Money is commonly defined by the functions attached to any good or token that functions in trade as a medium of exchange, store of value, and unit of account, although economics offers various definitions.
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- This planet has — or rather had — a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.
- All the perplexities, confusions, and distresses in America arise, not from defects in their constitution or confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, as much from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.
- Money, now this has to be some good shit.
- Martin Amis, Money, a Suicide Note (1984)
- The usual definition of the functions of money are that money is a medium of exchange, a measure of value, a standard of deferred payment and a store of value.
- Sir Norman Angell in The Story of Money (1930)
- Divitiæ bona ancilla, pessima domina.
Riches are a good handmaid, but the worst mistress.
Wealth is a good servant, a very bad mistress
L'argent est un bon serviteur, et un méchant maître
Money is a good servant, a dangerous master.
- Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
- Francis Bacon, 'Of seditions and Troubles', Essays, 15
- I look at Paris Hilton, think about her parents' fortune and her grandparents' fortune. She thought she had it all together. A whole lot of people think that, that when you got money you can do anything you want to do. But I want to tell you there are some things money can't do for you; Money can buy you a house, but can't buy you a home; Money can buy you food to put on your table, but can't buy an appetite; Money can buy you one of the most finest matresses in the world, but can't buy you sleep.
- Archbishop LeRoy Bailey Jr., in "We Need GOD" (14 June 2007)
- If money is, as it is often posited, the root of all evil, then where does that leave greed? Let's do the math: Greed takes up most of your time and most of your money, so therefore greed = time x money. And, as we all know, time = money. Ergo, greed = money x money. So, if money is the square root of all evil, then we are forced to conclude that greed is evil as well, perhaps even more so, in that it forced us to do math.
But when does the desire to simply possess something turn into unchecked greed? That's easy: when the things that you possess start possessing you.
- Dale E. Basye and Bob Dob, in Rapacia: The Second Circle of Heck (2009), "Backword", p. 361
- A lot of money goes to money-heaven.
- The accuser of sins by my side doth stand,
And he holds my money bag in his hand;
For my worldly things God makes him pay;
And he'd pay for more, if to him I would pray.
- William Blake, as quoted in Life of William Blake : Pictor Ignotus (1863) by Alexander Gilchrist
- We could never imagine what a strange disproportion a few or a great many pieces of money make between men, if we did not see it every day with our own eyes.
- Jean de la Bruyère, Characters
- And who can suffer injury by just taxation, impartial laws and the application of the Jeffersonian doctrine of equal rights to all and special privileges to none? Only those whose accumulations are stained with dishonesty and whose immoral methods have given them a distorted view of business, society and government. Accumulating by conscious frauds more money than they can use upon themselves, wisely distribute or safely leave to their children, these denounce as public enemies all who question their methods or throw a light upon their crimes.
- William Jennings Bryan, speech at Madison Square Garden, New York, 30 August 1906, at a reception welcoming Bryan on his return from a year's trip around the world. Speeches of William Jennings Bryan, Funk & Wagnalls, 1909, p. 90
- Often misquoted as: The money power denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes.Ignotus, 1863
- Money well managed deserves, indeed, the apotheosis to which she was raised by her Latin adorers; she is Diva Moneta — a goddess.
- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 'On the Management of Money', Caxtoniana, 1864
- Money is the source of the greatest vice, and that nation which is most rich, is most wicked.
- Frances Burney, in The Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, entry for 17 November 1768
- Penny wise, pound foolish.
- Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Democritus to the Reader, p. 35. (Ed. 1887)
- Still amorous, and fond, and billing,
Like Philip and Mary on a shilling.
- Samuel Butler, Hudibras, Part III (1678), Canto I, line 687
- Money…is the symbol of duty, it is the sacrament of having done for mankind that which mankind wanted. Mankind may not be a very good judge, but there is no better.
- Samuel Butler, in Erewhon (1872)
- How beauteous are rouleaus! how charming chests
Containing ingots, bags of dollars, coins
(Not of old victors, all whose heads and crests
Weigh not the thin ore where their visage shines,
But) of fine unclipt gold, where dully rests
Some likeness, which the glittering cirque confines,
Of modern, reigning, sterling, stupid stamp;—
Yes! ready money is Aladdin's lamp.
- A man wants to earn money in order to be happy, and his whole effort and the best of a life are devoted to the earning of that money. Happiness is forgotten; the means are taken for the end.
- It's a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.
- Albert Camus, Notebooks (1963), p. 77
- If money is all that a man makes, then he will be poor — poor in happiness, poor in all that makes life worth living.
- Herbert N. Casson cited in: Forbes magazine (1950) The Forbes scrapbook of Thoughts on the business of life. p. 302
- Capitalism is using its money; we socialists throw it away.
- Fidel Castro, as quoted in The Observer (British) newspaper (8 November 1964)
- Therefor my theme is yet, and ever was—
Radix malorum est cupiditas.
Thus can I preche agayn that same vyce
Which that I use, and that is avaryce.
- Geoffrey Chaucer, Prologue to 'The Pardoner's Tale', Canterbury Tales
- To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it.
- G. K. Chesterton, 'The Paradise of Thieves', The Wisdom of father Brown, 1914
- Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.
