Skip to main content

Selected Money Quotes that Make a Lot of Sense


Money. A truly universal tool. A means that has a larger-than-life personality. In good hands, it can be a saint, a savior. In crooked ones, it can morph its owner into a monster, a vile Frankenstein.

In engagement, we mostly forget that it is only an instrument. Merged with our greed and ego, it can become a sledgehammer to hurt or a lure to seduce and dominate. Coupled with our cultured values for love and generosity, money becomes a healer to pain and suffering.

For most of humanity, the instrument is the Pied Piper. The promise of a good life that only few ever achieved. And then, there is always the fluid question, “What is a good life?”

While humanity struggles to get a grip on the ephemeral ‘good life,’ money keeps on working. Doing its best to protect our peace or to make us crazy. Ultimately, we have to make the choice, ‘enough’ or ‘want more.’ As the great writer and philosopher, Ayn Rand observed, “Money is only a tool…It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.”

Money Quotes

But, sometimes, we forget that we can make a choice. Like the filthy materially rich, ivy league educated, pedigreed politician, who sacrifices the reputation of his father and mentor, his own and those of generations to come to steal money he does not need, from his country. Or the manager who earns $15K a month who, probably in a moment of moral famine, steals a $500 camera. For the contented, it is hard to understand.

Often, the illusion of having the power of agency can be as damaging as surrendering control to our darker nature. The marque footballer who made public confession that he divested his hard-earned fortune through booze, birds and fast cars must have thought he had made all the decisions except to bankrupt himself. Or the Madoff guy who found it lacking to have only $800 million and thought he was making great sense and decision with his scheme.

Money Quotes

Money has always been a reason to struggle. The poor want to be rich, whatever it means to them. The rich struggle to get richer. Before 2021, the metaphorical cap to greed has been, “The sky is the limit.” Now Bezos, Branson and Musk have set a new benchmark. It’s beyond the blue that we can see.

Unless we come to terms with the fact that money is an instrument with which we should use to strengthen our faith in moral values and our resolve only follow the path to true inner peace, we will continue to struggle.

One of the ways when can haul ourselves back up from dissatisfaction, usually, caused by deviation from the path to peace, is to learn from the observation and advice of the wise, and experienced.

Here are the selected quotes to help you dilute the toxic effect of our common addiction:

When You Are Finding Money

“The real measure of our wealth is how much we’d be worth if we lost all our money.”

-Benjamin Jowett, a 19th century academician and cleric, also with the University of Oxford.

(What’s your true value as a human being?)

“He who loses money, loses much;                               

He who loses a friend, loses more;                                   

He who loses faith loses all.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt, activist, diplomat and First Lady of the United States, 1933-1945.

(Do you share the same priorities?)

“Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.”

-Norman Vincent Peale, an American minister and author who popularized positive thinking.

(There are many rags to riches stories.)

“Too many people spend money they earned to buy things they don’t want to impress people they don’t like.”

-Will Rogers, American actor, humorist, newspaper columnist and social commentator.

(Spend wisely. Don’t flaunt.)

“If you live for having it all, what you have is never enough.”

-Vicki Robin, American write and speaker. Author of “Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence.

(Be rational or it’s never going to be enough.)
“The only place where success comes before work is in your dictionary.”

-Vidal Sassoon, British hairstylist, businessman and philanthropist.

(Effort before money.)

Money Quotes

“It’s good to have money and the things money can buy, but it’s good too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven’t lost the things money can’t buy.”

-George Lorimer, American journalist, author and publisher. Editor of The Saturday Evening Post from 1899-1936.

(Some of the things that money cannot buy may be of higher value.)

“We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.”

-Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the second World War, 1940-1945 and also from 1951-1955.

(Altruism rewards life with meaning and consequently, health benefits.)

Money Quotes

“Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.”

-P. T. Barnum, founder and co-owner of the celebrated Barnum and Bailey Circus.

(Don’t allow the desire for money to drive everything you do. Find deeper meaning in living to flourish.)

Money Quotes

“Never spend money before you have it.”

-Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers and the third President of the United States. He was also a lawyer, musician and philosopher.

(Live within your means. Avoid the death, debt trap.)

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”

-Epictetus, a Greek Stoic philosopher who lived in the first to early second century. He must have been one of the earliest minimalists.

