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Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.

OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, SR., The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

Life is a game. Money is how we keep score.

TED TURNER, attributed, The Quotable Billionaire

Money poisons you when you've got it, and starves you when you haven't.

D. H. LAWRENCE, Lady Chatterley's Lover

Money is just the poor man's credit card.

MARSHALL MCLUHAN, Understanding Media

Money speaks sense in a language all nations understand.


If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some; for he that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanac

Surely there never was so evil a thing as money, which maketh cities into ruinous heaps, and banisheth men from their houses, and turneth their thoughts from good unto evil.


So you think that money is the root of all evil? Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal wlth one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?

AYN RAND, Atlas Shrugged

The lack of money is the root of all evil.

MARK TWAIN, Mark Twain's Notebook

Las Vegas is the only place I know where money really talks--it says, "Goodbye."

FRANK SINATRA, The Joker Is Wild

We teach children to save their money. As an attempt to counteract thoughtless and selfish expenditure, that has value. But it is not positive; it does not lead the child into the safe and useful avenues of self-expression or self-expenditure. To teach a child to invest and use is better than to teach him to save.

HENRY FORD, My Life and Work

A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.


Money enhances a man as beauty enhances a woman.

Few men have virtue enough to withstand the highest bidder.


Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled.

BARACK OBAMA, speech, Jul. 12, 2006

Wealth makes an ugly person beautiful to look on and an incoherent speech eloquent; and wealth alone can enjoy pleasure even in sickness and can conceal its miseries.

SOPHOCLES, The Sons of Aleus [fragment]

No matter how successful a relationship may be, both sexually and emotionally, the lack of money can hamper and undermine, little by little, even the greatest passion.

LAURA ESQUIVEL, Swift as Desire

Home life ceases to be free and beautiful as soon as it is founded on borrowing and debt.

HENRIK IBSEN, A Doll's House

I do not like money, money is the reason we fight.


Money is a needful and precious thing, and when well used, a noble thing, but I never want you to think it is the first or only prize to strive for. I'd rather see you poor men's wives, if you were happy, beloved, contented, than queens on thrones, without self-respect and peace.


When I had money, money, O!
I knew no joy till I went poor;
For many a false man as a friend
Came knocking all day at my door.


Riches are a good handmaid, but the worst mistress.

FRANCIS BACON, De Augmentis Scientiarum

The holy passion of friendship is so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring in nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.

MARK TWAIN, The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

Money is worth what it will help you to produce or buy and no more.

HENRY FORD, My Life and Work

A big part of not having money as a kid isn’t that you haven’t the stuff you want. It isn’t being without heat, or the phone and electric company sending cut-off notices. It’s lying in bed late at night worrying. You feel ashamed that your family is so radically different. Other families had stable lives and nice homes they could invite their friends to visit. Those things didn’t happen in our family. So it was a little bit like embarrassment on top of embarrassment. But the worst is that, even more than food and shelter, you worried about your parents’ anxiety, which was palpable in the house. It sounds crazy, but I’m grateful for all that now. It gave me a really good work ethic and sympathy for the majority of people who aren’t rich. I feel in touch with their lives.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER, Sam Magazine, 2005

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Money ... is like a beautiful thoroughbred horse--very powerful & always in action, but unless this horse is trained when very young, it will be an out-of-control & dangerous animal when it grows to maturity.

DAVE RAMSEY, Financial Peace Revisited

Powerful to alleviate, to delay, to camouflage, though money is, in the end it lets us down.


Money doesn't spend in hell.... The devil deals in a different coin.


Riches are for spending.


Love and money should properly have nothing to do with each other.

JOHN SAUL, Guardian

I'll acquaint you with the first ironclad rule of the enormously wealthy: Never spend one's own money.

MARK FROST, The List of Seven

Money doesn’t talk, it swears obscenity.

BOB DYLAN, "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)"

Money ... those who don't have enough of it are only aware of what it can buy them. When you finally have enough of it you become aware--acutely aware--of all the things it can't buy ... the really important things ... like youth, health, love, peace of mind.


Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.

PAUL NEWMAN, Paul Newman: A Life in Pictures

Money is a crystal formed of necessity in the course of the exchanges.

KARL MARX, Das Kapital

A man can no more make money suddenly and largely, and be unharmed by it, than one could suddenly grow from a child's stature to a man's without harm.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.

DOROTHY PARKER, attributed, The Natural History of the Rich

One penny may seem to you a very insignificant thing, but it is the small seed from which fortunes spring.

ORISON SWETT MARDEN, The Optimistic Life

Unexpected money is a delight. The same sum is a bitterness when you expected more.

MARK TWAIN, letter to Orion Clemens, Mar. 23, 1878

When it comes to money, you can't win. If you focus on making it, you're materialistic. If you try to but don't make any, you're a loser. If you make a lot and keep it, you're a miser. If you make it and spend it, you're a spendthrift. If you don't care about making it, you're unambitious. If you make a lot and still have it when you die, you're a fool--for trying to take it with you. The only way to really win with money is to hold it loosely--and be generous with it to accomplish things of value.

JOHN C. MAXWELL, Motivated to Succeed

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When money talks, nobody cares what kind of grammar it uses.


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.


Money alone sets all the world in motion.


The Management of money is, in much, the management of self. If heaven allotted to each man seven guardian angels, five of them, at least, would be found night and day hovering over his pockets.


No man's credit is as good as his money.

EDGAR WATSON HOWE, Country Town Sayings

Nothing in the world is as mobile as capital. It can move anywhere in the world instantaneously.

BARNEY FRANK, Q&A at National Press Club, Jul. 29, 2009

Rule No. 1: Never lose money.
Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No. 1.

WARREN BUFFET, The Tao of Warren Buffet

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Money - Wikipedia article.

The History of Money - From barter, cattle, and cowrie shells to modern coins and currency, see how economic exchange has evolved through time.

CNN/Money - CNN's exclusive business site; the online home of FORTUNE and MONEY magazines.

Financial, Economic, and Money News - The latest breaking financial news on the US and world economy from USA Today.

On the Management of Money - An essay by Edward Bulwer Lytton.


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