They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price.
~Khalil Gibran (born Gubran Khalil Gubran, 1883–1931), Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer. Born in the town of Bsharri in modern-day Lebanon (then part of the Ottoman Mount Lebanon mutasarrifate), as a young man he emigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career. He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.
He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.
~Horace. Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 B.C.–8 B.C.), known in the English-speaking world as Horace, was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus.
Money is a handmaiden, if thou knowest how to use it; a mistress, if thou knowest not.
It frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.
~Groucho Marx. Julius Henry “Groucho” Marx (1890–1977) was an American comedian and film star famed as a master of wit.
Time is money, especially when you are talking to a lawyer or buying a commercial.
~Frank Dane, British actor of the silent era
Money is a headache, and money is the cure.
You are a den of vipers and thieves, and I intend to rout you out, and by the eternal God, I will rout you out. If Congress has the right to issue paper money, it was given them to be used by themselves, and not to be delegated to individuals or corporations.
~President Andrew Jackson’s address to Congress (1829)
History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.
~President James Madison, 4th President of the United States (1809–1817)
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
~President Thomas Jefferson
Let individuals create real wealth, empower them, create something that they can leave for their children.
~John Henry Sununu (born 1939) served as the 75th Governor of New Hampshire (1983–89) and later White House Chief of Staff under President George H. W. Bush.
We still have a great amount of work to do in social development, including resolving one of the biggest challenges we face in this area, namely, reducing the gap between high-income earners and people, citizens of our country, who are still living on very modest means indeed. But we cannot, of course, adopt the solution used 80 years ago and simply confiscate the riches of some to redistribute among others. We will use completely different means to resolve this problem, namely, we will ensure good economic growth.
~Vladimir Putin (born 1952), Russian politician who served as the second President of the Russian Federation. He became the President of Russia on May 7, 2012.
The death of Lincoln was a disaster for Christendom. There was no man in the United States great enough to wear his boots and the bankers went anew to grab the riches. I fear that foreign bankers with their craftiness and tortuous tricks will entirely control the exuberant riches of America and use it to systematically corrupt modern civilization.
~Otto von Bismarck, German Chancellor (1815 – 1898), after Lincoln’s assassination
It’s a sacrifice working day to day
for little money just tips for pay
But it’s worth it all
just to hear them say that they care
She works hard for the money
so hard for it honey
she works hard for the money
so you better treat her right.
~Donna Summer (1948−2012), “She Works Hard For The Money“ (1983)
I’ve seen the future, I can‘t afford it
Tell me the truth sir, someone just bought it
Say Mr. Whispers! Here come the click of dice
Roulette and blackjacks–
gonna build us a paradise
Larger than life and twice as ugly
If we have to live there, you’ll have to drug me
~ABC, “How to be a Millionaire“ from the album How to Be a…Zillionaire! (1985)