- Agatha Christie, Endless Night (1967)
- Endless money forms the sinews of war
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, Philippics, Oration V, sc. 5
- I never heard of an old man forgetting where he had buried his money. Old people remember what interests them: the dates fixed for their lawsuits, and the names of their debtors and creditors.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 B.C.), Roman orator. De Senectute, Ch. 6, Sc. 20
- So pleasant it is to have money, heigh-ho!
So pleasant it is to have money.
- Arthur Hugh Clough in Dipsychus (1862), Part I, scene ii
- To cure us of our immoderate love of gain, we should seriously consider how many goods there are that money will not purchase, and these the best; and how many evils there are that money will not remedy, and these the worst.
- Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon: Or, Many Things in Few Words : Addressed to Those who Think (1836), p. 149
- No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.
- I have never seen more senators express discontent with their jobs. ... I think the major cause is that, deep down in our hearts, we have been accomplices to doing something terrible and unforgivable to this wonderful country. Deep down in our hearts, we know that we have bankrupted America and that we have given our children a legacy of bankruptcy. .. We have defrauded our country to get ourselves elected.
- John Danforth, Republican senator from Missouri, reported in the Arizona Republic (21 April 1992)
- If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill. The element that makes the bond good, makes the bill good, also. The difference between the bond and the bill is the bond lets money brokers collect twice the amount of the bond and an additional 20%, whereas the currency pays nobody but those who contribute directly in some useful way. It is absurd to say that our country can issue $30 million in bonds and not $30 million in currency. Both are promises to pay, but one promise fattens the usurers and the other helps the people.
- Thomas Edison, The New York Times (6 December 1921)
- The grabbing hands
Grab all they can
All for themselves, after all
It's a competitive world
Everything counts in large amounts
- As a general rule, nobody has money who ought to have it.
- Benjamin Disraeli, Endymion (1881), Chapter LXV
- There are three faithful friends,
- an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
- Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way. That was a true proverb of the wise man, rely upon it: "Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure, and trouble therewith."
- David Alfred Doudney "Old Jonathan's" jottings; or, Light and lessons from daily life (1869), p. 18; published earlier in the magazine Old Jonathan, or the Parish Helper
- Often misattributed to Benjamin Franklin
- Money, which represents the prose of life, and is hardly spoken of in parlors without apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.
- Money often costs too much.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life (1860), Chapter III, "Wealth"
- If I can acquire money and also keep myself modest and faithful and magnanimous, point out the way, and I will acquire it.
- Penny saved is a penny got.
- Henry Fielding, The Miser (1733), Act 3, Sc. 12
- Ah, take the Cash in hand and waive the rest;
Oh, the brave Music of a distant Drum!
- Edward FitzGerald (1809–1883), The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, 1st edn., 1859
- Money. Cause of all evil, Auri sacra fames. The god of the day—but not to be confused with Apollo. Politicians call it emoluments; lawyers, retainers; doctors, fees; employees, salary; workmen, pay; servants, wages. "Money is not happiness."
- Gustave Flaubert, Dictionary of Received Ideas, c.1850-80
- If you'd lose a troublesome visitor, lend him money.
- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack
- If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.
- Benjamin Franklin, "Father Abraham's Speech", Poor Richard's Almanack (1758)
- The use of money is all the advantage there is in having money.
- Benjamin Franklin, Necessary Hints to Those that would be Rich (1736)
- 'Tis money that begets money.
- Thomas Fuller, Proverb in, Gnomologia (1732)
- In numerous years following the war, the Federal Government ran a heavy surplus. It could not (however) pay off its debt, retire its securities, because to do so meant there would be no bonds to back the national bank notes. To pay off the debt was to destroy the money supply.
- John Kenneth Galbraith, Money, Whence it Came, Where it Went (1975), p. 90
- It would convert the Treasury of the United States into a manufactory of paper money. It makes the House of Representatives and the Senate, or the caucus of the party which happens to be in the majority, the absolute dictator of the financial and business affairs of this country. This scheme surpasses all the centralism and all the Caesarism that were ever charged upon the Republican party in the wildest days of the war or in the events growing out of the war.
- James A. Garfield, later 20th US President, commenting on a resolution offered by James Weaver of the Greenback Party that the government should issue all money, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives (1880-04-05), published in Brice, S. M. (1882). Financial Catechism and History of the Financial Legislation of the United States from 1862-1896. Chicago: Franklin Printing Co.. p. 224. Retrieved on 2009-01-08.
- "I would not steal a penny, for my income's very fair—
I do not want a penny—I have pennies and to spare—
And if I stole a penny from a money-bag or till,
The sin would be enormous—the temptation being nil.
- W. S. Gilbert, Fifty 'Bab' Ballards, 'Mister William' (1876)
- The earning of money should be a means to an end; for more than thirty years — I began to support myself at sixteen — I had to regard it as the end itself.
- George Gissing, The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft (1903)
- Most Americans have no real understanding of the operation of the international money lenders... The accounts of the Federal Reserve System have never been audited. It operates outside the control of Congress and... manipulates the credit of the United States.
- Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-AZ), With No Apologies: The Personal and Political Memoirs of United States Senator Barry M. Goldwater (1979)
- Your lovin' gives me a thrill
But your lovin' don't pay my bills
I need money — That's what I want.
- With money, so they all profess —
And I've no wish to beg the question —
One cannot purchase Happiness
Or Peace of Mind, or yet Success,
Or a robust digestion;
But one can buy a good cigar
And plovers' eggs and caviare!
