September 24: Poets and Philosophers

September 24
Poets and Philosophers

The love of family and the admiration of friends are much more important than wealth and privilege.
~Charles Kuralt

Why did I rob banks? Because I enjoyed it. I loved it. I was more alive when I was inside a bank, robbing it, than at any other time in my life. I enjoyed everything about it so much that one or two weeks later I’d be out looking for the next job. But to me the money was the chips, that’s all. Go where the money is . . . and go there often.
~Willie Sutton. William “Willie” Sutton (1901–1980) was a prolific U.S. bank robber. During his forty-year criminal career he stole an estimated $2 million, and eventually spent more than half of his adult life in prison. (Willie Sutton denied that he replied to a reporter’s inquiry as to why he robbed banks by saying “because that’s where the money is.”) In a 1976 book he co-authored, Where the Money Was, he denied that he had said that.

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