Quotations

Sprinkled throughout the book are quotations about money. They lighten the task of learning about money by adding interest, insights, humor and wisdom. Below are some of the quotes.

“All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from the defects in their constitution or confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation…”
– John Quincy Adams, 1829

“All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.”
– Spike Milligan

“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, well you might find, you get what you need.”
– Rolling Stones song, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

“Earth provides enough for every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

“Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“Intuitively, we know that the best stuff in life isn’t stuff at all, and that relationships, experiences and meaningful work are the staples of a happy life”
– Graham Hill

“Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don’t have for something they don’t need.”
– Will Rogers

“I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest, to make money they don’t want, to buy things they don’t need, to impress people they don’t like.”
– Emile Gauvreau

“A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.”
– Mark Twain

“Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.”
– Woody Allen

“Nothing seems expensive on credit.”
– Czech proverb

“Acquaintance: a person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.”
– Ambrose Bierce

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

“Default is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”
– Paul Krugman

“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditures nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditures twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.”
– Mr. Micauber in “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens

“Don’t spend your money till you have it.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“Lottery: a tax on people who are bad at math.” — Unknown

“I’m acutely aware that the possibility of fraud is even more prevalent in today’s world because of the Internet and cell phones and the opportunity for instant communication with strangers.”
– Armistead Maupin

“It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose yours.”
– an old economist joke told by Harry S. Truman

“Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.”
– John Maynard Keynes

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