- Harry Graham, 'The Millionaire', The World's Workers (1928)
- It's all about money cause without money you dead
Ain't a damn thing funny
You gotta have a con in this land of milk and honey
- If there's no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money.
- Robert Graves (1895–1985), English novelist and poet. 'Mammon', Mammon and the Black Goddess (1965)
- To be controlled in our economic pursuits means to be always controlled unless we declare our specific purpose. Or, since when we declare our specific purpose we shall also have to get it approved, we should really be controlled in everything.
- Friedrich Hayek, The Road to Serfdom (1944), Chapter 7, "Economic Control and Totalitarianism"
- If you are different, you had better hide it, and pretend to be solemn and wooden-headed. Until you make your fortune. For most wooden-headed people worship money; and, really, I do not see what else they can do.
- Oliver Heaviside, in Electromagnetic Theory (1912), Volume III; "The Electrician", p. 1
- Would you know what money is, go borrow some.
- George Herbert, Jackula prudentum (1640)
- Every era has a currency that buys souls. In some the currency is pride, in others it is hope, in still others it is a holy cause. There are of course times when hard cash will buy souls, and the remarkable thing is that such times are marked by civility, tolerance, and the smooth working of everyday life.
- Eric Hoffer, Before the Sabbath (1979), p. 139
- Si possis recte, si non, quocumque mondo rem.
By right means, if you can, but by any means make money.
- Horace, Epistles, I, i
- They may talk of the plugging and sweating
Of our coinage that's minted of gold,
But to me it produces no fretting
Of its shortness of weight to be told:
All the sov'reigns I'm able to levy
As to lightness can never be wrong,
But must surely be some of the heavy,
For I never can carry them long.
- Thomas Hood (1799–1845), 'Epigram on the Depreciated Money', Hood's Own, Second Series (1861)
- MAKE MONEY. MAKE MORE MONEY. MAKE OTHER PEOPLE PRODUCE SO AS TO MAKE MORE MONEY.
- L. Ron Hubbard, in "Principles of Money Management" (9 March 1972)
- Ploratur lacrimis amissa pecunia veris.
- Lost money is wept for with real tears.
- Juvenal, Satires 13, v. 134
- Crescit amor nummi quantum ipsa pecunia crescit,
Et minus hanc optat, qu non habet.
- Increase of wealth increases our desires
And hew, who least possesses, least requires.
- Alt. Translation: The love of money grows as the money itself grows.
- Juvenal, Satires 14, v. 139
- It is maintained by some that the bank is a means of executing the constitutional power "to coin money and regulate the value thereof." Congress have established a mint to coin money and passed laws to regulate the value thereof. The money so coined, with its value so regulated, and such foreign coins as Congress may adopt are the only currency known to the Constitution. But if they have other power to regulate the currency, it was conferred to be exercised by themselves, and not to be transferred to a corporation. If the bank be established for that purpose, with a charter unalterable without its consent, Congress have parted with their power for a term of years, during which the Constitution is a dead letter. It is neither necessary nor proper to transfer its legislative power to such a bank, and therefore unconstitutional.
- I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government to the genuine principles of its Constitution; I mean an additional article, taking from the federal government the power of borrowing.
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor, 26 Nov 1798
- And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor (28 May 1816)
- No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
- No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction.
- Samuel Johnson, Stated on 14 April 1776, quoted in Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson (1791)
- Throw money at a problem and it will remain.
- Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica), Abandoned, Pleased, Brainwashed, Exploited
- To borrow money, big money, you have to wear your hair in a certain way, walk in a certain way, and have about you an air of solemnity and majesty — something like the atmosphere of a Gothic cathedral.
- Stephen Leacock, The Garden of Folly (1924), p. 102
- That's right. While economic textbooks claim that people and corporations are competing for markets and resources, I claim that in reality they are competing for money - using markets and resources to do so. So designing new money systems really amounts to redesigning the target that orients much human effort.
Furthermore, I believe that greed and competition are not a result of immutable human temperament; I have come to the conclusion that greed and fear of scarcity are in fact being continuously created and amplified as a direct result of the kind of money we are using. For example, we can produce more than enough food to feed everybody, and there is definitely enough work for everybody in the world, but there is clearly not enough money to pay for it all. The scarcity is in our national currencies. In fact, the job of central banks is to create and maintain that currency scarcity. The direct consequence is that we have to fight with each other in order to survive.
Money is created when banks lend it into existence. When a bank provides you with a $100,000 mortgage, it creates only the principal, which you spend and which then circulates in the economy. The bank expects you to pay back $200,000 over the next 20 years, but it doesn't create the second $100,000 - the interest. Instead, the bank sends you out into the tough world to battle against everybody else to bring back the second $100,000.
- Your money's value is determined by a global casino of unprecedented proportions: $2 trillion are traded per day in foreign exchange markets, 100 times more than the trading volume of all the stockmarkets of the world combined. Only 2% of these foreign exchange transactions relate to the "real" economy reflecting movements of real goods and services in the world, and 98% are purely speculative. This global casino is triggering the foreign exchange crises which shook Mexico in 1994-5, Asia in 1997 and Russia in 1998. These emergencies are the dislocation symptoms of the old Industrial Age money system.
- Money is an agreement within a community to use something as a medium of exchange.
