Money Quotes

Most popular money quotes

Seek wealth, not money or status. Wealth is having assets that earn while you sleep. Money is how we transfer time and wealth. Status is your place in the social hierarchy.

status wealth

Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did.

poverty

The way to get rich is to keep $10 million in your checking account in case a good deal comes along.

investing wealth

Money is not free speech.  Money is the volume control on the speech that is not free.

freedom of speech

All worship money.

human nature

Money is a kind of poetry.
Money is the seed of money.
Money and art
are far apart.

art

Money doesn't talk, it swears.
β€” Bob Dylan (Bringing it all Back Home)
Ready money is Aladdin's lamp.
When money talks, few are deaf.
Money is the wise man's religion.
Happiness does not buy you money.
β€” Warren Buffett (Forbes, April 1997; Lincoln journal Star, October 2005)

happiness

Money is a poor man's credit card.
Money talksβ€”but credit has an echo.
Money is the sinews of love, as of war.
Money is the mother's milk of politics.

politics

Money is human happiness in the abstract.

happiness

Money is a good servant but a bad master.
β€” French proverb

French proverbs proverbs

The love of money is the root of all evil.
β€” The Bibleβ€”I Timothy 6:10

biblical evil greed

There is nothing so habit-forming as money.
Do not work to make money for money's sake.
Never bet your money on another man's game.

wisdom

It is better to live rich than to die rich.

wealth

Honey is the best bait to fish for man with.
Every dollar is a soldier that does your bidding.
Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money.
The measure of every human being is God, not money.
β€” Pope Francis (Annual Message to Educational Communities, Easter 2002)

God

Money is far more persuasive than logical arguments.
The most popular labor-saving device is still money.
I don't like money, actually, but it quiets my nerves.
The most efficient labor-saving device is still money.
The price we have to pay for money is paid in liberty.
Money is the fruit of evil, as often as the root of it.
Money changes people just as often as it changes hands.

human nature

Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul.
Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.
Money speaks sense in a language all nations understand.
We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation.
Money as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil.
Money cannot buy
The fuel of Love
But is excellent kindling.
Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.

funny

The value of a dollar is social, as it is created by society.
Money still talks, but it has to catch its breath more often.
β€” Parts Pups
If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil.

proverbs

Money couldn't buy friends but you got a better class of enemy.
Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.
It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.
That money talks
I'll not deny,
I heard it once,
it said goodbye.
Money often costs too much, and power and pleasure are not cheap.
When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.
There are only two things wrong with money: too much or too little.
β€” Charles Bukowski (The Captain is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship)
There is nothing more demoralizing than a small but adequate income.
Anybody with money to burn will easily find someone to tend the fire.
β€” Pocket Crossword Puzzles

foolishness

When a man says money can do anything, that settles it; he hasn't any.

funny

When a man says money can do anything, that settles it. He hasn't any.
Money poisons you when you've got it, and starves you when you haven't.
A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles.
People who are always making allowances for themselves soon go bankrupt.
Where large sums of money are concerned it is advisable to trust nobody.

trust

I finally know what distinguishes man from the beasts: financial worries.
The 'almighty dollar' is the true divinity, and its worship is universal.

worship

Money, not morality, is the principle of commerce and commercial nations.
Having money is rather like being a blonde.  It is more fun but not vital.
There are only three things you can do with a dollar: spend, loan, or own.
People who say that money can't buy happiness just don't know where to shop.

funny

Words are like money; there is nothing so useless, unless when in actual use.

communication words

There are people enough who despise money, but few who know how to bestow it.
Liking money like I like it, is nothing less than mysticism. Money is a glory.
Money is a protection, a cloak; it can buy one quiet, and some sort of dignity.

dignity

The almighty dollar, that great object of universal devotion throughout our land.
Once you have money, you can quite truthfully affirm that money isn't everything.
Those who set out to serve both God and Mammon soon discover that there isn't a God.
If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.
With money in your pocket, you are wise and you are handsome and you sing well, too.
β€” Jewish proverb

