It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.
~George Horace Lorimer (1867–1937), American journalist and author best known as the editor of The Saturday Evening Post
Make money your god and it will plague you like the devil.
It is natural that affluence should be followed by influence.
~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
It had been justly stated by a British writer that the power to make a small piece of paper, not worth one cent, by the inscribing of a few names, to be worth a thousand dollars, was a power too high to be entrusted to the hands of mortal man.
~John C. Calhoun, speech, U.S. Senate, December 29, 1841
Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it’s greedy or loving.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
~Sir Winston Churchill. Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS, Hon. RA (1874–1965) was a British Conservative politician and statesman known for leading the United Kingdom during World War II.
Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, 1857
The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.
~Alexis de Tocqueville. Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville (1805–1859) was a French political thinker and historian best known for his Democracy in America (appearing in two volumes: 1835 and 1840) and The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856).
Without promotion something terrible happens … Nothing!
~P.T. Barnum, Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810–1891), American showman, businessman, scam artist and entertainer
Money is much more exciting than anything it buys.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook (1966)
The little money I have–that is my wealth, but the things I have for which I would not take money, that is my treasure.
I have two great enemies, the southern army in front of me and the financial institutions, in the rear. Of the two, the one in the rear is the greatest enemy . . . I see in the future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of the war.
~President Abraham Lincoln
The unrestricted competition so commonly advocated does not leave us the survival of the fittest. The unscrupulous succeed best in accumulating wealth.
~President Rutherford B. Hayes (1822–1893), 19th President of the United States (1877–1881).
It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.
~President George W. Bush
Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.
~Samuel Johnson. Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as “arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history.” He is also the subject of “the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature”: James Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson.
The greatest power is often simple patience.
~E. Joseph Cossman
Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great.
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
Prosperity is a way of living and thinking, and not just money or things. Poverty is a way of living and thinking, and not just a lack of money or things.
If you haven’t succeeded to the extent that you’ve hoped, take the blame. And as you do, take responsibility for your own life. And understand that by setting the right goals, doing the right things, developing the right habits and focusing on the right problems, you have it within your power to achieve more than you’ve ever imagined.
~Herman Cain (born 1945), American author, business executive, radio host, syndicated columnist, and Tea Party activist from Georgia who was a candidate for the 2012 U.S. Republican Party presidential nomination
It would be fun to have someone in the White House who has worked in the private sector . . . and someone who understands that wealth creation is a good thing and they want more of it. Wealth is good.
~Rep. Michele Bachmann