Quotes about money

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„How did money ever happen? What's it mean? What's it for?“

—  William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981

Jim Dandy : Fat Man in a Famine (1947)

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„Gettin' to the cake now All the hate don't faze me All the money that I make now I'll never let it change me“

—  Lil Peep American rapper 1996 - 2017

Song Benz Truck (Гелик), Album: Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 1

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„Money does not represent such a value as men have placed upon it. All my money has been invested into experiments with which I have made new discoveries enabling mankind to have a little easier life.“

—  Nikola Tesla Serbian American inventor 1856 - 1943

As quoted in "A Visit to Nikola Tesla" by Dragislav L. Petković in Politika (April 1927); also in Tesla, Master of Lightning (1999) by Margaret Cheney, Robert Uth, and Jim Glenn, p. 82

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„In any country where talent and virtue produce no advancement, money will be the national god. Its inhabitants will either have to possess money or make others believe that they do. Wealth will be the highest virtue, poverty the greatest vice.“

—  Denis Diderot French Enlightenment philosopher and encyclopædist 1713 - 1784

Observations on the Drawing Up of Laws (1774)
Context: In any country where talent and virtue produce no advancement, money will be the national god. Its inhabitants will either have to possess money or make others believe that they do. Wealth will be the highest virtue, poverty the greatest vice. Those who have money will display it in every imaginable way. If their ostentation does not exceed their fortune, all will be well. But if their ostentation does exceed their fortune they will ruin themselves. In such a country, the greatest fortunes will vanish in the twinkling of an eye. Those who don't have money will ruin themselves with vain efforts to conceal their poverty. That is one kind of affluence: the outward sign of wealth for a small number, the mask of poverty for the majority, and a source of corruption for all.

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„There is no such thing as public money; there is only taxpayers’ money.“

—  Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013

Speech to Conservative Party Conference (14 October 1983) http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/105454
Second term as Prime Minister
Context: Let us never forget this fundamental truth: the State has no source of money other than money which people earn themselves. If the State wishes to spend more it can do so only by borrowing your savings or by taxing you more. It is no good thinking that someone else will pay – that ‘someone else’ is you. There is no such thing as public money; there is only taxpayers’ money.

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„If you can count your money, you don’t have a billion dollars.“

—  J. Paul Getty American industrialist 1892 - 1977

As quoted by Robert Lenzner in his book, The Great Getty (1985)

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„My father said, 'You must never try to make all the money that's in a deal. Let the other fellow make some money too, because if you have a reputation for always making all the money, you won't have many deals.“

—  J. Paul Getty American industrialist 1892 - 1977

J. Paul Getty cited in: Alison Branagan (2009) Making Sense of Business: A No-Nonsense Guide to Business Skills. p. 136

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„Money buys you the freedom to live your life the way you want.“

—  Keanu Reeves Canadian actor, director, producer and musician 1964

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„I do not pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages.“

—  Robert Bosch German industrialist, inventor, engineer 1861 - 1942

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Variant: I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages.

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„Dark green is my favorite color. It's the color of nature and the color of money and the color of moss!“

—  Leonardo DiCaprio American actor and film producer 1974

http://www.popmonk.com/actors/leonardo-dicaprio/quotes-leonardo-dicaprio.htm

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„I ask Congressmen why they have such close relations with Armenia, and they say that the Armenian Diaspora gives them a lot of money. Is that corruption or not?“

—  Heydar Aliyev Soviet and Azerbaijani politician 1923 - 2003

Answering the question of Jeffrey Goldberg "What sort of corruption do you see in America?" October 4, 1998, The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/1998/10/04/magazine/the-crude-face-of-global-capitalism.html?pagewanted=all.

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„Look, my friend. I don't speak the language here, I've got no money, the food stinks, there's no rice, no beans. I'd rather be arrested in Brazil than stay in this dump of a country.“

—  Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Brazilian politician, 35th president of Brazil 1945

Lula da Silva (1975), Cited in: Emir Sader, ‎Ken Silverstein (1991) Without Fear of Being Happy. p. 41
After being advised to stay in the United States when his brother was arrested in Brazil as a communist subversive.

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„To go somewhere and say: 'I have this really terrific movie, but I need some... money“

—  Morgan Freeman American actor, film director, and narrator 1937

Good luck!
Source: [Jobson, Richard, July 14, 2000, Morgan Freeman, https://www.theguardian.com/film/2000/jul/14/morganfreeman, The Guardian, London, December 4, 2017]

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