Jewish proverbs proverbs

If you want to know
where your money went,
you must spend it quickly
before it's spent.

interesting

Money is like shit. Pile it up and it stinks. Spread it around and you can grow things.
When a fellow says, 'It ain't the money but the principle of the thing,' it's the money.
The dollar sign is the only sign in which the modern man appears to have any real faith.
Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.
I'm tired of Love: I'm still more tired of Rhyme.
But Money gives me pleasure all the time.
There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everybody.
No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money, too.
No gain is so certain as that which proceeds from the economical use of what you already have.

Latin proverbs proverbs

People who think money can do anything may very well be suspected of doing anything for money.
I don't want money. It is only people who pay their bills who want that, and I never pay mine.
The great rule is not to talk about money with people who have much more or much less than you.
Before we give you billions more, we want to know what you've done with the trillion you've got.
If your conduct is determined solely by considerations of profit you will arouse great resentment.
Dollars have never been known to produce character, and character will never be produced by money.

character

The beauty of having a low income is that there is not enough money to buy what you don't really need.
MONEY

Sure, money's all wrong,
and the Devil decreed it!
It doesn't belong
to the people who need it.

funny

Mammon, n.  The god of the world's leading religion.  His chief temple is in the holy city of New York.

New York City

Money does not corrupt people.  Money is simply the bandage which wounded people put over their wounds.
He had heard people speak contemptuously of money: he wondered if they had ever tried to do without it.
A rand goes a long way these days. You can carry it around for days without finding a thing it will buy.
β€” Daily Dispatch (East London, South Africa)

funny inflation

It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil.  The want of money is so quite as truly.
One thing I could never abide was the leaving of money to lie idle, or even to have credit and not use it.

business investing

Money destroys human roots wherever it is able to penetrate, by turning desire for gain into the sole motive.
A dollar that stays 100 cents is as necessary as a pound that stays 16 ounces and a yard that stays 36 inches.

inflation

"Resource-constrained environment" [RTE] fancy pentagon words that mean there isn't enough money to go around.
Always try to rub up against money, for if you rub up against money long enough some of it may rub off on you.
Money dishonestly acquired is never worth its cost, while a good conscience never costs as much as it is worth.

conscience

When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.
Those who have some means think that the most important thing in the world is love. The poor know that it is money.
No one has yet had the courage to memorialize his wealth on his tombstone. A dollar mark would not look well there.

wealth

Money is of value for what it buys, and in love it buys time, place, intimacy, comfort, and a private corner alone.
β€” Mae West (Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It!)

love

Americans relate all effort, all work, and all of life itself to the dollar.  Their talk is of nothing but dollars.

America

Those who have some means think that the most important thing in the world is love.  The poor know that it is money.

poverty

Marrying for money is probably a bad idea under any circumstances, but it is absolutely nuts if you are already rich.
β€” Warren Buffett (Fortune magazine; Warren Buffett's speech at Columbia School of Business, October, 1993)

marriage

But money, wife, is the true Fuller's Earth for reputations, there is not a spot or a stain but what it can take out.
β€” John Gay (The Beggar’s Opera)
A speculator is one who runs risks of which he is aware, and an investor is one who runs risks of which he is unaware.

investing

My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.

time

Certainly there are things in life that money can't buy, but it's very funnyβ€” Did you ever try buying then without money?

funny

Money buys you freedom in the material world. It won't make you happy, but it will solve a lot of your external problems.
Money, the most charming of all things; money, which will say more in one moment than the most elegant lover can in years.
Money doesn't bring courage, I learned. It's the other way around. Once I took that lesson to heart, I began to rebuild my life.
Money is like manure.  If you spread it around, it does a lot of good.  But if you pile it up in one place, it stinks like hell.
No illusion is more crucial than the illusion that great success and huge money buy you immunity from the common ills of mankind.

