverb status):

Money might make you wealthy, but friends makes you rich.

This quote from C D Prentice [Inspirational Quotes] is perhaps worthy of being considered proverbial:

A single real friend is a treasure worth more than gold or precious stones.

Joseph Parry ['Brainyquotes'] nicely phrased the metaphor:

Make new friends, but keep the old; Those are silver, these are gold.

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There's an English proverb that expresses the sentiment that friends are better than money:

A friend in the court is better than a penny in the purse.

(Google Books)

Another one is:

A friend in the market is better than money in the chest.

(Google Books)

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