An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The objects of a financier are, then, to secure an ample revenue; to impose it with judgment and equality; to employ it economically; and, when necessity obliges him to make use of credit, to secure its foundations in that instance, and for ever, by the clearness and candor of his proceedings, the exactness of his calculations, and the solidity of his funds.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


It sounds extraordinary but it’s a fact that balance sheets can make fascinating reading.


Mary Archer (British scientist and business executive)


What is high finance?  It's knowing the difference between one and ten, multiplying, subtracting and adding.  You just add noughts.  It's no more than that.


John Bentley (British director of Wordnet PLC)


I wake up every morning and thank God I’m not a chartered accountant any longer, but involved with property.


Godfrey Bradman (British property executive)


It is time that financial types developed a greater tolerance for imprecision, because that’s the way the world is.


John C. Burton (American writer)


The little I know of it has not served to raise my opinion of what is vulgarly called the "Monied Interest;" I mean, that blood-sucker, that muckworm, that calls itself "the friend of government."


William Pitt Chatham (1708 -1778, British statesman)


You need to have enough immediate profits that you can finance the long-range growth without diluting the stock.


Paul Cook (1965-, Business executive, CEO of Raychem Corp.)


We estimate the wisdom of nations by seeing what they did with their surplus capital.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Of course I'm doing something about my overdraft: I'm seeing my accountant.


Barry Fantoni (British cartoonist, writer and broadcaster)


The system of book-keeping by double entry is, perhaps, the most beautiful one in the wide domain of literature or science.  Were it less common, it would be the admiration of the learned world.


Edwin T. Freedley (1827-1904, British business writer)


The pen is mightier than the sword, but no match for the accountant.


Jonathan Glancey (British journalist)


What we now call "finance" is, I hold, an intellectual perversion of what began as warm human love.


Robert Graves (1895-1985, British poet, novelist)


Women's battle for financial equality has barely been joined, much less won. Society still traditionally assigns to woman the role of money-handler rather than money-maker, and our assigned specialty is far more likely to be home economics than financial economics.


Paula Nelson (1945-, American business executive)


The Law of Triviality... briefly stated, it means that the time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.


C. Northcote Parkinson (1909-1993, British historian, political scientist, formulator of Parkinson's Law)


The ability to sign a check is the least reliable guide to a company's fitness.


David Plowright


Finance is the art of passing currency from hand to hand until it finally disappears.


Robert W. Sarnoff


When it comes to finances, remember that there are no withholding taxes on the wages of sin.


Mae West (1892-1980, American actress)


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