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Top 100+ Money Quotes

“I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks. Got a fur sink. An electric dog polisher. A gasoline powered turtleneck sweater. And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too.”

Money quote by Steve Martin

“What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.”

Money quote by Julia Cameron

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

Anonymous

“You wanna know what money sounds like? Go to a trading floor on Wall Street.”

Jordan Belfort

“The government’s worse than a wife. They got all the power,they got half the money. Now they’re working on getting the other half.”

“Money is a bitch that never sleeps”

Gordon Gekko

“If money go before, all ways do lie open.”

Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, 1601

“ […] now she fell in awe-stricken admiration before it; for was not money the sole force that can level a mountain, fill up an arm of the sea – briefly, render the earth inhabitable by men, who, once relieved of labour, would become but the conductors of machines.”

Money quote from Emile Zola’s “Money”, 1894

“The functions and characteristics of money are defined strictly in economic terms. As an entirely homogeneous, infinitely divisible, liquid object, lacking in quality, money is a matchless tool for market exchange. Even when the symbolic meaning of money is recognized, it either remains restricted to the economic sphere or is treated as a largely inconsequential feature.”

Money quote from Viviana A. Rotman Zelizer, Professor and Chair of Sociology at Princeton University, “The Social Meaning of Money”, 1997

“Money has come more and more to be the blood and the driving force of social life.”

Money quote from Stefan Sweig’s “Balzac, Dickens, Dostoevsky: Master builders of the spirit”, 2017.

“A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart”

An excellent observation Jonathan Swift made to lord Bolingbroke, whose response is equally worth quoting:

“A wise man should take care how he lets money get too much into his head, for it would most assuredly descend to the heart. “

Money quote from Swift’s “The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift”, 1812

“Money, you think, is the sole motivation to pain and hazard, deception and deviltry, in this world. How much money did the devil make by gulling Eve?”

Money quote from Herman Melville’s “The Confidence-Man”, 1857

“How a man uses money -makes it, saves it and spends it- is perhaps one of the best tests of practical wisdom.”

Money quote from Samuel Smiles’ “Self-Help with Illustrations of Conduct and Perseverance”, 1859

“Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.”

Money quote attributed to Groucho Marx (“The Psychology of Money”, by Adrian Furnham, Michael Arglye, 1998)

“Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.”

Money quote attributed to Zig Ziglar, (“See You at the Top: Daily Motivational Thoughts from Zig Ziglar”, 1999)

“October: This is one of the particularly dangerous months to invest in stocks. Other dangerous months are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.”

Money quote attributed to Mark Twain (“Twain’ Pudd’nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twin”, 1922)

“A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.”

Money quote attributed to Bob Hope (who found his source in Alan Harrington’s “Life in the Crystal Palace”, 1959)

“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.

Money quote often attributed to Albert Einstein (“Policy Document: Peter Kershaw’s Tax Approach, Form #08.010”, by Sovereignty Education and Defense Ministry, 2008)

“Too many people spend money they earned to buy things they don’t want, to impress people that they don’t like.”

Money quote attributed to Will Rogers (Wealth Made Easy, “Millionaires and Billionaires Help You Crack the Code of Abbundance”, by By Dr. Greg Reid with Gary M. Krebs, 2019 )

“Money, if it does not bring you happiness, will at least help you be miserable in comfort.”

Money quote by Helen Gurley Brown ( longtime Cosmopolitan editor)

“Money is the best deodorant.”

Money quote attributed to Elizabeth Taylor( “Burn, Baby, Burn!: Money & Markets Most Outrageous, Funny and Witty Quotes” by Jose Manuel Moreira Batista, 2014)

“Money speaks sense in a language all nations understand.”

Money quote by Aphra Behn (found in her play “The Rover”, 1677)

“Money is of value for what it buys, and in love it buys time, place, intimacy, comfort, and a private corner alone.”

Money quote by Mae West (Forbes, 2009)

“I never attempt to make money on the stock market. I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for ten years.”

Money quote by Warren Buffett (“The Tao of Warren Buffett: Warren Buffett’s Words of Wisdom: Quotations and interpretations to help guide you to billionaire wealth and enlightened business management” by Mary Buffett, David Clark, 2006)

“I made my money the old-fashioned way. I was very nice to a wealthy relative right before he died.”

