The extravagant expenditure of public money is an evil not to be measured by the value of that money to the people who are taxed for it.
(Chester A. Arthur (1829-1886), U.S. president. Ed. James D. Richardson, Messages and Papers of the Presidents, vol. 8 (1897); veto message of Rivers and Harbor Bill (1882). Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur, ch. 15, Thomas C. Reeves (1975).)
Under the rules of a society that cannot distinguish between profit and profiteering, between money defined as necessity and money defined as luxury, murder is occasionally obligatory and always permissible.
(Lewis H. Lapham (b. 1935), U.S. essayist, editor. Money and Class in America, ch. 4 (1988).)
Absolutely speaking, the more money, the less virtue; for money comes between a man and his objects, and obtains them for him; and it was certainly no great virtue to obtain it.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Civil Disobedience," originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government" (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 372, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)