"When it is a question of money, everyone is of the same religion."
"I'd like to live like a poor man with lots of money."
"If you make money your god,
it will plague you like the devil."
"A banker warned the British poet Robert Graves that one could not grow rich writing poetry. He replied that if there was no money in poetry, there was certainly no poetry in money, and so it was all even."
"A liberal is a man who is willing to spend somebody else's money."
"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."
George Bernard Shaw
"I wish it were possible to (amend our) constitution with... an additional article taking from the federal government the power of borrowing."
Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor
"Money is truthful. If a man speaks of his honor, make him pay cash."
Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
"While boasting of our noble deeds we're careful to conceal the ugly fact that by an iniquitous money system we have nationalized a system of oppression which, though more refined, is not less cruel than the old system of chattel slavery."
"Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The Bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create deposits, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take it away from them, and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear and they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in. But, if you wish to remain the slaves of Bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create deposits."
Sir Josiah Stamp - President of the Bank of England in the 1920's, and the second richest man in Britain.
"One must choose, in life, between making money and spending it. There's no time to do both."
"Money has a power above
The stars and fate, to manage love:
Whose arrows, learned poets hold,
That never miss, are tipped with gold."
"The value of a dollar is social, as it is created by society."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Of mortals there is no one who is happy.
If wealth flows in upon one, one may be perhaps
Luckier than one's neighbor, but still not happy."
"Never ask of money spent
Where the spender thinks it went.
Nobody was ever meant
To remember or invent
What he did with every cent."
"Money is time. With money I buy for cheerful use the hours which otherwise would not in any sense be mine; nay, which would make me their miserable bondsman."
"If a man has money, it is usually a sign, too, that he knows how to take care of it; don't imagine his money is easy to get simply because he has plenty of it."
Edgar Watson Howe
"Capital as such is not evil;
it is its wrong use that is evil.
Capital in some form or other
will always be needed."
"Money is the representative
of a certain quantity of corn or other commodity.
It is so much warmth, so much bread."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The safest way to double your money
is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket."
"Many people think that by hoarding money
they are gaining safety for themselves.
If money is your ONLY hope for independence,
you will never have it. The only real security
that a person can have in this world
is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.
Without these qualities, money is practically useless."
"If you want to feel rich, just count all of the things you have that money can't buy."
"He that is of the opinion money will do everything
may well be suspected of doing everything for money."
"I was part of that strange race of people
aptly described as spending their lives
doing things they detest
to make money they don't want
to buy things they don't need
to impress people they dislike."
Emile Henry Gauvreau
"I'm not a driven businessman,
but a driven artist.
I never think about money.
Beautiful things make money."
"Prosperity is a way of living and thinking,
and not just money or things.
Poverty is a way of living and thinking,
and not just a lack of money or things."
"Money never starts an idea;
it is the idea that starts the money."
W. J. Cameron
"Lack of money is no obstacle.
Lack of an idea is an obstacle."
"Property may be destroyed
and money may lose its purchasing power;
but, character, health, knowledge and good judgment
will always be in demand under all conditions."
"We didn't actually overspend our budget. The allocation simply fell short of our expenditure."
"All I ask is the chance to prove that money can't make me happy."
"If you owe the bank $100 that's your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that's the bank's problem."
"The darkest hour of any man's life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it."
"Money, says the proverb, makes money. When you have got a little, it is often easy to get more."
"If a man runs after money, he's money-mad; if he keeps it, he's a capitalist; if he spends it, he's a playboy; if he doesn't get it, he's a ne'er-do-well; if he doesn't try to get it, he lacks ambition. If he gets it without working for it, he's a parasite; and if he accumulates it after a lifetime of hard work, people call him a fool who never got anything out of life."
Vic Oliver (1898-1964)
So Mister Moneybags, you're loaded? So?
You'll never take it with you when you go.
You've made your pile, but squandered time. Grown Old
you can't gloat over age like hoarded gold.
Tony Harrison, Palladas: Poems, 1975
"In societies of low civilisation, there is no money."
"He who tampers with the currency robs labor of its bread."
Daniel Webster, 15 Mar 1837
"I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest to make money they don't want to buy things they don't need to impress people they dislike."
Emile Henry Gauvreay
"Money can't buy friends. But you can afford a better class of enemy."