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).
- 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
- 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.
- 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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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).
- Money is the devil's dung.
- Basil of Caesarea, and then taken up by Francis of Assisi, as quoted in Pope Francis, To representatives of the Confederation of Italian Cooperatives, 28 February 2015.
- 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.
- The sinews of business (or state).
- 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.
- So much money! You can't stop that!
- Christopher Bridges, "Rollout" (2001), Word of Mouf
- 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.
- 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. Reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 177.
- Money is the source of the greatest vice, and that nation which is most rich, is most wicked.
- Frances Burney, 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, 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.
- 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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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).
- Make ducks and drakes with shillings.
- George Chapman, Eastward Ho, scene 1, Act I. (Written by Chapman, Jonson, Marston). Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- Despising money is like toppling a king off his throne.
- Nicolas Chamfort, Reflections, D. Parmée, trans. (London: 2003) #113.
- L’intérêt d’argent est la grande épreuve des petits caractères, mais ce n’est encore que la plus petite pour les caractères distingués.
- Money is the greatest concern for small characters, but is nothing but the smallest for great characters.
- Nicolas Chamfort, Maximes et Pensées (Paris: 1923), #164.
- Money is the greatest concern for small characters, but is nothing but the smallest for great characters.
- Money is a symbol of what others in your society owe you, or your claim on particular amounts of the society's resources.
- Ha-Joon Chang, Economics: The User's Guide (2014), Ch. 1.
- The way to resumption is to resume.
- Salmon P. Chase, letter to Horace Greeley (May 17, 1866). Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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.
- 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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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.
- I just don’t trust any of it. Every time I read something about how there’s been another ridiculous climb of the Dow Jones, there’s a part of me that goes, “This can’t be good.” None of this is real money. You know what I mean? It’s not like there’s actually more of anything. It’s just ideas. When people are getting richer and richer but they’re not actually producing anything, it can’t end well.
- 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.
- 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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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.
- 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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- To virgin minds, which yet their native whiteness hold,
Not yet discoloured with the love of gold
(That jaundice of the soul,
Which makes it look so gilded and so foul) ...
- Abraham Cowley, “Of Greatness”.
- 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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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).
- The sinews of affairs are cut.
- The grabbing hands
Grab all they can
All for themselves, after all
It's a competitive world
Everything counts in large amounts
- Son, I don't have money even to buy poison.Please help –
- Dadasaheb Phalke in a letter to his son Bhalchandra in late 1930s, quoted in "Dadasaheb Phalke's family wants Bharat Ratna for him". Hindustan Times. 27 April 2013. Retrieved on 26 December 2013.
- As a general rule, nobody has money who ought to have it.
- Benjamin Disraeli, Endymion (1881), Chapter LXV.
- The sweet simplicity of the three per cents.
- Benjamin Disraeli, in the House of Commons (Feb. 19, 1850). Endymion (1818), Chapter XCVI. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- "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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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
- Wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.
- Ecclesiastes. X. 19. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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 elegant simplicity of the three per cents.
- Lord Eldon. See Campbell, Lives of the Lord Chancellors, Volume X, Chapter CCXII.
- 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".
- It is not, believe me, the chief end of man that he should make a fortune and beget children whose end is likewise to make fortunes, but it is, in few words, that he should explore himself — an inexhaustible mine — and external nature is but the candle to illuminate in turn the innumerable and profound obscurities of the soul.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Address on Education”.
- Almighty gold.
- George Farquhar, Recruiting Officer, III. 2. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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.
- Prostitutes are the inevitable product of a society that places ultimate importance on money, possessions, and competition.
- Jane Fonda, in Thomas Kiernan, Jane: An Intimate Biography of Jane Fonda (1970).
- There are three faithful friends,
- 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).
- But there is a solution, there is an answer, there is redemption available for all of us and any one of us, and to the Catholic Church, funny enough I think it is a novel by Morris West, The Pope could decide that all this power, all this wealth, this hierarchy of princess, bishops, archbishops, priests, monks, and nuns could be sent out in the world with money and art treasures, to put them back in the countries that they once raped and violated, whose original systems of animism and belief in simplicity they told them would (tell them) take them straight to hell. They could give that money away, and they could concentrate on the apparent essence of their belief. Then, I would stand here and say the Catholic Church may well be a force for good in the world. But until that day, it is NOT.
