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How to Think About Money: Quotes from Famous People on Money
Does money make the world go round?
Have you heard the song, “Money,” from the movie Cabaret? It begins “money makes the world go around.” I can’t argue with that.
Nonetheless, this essay is more about attitudes towards money or thoughts about money than it is about literally making money.
Here are some some quotes by famous people about money. It’s a mixed bag of wisdom, wit, inspiration, and cynicism.
Is money the most important thing?
This is a trick question because in today’s world, it is hard to have the important things if you don’t have money. Food and shelter are among our most basic needs. It takes money to have adequate food and shelter.
Good health is very important also. However, it takes money to have good health because it is dependent upon a nutritious diet and the ability to access health care when you need it. These things cost money.
Money may not be the most important thing in the world, but in today’s world, it is hard to have the most important things without money.
Henrik Ibsen: Playwright
Money may be the husk of many things but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintance, but not friends; servants, but not loyalty; days of joy, but not peace or happiness.
Zig Ziglar: Author, motivational speaker
Money isn't the most important thing in life, but it's reasonably close to oxygen on the "gotta have it" scale.
William Somerset Maugham: Author
Money is like a sixth sense – and you can’t make use of the other five without it.
Oscar Wilde: Writer, poet
When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.
What is money? A review of the history of money and its economic, cultural, and political implications.
Can money buy love?
Everyone knows that love is very important also. You always hear, “Money can’t buy love.” That may be true. However, we also hear, “It is as easy to love a rich man as a poor man.” And that adage is not popular because it is advocating that a woman select a poor man for her mate. Romantic love is often based on attractiveness, and money can make someone very attractive.
I remember a joke I heard a long time ago. Two showgirls are talking. One says, “I could never find a short man attractive.” The other replies, “My man is very tall when he is standing on his money.”
Jackie Mason: Comedian
Money is not the most important thing in the world. Love is. Fortunately, I love money.
Katherine Hepburn: Actress
If you’re given a choice between money and sex appeal, take the money. As you get older, the money will become your sex appeal.
People often say, “I’d rather marry for love than money” Who says it is an either or choice? But if it was, which would you choose?
Can money buy happiness?
I don’t know if money can buy happiness, but social science researchers report that there is a correlation between how much money you have and how happy you are—up to a point. In the United States today, that point is around $50,000- $60,000 dollars. It makes sense. It is hard to be happy if you don’t have enough to eat or a decent place to live. Once you reach that point, more money does not bring more happiness.
That does not mean that you cannot be happy if your income is under $60,000 a year. It just means that below $60,000 as money increases, happiness increases, but once you get above $60,000 more money does not bring more happiness.
Sometimes you will hear people say, “I’d rather be poor, but happy.” The implication is that being rich means being unhappy. Who says it has to be an either/or choice? Perhaps we can be rich and happy.
The best way for a person to have happy thoughts is to count his blessings and not his cash.
Benjamin Franklin: Author, printer, scientist, inventor
Money has never made man happy, nor will it--there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness.
Helen Gurley Brown: Magazine editor and author
Money, if it does not bring you happiness, will at least help you be miserable in comfort.
Spike Milligan: Comedian, actor, writer, musician, poet
All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.
Henry Youngman: Comedian
What’s the use of happiness? It can’t buy you money.
Is money the root of all evil?
Money often is the root of all evil, but this is a misquote of a Biblical passage. The actual quote is “The LOVE of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” –Timothy 6:10. Some people make jokes on this theme.
George Bernard Shaw
Lack of money is the root of all evil.
Charles Edward Jerningham: Author of “Maxims of Marmaduke”
We insist that money is the root of all evil, and behave as if it were the source of all good.
Can money change people...for the worse?
One reason we think there is a connection between money and evil is that people who have money are often obsessed with greed, and greed can lead to many evil things. For some people, money becomes an end in itself. Money should be seen as simply a tool. Money is a means to an end. Remember the old joke, “Whoever dies with the most stuff, wins.” Don’t play that game.
Recently some social research has shown that money can actually change a person’s personality. Some people who achieve financial success become greedy and less charitable than they were before. Money has had an evil effect on their personality. It is like money has become a drug that they are addicted to as they cry out “More! More! I need more!”
Some people have understood the poisonous effect of money long before social science proved it.
Logan Pearsall Smith: Essayist, critic
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 stay sober.
D. H. Lawrence: Writer
Money poisons you when you've got it, and starves you when you haven't.
Dorothy Parker: Author
If I you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to. [Note: It‘s like she was talking about Donald Trump.]
Donald Trump: Real estate mogul, casino owner,reality show host
Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.
Ted Turner: Media mogul, founder of CNN, philanthropist
Life is a game. Money is how we keep score.
Please watch the video below. It will open your eyes to the effects of wealth on individuals and society.
The Science of Greed--Dr. Paul K. Piff
What is the secret to making money?
If I knew the secret would I be sitting here writing this? However, after consulting the quotes of famous people on the topic of money, I can offer some facetious suggestions in response to this question.
1. Be born rich. I’m reminded of the old joke. “How can I make a small fortune.” One man asks another. “Start with a large fortune,” his friend answers.
2. Be lucky. “My formula for success is rise early, work late and strike oil.” –J.P. Getty: Billionaire industrialist who was named the richest man in America during his lifetime
3. Be smart. “The safest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it in your pocket.” – Kin Hubbard: Cartoonist, humorist, journalist
This book may tell what you need to know about making money if you , like me, had a poor dad.
Should money be the only reason to work?
Obviously, people work to earn money to have the things they want and need. But money is not the only reason to work. We also work for the personal fulfillment that comes from achievement.
According to a recent Gallup survey, 70% of people do not like their jobs. Sometimes it is better to do lower paying work, if it is the work that you love.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: 32nd President of the United States
Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
Barack Obama: 44th President of the United States
Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled.
Are the best things in life free?
James Russell Lowell: Poet, editor, diplomat
There is no price set on the lavish summer,
And June may be had by the poorest comer.
Henry David Thoreau: Author, poet, philosopher
Wealth is the ability to truly experience life.
Oscar Wilde: Writer, poet
Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money.
Coco Chanel; Fashion designer
There are people who have money, and there are people who are rich.
Finally, how much money is enough money?
Maybe those of us who have just enough money to live a comfortable life with a little left over are the lucky ones. We can enjoy life and not worry about money. And when I say not worry about money, I don’t just mean worry about not having enough money. I mean we don’t have to spend all our time making money, managing money, trying to make sure we keep all of our money.
When my son was little, he liked the story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” One day, I don’t know why, he said, “Tell me the story about the boy who cried everything.” So I made up a story about a boy and his mother who were poor and then a genie in a bottle told them they could have anything they wished for. Every time the genie gave them stuff, the boy cried out, "More! More! I want more!" So they got a lot of stuff and then they needed more and more places to put their stuff, and they spent more and more time taking care of their stuff. They were always worried that someone would steal their stuff. They didn’t have time anymore to go on picnics or to do any of the fun things they used to do. They had to spend all their time looking after their stuff. So one day, they decided to give it all away and they were poor again, but they had time to go on picnics and to do all the fun things they wanted to do.
Democritus: Ancient Greek philosopher
By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich."
Benjamin Franklin: Author, printer, scientist, inventor
The more of it [money] one has, the more one wants.
John D. Rockefeller: Billionaire business magnate and philanthropist
[How much money is enough?] Just a little bit more.
Just for Fun:
Do you have enough money?
© 2015 Catherine Giordano