Money quote attributed to Malcolm Forbes (“Making Life Rich Without Any Money”, by Phil Callaway, 1999)

“Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.”

Money quote by P.T. Barney of the famed Barnum and Barney Circus (“Making Your Parachute: Changing the Way Executives Buy Business Insurance”, by Michael Hale, 2017)

“It’s not how much money you make, but how much money you keep, how hard it works for you, and how many generations you keep it for.“

Money quote by Robert T. Kiyosaki (“Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, 2019)

“I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.”

Money quote by Pablo Picasso ( Olivier Widmaier Picasso, “Picasso:The Real Family Story”, 2004)


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“A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.”

Money quote attributed to William Claude Fields (as compiled by Campbell M Gold, 2009)

“Money, like emotions, is something you must control to keep your life on the right track.

Money Quote by Natasha Munson, (“Life Lessons for My Black Girls, How to Make Life Choices and Live A Life You Love”, 1999)

“The Stock Market is designed to transfer money from the Active to the Patient.”

Money Quote by Warren Buffett (“Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett: The Winning Strategy to Help You Achieve Your Financial and Live Goals” by Larry E. Swedroe , 2013)

“There is a gigantic difference between earning a great deal of money and being rich.”

Money quote by Marlene Dietrich (as published in her ABC., in 1962)

“He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money”

Money Quote by Benjamin Franklin (his “Poor Richard’s Almanack”, 1914 )

“Money is time. With money I buy for cheerful use the hours which otherwise would not in any sense be mine; nay, which would make me their miserable bondsman.”

Money quote by George Gissing (in his work “The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft”, 1901)

“It ain’t often that a man’s reputation outlasts his money.”

Money quote attributed to comedian Josh Billings (alias Henry Wheeler Shaw, as cited in Money and Wealth: A Book of Quotations by Joslyn Pine, Peter Donahue, 2013)

“Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.”

Money quote by Tony Hsieh (“The Transformative CEO: Impact lessons from industry game changers” by Jeffery J. Fox, Robert Reiss, 2012)

“You don’t have to marry for money; hang around the rich and marry for love. “

Money quote attributed to Dena Seletsky, mother of Barbara Walters

“They can’t tax you on money you got illegally. “

Money quote attributed to Al Capone

“Never lend money to a friend. It’s dangerous. It could damage his memory.”

Money quote by Sam Levenson (found in his book “In One Era and Out the Other: A Life’s Journey”, 2016)

“Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.”

Money quote by Sam Levenson (found in his book “In One Era and Out the Other: A Life’s Journey”, 2016)

“Money isn’t everything, but it certainly keeps you in touch with your children.”

Money quote attributed to Alexander Hamilton, first Secretary of the Treasury between 1789-1795

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“What were the receipts today in Madison Square Garden?”

Last words of P.T. Barnum (“Famous Last Words: Apt Observations, Pleas, Curses, Benedictions, Sour Notes Bons Mots, and Insights from People on the Brink of Departure” by Alan Bisbort, 2001)

“I spend money as if I had it.”

Money quote attributed to Mike Todd

“Lack of money is the root of all evil.”

Money quote attributed to George Bernard Shaw (“Encyclopedia of British Writers: 19th and 20th Centuries” by Christine L. Krueger, also found in “The Devil’s Race-track: Mark Twain’s Great Dark Writings” as edited by John S. Tuckey, 1966)

“I spent so much on the election, I could have got my chauffeur elected.”

Money quote by Joe Kennedy (Paper Money, the Root of Evil: An Examination of the Currency of the United States, with Practical Suggestions for Restoring Specie Payments Without Robbing Debtors by Charles A. Mann, 2018 )

“Christopher Columbus was looking for a passage to India, but he landed in America. He landed in the wrong place, and when he got back, he wasn’t sure where he’d been. But most important of all, he did it on someone else’s money.”

Money quote attributed to Ronald Reagan

“The new source of power is not money in the hands of a few, but information in the hands of many.”

Money quote by Diana Lady Dougan ( in her column, “The U. S. and the Carribean: Partners in Communication”, published in “The Department of State Bulletin”, Volume 85, 1985), also used by John Naisbitt in Megatrends back in 1984. (“Making a Living Without a Job, revised” by Barbara Winter, 1993)

“When a fellow says it ain’t the money but the principle of the thing, it’s the money.”

