„Gold is money. Everything else is credit.“

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American financier, banker, philanthropist and art collector 1837 - 1913

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—  J. P. Morgan American financier, banker, philanthropist and art collector 1837 - 1913

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„they possess most gold and silver, by which war, like everything else, flourishes.“

—  Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War

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„The first thing [in credit] is character … before money or anything else. Money cannot buy it.… A man I do not trust could not get money from me on all the bonds in Christendom. I think that is the fundamental basis of business.“

—  J. P. Morgan American financier, banker, philanthropist and art collector 1837 - 1913

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Untermyer: Is not commercial credit based primarily upon money or property?
Morgan: No, sir; the first thing is character.
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„Money and credit are as much human contrivances as bicycles, and as liable to expansion and modification as any other sort of prevalent but imperfect machine.“

—  H. G. Wells English writer 1866 - 1946

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And how will the new republic treat the inferior races? How will it deal with the black? how will it deal with the yellow man? how will it tackle that alleged termite in the civilized woodwork, the Jew? Certainly not as races at all. It will aim to establish, and it will at last, though probably only after a second century has passed, establish a world state with a common language and a common rule. All over the world its roads, its standards, its laws, and its apparatus of control will run. It will, I have said, make the multiplication of those who fall behind a certain standard of social efficiency unpleasant and difficult… The Jew will probably lose much of his particularism, intermarry with Gentiles, and cease to be a physically distinct element in human affairs in a century or so. But much of his moral tradition will, I hope, never die. … And for the rest, those swarms of black, and brown, and dirty-white, and yellow people, who do not come into the new needs of efficiency?
Well, the world is a world, not a charitable institution, and I take it they will have to go. The whole tenor and meaning of the world, as I see it, is that they have to go. So far as they fail to develop sane, vigorous, and distinctive personalities for the great world of the future, it is their portion to die out and disappear.
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„Gold gives an appearance of beauty even to ugliness:
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—  Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux French poet and critic 1636 - 1711

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„Realize that everything connects to everything else.“

—  Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519

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