- '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).
- It is true that the masses have always been led in one manner or another, and it could be said that their part in history consists primarily in allowing themselves to be led, since they represent a merely passive element, a “matter” in the Aristotelian sense of the word. But, to lead them today, it is sufficient to dispose of purely material means, … and this shows clearly to what depths our age has sunk. At the same time the masses are made to believe that they are not being led, but that they are acting spontaneously and governing themselves, and the fact that they believe this is a sign from which the extent of their stupidity may be inferred.
- René Guénon, The Crisis of the Modern World (1927), p. 109.
- This bank-note world.
- Fitz-Greene Halleck, Alnwick Castle. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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, Electromagnetic Theory (1912), Volume III; "The Electrician", p. 1.
- 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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- Would you know what money is, go borrow some.
- George Herbert, Jackula prudentum (1640).
- Fight thou with shafts of silver, and o'ercome
When no force else can get the masterdome.
- Robert Herrick, Money Gets the Mastery. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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.
- 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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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).
- Si possis recte, si non, quocumque mondo rem.
By right means, if you can, but by any means make money.
- Horace, Epistles, I, i.
- Quærenda pecunia primum est; virtus post nummos.
- Money is to be sought for first of all; virtue after wealth.
- Horace, Epistles, I. 1. 53. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- Et genus et formam regina pecunia donat.
- All powerful money gives birth and beauty.
- Horace, Epistles, 1. 6. 37. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- Bourgeois society is ruled by equivalence. It makes the dissimilar comparable by reducing it to abstract quantities. To the enlightenment, that which does not reduce to numbers, and ultimately to the one, becomes illusion.
- 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).
- 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). Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- I've got the sickest vendetta when it comes to the cheddar... You play with my paper, you're going to meet my Beretta... She looks good, but I know she's after my cheddar.
- Fuck with my dough? Then, the guns come out!
- Why spend mine, when I can spend yours?
- Whilst that for which all virtue now is sold,
And almost every vice, almighty gold.
- Ben Jonson, Epistle to Elizabeth, Countess of Rutland. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- Get money; still get money, boy;
No matter by what means.
- Ben Jonson, Every Man in His Humour, Act II, scene 3. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- Ploratur lacrimis amissa pecunia veris.
- Money lost is bewailed with unfeigned tears.
- Juvenal, Satires, XIII. 134. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- Crescit amor nummi quantum ipsa pecunia crescit.
- The love of money grows as the money itself grows.
- Juvenal, Satires, XIV. 139. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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.
- It would undeniably be a superb invention by laughter to imagine eternity in a financial predicament-ah, but then let us weep a little because temporality has so completely forgotten eternity and forgotten that from the eternal point of view money is less that nothing! Alas, many are of the opinion that the eternal is a delusion and that money is the reality, whereas in the understanding of eternity and of truth money is a delusion. Think of eternity in whatever way you want to; only admit that many of the temporal things you have seen in temporality you wished to find again in eternity, that you wished to see the trees and the flowers and the stars again, to hear the singing of the birds and the murmuring of the brooks again, but, could it ever occur to you that there would be money in eternity? No, then the kingdom of heaven itself would again become a land of misery, and therefore this cannot possibly occur to you, just as it cannot possibly occur to someone who believes money is reality that there is an eternity.
- Soren Kierkegaard Works of Love, 1847 Hong 1995 p. 319
- 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. Reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 177.
- 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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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).
- 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.
- Nathaniel Lindley, Baron Lindley, L.J., In re Marquis of Ailesbury's Settled Estates (1891), L. J. Rep. 61 C. D. 123. Reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 177.
- Nec quicquam acrius quam pecuniæ damnum stimulat.
- Nothing stings more deeply than the loss of money.
- Livy, Annales, XXX. 44. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- That's just a lie we tell poor people to keep them from rioting in the streets.
- Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.
- William Lowndes, Section of Treasury under William III, George I. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- As a rule, there is nothing that offends us more than a new kind of money.
- Robert Lynd, 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.
- 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. Reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 177.
- 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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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).
- Everything you've got to own costs money. Everything you do costs money. You can't take your wife on a date for free... Money doesn't make me; I make money. Without money, I'd be the same person.
- Luat in corpore, qui non habet in ære.
- Who can not pay with money, must pay with his body.
- Law Maxim. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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.
- Mammon, the least erected spirit that fell
- From heaven; for ev’n in heaven his looks and thoughts
- Were always downward bent, admiring more
- The riches of heaven’s pavement, trodden gold,
- Than aught divine or holy.
- John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book I, lines 679-683.
- 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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- The beautiful eyes of my money-box!
- 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).
- The origin of money is something to do with representational thinking. Representational thinking is the real leap, where somebody says ‘hey I can draw this shape on the cave wall and it is, in some way, the bison we saw at the meadow. These lines are the bison. That of course lead to language – this squiggle is, of course, a tree, or something. Is the tree. Money is code for the whole of life – you can bind in everything that is contained within life for money, money is a certain amount of sex, a certain amount of shelter, a certain amount of sustenance. … Money is the code for the entire world. Money is the world, the world in the sense I was talking about earlier, our abstract ideas about the world. Money is a perfect symbol for all that, and if you don’t believe in it, and you set a match to it, it’s just firewood – it doesn’t mean anything anymore.
- Alan Moore "Alan Moore Interview" by Matthew De Abaitua (1998), later published in Alan Moore: Conversations (2011) edited by Eric L. Berlatsky
- There is an inverse relationship between imagination and money.
- 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. Reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 177.
- 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. Reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 177.
- 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. Reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 177.
- Ra's Al Ghul: Look at it, detective. One of the last of the rain forests. The world depends upon it's oxygen, yet the rich see only profit in it's destruction. You, who belong to the over-class have much to answer for.
- Batman: Bruce Wayne donates millions of dollars a year to preserve these forests.
- Ra's Al Ghul: Which are being depleted at the rate of 120,000 acres a day. Does your money solve this problem? No! It will take more than wealth. It will take power, and I fear, ruthlessness. Humankind must be forced to serve the planet instead of its own appetites.
- Batman: And you're the one who'll do the forcing?
- Ra's Al Ghul: I am... qualified, yes. But I may not have sufficient lifetimes left to me.
- The Demons Quest, Batman: The Animated Series part 1, script by Dennis O'Neil
- 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.
- Since money belongs to the community … it would seem that the community may control it as it wills, and therefore may make as much profit from alteration as it likes, and treat money as its own property.
- Nicole Oresme Traictie de la Première Invention des Monnoies (1355) Ch. 22: Whether the community may alter money.
- 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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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.
- Are you not ashamed that you give your attention to acquiring as much money as possible, and similarly with reputation and honor, and give no attention or thought to truth and understanding and the perfection of your soul?
- Plato, Apology, 29e
- 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).
- "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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- When Gold argues the cause, eloquence is impotent.
- Publius Syrus, The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus, # 65.
- Subject to a kind of disease, which at that time they called lack of money.
- François Rabelais, Works, Book II, Chapter XVI. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- Point d'argent, point de Suisse.
- No money, no Swiss.
- Jean Racine, Plaideurs, I. 1. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- Money and friendship bribe justice.
Beauty is potent, but money is omnipotent.
- John Ray, A compleat collection of English proverbs. To which is added, A collection of English words not generally used. 1670/1813. Next page numbers from 1813 ed. p. 94.
- Judas: I don't need your blood money!
- Annas: But you might as well take it. We think that you should.
- Caliphas: Think of the things you could do with that money, Choose any charity - give to the poor. We've noted your motives. We've noted your feelings. This isn't blood money - it's a ...
- Annas: A fee.
- Caliphas: A fee nothing more.
- Jesus Christ Superstar, lyrics by Tim Rice (1970)
All I see is signs
All I see is dollar signs
Money on my mind
Money, money on my mind.