Money quote attributed to Frank Hubbard (according to CIO Magazine’, The Money Issue) but also to Artemus Ward (From Humble Beginnings to Realizing a Dream, by Letshego Tau, 2015)

“Work is the price you pay for money.”

Money quote by “Canada Bill” Jones

“It is morally wrong to allow suckers to keep their money.”

Money quote by A. Furnham ( in his “Management Mumbo Jumbo”, 2006)

“Men are like bank accounts. Without a lot of money they don’t generate a lot of interest.”

Money quote often attributed to George W. Bush

“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.”

Money quote by Nelson Mandela (“Nelson Mandela: His Words”, by Ann Kannings , 2014)

“Don’t stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed. Nature never breaks its own laws.”

Money quote attributed to comedian George Burns (“Gear to Success: When it comes to success, there are no shortcuts” by Bo Bennett, 2018 )

“If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.”

Money quote attributed to Dorothy Parker and Maurice Baring, whom she cited back in 1956; however, the saying goes as far back as Alexander Pope’s “Thoughts on Various Subjects”, 1727

“You only have so many hours in a day, let others make the money for you.”

Money quote by Nick Haase (founder of Loot, formerly The Daily Hundred)

Money can’t buy happiness, but it will certainly get you a better class of memories.”

Money quote by Ronald Reagan ( “Large Print Cryptograms by Trip Payne, Shawn Kennedy, 2004)

“A simple fact that is hard to learn is that the time to save money is when you have some.”

Money quote attributed to Joe Moore (“Personal Finance Simplified: The Step-by-Step Guide for Smart Money Management”, by Tycho Press )

“The longer you’re not taking action the more money you’re losing.”

Money quote attributed to Carrie Wilkerson (“Texas Hold ‘Em Fish ‘N’ Chips: A Beginners Guide by Jim Hodges”, 2012)

“Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money.”

Money quote by Johnny Cash ( “Least Risk Investing: More Wealth, Less Worry, Greater Confidence”, by Michael L. Gay, 2012)

“Money and women are the most sought after and the least known about of any two things we have.”

Money quote by Will Rogers (“’Never Miss a Good Chance to Shut Up’, and Other Will Rogers Quotes”, by Crombie Jardine 2014)

“Money is like a sixth sense – and you can’t make use of the other five without it.”

Money quote by William Somerset Maugham (“New York Times Magazine”, 1958)

“Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are.”

Money quote by James W. Frick (Words of Wisdom, Gramercy Books, 1998)

What you choose to do with your money shows whether you are truly powerful or powerless.”

Money quote by Suze Orman ( “American Comeback by Jim Bickford”, 2013)

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“Always borrow money from a pessimist; he doesn’t expect to be paid back.”

Money quote attributed to the Los Angeles Times Syndicate (Labor, 1975)

“When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.”

Money quote by Voltaire (Letter to Mme. d’Épinal, Ferney (26 December 1760), from ‘Oeuvres Complètes de Voltaire’ )

“When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.

Money quote by Oscar Wilde (“A Consumer’s guide to aging”, by David H. Solomon, 1992)

“Money problems can always be solved by a man not frightened by them.”

Money quote by Robert Anson Heinlei (“Have Space Suit, Will Travel”, by Robert A. Heinlein, 2005)

“Many folks think they aren’t good at earning money, when what they don’t know is how to use it.”

Money quote by Frank A. Clark (“The Awakened Millionaire: A Manifesto for the Spiritual Wealth Movement”, by Joe Vitale, 2016)

“Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won’t buy the wag of his tail”

Money quote by humorist Josh Billings ( Who Put My Life on Fast-Forward?: How to Slow Down and Start Living Again, by Phil Callaway )

“There are only two things wrong with money: too much or too little.”

Money quote by Charles Bukowski (“The Most Beautiful Woman In Town”, 2013 )

“The real key to making money in stocks is not to get scared out of them.”

Money quote by Peter Lynch (“One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market”, by Peter S. Lynch, Peter Lynch, John Rothchild )

“Money may not buy love, but fighting about it will bankrupt your relationship.”

