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date: 21 May 2024


  1. The almighty dollar is the only object of worship.
    Anonymous: in Philadelphia Public Ledger 2 December 1836
  2. Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
    Francis Bacon 1561–1626 English lawyer, courtier, philosopher, and essayist: Essays (1625) ‘Of Seditions and Troubles’
  3. Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did.
    James Baldwin 1924–87 American novelist and essayist: in Esquire May 1961 ‘Black Boy looks at the White Boy’
  4. Money speaks sense in a language all nations understand.
    Aphra Behn 1640–89 English dramatist, poet, and novelist: The Rover pt. 2 (1681) act 3
  5. I'm tired of Love: I'm still more tired of Rhyme.
    But Money gives me pleasure all the time.
    Hilaire Belloc 1870–1953 British poet, essayist, historian, novelist, and Liberal politician: ‘Fatigued’ (1923)
  6. The love of money is the root of all evil.
    The Bible (Authorized Version, 1611): I Timothy ch. 6, v. 10
  7. Those who have some means think that the most important thing in the world is love. The poor know that it is money.
    Gerald Brenan 1894–1987 British travel writer and novelist: Thoughts in a Dry Season (1978)
  8. Show me the money!
    Cameron Crowe 1957–  American film director: Jerry Maguire (1996 film), motto given to Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire by Cuba Golding Jr. as Rod Tidwell
  9. Money doesn't talk, it swears.
    Bob Dylan 1941–  American singer and songwriter: ‘It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)’ (1965 song)
  10. Money makes the world go around.
    Fred Ebb 1932–2004 American songwriter: ‘Money Money’ (1965 song), from the musical Cabaret
  11. Money is the sinews of love, as of war.
    George Farquhar 1678–1707 Irish dramatist: Love and a Bottle (1698) act 2, sc. 1; see Cicero
  12. Remember that time is money.
    Benjamin Franklin 1706–90 American politician, inventor, and scientist: Advice to a Young Tradesman (1748)
  13. Money without brains is always dangerous.
    Napoleon Hill 1883–1970 American writer: Think and Grow Rich (1934)
  14. Si possis recte, si non, quocumque modo rem.
    If possible honestly, if not, somehow, make money.
    Horace 65–8 bc Roman poet: Epistles bk. 1, no. 1, l. 66; see Pope
  15. When a feller says, ‘It hain't the money, but th' principle o' th' thing,’ it's the money.
    Frank McKinney (‘Kin’) Hubbard 1868–1930 American humorist: Hoss Sense and Nonsense (1926)
  16. Money…is none of the wheels of trade: it is the oil which renders the motion of the wheels more smooth and easy.
    David Hume 1711–76 Scottish philosopher: Essays: Moral and Political (1741–2) ‘Of Money’
  17. The almighty dollar, that great object of universal devotion.
    Washington Irving 1783–1859 American writer: Wolfert's Roost (1855) ‘The Creole Village’
  18. Say not you know another entirely till you have divided an inheritance with him.
    Johann Kaspar Lavater 1741–1801 Swiss theologian: Aphorisms on Man (1788) no. 156
  19. For I don't care too much for money,
    For money can't buy me love.
    John Lennon 1940–80 and Paul McCartney 1942– : ‘Can't Buy Me Love’ (1964 song)
  20. Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.
    W. Somerset Maugham 1874–1965 English novelist: Of Human Bondage (1915) ch. 51
  21. Money couldn't buy friends but you got a better class of enemy.
    Spike Milligan 1918–2002 Irish comedian: Puckoon (1963) ch. 6
  22. I want the whole of Europe to have one currency; it will make trading much easier.
    Napoleon I 1769–1821 French monarch, emperor 1804–15: letter to his brother Louis, 6 May 1807
  23. ‘My boy,’ he says, ‘always try to rub up against money, for if you rub up against money long enough, some of it may rub off on you.’
    Damon Runyon 1884–1946 American writer: in Cosmopolitan August 1929, ‘A Very Honourable Guy’
  24. There's nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.
    Sophocles c.496–406 bc Greek dramatist: Antigone l. 295
  25. Money is always there but the pockets change.
    Gertrude Stein 1874–1946 American writer: Wars I Have Seen (1945)
  26. Pennies don't fall from heaven. They have to be earned on earth.
    Margaret Thatcher 1925–2013 British Conservative stateswoman; Prime Minister, 1979–90: in Observer 18 November 1979; see Burke
  27. You can be young without money but you can't be old without it.
    Tennessee Williams 1911–83 American dramatist: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955) act 1
  28. From now the pound abroad is worth 14 per cent or so less in terms of other currencies. It does not mean, of course, that the pound here in Britain, in your pocket or purse or in your bank, has been devalued.
    often quoted as ‘the pound in your pocket’
    Harold Wilson 1916–95 British Labour statesman, Prime Minister 1964–70, 1974–6: ministerial broadcast, 19 November 1967