illusion success

Moneyβ€”pardon my expressionβ€”money is like manure; it's not worth a thing unless it's spread around encouraging young things to grow.
What's the subject of lifeβ€”to get rich? All of those fellows out there getting rich could be dancing around the real subject of life.

purpose of life

Money is the root of all evil, and yet it is such a useful root that we cannot get on without it any more than we can without potatoes.
The shortest recorded period of time lies between the minute you put some money away for a rainy day and the unexpected arrival of rain.

funny

There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else.
Money, to some extent, sometimes lets you be in more interesting environments. But it can't change how many people love you or how healthy you are.

health

Money is indeed the most important thing in the world and all sound and successful personal and national morality should have this fact for its basis.
To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life.  The money is the gravy.

sweat

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.
Whether he admits it or not, a man has been brought up to look at money as a sign of his virility, a symbol of his power, a bigger phallic symbol than a Porsche.
Money, n.  A blessing that is of no advantage to us excepting when we part with it.  An evidence of culture and a passport to polite society.  Supportable property.
Money does make all the difference. If you have two jobs and you're rich, you have diversified interests. If you have two jobs and you're poor, you're moonlighting.
β€” Changing Times

funny

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.

ability experience knowledge

Money is coined liberty, and so it is ten times dearer to the man who is deprived of freedom. If money is jingling in his pocket, he is half consoled, even though he cannot spend it.

freedom

Money is like fire, an element as little troubled by moralizing as earth, air and water.  Men can employ it as a tool or they can dance around it as if it were the incarnation of a god.
It was a mistake to think that only the really poor have money-hunger.  It can gnaw at quite well-fed stomachs.  Indeed Now I think that money is an acquired taste that grows as it is fed.
Money is always on its way somewhere; we are only a way station. What we do with it while it's in our keeping will say much about us β€” as will the direction it takes after we speed it on its way.
Unsentimental, unheroic, some will say unchristian, as it may sound, our right or wrong use of money is the utmost test of character, as well as the root of happiness or misery, throughout our whole lives.

misery

Money is only a tool.  It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.  It will give you the means for the satisfaction of your desires, but it will not provide you with desires.
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.
Money is like a stringed instrument; he who does not know how to use it properly will hear only discordant music.  Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and enlivens the other who turns it on his fellow man.
I have come to think that money is very much like a person, and it will respond when you treat it as you would a cherished friendβ€”never  fearing it, pushing it away, pretending it doesn't exist, or turning away from its needs, never clutching it so hard that it hurts.
β€” Suze Orman (Nine Steps to Financial Freedom)
Money is a singular thing.  It ranks with love as man's greatest source of joy.  And with death as his greatest source of anxiety.  Over all history it has oppressed nearly all people in one of two ways: either it has been abundant and very unreliable, or reliable and very scarce.
The charms of money are distinctly under-represented in literature.  There are no songs or poems extolling its virtues. This seems on the face of it strange. The claims of money to be celebrated in verse might well seem to be no less than those of faithful dogs, beautiful women, or jugs of wine.

literature

The man possessed of a dollar feels himself to be not merely one hundred cents richer, but also one hundred cents better than the man who is penniless; so on through all the gradations of earthly possessionsβ€”the estimate of our own moral and political importance swelling always in a ratio exactly proportionate to the growth of our purse.
It makes me feel old, sometimes, when I speak at a campus and I find that what students are most in awe of is the fact that I'm a millionaire. When I went to school, it was right after the sixties and before this general wave of practical purposefulness had set in. Now students aren't even thinking in idealistic terms, or at least nowhere near as much. They certainly are not letting any of the philosophical issues of the day take up too much of their time as they study their business majors. The idealistic wind of the sixties was still at our backs, though, and most of the people I know who are my age have that ingrained in them forever.
β€” Steve Jobs (Playboy magazine, February 1985)

ideal