- Rihanna Pour It Up
- 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.
- Did you get your money by fraud? By pandering to men’s vices or men’s stupidity? By catering to fools, in the hope of getting more than your ability deserves? By lowering your standards? By doing work you despise for purchasers you scorn? If so, then your money will not give you a moment’s or a penny’s worth of joy. Then all the things you buy will become, not a tribute to you, but a reproach; not an achievement, but a reminder of shame. Then you’ll scream that money is evil.
- 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 the Younger, 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).
- The brutality of a man purely motivated by monetary considerations … often does not appear to him at all as a moral delinquency, since he is aware only of a rigorously logical behavior, which draws the objective consequences of the situation.
- Georg Simmel, “Domination,” On Individuality and Social Forms (1971), p. 110.
- 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.
- πολλοί τοι πλουτοῦσι κακοί, ἀγαθοὶ δὲ πένονται:
- ἀλλ᾽ ἡμεῖς τούτοις οὐ διαμειψόμεθα
- τῆς ἀρετῆς τὸν πλοῦτον, ἐπεὶ τὸ μὲν ἔμπεδον αἰεί,
- χρήματα δ᾽ ἀνθρώπων ἄλλοτε ἄλλος ἔχει.
- Many bad men are rich, many good men are poor. But we will not exchange wealth for virtue along with them. One man has money now, another has money at another time. Money goes around, whereas virtue endures.
- 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 (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, 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.
- Money never sleeps.
- All these Wall Street lawyers are running the system according to Buckminster Fuller. After World War II they took most of the money out of the United States, they drained the blood out of the United States and put it abroad, overseas capital…. Fuller calls it Lawyer Capitalism, the lawyers run the show. Tax laws are the key. In the postwar years, tax law allowed US capital to go abroad…. It all fled the country and stayed abroad and America changed tremendously…. We became a world power, yet a rapacious one, with capitalists really doing a major theft of our money…. Nixon took us off the Gold standard in 1972 because America went bankrupt…. All these recessions in the 70’s, 80’s…. My father got wiped out on Wall Street.
- Balzac was right…. There is tremendous jealousy about money.
- I wanted to explore the new Wall Street. When I was writing Scarface in Miami, there was so much coke around and so many lunatics, and I met so many kids from Wall Street who were millionaires. I thought older men were rich, but here were these kids, 25 or 28 or 35 years old, with millions of dollars playing the markets all over the world around the clock. My father would have been shocked by the new electronics that allowed it…. Dad was a stockbroker on Wall Street when there was more integrity and class.
- Oliver Stone Wall Street DVD Director’s Commentary (2000)
- 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).
- 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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- Money does not represent such a value as men have placed upon it. All my money has been invested into experiments with which I have made new discoveries enabling mankind to have a little easier life.
- Nikola Tesla as quoted in "A Visit to Nikola Tesla" by Dragislav L. Petković in Politika (April 1927); also in Tesla, Master of Lightning (1999) by Margaret Cheney, Robert Uth, and Jim Glenn, p. 82
- 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.
- Ploutos, no wonder mortals worship you:
You are so tolerant of their sins!
- Theognis, Elegies, D. Wender, trans., 523.
- 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.
- Not greedy of filthy lucre.
- I Timothy, III. 3. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- The love of money is the root of all evil.
- I Timothy, VI. 10. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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.
- Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.
- 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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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).
- Having, First, gained all you can, and, Secondly saved all you can, Then give all you can.
- John Wesley, Sermon 50 "The Use of Money" in The Works of the Reverend John Wesley, A.M. (1840) edited by John Emory, Vol. I, p. 446
- Popularly paraphrased as:
Make all you can,
Save all you can,
Give all you can.