(Control your addiction to stuff, go for experience if you seek true fulfillment.)

Money Quotes

“Money often costs too much.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson, a 19th century American essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist and lecturer.

(Especially if you have to borrow it. Sometimes, people take great risks and make overwhelming sacrifices to get it. Some even trade their health and well-being for it.)

“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money but you cannot get more time.”

-Jim Rohn, a celebrated American motivational speaker, author and entrepreneur.

(You can use time to earn the equivalent to money spent but you cannot use money to buy time that is past.)

Money Quotes

“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more that is poor.”

-Seneca, a Roman Stoic philosopher, dramatist, statesman and satirist from the mid first century.

(Life satisfaction is elusive if you acquire the addiction for more.)

“A wise man person should have money in their head and not in their heart.”

-Jonathan Swift, an Anglo-Irish satirist, poet, essayist and Anglican cleric.

(Watch creeping greed. It’s an endless spin.)

Money Quotes

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”

-Maya Angelou, American poet, and civil rights activist.

(People respect you for your accomplishments but only envy you for your money. When you are so good, money will follow you.)

Money Quotes

“Greed is not a financial issue, it’s a heart issue.”

-Andy Stanley, American pastor.

(Greed is not the result of material lack, but from the unquenchable desire for more.)

“A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.”

-W. C. Fields, American comedian, juggler and writer. Late 19th century to mid-20th century.

(Don’t forget you’re human too, when you’ve made it.)

“Those who are of the opinion that money will do everything may reasonably be expected to do everything for money.”

-Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax, a senior British Conservative politician in the 1930s.

(The obsession with money can lead to unreasonable risks.)

“No one’s ever achieved financial fitness with a January resolution that’s abandoned by February.”

-Suze Orman, American financial advisor, author and podcast host.

(Overnight success only happens with marinating chicken in the fridge. Real success takes time and persistence.)
“Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.”

-John Wooden, American basketball coach.

(Make time for the things you truly love other than money.)

“Very few people can afford to be poor.”

-George Bernard Shaw, Anglo-Irish playwright, polemist, critic and political activist who lived from mid-19th century to mid-20th century.

(We should at least aim to have a comfortable life.)

Money Quotes

“I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money, I have a lot of money because I pay good wages.”

-Robert Bosch, a German industrialist, engineer and inventor, founder of Robert Bosch GmBH.

(The ultimate entrepreneurial thinking.)

“Money moves from those who do not manage it to those who do.”

-Dave Ramsey, American finance personality, radio-show host, businessman and author.

(Simple truth.)

“Every time you borrow money, you’re robbing your future self.”

-Nathan W. Morris, financial expert and author of financial guides.

(You are robbing yourself on behalf of your creditors!)

“The rich invest their money and spend what is left, the poor spend their money and invest what is left.”

-Jim Rohn, a celebrated American motivational speaker, author and entrepreneur.

(As the financial planner tells you, “Pay yourself first.” Put the money in your bank account first before you put some in others’.

This is how Warren Buffett, American business magnate, investor and philanthropist, says it, “Do not save what is left after spending, spend what is left after saving.”)

“If you can get paid for doing what you love, every pay-check is a bonus.”

-Oprah Winfrey, American celebrity, talk-show host, author, actress and philanthropist.

(Passion meets Purpose at work.)

Article continues below this break.

While you are here, you may like these:

·        Key Success Enhancing Attributes You Must Cultivate

·        How Choosing the Right Decision-Making Style Affects Your Well-Being

·        How to Keep Focus on Your Goals to Completion

·        The Key that Unlocks the Path to All Achievements

·        Job Search Advice Worth Following

When Money is Finding You

“If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.”

-Earl Wilson, American columnist and author.

(Watch your credit rating. Pay what you owe promptly.)

“A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.”

-Robert Frost, American poet.

(Banks are not charities or charitable. It’s best to defer until you can afford it, if it is not about life and death.)
“Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.”

-Steven Wright, American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and film producer.

(Manage your spending to stop bills chasing you.)

Money Quotes

“Try saving something while your salary is small. It’s impossible to save after you begin to earn more.”

-Jack Benny, American entertainer.

