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date: 16 July 2019


see also Money
  1. What is robbing a bank compared with founding a bank?
    Bertolt Brecht 1898–1956 German dramatist: The Threepenny Opera (1928) act 3, sc. 3
  2. We not only saved the world…Er, saved the banks.
    Gordon Brown 1951–  British Labour statesman, Prime Minister 2007–10: speech, House of Commons, 10 December 2008
  3. If these things were so large, how come everyone missed them?
    asking why economists didn't see the credit crunch coming
    Elizabeth II 1926–  British monarch, Queen of the United Kingdom from 1952: on a visit to the London School of Economics, in Sunday Times 9 November 2008
  4. A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.
    Robert Frost 1874–1963 American poet: in Muscatine Journal 22 August 1961
  5. 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.
    Alan Greenspan 1926–  American economist: speaking to a Subcommittee of the US Congress, November–December 1987
  6. Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.
    Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809–94 American physician, poet, and essayist: The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (1858) ch. 2
  7. A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.
    Bob Hope 1903–2003 American comedian: In Alan Harrington Life in the Crystal Palace (1959) ‘The Tyranny of Farms’
  8. Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
    Thomas Jefferson 1743–1826 American Democratic Republican statesman, 3rd President 1801–9: letter to John Taylor, 28 May 1816, in T. Jefferson Randolph (ed.) Memoirs, Correspondence & Private Papers of T. Jefferson (1829) vol. 3
  9. Always remember the weak, meek and ignorant are always good targets.
    internal memo to bond salesmen from Lincoln Savings and Loan Association
    Charles Keating 1923–2014 American financier: quoted in Newsweek 21 May 1990
  10. 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.
    John Maynard Keynes 1883–1946 English economist: ‘The Consequences to the Banks of the Collapse of Money Values’ (1931)
  11. It's all just one big lie.
    on his investment business after it collapsed
    Bernard Madoff 1938–  American businessman: in Washington Post 13 December 2008 online ed.
  12. The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity.
    of Goldman Sachs
    Matt Taibbi 1970–  American journalist: in Rolling Stone 9–23 July 2009