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  • "To be extraordinarily happy and to have no concern for money drives some people nuts."
    Danny Baker (1957–), British journalist and broadcaster
    Source: Desert Island Discs, BBC Radio (July 31, 2011)
  • "People would rather earn 60 grand in an area where their neighbours earn 40, than earn 80 in an area where their neighbours earn a hundred."
    John Lanchester (1962–), British journalist and novelist
    Source: Speech. “Enough” (December 12, 2010)
  • "It turns out there is a specific dollar number, or income plateau, after which more money has no measurable effect on day-to-day contentment. The magic income: $75,000 a year."
    Anonymous
    Reporting the findings of a study by economist Angus Deaton and psychologist Daniel Kahneman
    Source: Wall Street Journal blog (September 7, 2010)
  • "Above the Bear Stearns trading floor hung the slogan “Let’s make nothing but money.” Bear Stearns did indeed make nothing but money: not friends or loyal clients, not even many products that customers should have wanted to buy. And in the end the company lost all the money it had ever made."
    John Kay (1948–), British economist
    Source: Obliquity: Why Our Goals Are Best Achieved Indirectly (2010)
  • "Money turns out to be whatever we agree it to be. It is a collective work of the imagination."
    Simon Carr, British journalist
    Source: Independent (London) (January 12, 2009)
  • "There's plenty of money out there. They print more and more of it every day. But that ticket? There are only five of them, and that's all there's ever going to be. Only a dummy would give this up for something as common as money. Are you a dummy?"
    John August (1970–), US screenwriter
    Grandpa George persuading Charlie that he should not sell the golden ticket
    Source: Screenplay of the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2006)
  • "Money isn't everything, but it keeps the kids in touch."
    Anonymous
    Source: Quoted in Business Wit and Wisdom (Richard S. Zera, 2005)
  • "It isn't necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It's only necessary be rich."
    Alan Alda (1936–), US actor
    Source: Quoted in Really Bad Business Advice (David Dallas and Arlen Foote, 2003)
  • "I have never been in no situation where having money made it worse."
    Clinton Jones (1945–), US football player
    Source: Quoted in How to License Your Million Dollar Idea (Harvey Reese, 2002)
  • "I cannot afford to waste my time making money."
    Louis Agassiz (18071873), Swiss-born US zoologist
    Source: Quoted in The Lazy Person's Guide to Success (Ernie J. Zelinski, 2002)
  • "I'm not in Wall Street for my health."
    J. P. Morgan (18371913), US financier
    Source: Quoted in Treasury of Investment Wisdom (Bernice Cohen, 1999)
  • "Money, of course, is never just money. It's always something else, and it's always something more, and it always has the last word."
    Paul Auster (1947–), US novelist, short-story writer, and poet
    Source: Hand to Mouth (1997)
  • "What good is money if you can't inspire terror in your fellow man?"
    Jon Vitti, US television writer
    Spoken by tycoon C. Montgomery Burns.
    Source: The Simpsons, Fox TV (December 5, 1991)
  • "Americans want action for their money. They are fascinated by its self-reproducing qualities if it's put to work. Gold-hoarding goes against the American grain; it fits in better with European pessimism than with America's traditional optimism."
    Paula Nelson (1944–), US educator
    Source: The Joy of Money: The Woman's Guide to Financial Freedom (1986)
  • "It's not how much you earn, it's how much you owe."
    Ted Turner (1938–), US founder of Turner Broadcasting Systems and CNN
    Source: Speech (1986)
  • "To turn $100 into $110 is work. To turn $100 million into $110 million is inevitable."
    Edgar Bronfman, Jr (1955–), Canadian chairman of Warner Music Group
    Source: Newsweek (December 2, 1985)
  • "Money doesn't mind if we say it's evil, it goes from strength to strength. It's a fiction, an addiction, and a tacit conspiracy."
    Martin Amis (1949–), British novelist
    Source: Money (1984)
  • "Money is a singular thing. It ranks with love as man's greatest source of joy. And with death as his greatest source of anxiety. Over all history it has oppressed nearly all people in one of two ways: either it has been abundant and very unreliable, or reliable and very scarce."
