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date: 28 May 2024


see also Luxury, Money
  1. If you really want to make a million…the quickest way is to start your own religion.
    Anonymous: previously attributed to L. Ron Hubbard (1911–86) in B. Corydon and L. Ron Hubbard Jr. L. Ron Hubbard (1987), but attribution subsequently rejected by L. Ron Hubbard Jr., who also dissociated himself from this book
  2. A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. It certainly may secure all the myrtle and turkey part of it.
    Jane Austen 1775–1817 English novelist: Mansfield Park (1814) ch. 22
  3. People say I wasted my money. I say 90 per cent went on women, fast cars and booze. The rest I wasted.
    George Best 1946–2005 Northern Irish footballer: in Daily Telegraph 29 December 1990
  4. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
    The Bible (Authorized Version, 1611): St Matthew ch. 19, v. 24. See also St Luke ch. 18, v. 24
  5. A very rich person should leave his kids enough to do anything but not enough to do nothing.
    Warren Buffett 1930–  American businessman: quoted in Fortune Magazine (online edition) 25 June 2006
  6. The man who dies…rich dies disgraced.
    Andrew Carnegie 1835–1919 American industrialist and philanthropist: North American Review June 1889 ‘Wealth’
  7. To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it.
    G. K. Chesterton 1874–1936 English essayist, novelist, and poet: The Wisdom of Father Brown (1914)
  8. ‘Two nations; between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets; who are formed by a different breeding, are fed by a different food, are ordered by different manners, and are not governed by the same laws.’ ‘You speak of—’ said Egremont, hesitatingly, ‘the rich and the poor.
    Benjamin Disraeli 1804–81 British Tory statesman and novelist; Prime Minister 1868, 1874–80: Sybil (1845) bk. 2, ch. 5; see Foster
  9. £40,000 a year a moderate income—such a one as a man might jog on with.
    John George Lambton, Lord Durham 1792–1840 English Whig politician: Thomas Creevey, letter to Elizabeth Ord, 13 September 1821
  10. The minute you walked in the joint,
    I could see you were a man of distinction,
    A real big spender…
    Hey! big spender, spend a little time with me.
    Dorothy Fields 1905–74 American songwriter: ‘Big Spender’ (1966 song)
  11. Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me.
    to which Ernest Hemingway replied, ‘Yes, they have more money’’, in Esquire August 1936
    F. Scott Fitzgerald 1896–1940 American novelist: All the Sad Young Men (1926) ‘Rich Boy’
  12. Her voice is full of money.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald 1896–1940 American novelist: The Great Gatsby (1925) ch. 7
  13. In every well-governed state, wealth is a sacred thing; in democracies it is the only sacred thing.
    Anatole France 1844–1924 French novelist and man of letters: L'Île des pingouins (1908)
  14. The greater the wealth, the thicker will be the dirt.
    J. K. Galbraith 1908–2006 Canadian-born American economist: The Affluent Society (1958) ch. 18
  15. If you can actually count your money, then you are not really a rich man.
    J. Paul Getty 1892–1976 American industrialist: in Observer 3 November 1957
  16. Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me…Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful…that's what matters to me.
    Steve Jobs 1955–2011 American computer executive: in Wall Street Journal 25 May 1993
  17. We are not here to sell a parcel of boilers and vats, but the potentiality of growing rich, beyond the dreams of avarice.
    at the sale of Thrale's brewery
    Samuel Johnson 1709–84 English poet, critic, and lexicographer: James Boswell Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) 6 April 1781; see Moore
  18. I glory
    More in the cunning purchase of my wealth
    Than in the glad possession.
    Ben Jonson c.1573–1637 English dramatist and poet: Volpone (1606) act 1, sc. 1
  19. There's nothing surer,
    The rich get rich and the poor get children.
    Gus Kahn 1886–1941 and Raymond B. Egan 1890–1952: ‘Ain't We Got Fun’ (1921 song)
  20. Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? All the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewellery.
    John Lennon 1940–80 English pop singer and songwriter: at the Royal Variety Performance, 4 November 1963
  21. [New Labour] is intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich.
    Peter Mandelson 1953–  British Labour politician: speech to executives in Silicon Valley, California, October 1999; Andrew Rawnsley Servants of the People (2000)
  22. When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: ‘Whose?’
    Don Marquis 1878–1937 American poet and journalist: E. Anthony O Rare Don Marquis (1962)
  23. I want to spend, and spend, and spend.
    said to reporters on arriving to collect her husband's football pools winnings of £152,000
    Vivian Nicholson 1936–2015 English pools winner: in Daily Herald 28 September 1961
  24. Get place and wealth, if possible, with grace;
    If not, by any means get wealth and place.
    Alexander Pope 1688–1744 English poet: Imitations of Horace bk. 1, Epistle 1 (1738) l. 103; see Horace
  25. A kiss on the hand may be quite continental,
    But diamonds are a girl's best friend.
    Leo Robin 1900–84 American songwriter: ‘Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend’ (1949 song) from the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; see Loos
  26. The chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches.
    Adam Smith 1723–90 Scottish philosopher and economist: Wealth of Nations (1776) bk. 1, ch. 11
  27. To suppose, as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and keep absolutely sober.
    Logan Pearsall Smith 1865–1946 American-born man of letters: Afterthoughts (1931) ‘In the World’
  28. I've been rich and I've been poor: rich is better.
    Sophie Tucker 1884–1966 Russian-born American vaudeville artiste: attributed
  29. The only way not to think about money is to have a great deal of it.
    Edith Wharton 1862–1937 American novelist: The House of Mirth (1905)
  30. I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, but it hasn't changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I'm just wearing better shoes.
    Oprah Winfrey 1954–  American talk show hostess: in Independent on Sunday 18 July 2004