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Quotations about Money
The safe way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket. ~Frank Hubbard
I am having an out of money experience. ~Author Unknown
If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning. ~Aristotle Onassis
Money is much more exciting than anything it buys. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
The only thing that can console one for being poor is extravagance. ~Oscar Wilde
Money isn't the most important thing in life, but it's reasonably close to oxygen on the "gotta have it" scale. ~Zig Ziglar
The world turns on a dime, the same now as it always has — which is to say, money makes the world go 'round. It's also what makes the world go spinning out of control. ~Joe Murray, "History updates current events," Spartanburg Herald-Journal, May 10th 1992
The little money I have — that is my wealth, but the things I have for which I would not take money, that is my treasure. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Modern man is one who drives a mortgaged car over a bond financed highway on credit card gas! ~Cy N. Peace, 1957
Earth gets its price for what Earth gives us;
The beggar is taxed for a corner to die in,
The priest hath his fee who comes and shrives us,
We bargain for the graves we lie in;
Each ounce of dross costs its ounce of gold...
'T is heaven alone that is given away,
'T is only God may be had for the asking;
There is no price set on the lavish summer,
And June may be had by the poorest comer.
~James Russell Lowell, The Vision of Sir Launfal
Money is human happiness in the abstract; and so the man who is no longer capable of enjoying such happiness in the concrete, sets his whole heart on money. ~Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga and Paralipomena, 1851
Money is the last enemy that shall never be subdued. While there is flesh there is money — or the want of money; but money is always on the brain so long as there is a brain in reasonable order. ~Samuel Butler, Notebooks, 1912
Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail. ~Henry Wheeler Shaw
When you let money speak for you, it drowns out anything else you meant to say. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
I wonder now if you ever remember...
Whether your June is all turned to December...
Gone are those winters of chats and of dances...
Gone the aroma of life's young romances...
Ah! well enough, as you dance on in joyance...
Fashion and riches will mask much annoyance...
~Christopher Pearse Cranch, "Marion Dale"
People are living longer than ever before, a phenomenon undoubtedly made necessary by the 30-year mortgage. ~Doug Larson
October: This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks in. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February. ~Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar for 1894
Few are aware that they want any thing, except pounds schillings and pence. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
I wish I'd said it first, and I don't even know who did: The only problems that money can solve are money problems. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
He that wants money, means, and content is without three good friends. ~William Shakespeare
Every one, even the richest and most munificent of men, pays much by cheque more light-heartedly than he pays little in specie. ~Max Beerbohm, "Hosts and Guests," 1918
If inflation continues to soar, you're going to have to work like a dog just to live like one. ~George Gobel
I once met an economist who believed that everything was fungible for money, so I suggested he enclose himself in a large bell-jar with as much money as he wanted and see how long he lasted. ~Amory Lovins
Money does not pay for anything, never has, never will. It is an economic axiom as old as the hills that goods and services can be paid for only with goods and services. ~Albert Jay Nock, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man, 1943
Money is nothing more than arrogance on paper. ~Hunter Brinkmeier
I'm tired of Love: I'm still more tired of Rhyme.
But Money gives me pleasure all the time.
~Hilaire Belloc, "Fatigued," Sonnets and Verse, 1923
In the old days a man who saved money was a miser; nowadays he's a wonder. ~Author Unknown
Money may be the husk of many things but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintance, but not friends; servants, but not loyalty; days of joy, but not peace or happiness. ~Henrik Ibsen
How quickly nature falls into revolt
When gold becomes her object!
For this the foolish over-careful fathers
Have broke their sleep with thoughts, their brains with care,
Their bones with industry.
[T]hose who live by numbers can also perish by them and it is a terrifying thing to have an adding machine write an epitaph, either way. ~George J.W. Goodman, The Money Game
Sometimes I think that all mankind
exist but to be bought and sold:
The rich man's paramour is gold,
the poor man's goddess, gold, gold, gold.
~Frederic Ridgely Torrence, The House of a Hundred Lights: A Psalm of Experience After Reading a Couplet of Bidpai, 1899
A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., speech, Boston, 1897 January 8th
Inflation is taxation without legislation. ~Milton Friedman
Those who believe money can do everything are frequently prepared to do everything for money. ~Author Unknown
I hire tea by the tea bag. ~Martin Amis, on renting the essentials of life after breaking up with a lover, Money: A Suicide Note (Thanks to bartleby.com for verifying the details of the source.)
Foul cankering rust the hidden treasure frets,
But gold that's put to use more gold begets.
~William Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis, 1593
Lack of money is the root of all evil. ~George Bernard Shaw
Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, 1857
If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. ~Henry Ford
We all know how the size of sums of money appears to vary in a remarkable way according as they are being paid in or paid out. ~Julian Huxley, Essays of a Biologist, 1923
A dollar picked up in the road is more satisfaction to us than the 99 which we had to work for, and the money won at Faro or in the stock market snuggles into our hearts in the same way. ~Mark Twain
It is natural that affluence should be followed by influence. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people. ~Logan Pearsall Smith
A woman's mink coat represents the sacrifice of a lot of little animals, including her husband. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
Money doesn't talk, it swears. ~Bob Dylan, "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)"
The best way for a person to have happy thoughts is to count his blessings and not his cash. ~Author Unknown
A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore. ~Yogi Berra
It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. ~Oscar Wilde
Do not value money for any more nor any less than its worth; it is a good servant but a bad master. ~Alexandre Dumas fils, Camille, 1852
Wallets are the fabricated items into which we put our fabricated money, which most people believe to be their possession of the realest value. ~Terri Guillemets
To suppose as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and stay sober. ~Logan Pearsall Smith
If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion. ~George Bernard Shaw
If the nation's economists were laid end to end, they would point in all directions. ~Arthur H. Motley
Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a refund from the IRS, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with. ~From a Washington Post word contest
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. ~Norman Vincent Peale
A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money. ~W.C. Fields
He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has. ~Henry Ward Beecher
By the time I have money to burn, my fire will have burnt out. ~Author Unknown
That money talks
I'll not deny,
I heard it once:
It said, "Goodbye."
Money and women. They're two of the strongest things in the world. The things you do for a woman you wouldn't do for anything else. Same with money. ~Satchel Paige
Those who set out to serve both God and Mammon soon discover that there is no God. ~Logan Pearsall Smith
But tell me: how did gold get to be the highest value? Because it is uncommon and useless and gleaming and gentle in its brilliance; it always gives itself. Only as an image of the highest virtue did gold get to be the highest value. The giver's glance gleams like gold. A golden brilliance concludes peace between the moon and the sun. Uncommon is the highest virtue and useless, it is gleaming and gentle in its brilliance: a gift-giving virtue is the highest virtue. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
We ought to change the legend on our money from "In God We Trust" to "In Money We Trust." Because, as a nation, we've got far more faith in money these days than we do in God. ~Arthur Hoppe, 1963
Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. ~Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism, 1891