Money Quotes (Part 4 of 5)

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September 1, 2011 by Chris Nöthling

People like talking and they like money and mostly they like talking about money!

The first usage of the term money is recorded from Mesopotamia around 3000 BC and the first stamped coins were minted around 650–600 BC. Today money is generally considered to have three main functions, namely: (a) It is a medium of exchange; (b) it is a unit of account; and (c) it is a store of value.

I have collated a collection of around 300 quotable comments on money ranging from Oscar Wilde to Woody Allan, from Tiger Woods to Barack Obama. Some are inspirational. Others are humorous, insightful or cynical. All of them reveal some aspect of our relationship with money.

You are welcome to freely copy and paste and use them in your marketing efforts in any way you chose. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.

  • Money won’t buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem. – Bill Vaughan
  • By the time a man is rich enough to sleep late, he’s too old to enjoy it. – Anonymous
  • 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
  • When I had money everyone called me brother. – Polish proverb
  • In societies of low civilization, there is no money.  - Herbert Spencer
  • I’d asked around 10 or 15 people for suggestions. Finally one lady friend asked the right question, ‘Well, what do you love most?’ That’s how I started painting money. – Andy Warhol
  • I don’t think the money people in Hollywood have ever thought I was normal, but I am dedicated to my work and that’s what counts. – Angelina Jolie
  • No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions; he had money as well. – Margaret Thatcher
  • Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does. – Jane Austen
  • Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes her laws. – Mayer Amschel Rothschild
  • I know it’s going to be the private sector that leads this country out of the current economic times we’re in. You can spend your money better than the government can spend your money. – George W. Bush
  • Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing? – Samuel Goldwyn
  • Spare no expense to save money on this one. – Samuel Goldwyn
  • This film cost $31 million. With that kind of money I could have invaded some country. – Clint Eastwood
  • Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. – P.J. O’Rourke
  • You can’t get rid of poverty by giving people money. – P.J. O’Rourke
  • I like to sing ballads the way Eddie Fisher does and the way Perry Como does. But the way I’m singing now is what makes the money. – Elvis Presley
  • I can’t afford to die; I’d lose too much money. – George Burns
  • Our greatest lack is not money for any undertaking, but rather ideas. If the ideas are good, cash will somehow flow to where it is needed. – Robert H. Schuller
  • I know why they don’t like me because they want the money I have. – Mike Tyson
  • I can inspire people on how to use money, how to get economically powerful. -Mike Tyson
  • I think it’s too bad that everybody’s decided to turn on drugs, I don’t think drugs are the problem. Crime is the problem. Cops are the problem. Money’s the problem. But drugs are just drugs. – Jerry Garcia
  • A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart. – Jonathan Swift
  • Money doesn’t make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million. – Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Pretty much, Apple and Dell are the only ones in this industry making money. They make it by being Wal-Mart. We make it by innovation. – Steve Jobs
  • Life is a game. Money is how we keep score. – Ted Turner
  • I don’t make deals for the money. I’ve got enough, much more than I’ll ever need. I do it to do it. – Donald Trump
  • I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can’t help it. It’s the truth. – Charlie Chaplin
  • You don’t appreciate a lot of stuff in school until you get older. Little things like being spanked every day by a middle-aged woman: Stuff you pay good money for in later life. – Emo Philips
  • You can be young without money but you can’t be old without it. – Tennessee Williams
  • 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 A. Baldwin
  • Nothing is so strongly fortified that it cannot be taken by money. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy. – Steve Martin
  • When the federal government spends more each year than it collects in tax revenues, it has three choices: It can raise taxes, print money, or borrow money. While these actions may benefit politicians, all three options are bad for average Americans. – Ron Paul
  • Cocaine is God’s way of saying you’re making too much money. – Robin Williams
  • Financially, I’ve lost money and made money, but I know my way around financially. – Jack Nicholson
  • Laws go where dollars please. – Portuguese proverb
  • Why is there so much month left at the end of the money? – Anonymous
  • Money swore an oath that nobody who did not love it should ever have it. – Irish proverb
  • I’m so happy to be rich. I’m willing to take all the consequences. – Howard Ahmanson
  • We forget that money gives its value – that someone exchanged work for it. – Neal O’Hara
  • Make money and the whole world will conspire to call you a gentleman. – Mark Twain
  • Money is the wise man’s religion. – Euripides
  • Neither a borrower nor a lender be for loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. – William Shakespeare
  • The rich aren’t like us, they pay less taxes. – Peter de Vries
  • We were awfully poor. But we had a lot of things that money can’t buy . . . like unpaid bills.- Anonymous
  • It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, as long as you’ve got money. – Joe E. Lewis
  • Money can’t buy happiness, but it will certainly get you a better class of memories. – Ronald Reagan
  • The man who invented slow-motion movies got his idea while watching a Scotsman reach for a check in a restaurant. – Anonymous
  • When asked to borrow money: “I’ll see what my lawyer says. . . . And if he says yes, I’ll get another lawyer.” – W.C. Fields
  • He who knows how to be poor knows everything. – Michelet

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