20 Inspirational Quotes on Money


(c) Mark Wagner Money Art Collage

In relation to my last post regarding the issue of money (a piece I still cannot properly categorize as prose, poetry, mad thoughts, or simply scribble and babble), I can say that all seems to be gravitating around money lately, around the lack of it and around profit. So I tuned my words according to the pressing notion of an inherently flawed monetary system.

My relationship with money has always been a complicated one – not entirely divorced, but still not getting along. Here’s an insane thought I keep having: how about living in a world where the only currency is nothing but a patch of humanity? Yeah, I know. Idealistic to the bones. Meanwhile, I have gathered here 20 inspirational quotes about money from more or less famous people. And I will also leave you with this question: what is money to you and how often do you think of it?

  1. If you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you’ll spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing thing you don’t like doing, which is stupid. Alan Watts
  2. There are only two things wrong with money: too much or too little. Charles Bukowski
  3. If you want to know what a man is really like, take notice of how he acts when he loses money. Simone Weil
  4. Money often costs too much. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  5. There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either. Robert Graves
  6. When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion. Voltaire
  7. Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of all evil, the sum of blessings. Carl Sandburg
  8. I pity that man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth shall starve in the process. Benjamin Harrison
  9. This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy. Douglas Adams
  10. I have no taste for either poverty or honest labor, so writing is the only recourse left for me. Hunter S. Thompson
  11. The only way not to think about money is to have a great deal of it. Edith Wharton
  12. There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. Oscar Wilde
  13. A man wants to earn money in order to be happy, and his whole effort and the best of a life are devoted to the earning of that money. Happiness is forgotten; the means are taken for the end. Albert Camus
  14. Money doesn’t talk, it swears. Bob Dylan
  15. If money is the bond binding me to human life, binding society to me, connecting me with nature and man, is not money the bond of all bonds? Can it not dissolve and bind all ties? Is it not, therefore, also the universal agent of separation? Karl Marx
  16. As humanity perfects itself, man becomes degraded. When everything is reduced to the mere counter-balancing of economic interests, what room will there be for virtue? When Nature has been so subjugated that she has lost all her original forms, where will that leave the plastic arts? And so on. In the mean time, things are going to get very murky. Gustave Flaubert
  17. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments. Earl Wilson
  18. Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit. George Carlin
  19. If you think you’re free, try going somewhere without fucking money. Bill Hicks
  20. Money dignifies what is frivolous if unpaid for. Virginia Woolf


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