Money Quotes


  • “That’s just a lie we tell poor people to keep them from rioting in the streets.”
    o Eva Longoria, Desperate Housewives In response to the claim that money can’t buy happiness.

  • Everybody loves money. That’s why it’s called “money”.
    o Danny Devito, Heist (2001)

  • 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.
    o 1 Timothy 6:10, KJV

  • But as they all say if we sell our home what will we have for it, money, and what is the use of that money, money goes and after it is gone then where are we, beside we have all we want, what can we do with money except lose it, money to spend is not very welcome, if you have it and you try to spend it, well spending money is an anxiety, saving money is a comfort and a pleasure, economy is not a duty it is a comfort, avarice is an excitement, but spending money is nothing, money spent is money non-existent, money saved is money realised…
    o Stein, Gertrude. Paris France. New York: Liveright, 1970. (p. 103)

  • Good news rarely comes in a brown envelope.
    o Henry D’Avigdor Goldsmid

  • It’s no trick to make a lot of money, if all you want to do is make a lot of money.
    o Everett Sloane, Citizen Kane; screenplay by Herman Mankiewicz and Orson Welles)

  • Keith (Eric Stoltz): You can’t tell a book by its cover.
    Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson): No, but you can tell how much it’s gonna cost you.
    o Some Kind of Wonderful, on going out with rich-girl Amanda (Lea Thompson)

  • “Quantizing”

  • I look at Paris Hilton, think about her parents’ fortune and her grandparents’ fortune. She thought she had it all together. A whole lot of people think that, that when you got money you can do anything you want to do. But I want to tell you there are some things money can’t do for you; Money can buy you a house, but can’t buy you a home; Money can buy you food to put on your table, but can’t buy an appetite; Money can buy you one of the most finest matresses in the world, but can’t buy you sleep.
    o Archbishop LeRoy Bailey Jr., Senior Pastor w:The First Cathedral From a sermon entitled: We Need GODDelivered: June 14th,2007 at The First Cathedral.

  • It’s all about money cause without money you dead/ Ain’t a damn thing funny / You gotta have a con in this land of milk and honey
    o Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, “The Message” (1982)

  • Money isn’t everything but neither is it nothing.
    o Leonid S. Sukhorukov, All About Everything (2005)

  • Money / It’s a crime / Share it fairly / But don’t take a slice of my pie. / Money / So they say / Is the root of all evil today.
    o Pink Floyd, “Money”, The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

  • The grabbing hands / Grab all they can / All for themselves, after all / It’s a competitive world / Everything counts in large amounts
    o Depeche Mode, Everything Counts (1983)

  • No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.
    o The Constitution of the United States, Article 1, Section 10, Clause 1[1]


  • Money is how people set a number to value.
    o David Packouz

  • Simple rules for saving money.
    o To save half: When you are fired by an eager impulse to contribute to a charity, wait, and count to forty.
    o To save three-quarters, count sixty.
    o To save it all, count sixty-five.
    + Mark Twain

  • A great industrial Nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the Nation and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world ~ no longer a Government of free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men.
    o Woodrow Wilson, 28th US President

  • A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.
    o Jonathan Swift

  • All the perplexities, confusion and distresses in America arise not from defects in the constitution or confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, as much from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.
    o John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson

  • Endless money forms the sinews of war
    o Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC ~ 43 BC), Philippics

  • Every era has a currency that buys souls. In some the currency is pride, in others it is hope, in still others it is a holy cause. There are of course times when hard cash will buy souls, and the remarkable thing is that such times are marked by civility, tolerance, and the smooth working of everyday life.
    o Eric Hoffer

  • He who has money need have no fear of the law.
    o Old Russian saying

  • History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling the money and its issuance.
    o James Madison, 4th US President

  • If you want to know what God thinks about money, just look at the people He gives it to.
    o Old Irish saying.

  • It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.
    o Henry Ford

  • Money is an asset whose value is based on the social trust that it will be exchanged against commodities, services and other assets produced in the future.
    o Meghnad Desai

  • Money is evil… and the less we have the more evil it becomes.
    o Leonid S. Sukhorukov

  • Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.
    o Ayn Rand

  • Money isn’t everything, but it sure keeps you in touch with your children.
    o J. Paul Getty

  • Money, which represents the prose of life, and is hardly spoken of in parlors without apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.
    o Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
    o Jesus

  • Pecunia non olet
    o Translation: Money does not smell.
    o Vespasian

  • 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 with 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?
    o Ayn Rand

  • The government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and credits needed to satisfy the spending power of the government and the buying power of consumers. By adoption of these principles, the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest. Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity.
    o Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President

  • The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson.
    o Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd US President

  • The trade of the petty usurer is hated with most reason: it makes a profit from currency itself, instead of making it from the process which currency was meant to serve. Their common characteristic is obviously their sordid avarice.
    o Aristotle