(A small leap in salary, a giant leap in lifestyle. It’s a common malady.)

“A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.”

-Bob Hope, British-American stand-up comedian, singer, dancer, actor and author.

(When the bank approves your loan, they’ve calculated that you can afford to pay cash if you wait a little bit longer.)

“Money will buy a pretty good dog but it can’t buy the wag of his tail.”

-Josh Billings, American humorist.

(Money can’t buy sincerity.)

“A penny saved is a penny earned.”

-Benjamin Franklin, American polymath. A writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, printer, publisher and political philosopher.

(A good note to self when your wallet is full.)

“You want 21 percent risk-free? Pay off your credit cards.”

-Andrew Tobias, American writer about investment, insurance, politics and others.

(Money saved from interest is money in the bank.)

“The creditor hath better memory than the debtor.”

-James Howell, 17th century Anglo-Welsh historian and writer.

(The unforgettable experience.)

“I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.”

-George Best, Northern Irish footballer, a winger with Manchester United, considered one of the best players in the history of the sport.

(Admitted he blew 90% of his money on these addictions.)

Money Quotes

“It’s amazing how fast later comes when you buy now.”

-Milton Berle, American comedian and actor.

(A tantalizing death trap.)

“When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.”

-Confucius, Chinese philosopher and statesman from eons ago.

(Save some for the rainy day, mate.)


We let the eldest have the final say here. What is your favorite mantra about money? Does any one of the quotes here hit you where it’s good? It makes a lot of sense to check with your pals, which ones resonate with them.

Popular posts from this blog

How to Survive a Difficult Work Environment

  If not verbatim, this is as close to what I heard from Mark Schaefer, a top-notch marketing guru and an innovative giant in his field, “Where there can be corruption, there will be corruption.” Mark tells it like it is. There are more people who choose to be politically correct than being honest, holding preciously to “let’s not rock the boat” pseudo-wisdom until they taste the contaminated water. There is nothing wrong thinking that people are good. It’s dangerous to believe it despite the red flags. I agree with Mark. Fully. Where there can be corruption, there will be corruption. Jose told me he cornered one of his better bosses, Tony near the staircase after an announcement of new measures to arrest corruption. This was a month after a series of investigations and a spate of resignations. “I told Tony that I disagreed with more PowerPoints, more rules. They only provide the covers, guidelines for the crooks to avoid detection,” Jose recalled. “I mean how fool-proof is

How to use Self-Affirmation to Overcome a Self-Defeating Image

  Karsten Winegaert on Unsplash   Mike Tyson. After him, I lost interest in boxing. A pugilist who was as infamous for his bite as he was famous for his fight, Mike Tyson was the meanest dude. The baddest man on the planet. The other infamous dental mental was Luis Suarez, who was a phenomenal knock out specialist with the Liverpool Football Club. Since moving to Spain, perhaps there are better meal deals there, he has stopped sinking his teeth into raw human flesh. His right foot is causing most of the pain. To opposing teams. Mike Tyson. When he was too good to ignore, they say the power of his punch was equivalent to half a metric ton. Taking a punch from Tyson was like having a Grand Piano land on your face. More than the power, he was feared for his speed and positioning. But, if the continuum from research to successful application is a clean straight line, you, even if you are Average Joe, can whup Tyson. If you did your job well, you don’t have to face the music. If yo

Gurus Show the Way But Success Takes Work

  Antoinne Julien on Unsplash I don’t want to antagonize the self-help gods. There are enough of them and their fans around to shut me out with infinite wisdom and echoes of such. And, I think they are, fundamentally, good for society. With “People Tweak” as the site brand, I can’t really be too far off. From dabbling in self-help. But should self-help products come with a warning? Fundamentally, self-help gurus are good for the human race. The race to success. Whatever that means to whoever chasing the whatever. How more motivational can it be than having a person who had won the race, with gold medals straining his neck, urging you on, wearing the designer outfit you salivate over, cruising next to you in a cabriolet. To be affirmation specific, he is wearing a dark blue Hugo Boss, driving a red Porsche 911 cabriolet. (Right hand up; I don’t pretend to be intimate with a Hugo Boss or a Porsche. The only Boss I had was a Japan made spectacle frame. No Hugo, just Boss. The brand w