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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money. ~Joe Weinstein

The economy depends about as much on economists as the weather does on weather forecasters. ~Jean-Paul Kauffmann

I don't know if I can live on my income or not — the government won't let me try it. ~Bob Thaves, "Frank & Ernest"

People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can't live within its income. ~Robert Half

My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income. ~Errol Flynn

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

Inflation hasn't ruined everything. A dime can still be used as a screwdriver. ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Budget: a mathematical confirmation of your suspicions. ~A.A. Latimer

People are living longer than ever before, a phenomenon undoubtedly made necessary by the 30-year mortgage. ~Doug Larson

When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat? ~Chuck Palahniuk

It isn't so much that hard times are coming; the change observed is mostly soft times going. ~Groucho Marx

If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments. ~Earl Wilson

The waste of money cures itself, for soon there is no more to waste. ~M.W. Harrison

October: This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks in. The other are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February. ~Mark Twain

If inflation continues to soar, you're going to have to work like a dog just to live like one. ~George Gobel

In the old days a man who saved money was a miser; nowadays he's a wonder. ~Author Unknown

Inflation is taxation without legislation. ~Milton Friedman

There are so many men who can figure costs, and so few who can measure values. ~Author Unknown

The only reason a great many American families don't own an elephant is that they have never been offered an elephant for a dollar down and easy weekly payments. ~Mad Magazine

The only man who sticks closer to you in adversity than a friend is a creditor. ~Author Unknown

Who goeth a borrowing
Goeth a sorrowing.
~Thomas Tusser

Promises make debt, and debt makes promises. ~Dutch Proverb

Debt is the worst poverty. ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

Today, there are three kinds of people: the have's, the have-not's, and the have-not-paid-for-what-they-have's. ~Earl Wilson

When a man is in love or in debt, someone else has the advantage. ~Bill Balance

Credit buying is much like being drunk. The buzz happens immediately and gives you a lift.... The hangover comes the day after. ~Joyce Brothers

Bankruptcy stared me in the face, but one thought kept me calm; soon I'd be too poor to need an anti-theft alarm. ~Gina Rothfels

There is much in the world to make us afraid. There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid. ~Frederick W. Cropp

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ~Thomas Fuller

Money doesn't talk, it swears. ~Bob Dylan

If people behaved like governments, you'd call the cops. ~Kelvin Throop

Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt. ~Herbert Hoover, attributed

A survey says that American workers work the first three hours every day just to pay their taxes. So that's why we can't get anything done in the morning: We're government workers. ~Jay Leno

Everybody wants to eat at the government's table, but nobody wants to do the dishes. ~Werner Finck

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you count all your assets, you always show a profit. ~Robert Quillen

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith. ~Author Unknown

The key to making money in stocks is not to get scared out of them. ~Peter Lynch

Goodness is the only investment that never fails. ~Henry David Thoreau

We can't quite decide if the world is growing worse, or if the reporters are just working harder. ~The Houghton Line, November 1965

George Washington is the only president who didn't blame the previous administration for his troubles. ~Joke from the 1960s

Who is rich? He who rejoices in his portion. ~The Talmud

Thrift was never more necessary in the world's history than it is today. ~Francis H. Sisson

He who does not economize will have to agonize. ~Confucius

It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose your own. ~Harry S Truman

[O]f all the aspects of social misery nothing is so heartbreaking as unemployment. ~Jane Addams, 1910

If things go wrong, don't go with them. ~Roger Babson

A hundredload of worry will not pay an ounce of debt. ~George Herbert

Worry bankrupts the spirit. ~Terri Guillemets

The gap in our economy is between what we have and what we think we ought to have — and that is a moral problem, not an economic one. ~Paul Heyne

Politicians say they're beefing up our economy. Most don't know beef from pork. ~Harold Lowman

The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. ~Ronald Reagan

Economic advance is not the same thing as human progress. ~John Clapham, 1920s

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

If all the economists in this country were laid end to end, they would never reach a conclusion. ~Author unknown

If the nation's economists were laid end to end, they would point in all directions. ~Arthur H. Motley

They talk about the economy this year. Hey, my hairline is in recession, my waistline is in inflation. Altogether, I'm in a depression. ~Rick Majerus

I'm proud to pay taxes in the United States; the only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money. ~Arthur Godfrey

Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents? ~Peg Bracken

Another difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time the legislature meets. ~Robert Quillen, "Paragraphs," Lincoln Star (Nebraska), 1931 April 6th