- Bernard Lietaer, The Future of Money (2001)
- That's just a lie we tell poor people to keep them from rioting in the streets.
- As a rule, there is nothing that offends us more than a new kind of money.
- Robert Lynd, in The Pleasures of Ignorance (1921), p. 215
- But for money and the need of it, there would not be half the friendship in the world. It is powerful for good if divinely used. Give it plenty of air, and it is sweet as the hawthorn; shut it up, and it cankers and breeds worms.
- It's no trick to make a lot of money, if all you want to do is make a lot of money.
- Money plays the largest part in determining the course of history
- Karl Marx, Communist Manifesto
- I who can have, through the power of money, everything for which the human heart longs, do I not possess all human abilities? Does not my money, therefore, transform all my incapacities into their opposites.
- Karl Marx, Economical and Philosophical Manuscripts (1844)
- Late to bed and late to wake will keep you long on money and short on mistakes.
- Aaron McGruder in The Boondocks (10 July 2001)
- And there is all the difference in the world between paying and being paid. The act of paying is perhaps the most uncomfortable infliction that the two orchard thieves entailed upon us. But being paid, — what will compare with it?
- Herman Melville, Moby Dick (1851)
- Money couldn't buy friends, but you got a better class of enemy.
- Spike Milligan, Mrs. Doonan, in Puckoon (1963), Chapter 6
- Public opinion always wants easy money, that is, low interest rates.
- Ludwig von Mises, A Critique of Interventionism, (1929) p. 163
- Inflation is an increase in the quantity of money without a corresponding increase in the demand for money, i.e., for cash holdings.
- I like to carry some cash because you feel like you can cope with any situation — such as being mugged. I always try to have about £50 in my pocket just for convenience, really.
- David Mitchell, in his interview in with Nick McGarth The Daily Mail (16 July 2008)
- Truly, it is not want, but rather abundance, that breeds avarice.
- Michel de Montaigne, in "That the taste of good and evil depends, for a good part, on the idea we have of them" in The Essays, Bk. I, Chapter 14, 1st edition (1580)
- If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.
- Aristotle Onassis, quoted in Aristotle Onassis: A Biography (1977), by Nicholas Fraser
- For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
- My father told me that when you're working, don't stop to count your money.
- Pelé, as reported in Pelé: A biography (1976), James Haskins, p. 132
- Quid faciant leges, ubi sola pecunia regnat?
- What power has law where only money rules?
- Petronius, Satyricon, Cap. XIV
It's a crime
Share it fairly
But don't take a slice of my pie.
So they say
Is the root of all evil today.
- Money is a dangerous subject. Polite conversation avoids it. You may talk about economics, but not raw money…
- Max Plowman, in "Money and The Merchant" in Adelphi magazine (September 1931)
- I am more concerned with the return of my money than the return on my money.
- Will Rogers, quoted in Will Rogers Performer, p. 292
- Never invest your money in anything that eats or needs repainting.
- Billy Rose, as quoted in The New York Post (26 October 1957)
- The lifeblood of our economy, indeed the whole world's economy, is based on money. Without a currency that can be trusted, the entire structure of economics, the division of labor itself, falls apart. Our wealth, our well being and our very lives are dependent on the continuation of this highly complex structure called the economy and it in turn is dependent on sound money. We have placed our trust for the management of this money on a gang of thieves called the Federal Reserve. They have now clearly demonstrated their inability to restrain themselves from the excesses that can be perpetrated within a paper money system. If we want to survive as a nation, we need to eliminate both the Federal Reserve and paper money.
- Lou Poumakis, "Economic Disaster, its Cause and Cure" (8 March 2009)
- It is when money looks like manna that we truely delight in it.
- J. B. Priestly, Delight (1949), p. 134
- Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.
- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (1957)
- Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by Compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming self-sacrifice you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that it does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.
- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (1957), p. 385
- I think it a greater theft to Rob the dead of their Praise, then the Living of their Money.
- Edward Ravenscroft, Preface to Titus Andronicus, or the Rape of Lavinia (1686); quoted in The Shakespeare Allusion-Book: A Collection of Allusions to Shakespeare from 1591-1700, vol 2, ed. John Munro (1932)
- I know of nothing more despicable and pathetic than a man who devotes all the hours of the waking day to the making of money for money's sake.
- John D. Rockefeller, as quoted in Money and Class in America (1988) by Lewis H. Lapham, note to Ch. 8
- Never allow yourself to get caught without a loose million handy.
- Lord Nathaniel Rothschild, As quoted as being one of his favourite sayings (on a visit to Cecil Rhodes in South Africa) in the book by Antony Thomas, Rhodes, The Race for Africa (1996)
- The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd US President, letter to Col. Edward Mandell House (21 November 1933); as quoted in F.D.R.: His Personal Letters, 1928-1945, edited by Elliott Roosevelt (New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1950), pg. 373
- I worship freedom; I abhor restraint, trouble, dependence. As long as the money in my purse lasts, it assures my independence; it relieves me of the trouble of finding expedients to replenish it, a necessity which has always inspired me with dread; but the fear of seeing it exhausted makes me hoard it carefully. The money which a man possesses is the instrument of freedom.; that which we eagerly pursue is the instrument of slavery. Therefore I hold fast to that which I have, and desire nothing.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Confessions (Wordsworth: 1996), p. 35
- The best way to keep money in perspective is to have some.
