Famous Quotes About Money

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As the song from 1966 hit musical Cabaret says, "Money makes the world go 'round." It's no wonder there are so many songs, poems, and musings about money and its impact, good or bad: It affects our daily lives like few other things. 

Everyone from philosophers (who typically have no money) to politicians (who know where all the money is hidden) has an opinion about money. Check out this list of some of the most memorable and best-known quotes about money. 

Benjamin Franklin Money Quotes

The man whose face appears on the American $100 bill had a lot to say about money. Benjamin Franklin, one of America's founding fathers, was a strong advocate for paper currency for the American colonies. His 1729 treatise  "A Modest Enquiry into the Nature and Necessity of a Paper Currency,” became something of a blueprint for establishing a separate American economy.

Here are a few other things Franklin had to say about money:

  • A man may if he knows not how to save as he gets, keep his nose to the grindstone.
  • Remember that time is money.
  • He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.
  • He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
  • If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.

Quotes About Money from Movies and Plays

Love may conquer all, but many a plot has been driven by a character's need for money; whether trying to get it, keep it or lose it. 

  • Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. — Gordon Gecko, "Wall Street." 
  • In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women. — Tony Montana, "Scarface." 
  • You can be young without money but you can't be old without it. — "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof," by Tennessee Williams

Quotes About Money from Comedians, Writers, and Philosophers

Some people believe you can't be happy without money, some think you can't be happy with it. But it's a ripe source of material for anyone with a sense of humor or a sense of irony. 

  • The more I see of the moneyed classes, the more I understand the guillotine. — George Bernard Shaw
  • What's the use of happiness? It can't buy you money. — Henny Youngman
  • When I was young I used to think that money was the most important thing in life. Now that I am old, I know it is. — Oscar Wilde
  • Money cannot buy health, but I'd settle for a diamond-studded wheelchair. — Dorothy Parker 
  • Can anybody remember when the times were not hard and money not scarce? — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Endless money forms the sinews of war. — Cicero
  • It frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy. — Groucho Marx