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Which means more to you
You or what you own?
And which would cost you more
If it were gone? LAO-TZU (c.6th century BC)

To suppose as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and stay sober.

My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income. Errol Flynn

The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money.

I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money. Pablo Picasso

No matter how hard you hug your money, it never hugs you back.

A rich man's joke is always funny.

This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy. (Douglas Adams H2G2)

“How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked. “Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually and then suddenly.” (Ernest Hemingway The Sun Also Rises)

Mammon, n.: The god of the world's leading religion. Ambrose Bierce

Sometimes the best investments are the ones you didn't make

Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.

Budget: a mathematical confirmation of your suspicions.

The rich aren't like us: they pay less taxes.

We may see the small value God has for riches, by the people he gives them to.

There are a handful of people whom money won't spoil, and we count ourselves among them.

Money can't buy love, but it improves your bargaining position.

Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy you the kind of misery you prefer.

... but it can help you look in a lot more places.

... but it can buy you things that make you happy. Or it can blow up the things that make you unhappy.

When a fellow says it hain't the money but the principle o' the thing, it's th' money.

We live by the Golden Rule. Those who have the gold make the rules.

Lack of money is the root of all evil.

The rich are different to you and me. They pay less tax.

If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil.

Roger Hall play Spreading Out "We're supposed to take comfort in the knowledge that there's always someone worse off than ourselves, but what's bloody annoying is that there's always someone better off."

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.

"Imagine no possessions" sang John Lennon, who owned an apartment in New York just to house his clothes.

Extravagance - anything you buy that your wife doesn't have a use for

Wealth - any income that is at least one hundred dollars more a year than the income of one's wife's sister's husband.

If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning. Aristotle Onassis

Money isn't the most important thing in life, but it's reasonably close to oxygen on the "gotta have it" scale. Zig Ziglar

A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Money and women. They're two of the strongest things in the world. The things you do for a woman you wouldn't do for anything else. Same with money.

Those who set out to serve both God and Mammon soon discover that there is no God.

All I ask is the chance to prove that money can't make me happy. Spike Milligan

Art for art's sake, money for God's sake.

A very rich person should leave his kids enough to do anything but not enough to do nothing. (Warren Buffett)

Ben Franklin may have discovered electricity - but it is the man who invented the meter who made the money.

It's not your salary that makes you rich, it's your spending habits.

Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men.

Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet. Henry James

There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everybody.

"The trick is to stop thinking of it as 'your' money." - IRS auditor

We have tried the charity route and it doesn't work. There is not enough money to donate your way out of poverty - there are too many people. I have nothing against charity, but this is a business problem.

Another good thing about being poor is that when you are seventy your children will not have you declared legally insane in order to gain control of your estate. Woody Allen

"Money lent to a friend must be recovered from an enemy"

“No man is rich enough to buy back his past.” ― Oscar Wilde

"Someday I want to be rich. Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity. That's how rich I want to be."

There are hundreds of ways of making money but only one honest way. "What's that?" Yeah I didn't think you'd know.

3 social classes - the Haves, the Have-Nots, and the Haven't-Paid-For-What-We've-Gots

“The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.” ― Napoleon Hill

Many people have more money than brains - but not for long.

“It is better to live rich than to die rich. ” ― Samuel Johnson

... gives you a better class of enemy.

If you are rich, you have to be an idiot not to stay rich. And if you are poor, you have to be really smart to get rich.

“I will tell you the secret to getting rich on Wall Street. You try to be greedy when others are fearful. And you try to be fearful when others are greedy.” ― Warren Buffett

I don't like it much but it does quieten my nerves.

The victor belongs to the spoils.

Give me all your money now and I'll invest it until you reincarnate. The compound interest alone will make you rich.

He neither drank nor smoked nor chased women. He lived frugally and died surrounded by greedy relatives. It was a great lesson for me.

Tainted money - taint yours and it taint mine.


We are here on Earth to do good for others - what the others are here for I have no idea.

When it comes to giving for others, I stop at nothing.

"Please help me sir. I am hungry and have nothing in the world except this gun."

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