Wealth and the acquisition of wealth are definitely interesting, contentious topics. Swami Vivekananda discussed these in many of his lectures. So here are 17 Swami Vivekananda quotes about wealth.
Pursue Wealth without Attachment
If you desire wealth, and know at the same time that the whole world regards him who aims at wealth as a very wicked man, you, perhaps, will not dare to plunge into the struggle for wealth, yet your mind will be running day and night after money. This is hypocrisy and will serve no purpose. Plunge into the world, and then, after a time, when you have suffered and enjoyed all that is in it, will renunciation come; then will calmness come. - Each Is Great In His Own Place, Karma Yoga, Volume 1
A householder who does not struggle to get wealth is immoral. If he is lazy and content to lead an idle life, he is immoral, because upon him depend hundreds. If he gets riches, hundreds of others will be thereby supported. - Each Is Great In His Own Place, Karma Yoga, Volume 1
Going after wealth in such a case is not bad, because that wealth is for distribution. The householder is the center of life and society. It is a worship for him to acquire and spend wealth nobly, for the householder who struggles to become rich by good means and for good purposes is doing practically the same thing for the attainment of salvation as the anchorite does in his cell when he is praying; for in them we see only the different aspects of the same virtue of self-surrender and self-sacrifice prompted by the feeling of devotion to God and to all that is His. - Each Is Great In His Own Place, Karma Yoga, Volume 1
When we are healthy and young, we think that all the wealth of the world will be ours, and when later we get kicked about by society like footballs and get older, we sit in a corner and croak and throw cold water on the enthusiasm of others. Few men know that with pleasure there is pain, and with pain, pleasure; and as pain is disgusting, so is pleasure, as it is the twin brother of pain. - Steps to Realization, Lectures, Volume 1
Man cannot be satisfied by wealth. - Realization, Jnana Yoga, Volume 2