  • This Act (the Federal Reserve Act, Dec. 23rd 1913) establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President (Woodrow Wilson) signs the Bill, the invisible government of the Monetary Power will be legalised… The worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking and currency Bill.
    o Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr. (1859 ~ 1924) Congressman (father of the famous aviator)

  • The few who understand the system, will either be so interested in its profits, or so dependent on its favors that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantages…will bear its burden without complaint, and perhaps without suspecting that the system is inimical to their best interests.
    o Rothschild Brothers of London communiqué to associates in New York June 25, 1863

  • To be controlled in our economic pursuits means to be controlled in everything.
    o Friedrich Hayek

  • Is there a number or mark planned for the hand or forehead in a new cashless society? YES, and I have seen the machines that are now ready to put it into operation.
    o Ralph Nader

  • If congress has the right under the Constitution to issue paper money, it was given them to use themselves, not to be delegated to individuals or corporations.
    o US President Andrew Jackson

  • History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.
    o US President James Madison

  • The money power denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes.
    o Democrat Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan

  • I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
    o Thomas Jefferson

  • I have two great enemies, the southern army in front of me and the financial institutions, in the rear. Of the two, the one in the rear is the greatest enemy….. I see in the future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of the war.
    o Abraham Lincoln

  • I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our constitution ~ taking from the federal government their power of borrowing.
    o Thomas Jefferson, 1798

  • If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation then by deflation, the banks and the corporations will grow up around them, will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.
    o Thomas Jefferson, The Debate Over The Recharter Of The Bank Bill, (1809)

  • In the Colonies, we issue our own paper money. It is called ‘Colonial Scrip.’ We issue it in proper proportion to make the goods and pass easily from the producers to the consumers. In this manner, creating ourselves our own paper money, we control its purchasing power and we have no interest to pay to no one. In this manner, by creating ourselves our own paper money, we control its purchasing power, and we have no interest to pay, to anyone. You see, a legitimate government can both spend and lend money into circulation, while banks can only lend significant amounts of their promissory bank notes, for they can neither give away nor spend but a tiny fraction of the money the people need. Thus, when your bankers here in England place money in circulation, there is always a debt principal to be returned and usury to be paid. The result is that you have always too little credit in circulation to give the workers full employment. You do not have too many workers, you have too little money in circulation, and that which circulates, all bears the endless burden of unpayable debt and usury.
    o Benjamin Franklin Autobiography

  • If this mischievous financial policy, which has its origin in North America, shall become endurated down to a fixture, then that Government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off debts and be without debt. It will have all the money necessary to carry on its commerce. It will become prosperous without precedent in the history of the world. The brains, and wealth of all countries will go to North America. That country must be destroyed or it will destroy every monarchy on the globe.
    o Hazard Circular ~ London Times 1865

  • The government should create, issue and circulate all the currency and credit needed to satisfy the spending power of the government and the buying power of consumers….. The privilege of creating and issuing money is not only the supreme prerogative of Government, but it is the Government’s greatest creative opportunity. By the adoption of these principles, the long-felt want for a uniform medium will be satisfied. The taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest, discounts and exchanges. The financing of all public enterprises, the maintenance of stable government and ordered progress, and the conduct of the Treasury will become matters of practical administration. The people can and will be furnished with a currency as safe as their own government. Money will cease to be the master and become the servant of humanity. Democracy will rise superior to the money power.
    o Abraham Lincoln, Senate document 23, page 91, 1865

  • The division of the United States into federations of equal force was decided long before the Civil War by the high financial powers of Europe. These bankers were afraid that the US, if they remained as one block, and as one nation, would attain economic and financial independence, which would upset their financial domination over the world.
    o Otto von Bismark, Chancellor of Germany 1876

  • When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes… Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.
    o Napoleon Bonaparte, 1815

  • Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.
    o James A. Garfield, 20th US President

  • If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill. The element that makes the bond good, makes the bill good, also. The difference between the bond and the bill is the bond lets money brokers collect twice the amount of the bond and an additional 20%, whereas the currency pays nobody but those who contribute directly in some useful way. It is absurd to say that our country can issue $30 million in bonds and not $30 million in currency. Both are promises to pay, but one promise fattens the usurers and the other helps the people.
    o Thomas Edison, The New York Times, December 6, 1921

  • Money plays the largest part in determining the course of history
    o Karl Marx (Communist Manifesto)

  • Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws.
    o Mayer Amschel Rothschild, 1790

  • Those few who can understand the system (check book money and credit) will either be so interested in its profits, or so dependent on it favors, that there will be little opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of people mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system, will bear it burdens without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests.
    o The Rothschild Brothers of London

  • Money is a new form of slavery, and distinguishable from the old simply by the fact that it is impersonal ~ – that there is no human relation between master and slave.
    o Leo Tolstoy

