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  • "For as long as I can remember the slogan has been … the federal government ought to behave more like families, because families balance their budgets. It turns out that families looked around and said, “You know what? Let’s behave more like the government!”"
    George Will (1941–), US Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
    On irresponsible borrowing.
    Source: This Week (September 2008)
  • "I just never got involved with the cash flow thing. My attitude was creativity will see me through."
    Adrienne Landau (1950–), US fashion designer
    Source: Forbes (October 2000)
  • "The budget is God."
    Anonymous
    Slogan at Japanese optical company Topcom.
    Source: Quoted in the Economist (London) (January 13, 1996)
  • "Watch the costs and the profits will take care of themselves."
    Andrew Carnegie (18351919), US industrialist and philanthropist
    Source: Quoted in The Entrepreneurs—An American Adventure (R. Sobel and D. B. Silicia, 1986)
  • "Whenever I think about the budgetary problems, I think about the problems of Errol Flynn … reconciling net income with gross habits."
    Sir Malcolm Rifkind (1946–), British politician
    Source: Quoted in Film Yearbook (1986)
  • "We didn't actually overspend our budget. The Health Commission allocation simply fell short of our expenditure."
    Keith Davis (1926–), Australian administrator and physician
    Source: Quoted in Sydney Morning Herald (November 14, 1981)
  • "Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery."
    Charles Dickens (18121870), British novelist
    There were twenty shillings in a pound and twelve pence in a shilling.
    Source: David Copperfield (1849–1850), ch. 12

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