- Louis Rukeyser, How to Make Money in Wall Street (1976), p. 1
- Ask a great money-maker what he wants to do with his money,—he never knows. He doesn't make it to do anything with it. He gets it only that he may get it.
- John Ruskin, The Crown of Wild Olives (1886)
- Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of all evil, the sum of blessings.
- Carl Sandburg, The People, Yes, s. 65. (1936)
- 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)
- People are often reproached because their desires are directed mainly to money and they are fonder of it than of anything else. Yet it is natural and even inevitable for them to love that which, as an untiring Proteus, is ready at any moment to convert itself into the particular object of our fickle desires and manifold needs. Thus every other blessing can satisfy only one desire and one need; for instance, food is good only to the hungry, wine only for the healthy, medicine for the sick, a fur coat for winter, women for youth, and so on. Consequently, all these are only ... relatively good. Money alone is the absolutely good thing because it meets not merely one need in concreto, but needs generally in abstracto.
- Arthur Schopenhauer, “Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life,” Parerga und Paralipomena, E. Payne, trans. (1974) Vol. 1, pp. 347-348
- Money never made any man rich. Contrariwise, there is not any man that hath gathered store of it together that is not become more covetous.
- Seneca, Ad Lucilium epistulae morales, letter 119
- When I was stamp'd, some coiner with his tools
Made me a counterfeit.
- For they say, if money go before, all ways do lie open.
- Money is a good soldier, sir, and will on.
- Why, give him gold enough and marry him to a puppet or an aglet-baby or an old trot with ne'er a tooth in her head, though she have as many diseases as two-and-fifty horses; why, nothing comes amiss, so money comes withal.
- Money expresses all qualitative differences of things in terms of "how much?" Money, with all its colorlessness and indifference, becomes the common denominator of all values; irreparably it hollows out the core of things, their individuality, their specific value, and their incomparability. All things float with equal specific gravity in the constantly moving stream of money. All things lie on the same level and differ from one another only in the size of the area which they cover.
- Georg Simmel, “The Metropolis and Modern Life” (1903)
- Worldly success, measured by the accumulation of money, is no doubt a very dazzling thing; and all men are naturally more or less the admirers of worldly success.
- Samuel Smiles (1812–1904), Scottish author and reformer. 'Money: Its Use and Abuse', Self-Help (1856), Chapter 10
- Keith (Eric Stoltz): You can't tell a book by its cover.
Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson): No, but you can tell how much it's gonna cost you.
- Some Kind of Wonderful, on going out with rich-girl Amanda (Lea Thompson)
- In reality money, like numbers and law, is a category of thought. There is a monetary, just as there is a juristic and a mathematical and a technical, thinking of the world-around.
- Oswald Spengler, The Decline of the West; German edition: Der Untergang des Abendlandes, (1918–22)
- Gold and silver are but merchandise, as well as cloth or linen; and that nation that buys the least, and sells the most, must always have the most money.
- Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773). Letter, 'Miscellaneous Pieces,' Letters to his Son, 5th ed. (1774), Vol. IV, p. 332
- If all the rich men in the world divided up their money amongst themselves, there wouldn't be enough to go round.
- Christina Stead in House of All Nations, Sc. 12 (written in 1938), published by Angus and Robertson (1988)
- Everyone has to make up their mind if money is money or money isn't money and sooner or later they always do decide that money is money.
- But as they all say if we sell our home what will we have for it, money, and what is the use of that money, money goes and after it is gone then where are we, beside we have all we want, what can we do with money except lose it, money to spend is not very welcome, if you have it and you try to spend it, well spending money is an anxiety, saving money is a comfort and a pleasure, economy is not a duty it is a comfort, avarice is an excitement, but spending money is nothing, money spent is money non-existent, money saved is money realised...
- Gertrude Stein, in Paris France (1940)
- Meanwhile Hollywood has gone nuts. Carol [his wife] turned down a writing job for me at five thousand a week. She said, "Why Jesus Christ then I'd have to find a new bank every week." Just what in hell could a writing man do that would be worth five thousand a week. The whole place is nuts...
- John Steinbeck, Letter (written in California) to the film editor and director, Lloyd Nestor (17 May 1939). Reproduced in Christies New York Printed Books and manuscripts sale catalogue, 20 May 1988
- The flour merchant, the house-builder, and the postman charge us no less on account of our sex; but when we endeavour to earn money to pay all these, then, indeed, we find the interest.
- Lucy Stone, as quoted in Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings, part 3, by Miriam Schnier (1972)
- What a dignity it gives an old lady, that balance at the bankers! How tenderly we look at her faults if she is a relative; what a kind, good-natured old creature we find her!
- William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair (1847), Chapter 9
- It's something very personal, a very important thing. Hell! It's a family motto. Are you ready Jerry? I wanna make sure you're ready, brother. Here it is: Show me the money. SHOW! ME! THE! MONEY! Jerry, it is such a pleasure to say that! Say it with me one time, Jerry.
- Money is a new form of slavery, and distinguishable from the old simply by the fact that it is impersonal — that there is no human relation between master and slave.
- Leo Tolstoy, What shall We Do Then? (1886)
- A man will be generally very old and feeble before he forgets how much money he has in the funds.
- It may interest some if I state that during the last twenty years I have made by literature something near £70,000. As I have said before in these pages, I look upon the result as comfortable, but not splendid.
- Simple rules for saving money.
