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date: 27 May 2024


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. 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
  6. 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’
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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