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Quotations About Money

Updated on August 18, 2013

Money doesn't grow on trees!

I remember my mum always put her spare cash in a red Chinese wallet which she kept in a box on top of her dressing table, she said that is money for the rainy days. On my 9th birthday, she gave me a piggy bank in a shape of a Buddha, she told me to feed the Buddha with coins, so whenever I have spare coins from my allowance, I will drop it on my Buddha piggy bank and that is the start of my lesson on the importance of saving and money.

I grow up in a household where money is always scarce, always in short supply all the time and my mother will always say that even if you walk a mile or two, you will not find money on the road, unless you are very lucky. We have to be thrifty and frugal in our daily expenses and if I or any of my siblings asked for extra money, we are always reminded that “money doesn’t grow on trees.”

I don’t know where my mum heard that saying, but a lot of quotes have been written about money, I have compiled a few of them, these are quotations from the great thinkers of the past to the leading personalities of the twentieth century. Some are thought provoking, others are short but powerful, and a few outrageous and hilarious. May this collection of quotations about money be useful and inspire you.

  • Remember that time is money. -Benjamin Franklin "Advice to a young tradesman” (1748)
  • Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (1858) ch.2
  • There is nothing so degrading as the constant anxiety about one’s means of livelihood . . . Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five. -W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage (1915), ch. 51
  • Money which represents the prose of life and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology is, in its effects and laws as beautiful as roses. Emerson, Essays: second series (1844).
  • If you want to make money, go where the money is. -Kennedy, Joseph P. (1888-1969)

  • Put money in thy purse. -Shakespeare, Othello, act 1, sc.iii, I 345.
  • Business you know may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does. -Jane Austen, Emma (1815), ch 34
  • The love of money is the root of all evil. -New Testament, 1 Timothy 6:10
  • Business? It’s quite simple. It’s other people’s money. -Alexandre Dumas the Younger, La Question d’argent (1857), Act II, sc. Vii
  • Money speaks sense in a language all nations understand. -The Rover (1677), Behn, Aphra (1640-1689)

  • Money can’t buy friends, but you can get a better class of enemy. - Milligan, Spike (1918), Puckoon, Ch 6 (1963)
  • You can be young without money but you can’t be old without it. - Williams, Tennessee (1911-1983), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955)
  • Money no longer talks. It just goes without saying. -Anonymous
  • If you would know what the Lord God thinks of money; you have only to look at those to whom He gives it. -Baring, Maurice (1874-1945)

  • It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think that they can be happy without money. -Albert Camus (1913-1960), French Existentialist writer

  • The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any.-Katherine Whitehorn (1926), British journalist How to Survive Children.
  • No one would remembered the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions. He had money as well.-Margaret Thatcher. (1925)British Politician and Prime Minister, Television Interview 1980

  • You don’t seem to realize that a poor person who is unhappy is in a better position than a rich person who is unhappy. Because the poor person has hope. He thinks money would help. -Jean Kerr (1923) US Dramatist, Poor Richard

  • Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.-Agatha Christie (1891-1976) British Detective story writer, Endless Night Bk II Ch 15.

  • And money is like muck, not good except it be spread. -Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

  • Money no longer talks. It just goes without saying. -Anonymous
  • The working classes are never embarrassed about money-only the absence of it.-Livingstone, Ken (1945), British Labor Politician . Speech/Comment, 1987)
  • It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly. -Butler, Samuel (1835-1902)
  • 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. -Baldwin, James, (1924-1987), Nobody knows my name (1961)

  • 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, Guys and Dolls (1931), A very Honorable Guy

  • A billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.-Everett M. Dirksen
  • There are people who have money and people who are rich. -Coco Chanel
  • Let us be happy and live within our means, even if we have to borrow the money to do it with. -Charles Farrar Browne (Artemus Ward) ‘Natural History”

  • I’m tired of Love: I’m still more tired of Rhyme. But Money gives me pleasure all the time. -Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) “Fatigue”

  • A fool and his money are soon parted. - English proverbs


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    • Kamalesh050 profile image


      7 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Very nice, I have enjoyed.

      - Kamalesh.

    • kathryn1000 profile image


      7 years ago from London

      Very good.

    • kathryn1000 profile image


      7 years ago from London

      I shall come back as you have so many good ones here and I like the photos too.Thank you for all that

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      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      As a lover and seeker of money, I found this hub to be wholly satisfying. Love money quotes especially. One of my favorites, which I cite often, is one from Anna Lappe, who wrote in an article for "O" Magazine in June 2003—no, I don't read "O," but I did stumble upon the quote in one my many Internet travels—"Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want."

      Of course, as well I've always like the one by Groucho Marx who said once, "If you catch a man a fish you can sell it to him. If you teach a man to fish you lose a wonderful business opportunity."

    • MM Del Rosario profile imageAUTHOR

      MM Del Rosario 

      8 years ago from NSW, Australia

      Thank you guys for the visit, glad you liked it. Hope it inspired you.

    • ExpandYourMind profile image


      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      Great quotes -- especially Jean Kerr's quote. Thanks for compiling this!

    • ocbill profile image


      8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      Hah! I was thinking warren Buffet, George Soros or movie quotes like from Gordon Gekko or the Boiler Room movie. These are good too.

    • msorensson profile image


      8 years ago

      Great reminders. Thanks.

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      "Let us be happy and live within our means, even if we have to borrow the money to do it with." Yes Ma'am! This is superb! It's serious! It's funny! It's beautiful! Great job MM Del Rosario!

    • amillar profile image


      8 years ago from Scotland, UK

      I enjoyed this hub, but I've been thinking recently that if we could grow money on trees, we could bake a money pie, but we'd have to keep some of it back to buy the pastry.


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