- [A]ny article which is well known to be valued by a large and easily accessible class of persons may be taken habitually in exchange for valued commodities, although those who take it do not want it for their own use, and it does not, on its own merits, occupy such a place on their relative scale as would justify the exchange. All that is necessary is that there should be a confident expectation of finding some one on whose relative scale it does take such a place. The derivative value that such an article will possess in the mind of a man who has no direct use for it will depend on the direct value which it is conjectured to have in the mind of some accessible though not definitely identified individual or individuals. If there is some article of very generally recognised value which actually takes its place, as directly significant, on the scales of a great number of people, it may come to be generally accepted, without any special calculation or consideration, by people who are not thinking of any use they may have for it themselves, but are aware that it occupies a sufficiently high relative place on the scales of others to recoup them for what they give in exchange for it. As soon as this custom begins to be well established it will automatically extend and confirm itself, and the commodity in question will become a "currency" or "medium of exchange," the special characteristic of a medium of exchange being that it is accepted by a man who does not want it, or does not want it as much as what he gives for it, in order that he may exchange it for something he wants more. If I have some potatoes and should prefer some cherries, and give my potatoes for some nets, which I do not want as much, because I know that some one else has the cherries and will prefer nets to them, then the nets are a "medium" by the intervention of which I can, at two removes, exchange my potatoes for the cherries, though I cannot find any one who has the cherries and will give them to me for the potatoes. Postage stamps often serve as a medium of exchange, because a large and easily accessible class of persons are constantly wanting the services that the stamps will command. Tram tickets, when issued in books, might and to a limited extent do serve as a medium of exchange in the same manner. Cook's coupons might easily pass as a medium of exchange amongst travellers on the Continent; and if the railway companies issued their dividends in the shape of claims for such and such a mileage of travelling on their lines the certificates would be readily accepted in exchange by people who had no intention of travelling themselves, if they could make sure of finding people who did want to travel and would give them valuables in exchange for the claims. It is a matter of common knowledge that cattle still perform this function of a medium of exchange in South Africa, and books tell us that furs were long used as currency by the traders on Hudson Bay, and tobacco by the planters in Virginia.
Concurrently with these developments, or perhaps in advance of them, the custom will grow up of estimating the marginal significance of things in terms of the generally accepted article even when the article does not pass from hand to hand in exchanges. There is more evidence in the Homeric poems of the valuation of female slaves, of tripods, or of gold or brass armour, in terms of so many head of cattle, than there is of any direct transfer of cattle in payment for other goods. The convenience of such a standardising of values is obvious. If everything is scheduled in terms of one selected commodity it is indefinitely easier than it would otherwise be to realise the terms on which alternatives are open to us; and if any man defines his marginal estimate of anything he possesses in terms of this standard commodity any other member of the community will at once know whether or not it stands higher on his own scale than on the other's, and therefore whether or not the conditions for a mutually advantageous exchange exist.
In England the functions of a standardising commodity and of a medium of exchange are both alike performed by gold. Gold is applied to a vast number of purposes in the arts and sciences, and were it more abundant it would replace other metals in many more. Consequently a great number of easily accessible persons actually give a relatively high place to gold on their scales of preference, in virtue of its direct significance to them. It is established by custom (and, so far as that is possible, by law) as the universally accepted commodity; and at the same time it is used as the common measure in terms of which our estimates of all exchangeable things may be stated.
- Philip Wicksteed, "Money and Exchange," ch. 4 of The Common Sense of Political Economy, Book I, Systematic and Constructive, contained in ed. Lionel Robbins, The Common Sense of Political Economy and Selected Papers and Reviews on Economic Theory by Philip Wicksteed vol. I (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul LTD, 1910, 1933, 1957), pp. 135–138.
- But neither can anything we desire be got without money, or what money represents, i.e. without the command of exchangeable things. All the things that we so often say "cannot be had for money" we might with equal truth say cannot be had or enjoyed without it. Friendship cannot be had for money, but how often do the things that money commands enable us to form and develop our friendships! … But even "waiting" requires money, if not so much as marrying does. In fact, a man can be neither a saint, nor a lover, nor a poet, unless he has comparatively recently had something to eat. The things that money commands are strictly necessary to the realisation on earth of any programme whatsoever. The range of things, then, that money can command in no case secures any of those experiences or states of consciousness which make up the whole body of ultimately desired things, and yet none of the things that we ultimately desire can be had except on the basis of the things that money can command. Hence nothing that we really want can infallibly be secured by things that can be exchanged, but neither can it under any circumstances be enjoyed without them.