To save half: When you are fired by an eager impulse to contribute to a charity, wait, and count to forty.
To save three-quarters, count sixty.
To save it all, count sixty-five.
- Mark Twain, More Tramps Abroad (1897), Chapter 50
- Sex is like money; only too much is enough.
- John Updike, Couples (1968), p. 437
- Pecunia non olet
- Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him.
- Voltaire in "Avarice" in the Philosophical Dictionary (1764)
- It is more easy to write on money than to obtain it; and those who gain it, jest much at those who only know how to write about it.
- Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary
- When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.
- Voltaire, in a letter to Mme. D'Épinal Ferney (26 December 1760)
- Let us all be happy, and live within our means, even if we have to borrow money to do it with.
- Artemus Ward [Charles Farrar Brown] in "Science and Natural History" in The London Punch Letters (1865-6)
- Cash. I just am not happy when I don't have it. The minute I have it I have to spend it. And I just buy STUPID THINGS.
- Andy Warhol, From A to B and Back Again (1975)
- Money is the MOMENT to me.
Money is my MOOD.
- Andy Warhol, From A to b and back Again (1975)
- A dollar is something that you multiply — something that causes an expansion of your house and your mechanical equipment, something that accelerates like speed; and that may be also slowed up or deflated. It is a value that may be totally imaginary, yet can for a time provide half-realized dreams.
- Edmund Wilson, Europe without Baedeker (1947)
- A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men ...
- We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world — no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.
- I get a few bruises, but I think of the money and I'm alright.
- Sir Norman Wisdom (As stated on 'Pulling Power', an ITV motoring program c. 2000)
- If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil.
- Anonymous proverb as quoted in Select Proverbs of All Nations (1824), Thomas Fielding; this has sometimes been mistakenly attributed to Henry Fielding
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- Up and down the City Road,
In and out the Eagle,
That's the way the money goes—
Pop goes the weasel!
- Popular street song in England in the late 1850s, sung at the Grecian Theatre. Attributed to W. R. Mandale
- Money makes the man.
- Aristodemus. See Alcæus, Fragment. Miscel. Songs
- L'argent est un bon serviteur, mais un méchant maître.
- Money is a good servant but a bad master.
- Quoted by Francis Bacon. (French Proverb.) In Menegiana, II. 296. 1695
- Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
- Francis Bacon, Of Sedition
- The sinews of business (or state).
- Money, which is of very uncertain value, and sometimes has no value at all and even less.
- Thomas Carlyle, Frederick the Great, Book IV, Chapter III
- Make ducks and drakes with shillings.
- George Chapman, Eastward Ho, scene 1, Act I. (Written by Chapman, Jonson, Marston.)
- The way to resumption is to resume.
- Salmon P. Chase, letter to Horace Greeley (May 17, 1866)
- I knew once a very covetous, sordid fellow who used to say, "Take care of the pence, for the pounds will take care of themselves."
- Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Letters. Nov. 6, 1747; also Feb. 5, 1750. Quoting Lowndes
- As I sat at the Café I said to myself,
They may talk as they please about what they call pelf,
They may sneer as they like about eating and drinking,
But help it I cannot, I cannot help thinking
How pleasant it is to have money, heigh-ho!
How pleasant it is to have money!
- Arthur Hugh Clough, Spectator Ab Extra
- Money was made, not to command our will,
But all our lawful pleasures to fulfil.
Shame and woe to us, if we our wealth obey;
The horse doth with the horseman run away.
- Abraham Cowley, Imitations, Tenth Epistle of Horace, Book I, line 75
- Stamps God's own name upon a lie just made,
To turn a penny in the way of trade.
- William Cowper, Table Talk, line 421
- The sinews of affairs are cut.
- Attributed to Demosthenes by Æschines, Adv. Ctesiphon
- The sweet simplicity of the three per cents.
- Benjamin Disraeli, in the House of Commons (Feb. 19, 1850). Endymion (1818), Chapter XCVI
- "The American nation in the Sixth Ward is a fine People," he says. "They love th' eagle," he says. "On the back iv a dollar."
- F. P. Donne, Mr. Dooley in Peace and War, Oratory on Politics
- Wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.
- Ecclesiastes. X. 19
- The elegant simplicity of the three per cents.
- Lord Eldon. See Campbell, Lives of the Lord Chancellors, Volume X, Chapter CCXII
- Almighty gold.
- George Farquhar, Recruiting Officer, III. 2
- If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.
- This bank-note world.
- Fitz-Greene Halleck, Alnwick Castle
- Get to live;
Then live, and use it; else, it is not true
That thou hast gotten. Surely use alone
Makes money not a contemptible stone.
- George Herbert, The Temple (1633), The Church Porch, Stanza 26
- Fight thou with shafts of silver, and o'ercome
When no force else can get the masterdome.
- Robert Herrick, Money Gets the Mastery
- How widely its agencies vary,—
To save, to ruin, to curse, to bless,—
As even its minted coins express,
Now stamp'd with the image of good Queen Bess,
And now of a Bloody Mary.
- Thomas Hood, Miss Kilmansegg, Her Moral
- Quærenda pecunia primum est; virtus post nummos.
- Money is to be sought for first of all; virtue after wealth.
- Horace, Epistles, I. 1. 53
- Rem facias rem,
Recte si possis, si non, quocumque modo rem.
