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





Bankruptcy is a legal proceeding in which you put your money in your pants pocket and give your coat to your creditors.


Joey Lauren Adams (1971-, American actress)


It's an extremely good thing that money sometimes changes hands.

Carl William Brown  (1960 - ,  Italian writer, aphorist, teacher and trader)


Making money is a hobby that will complement any other hobbies you have, beautifully.="cs95E872D0"> 

Scott Alexander (American author, screenwriter)


The best way to make happy money is to make money your hobby and not your god.


Scott Alexander (American author, screenwriter)


Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.


Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)


However toplofty and idealistic a man may be, he can always rationalize his right to earn money.


Raymond Chandler (1888-1959, American author)


Money doesn't mind if we say it's evil, it goes from strength to strength. It's a fiction, an addiction, and a tacit conspiracy.


Martin Amis (1949-, British author)


Money is something you got to make in case you don't die.


Max Asnas (American restaurateur, owner o the Stage Deli in New York)


Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does.


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


Few women care to be laughed at and men not at all, except for large sums of money.


Alan Ayckbourn (British dramatist)


More people should learn to tell their dollars where to go instead of asking them where they went.


Roger Babson (1875-1967, American statistician, columnist)


Be not penny-wise. Riches have wings. Sometimes they fly away of themselves, and sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Money makes a good servant, but a bad master.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


No man's fortune can be an end worthy of his being.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


I've got a living to make, to put it plainly; there's more money in shocking and terrifying than in edifying.


Walford Brodie


People think if they were rich they would contribute to charities. My experience has been if you don't start giving away your money when you have very little, you won't do it when you get a lot.


Robert Bainum


Have no illusions about the power of money; but it is silly to dismiss it as worthless. It is not. It means many good things. It represents dormitories, classrooms, hospitals. It represents research facilities and the priceless efforts of men and women of creative skill and genius. But money alone cannot build character or transform evil into good ...It cries for full partnership with leaders of character and goodwill who value good tools in the creation and enlargement of life for man, who is created in the image of God.


Howard C. Baldwin


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.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


Finance, like time, devours its own children.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.


P.T. Barnum (1810-1891, American showman, entertainer, circus builder)


Money-getters are the benefactors of our race. To them are we indebted for our institutions of learning, and of art, our academies, colleges and churches.


P.T. Barnum (1810-1891, American showman, entertainer, circus builder)


Why is there so much month left at the end of the money?


John Barrymore (1882-1942, American actor)


It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Money speaks sense in a language all nations understand.


Aphra Behn (1640-1689, British playwright, poet)


Money is the root of all excellence.


Louis E. Bejarano


I'm tired of love; I'm still more tired of rhyme; but money gives me pleasure all the time.


Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953, British author)


A nickel isn't worth a dime today.


Yogi Berra (1925-, American baseball player)


When asked what would he do if he found $1 million, Yogi responded, If the guy was poor, I'd give it back.


Yogi Berra (1925-, American baseball player)


I haven't got as much money as some folks, but I've got as much impudence as any of them, and that's the next thing to money.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


Whether he admits it or not, a man has been brought up to look at money as a sign of his virility, a symbol of his power, a bigger phallic symbol than a Porsche.


Victoria Billings (1945-, American journalist, author)


A man is a person that will pay two dollars for a one dollar item he wants. A woman will pay one dollar for a two dollar item she doesn't want.


William Binger


I really don't like talking about money. All I can say is that the Good Lord must have wanted me to have it.


Larry Bird (1956-, American basketball player, coach)


Instead of rising rapidly in the beginning and flattening out later, the earnings curves of most those who eventually become millionaires was the reverse; their income increased slowly, if at all, for many years. And then after two to three decades, it suddenly went through the roof.


Srully Blotnick (American psychologist, author)


The evidence unmistakably indicates that you have to spend money in order to make money.


Srully Blotnick (American psychologist, author)


The making of money, the accumulation of material power, is not all there is to living...and the man who misses this truth misses the greatest joy and satisfaction that can come into his life -- service for others.


