"The sobering thought is that individuals and societies are not, in the end, remembered for how they made their money, but for how they spent it."
"If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion."
"To be clever enough to get a great deal of money, one must be stupid enough to want it."
"Young people, nowadays, imagine that money is everything, and when they grow older, they know it."
"When you don't have any money, the problem is food. When you have money, it's sex. When you have both, it's health."
J.P. Donleavy, The Ginger Man
George Washington Carver (1864-1943), an American agricultural researcher, lost his entire life-savings of $70,000 when the Alabama Bank crashed. He may have lost his money, but he certainly didn't lose his cool. He remarked: "I guess somebody found a use for it, I was not using it myself."
The Guiness Book of Money
I am getting on nicely in my work at the bank, and like it ... I want to find out something about the science of money while I am at it; it is an extraordinarily interesting subject ..."
A letter written on 11th April 1917 while working in Lloyds Bank in England.
"Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."
"There are no gains without pains."
"Remember that time is money."
The Swiss naturalist Jean Luis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807-73) was once asked to give a lecture, for which he would receive a handsome fee. Agassiz, who was dedicated to his research work, refused to give the talk saying he couldn't afford to waste his time making money.
"A poor person who is unhappy is in a better position than a rich person who is unhappy. Because the poor person has hope. He thinks money would help."
Jean Kerr, Poor Richard.
If a millionaire had nothing better to do he could amuse himself by counting out his money. At the rate of one dollar a second, it would take him 277 hours to count his million, or nearly seven normal five-day weeks, working non-stop, eight hours a day
"The love of money is the root of all evil"
"A banker is a person who lends you an umbrella when the sun shines and asks for it back immediately it starts raining."
"Balance sheets are like bikinis. The most interesting parts are not displayed".
Cyril Northcote Parkinson
"When all experts agree, you need to watch out".
"It is a great art, to make intelligent mistakes."
"Computers are the cleverest idiots that exist."
"Housewives spend more money than their husbands make, so that other people think their husbands earn more money than they really do."
"Jealousy, not money, rules the world."
"You don't talk about money. You have it."
"When you don't have any, you only think of money. When you have it, you still only think of money".
"It is better to give than to lend, and costs about the same."
"People nowadays know the price of everything and the value of nothing."
"God, bless me with luxury. Necessities I can do without."
"Profit is a blessing, if it's not stolen."
"To live like a poor man is only fun when you are rich."
"Maintaining full employment has become a fetiche. It's precisely this that is causing jobs to disappear."
"Thrift: a way to spend money without having the least little bit of pleasure from it."
"I'm tired of love; I'm still more tired of Rhyme. But Money gives me pleasure all of the time."
"Success is a miserable teacher. It tempts intelligent people to believe they cannot lose. And it is an unreliable guide to the future..."
"Some people spend money that they don't have, for things that they don't need, to impress people that they don't like."
"Money means in a thousand minds a thousand subtly different, roughly similar, systems of images, associations, suggestions and impulses."
"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of other people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you lived; this is to have succeeded."
Ralph Waldo Emerson"
Quotations from "Money and the Meaning of Life", Bantam Doubleday 1991
Jacob Needleman, Professor of Philosophy, San Francisco State University
"In our time and culture, the battlefield of life is money. Instead of horses and chariots, guns and fortresses, there are banks, checkbooks, credit cards, mortgages, salaries, the tax authorities. But the inner enemies remain the same now as they were in ancient India or feudal Japan: fear, self-deception, vanity, egoism, wishful thinking, tension and violence."
"I want to understand what, precisely, it is in ourselves that prevents great truth from penetrating into our lives and therefore which prevents us from acting ethically in the only real sense of the word. Ethically means acting and being in the service of what is the true greatness of oneself as Man. I've studied many aspects of our culture from this perspective - science, education, medecine, religion. But now I see that in our society, in our world, it is our relation to money that needs to be understood. If great truth does not enter into our relation to money, it cannot enter our lives."
"If money were more important to us we would understand how it influences everything in our lives. Love and hatred, eating and sleeping, safety and danger, work and rest, marriage, children, fear, loneliness ... think of where we go, how we travel, with whom we associate ... The money factor is there, wrapped around or lodged inside everything. Money is the raw material out of which we build our lives. But because we don't take money more seriously, we have come to know the price of everything and the meaning of nothing."