Money Quotes

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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.

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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.


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

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

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All worship money.

human nature

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


Money doesn't talk, it swears.
Ready money is Aladdin's lamp.
When money talks, few are deaf.
Happiness does not buy you money.


Money is the wise man's religion.
Money is a poor man's credit card.
Money talks—but credit has an echo.
Money is the mother's milk of politics.


Money is the sinews of love, as of war.
Money is human happiness in the abstract.


Money is a good servant but a bad master.
— French proverb

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The love of money is the root of all evil.
— The Bible—I Timothy 6:10

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Do not work to make money for money's sake.
There is nothing so habit-forming as money.
It is better to live rich than to die rich.


Never bet your money on another man's game.


Honey is the best bait to fish for man with.
Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
Every dollar is a soldier that does your bidding.
I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money.
The measure of every human being is God, not money.


The most popular labor-saving device is still money.
Money is far more persuasive than logical arguments.
The price we have to pay for money is paid in liberty.
I don't like money, actually, but it quiets my nerves.
The most efficient labor-saving device is still money.
Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul.
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 necessity of the soul.
Money speaks sense in a language all nations understand.
We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation.
Money cannot buy
The fuel of Love
But is excellent kindling.
Money as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil.
Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.


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


Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.
Money couldn't buy friends but you got a better class of enemy.
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.
Money often costs too much, and power and pleasure are not cheap.
That money talks
I'll not deny,
I heard it once,
it said goodbye.
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.
There is nothing more demoralizing than a small but adequate income.
Anybody with money to burn will easily find someone to tend the fire.
— Pocket Crossword Puzzles


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


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.
People who are always making allowances for themselves soon go bankrupt.
Where large sums of money are concerned it is advisable to trust nobody.


A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles.
I finally know what distinguishes man from the beasts: financial worries.
Money, not morality, is the principle of commerce and commercial nations.
The 'almighty dollar' is the true divinity, and its worship is universal.


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


There are people enough who despise money, but few who know how to bestow it.
Words are like money; there is nothing so useless, unless when in actual use.

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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.


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.
With money in your pocket, you are wise and you are handsome and you sing well, too.
— Jewish proverb

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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.
Money is like shit. Pile it up and it stinks. Spread it around and you can grow things.
If you want to know
where your money went,
you must spend it quickly
before it's spent.


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.
I'm tired of Love: I'm still more tired of Rhyme.
But Money gives me pleasure all the time.
Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.
No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money, too.
There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everybody.
No gain is so certain as that which proceeds from the economical use of what you already have.

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I don't want money. It is only people who pay their bills who want that, and I never pay mine.
People who think money can do anything may very well be suspected of doing anything for money.
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.


You can tell how poor someone feels by the number of times he references "money" in his conversation.

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


The beauty of having a low income is that there is not enough money to buy what you don't really need.
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.
— Daily Dispatch (East London, South Africa)

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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.

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Money destroys human roots wherever it is able to penetrate, by turning desire for gain into the sole motive.
Always try to rub up against money, for if you rub up against money long enough some of it may rub off on you.
A dollar that stays 100 cents is as necessary as a pound that stays 16 ounces and a yard that stays 36 inches.


"Resource-constrained environment" [RTE] fancy pentagon words that mean there isn't enough money to go around.
Money dishonestly acquired is never worth its cost, while a good conscience never costs as much as it is worth.


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.
Money is of value for what it buys, and in love it buys time, place, intimacy, comfort, and a private corner alone.


No one has yet had the courage to memorialize his wealth on his tombstone. A dollar mark would not look well there.


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


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


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.
Marrying for money is probably a bad idea under any circumstances, but it is absolutely nuts if you are already rich.


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.


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


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


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 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.
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.
No illusion is more crucial than the illusion that great success and huge money buy you immunity from the common ills of mankind.

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Money—pardon my expression—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 life—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.

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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.


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.


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.
— Changing Times


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.

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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.


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 — 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.


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 friend—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.
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.


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 possessions—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.