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.

Benjamin Franklin

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 of Franklin's financial reflections:

"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."

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. 

Gordon Gekko from "Wall Street": "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good."

Tony Montana from "Scarface": "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."

Tennessee Williams in "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof": "You can be young without money but you can't be old without it."

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. 

George Bernard Shaw: "The more I see of the moneyed classes, the more I understand the guillotine."

Henny Youngman: "What's the use of happiness? It can't buy you money."

Oscar Wilde: "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."

Dorothy Parker: "Money cannot buy health, but I'd settle for a diamond-studded wheelchair."

Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Can anybody remember when the times were not hard and money not scarce?"

Cicero: "Endless money forms the sinews of war."

Groucho Marx: "It frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy."