A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus.
— Thomas Carlyle

Dog. A kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world's worship.
Ambrose Bierce surpluses quote

A man with a surplus can control circumstances, but a man without a surplus is controlled by them, and often has no opportunity to exercise judgment.
— Harvey S. Firestone

We estimate the wisdom of nations by seeing what they did with their surplus capital.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.
— surpluses quotation by Andrew Carnegie