- What is robbing a bank compared with founding a bank?
The Threepenny Opera (1928) act 3, sc. 3 1898–1956 German dramatist:
- We not only saved the world…Er, saved the banks. 1951– British Labour statesman, Prime Minister 2007–10: speech, House of Commons, 10 December 2008
- If these things were so large, how come everyone missed them?
asking why economists didn't see the credit crunch coming
Sunday Times 9 November 2008 1926– British monarch, Queen of the United Kingdom from 1952: on a visit to the London School of Economics, in
- A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.
Muscatine Journal 22 August 1961 1874–1963 American poet: in
- Since I've become a central banker, I've learned to mumble with great incoherence. If I seem unduly clear to you, you must have misunderstood what I said. 1926– American economist: speaking to a Subcommittee of the US Congress, November–December 1987
- Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.
The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (1858) ch. 2 1809–94 American physician, poet, and essayist:
- A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.
Life in the Crystal Palace (1959) ‘The Tyranny of Farms’ 1903–2003 American comedian: In Alan Harrington
- Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
Memoirs, Correspondence & Private Papers of T. Jefferson (1829) vol. 3 1743–1826 American Democratic Republican statesman, 3rd President 1801–9: letter to John Taylor, 28 May 1816, in T. Jefferson Randolph (ed.)
- Always remember the weak, meek and ignorant are always good targets.
internal memo to bond salesmen from Lincoln Savings and Loan Association
Newsweek 21 May 1990 1923–2014 American financier: quoted in
- A ‘sound’ banker, alas! is not one who foresees danger and avoids it, but one who, when he is ruined, is ruined in a conventional and orthodox way along with his fellows, so that no one can really blame him. 1883–1946 English economist: ‘The Consequences to the Banks of the Collapse of Money Values’ (1931)
- It's all just one big lie.
on his investment business after it collapsed
Washington Post 13 December 2008 online ed. 1938– American businessman: in
- The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity.
of Goldman Sachs
Rolling Stone 9–23 July 2009 1970– American journalist: in