Quotations About / On: MONEY

  • 21.
    I know of nothing more despicable and pathetic than a man who devotes all the hours of the waking day to the making of money for money's sake.
    (John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937), U.S. industrialist, philanthropist. Quoted in Lewis H. Lapham, Money and Class in America, note to ch. 8 (1988).)
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  • 22.
    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).)
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  • 23.
    Most idealistic people are skint. I have discovered that people with money have no imagination, and people with imagination have no money.
    (Captain Rainbow [George Weiss] (b. 1940), British eccentric. Guardian (London, Nov. 3, 1984).)
  • 24.
    My boy ... always try to rub up against money, for if you rub up against money long enough, some of it may rub off on you.
    (Damon Runyon (1884-1946), U.S. author. Cosmopolitan (New York, Aug. 1929). Feet Samuels, in "A Very Honourable Guy," Guys and Dolls (1931).)
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  • 25.
    We must have more money, that's all there is to it. There must be more money.
    (Anthony Pélissier. The constant complaint of the spendthrift Mrs. Grahame (1949). From the short story by D.H. Lawrence.)
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  • 26.
    Christianity is art & not money. Money is its curse.
    (William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). The Laocoön, notes (engraved c. 1820).)
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  • 27.
    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).)
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  • 28.
    You are much surer that you are doing good when you pay money to those who work, as the recompense of their labour, than when you give money merely in charity.
    (Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, May 1776 (1791).)
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  • 29.
    When I meet a government which says to me, "Your money or your life," why should I be in haste to give it my money?
    (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. 376, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 30.
    You may raise enough money to tunnel a mountain, but you cannot raise money enough to hire a man who is minding his own business.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Life Without Principle" (1863), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 460, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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