- Money, make money; by honest means if you can; if not, by any means make money.
- Horace, Epistles, I. 1. 65
- Quo mihi fortunam, si non conceditur uti?
Of what use is a fortune to me, if I can not use it?
- Horace, Epistles, I. 5. 12
- Et genus et formam regina pecunia donat.
- All powerful money gives birth and beauty.
- Horace, Epistles, 1. 6. 37
- Licet superbus ambules pecuniæ,
Fortuna non mutat genus.
- Though you strut proud of your money, yet fortune has not changed your birth.
- Horace, Epodi, IV. 5
- Populus me sibilat, at mihi plaudo
Ipse domi, simul ac nummos contemplor in arca.
- The people hiss me, but I applaud myself at home, when I contemplate the money in my chest.
- Horace, Satires, I. 1. 66
- The almighty dollar, that great object of universal devotion throughout our land, seems to have no genuine devotees in these peculiar villages.
- Washington Irving, Creole Village, in Wolfert's Roost. Appeared in Knickerbocker Magazine (Nov., 1836)
- Whilst that for which all virtue now is sold,
And almost every vice, almighty gold.
- Ben Jonson, Epistle to Elizabeth, Countess of Rutland
- Get money; still get money, boy;
No matter by what means.
- Ben Jonson, Every Man in His Humour, Act II, scene 3
- Quantum quisque sua nummorum condit in arca,
Tantum habet et fidei.
- Every man's credit is proportioned to the money which he has in his chest.
- Juvenal, Satires, III. 143
- Ploratur lacrimis amissa pecunia veris.
- Money lost is bewailed with unfeigned tears.
- Juvenal, Satires, XIII. 134
- Crescit amor nummi quantum ipsa pecunia crescit.
- The love of money grows as the money itself grows.
- Juvenal, Satires, XIV. 139
- Dollar Diplomacy.
- Term applied to Secretary Knox's activities in securing opportunities for the investment of American capital abroad, particularly in Latin America and China; also in Honduras and Liberia. Defended by President William Howard Taft, Message to Congress (Dec. 3, 1912). Huntington Wilson aided Knox in framing the Policy. See Harper's Weekly, April 23, 1910, p. 8
- Luat in corpore, qui non habet in ære.
- Who can not pay with money, must pay with his body.
- Law Maxim
- Nec quicquam acrius quam pecuniæ damnum stimulat.
- Nothing stings more deeply than the loss of money.
- Livy, Annales, XXX. 44
- Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.
- William Lowndes, Section of Treasury under William III, George I
- Money brings honor, friends, conquest, and realms.
- Les beaux yeux de ma cassette!
Il parle d'elle comme un amant d'une maitresse.
- The beautiful eyes of my money-box!
He speaks of it as a lover of his mistress.
- Molière, L'Avare, V, 3
- The beautiful eyes of my money-box!
- Ah, take the Cash, and let the Credit go,
Nor heed the rumble of a distant Drum!
- In pretio pretium nunc est; dat census honores,
Census amicitias; pauper ubique jacet.
- Money nowadays is money; money brings office; money gains friends; everywhere the poor man is down.
- Ovid, Fasti, I. 217
- "Get Money, money still!
And then let virtue follow, if she will."
This, this the saving doctrine preach'd to all,
From low St. James' up to high St. Paul.
- Alexander Pope, First Book of Horace, Epistle I, line 79
- Trade it may help, society extend,
But lures the Pirate, and corrupts the friend:
It raises armies in a nation's aid,
But bribes a senate, and the land's betray'd.
- Alexander Pope, Moral Essays (1731-35), Epistle III, line 29
- Subject to a kind of disease, which at that time they called lack of money.
- François Rabelais, Works, Book II, Chapter XVI
- Point d'argent, point de Suisse.
- No money, no Swiss.
- Jean Racine, Plaideurs, I. 1
- But the jingling of the guinea helps the hurt that Honor feels.
- Pecuniam in loco negligere maximum est lucrum.
- To despise money on some occasions is a very great gain.
- Terence, Adelphi, II. 2. 8
- Not greedy of filthy lucre.
- I Timothy, III. 3
- The love of money is the root of all evil.
- I Timothy, VI. 10
- A fool and his money be soon at debate.
- Thomas Tusser, Good Husbandry. "A fool and his money are soon parted." George Buchanan, tutor to James VI. of Scotland, to a courtier after winning a bet as to which could make the coarser verse. See Walsh, Handy Book of Literary Curiosities
- It is money makes the mare to trot.
- John Wolcot, Ode to Pitt
- No, let the monarch's bags and coffers hold
The flattering, mighty, nay, all-mighty gold.
- John Wolcot, To Kieu Long, Ode IV
- I think this piece will help to boil thy pot.
- John Wolcot, The bard complimenteth Mr. West on his Lord Nelson (c. 1790). (Probably first use of "pot-boiler.")
The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904)Edit
- Quotes reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 177.
- One cannot help regretting that where money is concerned, it is so much the rule to overlook moral obligations.
- Malins, V.-C., Ellis v. Houston (1878), L. R. 10 0. D. 240
- The greediness of gain is the only principle on which a stranger can be induced to furnish a stranger.
- Burnett, J., Earl of Chesterfield v. Janssen (1750), 2 Ves. 125
- Common people do not make such distinction between money and land, as persons conversant in Law Matters do.