Edward William Bok (1863-1930, Dutch-born American editor)


If you marry for money, you will surely earn it.


Ezra Bowen


What's the quickest way to become a millionaire? Borrow fivers off everyone you meet.


Richard Branson (American businessman, chairman of the Virgin Group)


Having more money does not insure happiness. People with ten million dollars are no happier than people with nine million dollars.


Hobart Brown


It's important to me that money not be important to me.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


The money complex is the demonic, and the demonic is God's ape; the money complex is therefore the heir to and substitute for the religious complex, an attempt to find God in things.


Norman O. Brown (1913-2002, American philosopher)


I never attempt to make money on the stock market. I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.


Warren Buffett (1930-, American investment entrepreneur)


Rule #1: Never lose money. Rule #2.: Never forget rule #1.


Warren Buffett (1930-, American investment entrepreneur)


Money does the most good if you do something preventive, rather than something remedial.


Harriett Stimson Bullitt


If all the gold in the world were melted down into a solid cube it would be about the size of an eight room house. If a man got possession of all that gold -- billions of dollars worth -- he could not buy a friend, character, peace of mind, clear conscience or a sense of eternity.


Charles F. Bunning


We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation.


Anthony Burgess (1917-1993, British writer, critic)


High premiums are being paid today not particularly for quality service or long-term building of a business but rather for making money quickly, getting rich, and getting out.  And that's wrong.


Willard C. Butcher (American business executive, chairman of Chase Manhattan Corp.)


The money men make lives after them.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


I have imbibed such a love for money that I keep some sequins in a drawer to count, and cry over them once a week.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Ready money is Aladdin's lamp.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


A single idea -- the sudden flash of a thought -- may be worth a million dollars.


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


All riches have their origin in mind. Wealth is in ideas -- not money.


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money.


W. J. Cameron


It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


Cash-payment never was or could, except for a few years be, the union-bond of man to man.  Cash never yet paid one man fully his deserts to another; nor could it, nor can it, now or henceforth to the end of the world.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


It is more difficult to give money away intelligently than it is to earn it in the first place.


Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919, American industrialist, philanthropist)


The only thing money gives you is the freedom of not worrying about money.


Johnny Carson (1925-, American TV personality, businessman)


If money is all that a man makes, then he will be poor. Poor in happiness and poor in all that makes life worth living.


Herbert N. Casson (American author)


Preoccupation with money is the great test of small natures, but only a small test of great ones.


Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794, French writer, journalist, playwright)


There are people who have money and people who are rich.


Coco Chanel (1883-1971, French couturier)


I'm not into the money thing. You can only sleep in one bed at a time. You can only eat one meal at a time, or be in one car at a time. So I don't have to have millions of dollars to be happy. All I need are clothes on my back, a decent meal, and a little loving when I feel like it. That's the bottom line.


Ray Charles (1930-, American musician, singer, songwriter)


There is no fortune so strong that money cannot take it.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


Many folks think they aren't good at earning money, when what they don't know is how to use it.


Frank A. Clark


Modern man is frantically trying to earn enough to buy things he's too busy to enjoy.


Frank A. Clark


The more you learn to live without, the more you'll have to live with.


Frank A. Clark


It is true that money cannot buy happiness but it does make it possible for you to enjoy the best that the world has to offer.


George S. Clason (1874-1940, American publisher, author)


Money is plentiful for those who understand the simple laws which govern its acquisition.


George S. Clason (1874-1940, American publisher, author)


Money is life's lubricant; and its absence creates friction.


Ronny M. Cole (1955-, American author, goal and reading coach)

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Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and trip.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Money is of no value till used.


Elizabeth Cooper


I don't even get an allowance.


Macaulay Culkin (1980-, American actor)


There is a strange and mighty race of people called the Americans who are rapidly becoming the coldest in the world because of this cruel, man-eating idol, lucre.


Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977, American author, critic)


Money isn't everything… but it ranks right up there with oxygen.


Rita Davenport (1960-, American author, speaker)


Money isn't everything… but it ranks right up there with oxygen.


Rita Davenport (1960-, American author, speaker)


Comparatively few people know what a million dollars actually is. To the majority it is a gaseous concept, swelling or decreasing as the occasion suggests. In the minds of politicians, perhaps more than anywhere, the notion of a million dollars has this accordion-like ability to expand or contract; if they are disposing of it, the million is a pleasing sum, reflecting warmly upon themselves; if somebody else wants it, it becomes a figure of inordinate size, not to be compassed by the rational mind.


Robertson Davies (1913-1995, Canadian novelist, journalist)


Money cannot buy peace of mind. It cannot heal ruptured relationships, or build meaning into a life that has none.


Richard M. DeVos (1926-, American businessman, co-founder of Amway Corp.)


Dollars! All their cares, hopes, joys, affections, virtues, and associations seemed to be melted down into dollars. Whatever the chance contributions that fell into the slow cauldron of their talk, they made the gruel thick and slab with dollars. Men were weighed by their dollars, measures were gauged by their dollars; life was auctioned, appraised, put up, and knocked down for its dollars. The next respectable thing to dollars was any venture having their attainment for its end. The more of that worthless ballast, honor and fair-dealing, which any man cast overboard from the ship of his Good Nature and Good Intent, the more ample stowage-room he had for dollars. Make commerce one huge lie and mighty theft. Deface the banner of the nation for an idle rag; pollute it star by star; and cut out stripe by stripe as from the arm of a degraded soldier. Do anything for dollars! What is a flag to them!


Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)


In any country where talent and virtue produce no advancement, money will be the national god. Its inhabitants will either have to possess money or make others believe that they do. Wealth will be the highest virtue, poverty the greatest vice. Those who have money will display it in every imaginable way. If their ostentation does not exceed their fortune, all will be well. But if their ostentation does exceed their fortune they will ruin themselves. In such a country, the greatest fortunes will vanish in the twinkling of an eye. Those who don't have money will ruin themselves with vain efforts to conceal their poverty. That is one kind of affluence: the outward sign of wealth for a small number, the mask of poverty for the majority, and a source of corruption for all.


Denis Diderot (1713-1784, French philosopher)


A billion here, a billion there, and soon you're talking about real money.


Everett M. Dirksen (1896-1969, American representative, senator)


Money speaks, but it speaks with a male voice.


Andrea Dworkin (1946-, American feminist critic)


Successful people make money. It's not that people who make money become successful, but that successful people attract money. They bring success to what they do.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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Money doesn't talk, it swears.


Bob Dylan (1941-, American musician, singer, songwriter)


If your outgo exceeds your income, then your upkeep will be your downfall.


Bill Earle


The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers.


Sir John Egan


Many of the things you can count, don't count. Many of the things you can't count, really count.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


It requires a great deal of boldness and a great deal of caution to make a great fortune, and when you have it, it requires ten times as much skill to keep it.


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


Money is the representative of a certain quantity of corn or other commodity. It is so much warmth, so much bread.


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


Money often costs too much.


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


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.


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


He that is of the opinion that money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


The world is his who has money to go over it.


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


Money is the sinews of love, as of war.


George Farquhar (c.1677-1707, Irish playwright)


Money can't buy poverty.


Marty Feldman


If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


Money is the fruit of evil, as often as the root of it.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


Money will say more in one moment than the most eloquent lover can in years.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


Sir, money, money, the most charming of all things; money, which will say more in one moment than the most elegant lover can in years. Perhaps you will say a man is not young; I answer he is rich. He is not genteel, handsome, witty, brave, good-humored, but he is rich, rich, rich, rich, rich -- that one word contradicts everything you can say against him.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


Thought, not money, is the real business capital...


Harvey S. Firestone (1868-1938, American industrialist)


Money is like an arm or leg -- use it or lose it.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


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