The money men
Those bubbles, frail,
Are soon to pop.
Money, you’ve got lots of friends
Crowding round the door
When you’re gone, spending ends
They don’t come no more
Rich relations give
Crust of bread and such
You can help yourself
But don’t take too much
Mama may have, papa may have
But God bless the child that’s got his own
That’s got his own.
~Billie Holiday, “God Bless the Child“ (1941)
When you comin’ home, dad?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then, son
You know we’ll have a good time then
~Harry Chapin, “Cat’s in the Cradle,” Verities and Balderdash (1974)
Money often costs too much.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American poet, lecturer and essayist
The more I see of the moneyed classes, the more I understand the guillotine.
~George Bernard Shaw
The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
~President Thomas Jefferson (1762-1826), 3rd U.S. President (1801-09); author of The Declaration of Independence.
Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.
~President John F. Kennedy
It has always been my belief that a man should do his best, regardless of how much he receives for his services, or the number of people he may be serving or the class of people served.
It is always your next move.
I’ll tell you one thing, Fred, darling . . . I’d marry you for your money in a minute.
~Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Perchik: Money is the world’s curse.
Tevye: May the Lord smite me with it! And may I never recover!
~Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
Did you work for the money to buy those earrings? Or did your Daddy buy those for you?
Perhaps the very best question that you can memorize and repeat, over and over, is, “What is the most valuable use of my time right now?”
The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.
~Denis E. Waitley (born 1933), an American motivational speaker and writer, consultant and best-selling author
I choose the likely man in preference to the rich man; I want a man without money rather than money without a man.
~Themistocles, from Plutarch, Lives. Plutarch’s Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, commonly called Parallel Lives or Plutarch’s Lives, written in the last first century, is a series of biographies of famous men, arranged in tandem to illuminate their common moral virtues or failings.
If you lend someone $20, and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.