- Lord Mansfield, Hope v. Taylor (1756), 1 Burr. Part IV. 272
- It has been quaintly said "that the reason why money cannot be followed is, because it has no ear-mark ": But this is not true. The true reason is, upon account of the currency of it: it cannot be recovered after it has passed in currency.
- Lord Mansfield, Miller v. Race (1785), 1 Burr. Part IV. 457
- I am a great friend to the action for money had and received: it is a very beneficial action, and founded on principles of eternal justice.
- Lord Mansfield, C.J., Towers v. Barrett (1786), 1 T. R. 134
- Any man who spends his income, whether large or small, benefits the community by putting money in circulation.
- Kekewich, J., In re Nottage (1895), L. R. 2 C. D. , p. 653
- "We, as lawyers, as men of business, as men of experience, know perfectly well what evils necessarily result from handing over a great family estate to a mortgagee in possession, whose only chance of getting his money is to sacrifice the interests of everybody to money-getting."
- Lindley, L.J., In re Marquis of Ailesbury's Settled Estates (1891), L. J. Rep. 61 C. D. 123
- In the Colonies, we issue our own paper money. It is called 'Colonial Scrip.' We issue it in proper proportion to make the goods and pass easily from the producers to the consumers. In this manner, creating ourselves our own paper money, we control its purchasing power and we have no interest to pay to no one. In this manner, by creating ourselves our own paper money, we control its purchasing power, and we have no interest to pay, to anyone. You see, a legitimate government can both spend and lend money into circulation, while banks can only lend significant amounts of their promissory bank notes, for they can neither give away nor spend but a tiny fraction of the money the people need. Thus, when your bankers here in England place money in circulation, there is always a debt principal to be returned and usury to be paid. The result is that you have always too little credit in circulation to give the workers full employment. You do not have too many workers, you have too little money in circulation, and that which circulates, all bears the endless burden of unpayable debt and usury.
- Attributed to Benjamin Franklin Autobiography. These words do not appear in Franklin's Autobiography or any other work of his.
- It is perhaps well enough that the people of the Nation do not know or understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.
- Variant: If the American people knew the corruption in our money system there would be revolution before morning.
- Attributed to Henry Ford by Charles Binderup (March 19, 1937), Congressional Record—House 81:2528. The quote is preceded by "It was Henry Ford who said, in substance, this", which indicates that this is likely just a paraphrase, not an exact quote.
- If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation then by deflation, the banks and the corporations will grow up around them, will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.
- Attributed to Thomas Jefferson, The Debate Over The Recharter Of The Bank Bill, (1809). No such document exists. The book Respectfully Quoted says this is "obviously spurious", noting that the OED's earliest citation for the word "deflation" is from 1920. The earliest known appearance of this quote is from 1935 (Testimony of Charles C. Mayer, Hearings Before the Committee on Banking and Currency, House of Representatives, Seventy-fourth Congress, First Session, on H.R. 5357, p. 799).
- I have two great enemies, the southern army in front of me and the financial institutions, in the rear. Of the two, the one in the rear is the greatest enemy.
- Attributed to Abraham Lincoln. Not found in Lincoln's works. This earliest this quote has been found is 1941.
- I see in the future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of the war.
- The government should create, issue and circulate all the currency and credit needed to satisfy the spending power of the government and the buying power of consumers..... The privilege of creating and issuing money is not only the supreme prerogative of Government, but it is the Government's greatest creative opportunity. By the adoption of these principles, the long-felt want for a uniform medium will be satisfied. The taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest, discounts and exchanges. The financing of all public enterprises, the maintenance of stable government and ordered progress, and the conduct of the Treasury will become matters of practical administration. The people can and will be furnished with a currency as safe as their own government. Money will cease to be the master and become the servant of humanity. Democracy will rise superior to the money power.
- History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling the money and its issuance.
- Attributed to James Madison, 4th US President. This is actually a comment by Olive Cushing Dwinell in her book The Story of Our Money (1946), pp. 71–72.
- Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws!
- Attributed to Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744–1812). No primary source for this is known and the earliest attribution to him known is 1935 (Money Creators, Gertrude M. Coogan). Before that, "Let us control the money of a nation, and we care not who makes its laws" was said to be a "maxim" of the House of Rothschilds, or, even more vaguely, of the "money lenders of the Old World". This is a play on an English proverb, Let me make the songs of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.
- The few who understand the system, will either be so interested in its profits, or so dependent on its favors that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantages...will bear its burden without complaint, and perhaps without suspecting that the system is inimical to their best interests.
- Attributed to Senator John Sherman in a letter supposedly sent from the Rothschild Brothers of London to New York bankers Ikleheimer, Morton, and Vandergould, June 25, 1863. The letters are forgeries that could not have been written before 1876. Further, no evidence of a firm with the name "Ikleheimer, Morton, and Vandergould" has been found.
- If this mischievous financial policy, which has its origin in North America, shall become indurated down to a fixture, then that Government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off debts and be without debt. It will have all the money necessary to carry on its commerce. It will become prosperous without precedent in the history of the world. The brains, and wealth of all countries will go to North America. That country must be destroyed or it will destroy every monarchy on the globe.
- Attributed to an editorial in the Times of London in 1865. No such editorial ever appeared. The earliest known appearance is in The Flaming Sword, Vol. XII, No. 42 (2 September 1898), p. 7