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QUOTES ON MONEY


Neither a borrower nor a lender be:
For loan oft loses both itself and friend.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet

Money is the seal and stamp of success.

D. H. LAWRENCE, Lady Chatterley's Lover

Money: There's nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.

SOPHOCLES, Antigone

And knowing money is a root of evil, in Christian charity, he'd take away whatever things may hinder your salvation.

MOLIÈRE, Tartuffe

Lack of money is the root of all evil.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Maxims for Revolutionists

It's a sweet little bird, but it gets through a terrible amount of money. You wouldn't believe how much it costs a man when he's got a little song-bird like you!

HENRIK IBSEN, A Doll's House

You can be young without money, but you can't be old without it.

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

There is nothing namable but that some men will undertake to do it for pay.

HERMAN MELVILLE, Billy Budd

Of all the icy blasts that blow on love, a request for money is the most chilling and havoc-wreaking.

GUSTAVE FLAUBERT, Madame Bovary

Gold conjures up a mist about a man, more destructive of all his old senses and lulling to his feelings than the fumes of charcoal.

CHARLES DICKENS, Nicholas Nickleby

In a society dominated by the fact of commercial competition, money is necessarily the test of prowess, and wastefulness the sole criterion of power.

UPTON SINCLAIR, The Jungle

Goddam money. It always ends up making you blue as hell.

J. D. SALINGER, The Catcher in the Rye

If thou art rich, thou 'rt poor;
For, like an ass whose back with ingots bows,
Thou bear'st thy heavy riches but a journey,
And death unloads thee.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Measure for Measure

Money poisons you when you've got it, and starves you when you haven't.

D. H. LAWRENCE, Lady Chatterley's Lover

Those born to wealth, and who have the means of gratifying every wish ... know not what is the real happiness of life: just as those who have been tossed on the stormy waters of the ocean on a few frail planks can alone estimate the value of a clear and serene sky.

ALEXANDRE DUMAS, The Count of Monte Cristo

It seems impossible for a man to learn the value of money without first having to learn to waste it.

WILLIAM FAULKNER, Light in August

Big money isn't hard to come by. All it costs is a lifetime of single-minded devotion to acquiring it and making it grow into more money.

ROBERT A. HEINLEIN, Stranger in a Strange Land

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?

AYN RAND, Atlas Shrugged

Money is a sort of instinct. It's a sort of property of nature in a man to make money. It's nothing you do. It's no trick you play. It's a sort of permanent accident of your own nature; once you start, you make money, and you go on ... But you've got to begin ... You've got to get in. You can do nothing if you are kept outside. You've got to beat your way in. Once you've done that, you can't help it!

D. H. LAWRENCE, Lady Chatterley's Lover

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