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Money and Wealth

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Money is better than poverty if only for financial reasons.
Woody Allen
Comedian, Filmmaker

All things that are exchanged must be somehow compared. It is for this end that money has been introduced, and it becomes in a sense an intermediate; for it measures all things.

If money go before, all ways do lie open.
William Shakespeare

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

Ready money is Aladdin’s lamp.
Lord Byron

Money is indeed the most important thing in the world; and all sound and successful personal and national morality should have this fact for its basis.
George Bernard Shaw

No man will take counsel, but every man will take money: therefore money is better than counsel.
Jonathan Swift

Money is far more persuasive than logical arguments.
Greek poet and dramatist

When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know it is.
Oscar Wilde
Playwright and novelist

The old thought that one cannot be rich except at the expense of his neighbor, must pass away. True prosperity adds to the richness of the whole world, such as that of the man who makes two trees grow where only one grew before.
Anne Rix Militz

Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.
Ayn Rand

Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.
Sarah Bernhardt

A man who has money may be anxious, depressed, frustrated and unhappy, but one things he’s not — and that’s broke.
Brendan Francis

Money is always on the brain so long as there is a brain in reasonable order.
Samuel Butler
Satirical poet

It’s no use filling your pocket full of money if you’ve got a hole in the corner.
George Eliot

I do everything for a reason. Most of the time the reason is for money.
Suzy Parker
Model and actress

The darkest hour in the history of any young man is when he sits down to study how to get money without honestly earning it.
Horace Greeley
Newspaper editor

I don’t want to be a millionaire, I just want to live like one.
Bernard Shor

Money swore an oath that nobody who did not love it should ever have it.
Irish proverb

Our problem is not what the dollar is worth at home or abroad. It’s how to get hold of it, whatever it’s worth.
Will Rogers

I have no complex about wealth. I have worked hard for my money, producing things that people need. I believe that the able business leader who creates wealth and employment is more worthy of historical notice than politicians or soldiers.
J. Paul Getty
Oil magnate and philanthropist

Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil.
Mohandas Gandhi
Indian nationalist leader

I use the words “profit” and “capitalism” proudly. Because when business is healthy, all of society is healthy.
Harry Jack Gray
Chairman, United Technologies Corporation

There are few sorrows, however poignant, in which a good income is of no avail.
Logan Pearsall Smith
Author and essayist

Can anybody remember when the times were not hard and the money not scarce?
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosopher, essayist and poet


“After getting the first hundred pounds, it is more easy to get the second, money itself being of a prolific nature.”

“In short, the way to wealth, if you desire it, is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality; that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both.”

“Creditors have better memories than debtors.”

“The use of money is all the advantage there is in having money.”

“If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.”

Benjamin Franklin
American statesman, writer, and inventor


The money you refuse will never do you any good.
Italian proverb

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
2nd U.S. president and revolutionary leader

Better a steady dime than a rare dollar.
Jewish saying

The only point in making money is so you can tell some big shot where to go.
Humphrey Bogart

It takes a great deal of boldness mixed with a vast amount of caution, to acquire a great fortune; but then it takes ten times as much wit to keep it after you have got it as it took to make it.
Mayer A. Rothschild

I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can’t help it. It’s the truth.
Charlie Chaplin
Actor and director

The only thing money gives you is the freedom of not worrying about money.
Johnny Carson
Talk show host

The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably. The man who respects it has earned it.
Ayn Rand

Money is power, and you ought to be reasonably ambitious to have it.
Russell Herman Conwell
Clergyman, lecturer, and founder of Temple University

Money is the soul of business.
German proverb

We have rights, as individuals, to give as much of our own money as we please to charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of public money.
Colonel Davy Crockett
Frontiersman, soldier, member of Congress

The art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give it to another.
Poet and satirist

The more is given the less the people will work for themselves, and the less they work the more their poverty will increase.
Leo Tolstoy

Money is the sign of liberty. To curse money is to curse liberty — to curse life.
Rèmy de Gourmont

Nothing is sadder than the consequences of having worldly standards without worldly means.
Van Wyck Brooks
Essayist, critic, and translator

Money alone sets all the world in motion.
Publilius Syrus
Latin writer

He who has no money in his purse should have honey on his tongue.
French proverb

Everything else can satisfy only one wish, one need;…Money alone is absolutely good, because it is not only a concrete satisfaction of one need in particular; it is an abstract satisfaction of all.
Arthur Schopenhauer

In prosperity it is very easy to find a friend; in adversity, nothing is so difficult.