Man is not like other animals in the ways that are really significant: animals have instincts, we have taxes. ~Erving Goffman

Is it my imagination, or does shipping and handling settle a box of crackers more than it used to? ~Robert Brault,

A person doesn't know how much he has to be thankful for until he has to pay taxes on it. ~Author Unknown

Friends and neighbors complain that taxes are indeed very heavy, and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might the more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us. We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly. ~Benjamin Franklin

The safe way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket. ~Frank Hubbard

We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs. ~Gloria Steinem

Car sickness is the feeling some persons get when each month's installment comes due. ~The Speaker's Book of Illustrations by Herbert V. Prochnow, 1960

Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair. ~Sam Ewing

You bankers only lend a man an umbrella when it is a fine day. ~Author unknown, quoted in The Accountant, Vol. XXXII, 1905, a later variation of this ("A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain") has been commonly attributed to Mark Twain (Thanks, Garson O'Toole!)

A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it. ~Bob Hope

O Gold! I still prefer thee unto paper,
Which makes bank credit like a bark of vapour.
~Lord Byron

Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons. ~Woody Allen

It's a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money. ~Albert Camus

I'm so poor I can't even pay attention. ~Ron Kittle, 1987

We live by the Golden Rule. Those who have the gold make the rules. ~Buzzie Bavasi

I am having an out-of-money experience. ~Author unknown

Money isn't the most important thing in life, but it's reasonably close to oxygen on the "gotta have it" scale. ~Zig Ziglar

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

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 nickel ain't worth a dime anymore. ~Yogi Berra

That money talks
I'll not deny,
I heard it once:
It said, "Goodbye."
~Richard Armour

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

My poverty is not complete: it lacks me. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

The time is ripe, and rotten-ripe, for change...
[Truth's] mirror is turned forward, to reflect
The promise of the future, not the past...
~James Russell Lowell, "A Glance Behind the Curtain"

Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. ~Author Unknown

So long as all the increased wealth which modern progress brings goes but to build up great fortunes, to increase luxury and make sharper the contrast between the House of Have and the House of Want, progress is not real and cannot be permanent. ~Henry George, Progress and Poverty, 1879

Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence — those are the three pillars of Western prosperity. ~Aldous Huxley, Island

The human race has had long experience and a fine tradition in surviving adversity. But we now face a task for which we have little experience, the task of surviving prosperity. ~Alan Gregg

The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life. ~Theodore Roosevelt

Punishment is now unfashionable... because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility. ~Thomas Szasz

Poverty, Frost, Famine, Rain, Disease, are the beadles and guardsmen that hold us to Common Sense. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to create an artificial shortage of fish and he will eat steak. ~Jay Leno

Government in the U.S. today is a senior partner in every business in the country. ~Norman Cousins

There are plenty of ways to get ahead. The first is so basic I'm almost embarrassed to say it: spend less than you earn. ~Paul Clitheroe

No man's credit is as good as his money. ~E.W. Howe, Sinner Sermons

Who recalls when folks got along without something if it cost too much? ~Kin Hubbard

To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another. ~Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved

Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is. ~German Proverb

He who fears something gives it power over him. ~Moorish Proverb

He who fears to suffer, suffers from fear. ~French Proverb

This morning, prompted by increasing concerns about terrorism, oil prices reached a record high as the cost of a barrel of crude is a whopping $44.34. Wow, it seems shocking that a product of finite supply gets more expensive the more we use it. Now the terror alert means higher oil prices, which oddly enough means higher profits for oil companies giving them more money to give to politicians whose policies may favor the oil companies such as raising the terror alert level. As Simba once told us: "It's the circle of life." ~Jon Stewart

Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want — and their kids pay for it. ~Richard Lamm, c.1986

When government accepts responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves. ~George Pataki

Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists. ~John Kenneth Galbraith

Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home. ~William Ewart Gladstone

Never get discouraged at difficulties... When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you could n't hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that 's just the place and time that the tide 'll turn. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe, "Last Days in Cloudland," Oldtown Folks, 1869

Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings. ~Victor Hugo

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. ~Author unknown, commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin

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

Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity. ~Goethe

Luxury: The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house as a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master. ~Khalil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923

Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship. ~Benjamin Franklin

Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden. ~Orson Scott Card

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. ~Leo Buscaglia

Do not be afraid of tomorrow; for God is already there. ~Author Unknown

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