    J. K. Galbraith (19082006), US economist and diplomat
    Source: The Age of Uncertainty (1977)
  • "Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons."
    Woody Allen (1935–), US actor, humorist, movie producer, and director
    Source: “The Early Essays,” Without Feathers (1976)
  • "Money couldn't buy you friends but you got a better class of enemy."
    Spike Milligan (19182002), Irish comedian and writer
    Source: Puckoon (1963)
  • "Money is like manure. If you spread it around, it does a lot of good, but if you pile it up in one place, it stinks like hell."
    Clint W. Murchison (18851969), US entrepreneur, oil industry executive, and financier
    Source: Quoted by his son Clint Murchison, Jr, in Time (June 16, 1961)
  • "Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex: you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did."
    James Baldwin (19241987), US writer
    Source: “Black Boy Looks at the White Boy,” Esquire (May 1961)
  • "The best things in life are free
    But you can give them to the birds and bees
    I need money.
    "
    Barrett Strong (1941–), US singer and songwriter
    Source: Money (That's What I Want) (1959)
  • "You've heard money talking? Did you understand the message?"
    Marshall McLuhan (19111980), Canadian sociologist and author
    Source: The Mechanical Bridge (1951)
  • "My hardest job has been to keep from being a millionaire."
    Amadeo Giannini (18701949), US banker and founder of Bank of America
    Source: American magazine (January 1931)
  • "The instinct of acquisitiveness has more perverts, I believe, than the instinct of sex. At any rate, people seem to me odder about money than about even their amours."
    Aldous Huxley (18941963), British novelist and essayist
    Source: Point Counter Point (1928), ch. 22
  • "We all know how the size of sums of money appear to vary in a remarkable way according as they are paid in or out."
    Sir Julian Huxley (18871975), British biologist and writer
    Source: Essays of a Biologist (1923)
  • "Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five."
    W. Somerset Maugham (18741965), British novelist, short-story writer, and dramatist
    Source: Of Human Bondage (1915)
  • "The universal regard for money is the one hopeful fact in our civilization."
    George Bernard Shaw (18561950), Irish writer and critic
    Source: Major Barbara (1905), Preface
  • "Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet."
    Henry James (18431916), US novelist
    Source: The Portrait of a Lady (1881), ch. 35
  • "I finally know what distinguishes man from the other beasts: financial worries."
    Jules Renard (18641910), French writer
    Source: Journal (1877–1910)
  • "It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly."
    Samuel Butler (18351902), British writer
    Source: Erewhon (1872), ch. 20
  • "To mistake money for wealth, is the same sort of error as to mistake the highway which may be the easiest way of getting to your house or lands, for the house and lands themselves."
    John Stuart Mill (18061873), British economist and philosopher
    Source: Principles of Political Economy, with Some of Their Applications to Social Philosophy (7th ed, 1871)
  • "Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882), US essayist, lecturer, and poet
    Source: “Nominalist and Realist,” Essays: Second Series (1844)
  • "In civilised society, personal merit will not serve you so much as money will. Sir, you may make the experiment. Go into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see which will respect you the most."
    Samuel Johnson (17091784), British poet, lexicographer, essayist, and critic
    Source: Quoted in The Life of Samuel Johnson (James Boswell, 1791)
  • "Money is the seed of money. The first guinea is sometimes more difficult to aquire than the second million."
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (17121778), French philosopher and writer
    Source: Discourse Upon the Origin and Foundation of the Inequality Among Mankind (1754)
  • "Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it's greedy or loving."
    Dan Millman (1946–), US former world trampoline champion and motivational writer
    Source: Attributed
  • "A billion here, a billion there. Sooner or later it adds up to real money."
    Everett Dirksen (18961969), US senator
    Source: Attributed
  • "A fool and his money are soon invited everywhere."
    Warren Buffett (1930–), US entrepreneur and financier
    Source: Notice hanging in his office
  • "There is nothing so habit forming as money."
    Don Marquis (18781937), US journalist and humorist
    Source: Attributed
  • "Getting money is like digging with a needle; spending it is like water soaking into sand."
    Anonymous
    Japanese proverb
  • "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."
    New Testament, second part of the Christian Bible
    Source: 1 Timothy 6:10

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