  • In numerous years following the war, the Federal Government ran a heavy surplus. It could not (however) pay off its debt, retire its securities, because to do so meant there would be no bonds to back the national bank notes. To pay off the debt was to destroy the money supply.
    o John Kenneth Galbraith

  • While economic textbooks claim that people and corporations are competing for markets and resources, I claim that in reality they are competing for money ~ using markets and resources to do so. Greed and fear of scarcity are being continuously created and amplified as a direct result of the kind of money we are using. For example, we can produce more than enough food to feed everybody, and there is definitely enough work for everybody in the world, but there is clearly not enough money to pay for it all. In fact, the job of central banks is to create and maintain that currency scarcity. Money is created when banks lend it into existence When a bank provides you with a $100,000 mortgage, it creates only the principal, which you spend and which then circulates in the economy. The bank expects you to pay back $200,000 over the next 20 years, but it doesn’t create the second $100,000 ~ the interest. Instead, the bank sends you out into the tough world to battle against everybody else to bring back the second $100,000.
    o Bernard Lietaer, economist, one of the designers of the Euro

  • I have never seen more senators express discontent with their jobs. … I think the major cause is that, deep down in our hearts, we have been accomplices to doing something terrible and unforgivable to this wonderful country. Deep down in our hearts, we know that we have bankrupted America and that we have given our children a legacy of bankruptcy. .. We have defrauded our country to get ourselves elected.
    o John Danforth, Republican senator from Missouri, reported in the Arizona Republic of April 21, 1992

  • Most Americans have no real understanding of the operation of the international money lenders… The accounts of the Federal Reserve System have never been audited. It operates outside the control of Congress and… manipulates the credit of the United States.
    o Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-AZ)

  • Your money’s value is determined by a global casino of unprecedented proportions: $2 trillion are traded per day in foreign exchange markets, 100 times more than the trading volume of all the stockmarkets of the world combined. Only 2% of these foreign exchange transactions relate to the “real” economy reflecting movements of real goods and services in the world, and 98% are purely speculative. This global casino is triggering the foreign exchange crises which shook Mexico in 1994-5, Asia in 1997 and Russia in 1998. These emergencies are the dislocation symptoms of the old Industrial Age money system.
    o Future of Money by Bernard Lietaer

  • When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.
    o Chinese proverb

  • If you’d lose a troublesome visitor, lend him money.
    o Benjamin Franklin

  • He’s got a wonderful head for money. There’s this long slit on the top.
    o David Frost

  • The safest way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.
    o Kin Hubbard

  • Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.
    o Agatha Christie

  • Always live within your income, even if you have to borrow money to do so.
    o Josh Billings

  • If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.
    o Benjamin Franklin

  • To borrow money, big money, you have to wear your hair in a certain way, walk in a certain way, and have about you an air of solemnity and majesty — something like the atmosphere of a Gothic cathedral.
    o Stephen Leacock

  • The best way to keep money in perspective is to have some.
    o Louis Rukeyser

  • The great rule is not to talk about money with people who have much more or much less than you.
    o Katharine Whitehorn

  • Money can’t buy friends, but you can get a better class of enemy.
    o Spike Milligan

  • Money won’t buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem.
    o Bill Vaughan

  • To be clever enough to get a great deal of money, one must be stupid enough to want it.
    o George Bernard Shaw

  • Sex is like money; only too much is enough.
    o John Updike

  • Money is an agreement within a community to use something as a medium of exchange.
    o Bernard Lietaer

  • It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, the only color that really matters is green.
    o Family Guy

  • But for money and the need of it, there would not be half the friendship in the world. It is powerful for good if divinely used. Give it plenty of air, and it is sweet as the hawthorn; shut it up, and it cankers and breeds worms.
    o George Macdonald

  • Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.
    o John Wesley

  • What a dignity it gives an old lady, that balance at the bankers! How tenderly we look at her faults if she is a relative; what a kind, good-natured old creature we find her!
    o William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way. That was a true proverb of the wise man, rely upon it: “Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure, and trouble therewith.”
    o Benjamin Franklin

  • Money is a good servant, but a dangerous master.
    o Dominique Bouhours

  • By doing good with his money, a man as it were stamps the image of God upon it, and makes it pass current for the merchandise of heaven.
    o John Rutledge

  • To cure us of our immoderate love of gain, we should seriously consider how many goods there are that money will not purchase, and these the best; and how many evils there are that money will not remedy, and these the worst.
    o Charles Caleb Colton

  • The deepest depth of vulgarism is that of setting up money as the ark of the covenant.
    o Thomas Carlyle

  • Money is worthless unless some people have it and others do not.
    o Anonymous

  • if you are a bee you don’t need money for honey
    o Burcu Uysal

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