Money quote by Michelle Singletary (“Your Money and Your Man”, 2006)

“Sometimes it’s better to spend one hour thinking about money than to spend a week working for it.”

Money quote attributed to stock market expert André Kostolany

“To get rich, you have to be making money while you’re asleep.”

Money quote by David Bailey (“Starting Over”, by Robin J. Elliott, 2018)

“Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.”

Money quote attributed to Woody Allen (“Financial Economics: A Concise Introduction to Classical and Behavioral Finance”, by Thorsten Hens, Marc Oliver Rieger 2016)

“Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.”

Barack Obama

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.”

Money quote attributed to Henry Ford (“Can you imagine?”, by Johnson Benjamin, 2013)

“Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells.”

Money quote attributed to J. Paul Getty (ESPN Creating an Empire”, by Stuart Evey, 2004), originally Francis Bacon’s, 17th century philosopher and thinker, who wrote it in his “Essays. Of Seditions and Troubles”

“Money is usually attracted, not pursued.”

Money quote by Jim Rohn (“The Awakened Millionaire: A Manifesto for the Spiritual Wealth Movement”, by Joe Vitale 2016)

“Use money and love people. Don’t love money and use people.”

Money quote by Joseph Prince (“Unmerited Favor: Your Supernatural Advantage for a Successful Life”, by Joseph Prince 2011)

“Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.”

Money quote by Ken Hakuta (“Money is No Object”, by Deborah G. Hining, 2012)

“If women didn’t exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.”

Money quote by Aristotle Onassis (Catalyst One: The Idea Mill for the Story Maker, by Robert E. Rushton, 2004)

“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.”

Money quote by Ayn Rand (“Essays on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged”, edited by Robert Mayhew, 2009)

“A simple fact that is hard to learn is that the time to save money is when you have some.”

Money quote by Joe Moore (“Instant Wealth Producing Home-Based Business Plans”, by Dr. Beatrice Batnag Donofrio, 2009)

“All my life I knew that there was all the money you could want out there. All you have to do is go after it.”

Money quote by Curtis Carlson (“Entrepreneurial megabucks: The 100 greatest entrepreneurs of the last 25 years”, by Aaron David Silver, 1985)

“A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place.”

Money quote by Michael Douglas (Rock and Roll Economics”, by Michael Solomon, 2003)

“People may take a job for more money, but they often leave it for more recognition.”

Money quote by Bob Nelson (“Leadership Skills that Inspire Incredible Results”, by Fred Halstead, 2018)

“True lovers know how trifling a thing is money yet how difficult to blend with love.”

Money quote by Honoré de Balzac (“Everything you wanted to know about love from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf”, by Nathanie A. Jackson, 2000)

“Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.”

Money quote by George Carlin (Summary: Indispensable by Monday: Review and Analysis of Miller’s Book by Larry Miller, 2013)

“One can acquire money, fame and distinction, but one cannot create happiness or unhappiness, not for oneself or for others. One can only accept what comes, although one can, to be sure, accept it in entirely different ways.”

Money quote by Hermann Hesse (Gertrud, 1910)

“Money is multiplied in practical value depending on the number of W’s you control in your life: what you do, when you do it, where you do it, and with whom you do it.”

Money quote by Tim Ferriss (The Escape Manifesto: Quit Your Corporate Job. Do Something Different! By Roman Crznaric, 2013)

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”

Money quote by Maya Angelou (“You Are Too Gifted to be Poor”, by Hilton Etakoh, 2016)

“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.”

Money quote by Henry Ford, (“My Life and Work”, re-written with Samuel Crowther, 1922)

“Never spend your money before you have earned it”

Money quote by Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to his niece Cornelia, among the 12 rules to live by, “Canons of conduct in life”, back in 1911.

“You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.”

Money quote from Dave and Sharon Ramsey’s “Financial Peace”, 1997

“The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit. ”

Money quote from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s First Inaugural Address, 1933

“If we admitted the unlawfulness of taking interest for money, we might on the same principle condemn all kinds of commerce, and even all profitable investment of capital.”

Money quote from James Platt’s “Money”(1880), contributor to the original Oxford english dictionary, known today for his 1894 collection “Tales of the Supernatural; Six romantic stories”.

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