One has a duty to make money, but only by honorable means. It is also one’s duty to save money and increase it by diligence and thrift.
Orator, statesman, and philosopher

Budgets are not merely affairs of arithmetic, but in a thousand ways go to the root of prosperity of individuals, the relation of classes and the strength of kingdoms.
William E. Gladstone
British statesman and prime minister

A heavy purse makes a light heart.

No one is rich enough to do without a neighbor.
Danish proverb

To acquire wealth is difficult, to preserve it more difficult, but to spend it wisely most difficult of all.
Edward Day


To love money is to know and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you, and your passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men. It’s the person who would sell his soul for a nickel, who is loudest in proclaiming his hatred of money — and he has good reason to hate it. The lovers of money are willing to work for it. They know they are able to deserve it.
Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged


I don’t like money, actually, but it quiets my nerves.
Joe Louis
Boxing champion

It’s a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.
Albert Camus

All the money in the world is no use to a man or his country if he spends it as fast as he makes it. All he has left is his bills and the reputation for being a fool.
Rudyard Kipling

The lawful basis of wealth is, that a man who works should be paid the fair value of his work, and that if he does not choose to spend it today, he should have free leave to keep it, and spend it tomorrow.
John Ruskin
Art critic and historian

The only people who claim that money is not important are people who have enough money so that they are relieved of the ugly burden of thinking about it.
Joyce Carol Oates

A purse without money is only a piece of leather.
Jewish proverb

Money is a guarantee that we may have what we want in the future. Though we need nothing at the moment it insures the possibility of satisfying a new desire when it arises.

It happens a little unluckily that the persons who have the most infinite contempt of money are the same that have the strongest appetite for the pleasures it procures.
William Shenstone
Poet and landscape gardener

Money is power. Every good man and woman ought to strive for power, to do good with it when obtained. I say, get rich, get rich!
Russell Herman Conwell
Clergyman, lecturer, and founder of Temple University

Money: A good thing to have. It frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.
Groucho Marx
Comedian and entertainer

Wealth may be an excellent thing, for it means power, leisure and liberty.
James Russell Lowell
Poet and editor

I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Believe me, honey, rich is better.
Sophie Tucker

Just as riches are an impediment to virtue in the wicked, so in the good they are an aid of virtue.
St. Ambrose
Bishop of Milan

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
Oscar Wilde
Playwright and novelist

A man with a surplus can control circumstances, but a man without a surplus is controlled by them, and often he has no opportunity to exercise judgment.
Harvey Firestone
Founder, Firestone Tire & Rubber Company

If you can count your money, you don’t have a billion dollars.
J. Paul Getty
Oil magnate and philanthropist

Money is plentiful for those who understand the simple laws which govern its acquisition.
George S. Clason
Author and publisher

The only wealth is life.
Henry David Thoreau
Naturalist and writer

You can be young without money but you can’t be old without it.
Tennessee Williams

Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.
Stephen Swid

The way to wealth depends on just two words, industry and frugality.
Benjamin Franklin
American statesman, writer, and inventor

There’s nothing so comfortable as a small bankroll. A big one is always in danger.
Wilson Mizner

Don’t knock the rich. When did a poor person give you a job?
Dr. Laurence Peter
Author, educator

Just think how happy you would be if you lost everything you have right now, and then got it back again.
Frances Rodman

It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.
George Horace Lorimer

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