- The almighty dollar is the only object of worship.
Philadelphia Public Ledger 2 December 1836: in
- Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
Essays (1625) ‘Of Seditions and Troubles’ 1561–1626 English lawyer, courtier, philosopher, and essayist:
- 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.
Esquire May 1961 ‘Black Boy looks at the White Boy’ 1924–87 American novelist and essayist: in
- Money speaks sense in a language all nations understand.
The Rover pt. 2 (1681) act 3 1640–89 English dramatist, poet, and novelist:
- I'm tired of Love: I'm still more tired of Rhyme.
But Money gives me pleasure all the time.
1870–1953 British poet, essayist, historian, novelist, and Liberal politician: ‘Fatigued’ (1923)
- The love of money is the root of all evil.
: I Timothy ch. 6, v. 10
- Those who have some means think that the most important thing in the world is love. The poor know that it is money.
Thoughts in a Dry Season (1978) 1894–1987 British travel writer and novelist:
- Rule No 1: never lose money. Rule No 2: never forget rule No 1.
Forbes 400 27 October 1986; Janet C. Lowe Warren Buffett Speaks (1997) 1930– American businessman: in
- Money doesn't talk, it swears.
1941– American singer and songwriter: ‘It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)’ (1965 song)
- Money makes the world go around.
Cabaret 1932–2004 American songwriter: ‘Money Money’ (1965 song), from the musical
- Money is the sinews of love, as of war.
Love and a Bottle (1698) act 2, sc. 1; see Cicero 1678–1707 Irish dramatist:
- Remember that time is money.
Advice to a Young Tradesman (1748) 1706–90 American politician, inventor, and scientist:
- Money without brains is always dangerous.
Think and Grow Rich (1934) 1883–1970 American writer:
- Si possis recte, si non, quocumque modo rem.
If possible honestly, if not, somehow, make money.
bc Roman poet: Epistles bk. 1, no. 1, l. 66; see Pope 65–8
- When a feller says, ‘It hain't the money, but th' principle o' th' thing,’ it's the money.
Hoss Sense and Nonsense (1926) 1868–1930 American humorist:
- Money…is none of the wheels of trade: it is the oil which renders the motion of the wheels more smooth and easy.
Essays: Moral and Political (1741–2) ‘Of Money’ 1711–76 Scottish philosopher:
- The almighty dollar, that great object of universal devotion.
Wolfert's Roost (1855) ‘The Creole Village’ 1783–1859 American writer:
- Show me the money! 1996 film: motto given to Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire by Cuba Golding Jr. as Rod Tidwell; written by Cameron Crowe (1957–)
- Say not you know another entirely till you have divided an inheritance with him.
Aphorisms on Man (1788) no. 156 1741–1801 Swiss theologian:
- For I don't care too much for money,
For money can't buy me love.
1940–80 and 1942– English pop singers and songwriters: ‘Can't Buy Me Love’ (1964 song)
- Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.
Of Human Bondage (1915) ch. 51 1874–1965 English novelist:
- Money couldn't buy friends but you got a better class of enemy.
Puckoon (1963) ch. 6 1918–2002 Irish comedian:
- I want the whole of Europe to have one currency; it will make trading much easier. 1769–1821 French monarch, emperor 1804–15: letter to his brother Louis, 6 May 1807
- ‘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.’
Cosmopolitan August 1929, ‘A Very Honourable Guy’ 1884–1946 American writer: in
- There's nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.
c.496–406 bc Greek dramatist: Antigone l. 295
- Money is always there but the pockets change.
Wars I Have Seen (1945) 1874–1946 American writer:
- Pennies don't fall from heaven. They have to be earned on earth.
Observer 18 November 1979; see Burke 1925–2013 British Conservative stateswoman; Prime Minister, 1979–90: in
- You can be young without money but you can't be old without it.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955) act 1 1911–83 American dramatist:
- 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’ 1916–95 British Labour statesman, Prime Minister 1964–70, 1974–6: ministerial broadcast, 19 November 1967