- Philip Wicksteed, "Money and Exchange," ch. 4 of The Common Sense of Political Economy, Book I, Systematic and Constructive, contained in ed. Lionel Robbins, The Common Sense of Political Economy and Selected Papers and Reviews on Economic Theory vol. I (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul LTD, 1910, 1933, 1957), pp. 153–154.
- 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).
- It is money makes the mare to trot.
- John Wolcot, Ode to Pitt. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
- 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."). Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24.
Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989)Edit
- All the perplexities, confusions, and distresses in America arise, not from defects in their constitution or confederation, not from a want of honor or virtue, so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.
- John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, August 25, 1787. Charles Francis Adams, ed., The Works of John Adams (1853), vol. 8, p. 447.
- Money is power, and you ought to be reasonably ambitious to have it.
- Russell H. Conwell, Acres of Diamonds, p. 20 (1915). Conwell, founder and first president of Temple University, delivered this address more than 6,000 times from 1877 until his death in 1925.
- As this body has no authority to make anything whatever a tender in payment of private debts, it necessarily follows that nothing but gold and silver coin can be made a legal tender for that purpose, and that Congress cannot authorize the payment in any species of paper currency of any other debts but those due to the United States, or such debts of the United States as may, by special contract, be made payable in such paper.
- Albert Gallatin, Considerations on the Currency and Banking System of the United States, 1831, in Henry Adams, ed., The Writings of Albert Gallatin (1879), vol. 3, p. 235.
- For the folk-community does not exist on the fictitious value of money but on the results of productive labour, which is what gives money its value.
- Adolf Hitler, speech to the German Reichstag, January 30, 1937. The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922–August 1939, trans. and ed. Norman H. Baynes, vol. 1, p. 937 (1969).
- If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.
- Attributed to Thomas Jefferson; reported as "obviously spurious" in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989) (noting that "[a]lthough Jefferson was opposed to paper money... [i]nflation was listed in Webster's dictionary of 1864, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, but the OED gives 1920 as the earliest use of deflation").
- In truth, the gold standard is already a barbarous relic.
- John Maynard Keynes, Monetary Reform (1924), p. 187.
- The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency.
- Attributed to Vladimir Ilich Lenin by John Maynard Keynes, The Economic Consequences of the Peace (1920, reprinted 1971), p. 235. Keynes says, "Lenin is said to have declared …" Despite careful searching by the European Division of the Library of Congress, this has not been found in Lenin's writings and remains Reported as unverified in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989).
- God gave me my money. I believe the power to make money is a gift from God … to be developed and used to the best of our ability for the good of mankind. Having been endowed with the gift I possess, I believe it is my duty to make money and still more money and to use the money I make for the good of my fellow man according to the dictates of my conscience.
- John D. Rockefeller, interview in 1905.—Peter Collier and David Horowitz, The Rockefellers, an American Dynasty, chapter 3, p. 48 (1976). Rockefeller assumed giving to charity was a Christian duty, and did so throughout his life. Later in life he began to "have the semimystical feeling that he had been especially selected as the frail vessel for the great fortune" (p. 48).
- "Not worth a Continental dam" had its origin about this time . It is not a profane expression. A "dam" is an Indian coin of less value than one cent and a Continental one cent was next to worthless when it took six pounds, or about thirty dollars to buy a "warm dinner".
- Oliver Taylor, Historic Sullivan, p. 97 (1909), footnote. Other versions of this phrase include "Not worth a Continental" and "Not worth a Continental Damn". While other writers do not include the Indian connection, they agree the phrase arose when Continental money became worthless toward the end of the Revolution. See Mitford M. Mathews, A Dictionary of Americanisms, p. 383 (1951).
- He who tampers with the currency robs labor of its bread.
- Daniel Webster, speech delivered at Niblo's Saloon, New York City, March 15, 1837. The Works of Daniel Webster, 10th ed. (1857), vol. 1, p. 377.