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Favorite Money Quotes


“Some people spend money that they don’t have, for things that they don’t need, to impress people that they don’t like.” -Danny Kaye

“People nowadays know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” -Oscar Wilde

“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.”- Charles Handy

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

“To be clever enough to get a great deal of money, one must be stupid enough to want it.” – G.K. Chesterton

“A banker is a person who lends you an umbrella when the sun shines and asks for it back immediately it starts raining.” – Mark Twain

“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.

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.”

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