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Money and Investment Quotes


Top 40 Money and Investment Quotes


No 1 (Best quote!)Money and Investment Quotes

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers,

(from the 1807 poem The World Is Too Much With Us)

- William Wordsworth (1770-1850), English poet, pictured right.



No 2

The love of money is the root of all evil,

(I Timothy 6:10 in the Bible)

- St. Paul (c5-c67), pictured right, Christian leader and theologian,.

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Compare this with Francisco d’Anconia comment in Ayn Rand’s, pictured right, 1957 book Atlas Shrugged:

Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil,



No 3Money and Investment Quotes

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful … that's what matters to me.

-Steve Jobs (1955- 2011), co-founder of Apple, pictured right.


Two other Americans made similar comments:

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Poor in money, but rich in sunny hours and summer days,

- Henry David Thoreau (1817-62), the American writer and philosopher, pictured right

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Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have,

- Thomas Edison (1847-1931), American inventor, pictured right



No 4

You cannot serve God and money,

(Matthew 6:24 in the Bible)

- Jesus (c4 BC-c30 AD), founder of Christianity


Jesus also comments:

Don’t pile up treasures on earth... but keep your treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:19,20)



No 5Money and Investment Quotes

Money, says the proverb, makes money.

(from the 1776 book The Wealth of Nations)

- Adam Smith, pictured right,



No 6Money and Investment Quotes

Wealth is not his who has it but he who enjoys it.

- Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) American politician, and philosopher, pictured right.

He also comments:

The way to wealth depends on just two words: industry and frugality



No 7Money and Investment Quotes

Capital is dead labour which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labour,

- Karl Marx, pictured right, Das Kapital (Volume 1, 1867)



No 8Money and Investment Quotes

If I am what I have and what I have is lost, who am I?

- Erich Fromm (1900 -1980) German-born American psychologist, pictured right.



No 9Money and Investment Quotes

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.

- Plato (427-347 BC) Greek philosopher, pictured right.


Two other thinkers agree:

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The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have,

- Erich Fromm (1900 -1980) the German-born American psychologist, pictured right

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A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone,

- Henry David Thoreau (1817-62), American philosopher, pictured right



No 10Money and Investment Quotes

Poor and content is rich, and rich enough,

(Iago in Othello)

 - William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright, pictured right.



No 11Money and Investment Quotes

The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.

- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) American president, pictured right.



No 12Money and Investment Quotes

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

- Francis Bacon (1561–1626), English philosopher, pictured right.



No 13Money and Investment Quotes

If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.

- Epicurus (341-270 BC) Greek philosopher, pictured right.


Epicurus also comments:

When measured by the natural purpose of life, poverty is great wealth, limitless wealth, great poverty,


No 14Money and Investment Quotes

There is no wealth but life.

- John Ruskin (1819–1900), English writer and philosopher, pictured right.



No 15Money and Investment Quotes

The man who dies…rich dies disgraced.

- Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919), American steel manufacturer, pictured right.



No 16Money and Investment Quotes

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six (£19.97½p!) result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds nought and six, result misery,

(Mr Micawber the 1850 novel David Copperfield)

- Charles Dickens (1812-70), pictured right, English writer.


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Errol Flynn (1909-59), the Australian-born American film star, pictured right, also comments:

My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.



No 17Money and Investment Quotes

Why should he, with wealth and honour blest,

Refuse his age the needful hours of rest?

Punish a body which he could not please;

Bankrupt of life, yet prodigal of ease?

And all to leave what with his toil he won

To that unfeathered two-legged thing, a son.

(from the poem Absalom and Achitophel ,1681)

- John Dryden (1631-1700), pictured right above, English poet.



No 18

What is fame? an empty bubble;

Gold? a transient, shining trouble.

(from the 1755 poem, Solitude)

- James Grainger (c. 1721–66), English doctor and poet.



No 19James Grainger

It is not he who has many possessions that you should call blessed: he more rightly deserves that name who knows how to use the gods' gifts wisely and to endure harsh poverty, and who fears dishonour more than death.

- Horace (65–8) BC, Roman poet, pictured right.



No 20

Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.

- William Lowndes (1652–1724), English politician, pictured right.



No 21

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches

(Proverbs 22:1)

- the Bible.



No 22Money and Investment Quotes

I am a millionaire. That is my religion,

(from the 1905 play Major Barbara)

- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), pictured right, Irish writer.



No 23Money and Investment Quotes

No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions. He had money as well.

- Margaret Thatcher (1925-), British prime minister, pictured right.



No 24Money and Investment Quotes

It is far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.

- Warren Buffett (1930- ), American share investor, pictured right.


Warren Buffett gives three other investment tips

The investor of today does not profit from yesterday’s growth.


Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy only when others are fearful.


Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No. 1. Rule No. 3: Don’t get into debt.



No 25Money and Investment Quotes

Money...is none of the wheels of trade: it is the oil which renders the motion of the wheels more smooth and easy.

- David Hume (1711–76), Scottish philosopher, pictured right.



No 26Money and Investment Quotes

Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult.

- Samuel Johnson (1709–84), English writer, pictured right.



No 27Money and Investment Quotes

Money doesn't talk, it swears obscenity.

- from the 1965 song It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding).

- Bob Dylan (1941–), American singer, pictured right.



No 28Money and Investment Quotes

Work a lifetime to pay off a house. You finally own it, and there’s nobody to live in it,

(Willy Loman in the 1949 play Death of a Salesman)

- Arthur Miller (1915-2005), pictured right, American writer.



No 29Money and Investment Quotes

If you can actually count your money, then you are not really a rich man.,

- Paul Getty (1892–1976), American oil tycoon, pictured right.



No 30Money and Investment Quotes

I made a killing on Wall Steet a few years ago...I shot my broker.

- Groucho Marx (1890-1977), American comedian and film and TV star, pictured right.



No 31Money and Investment Quotes

There is a certain responsibility that accrued to me when I got to this unexpected position.

- Bill Gates (1955-), American co-founder of Microsoft, pictured right



No 32Money and Investment Quotes

If riches cannot eliminate need but on the contrary make new demands, what makes you suppose that they can provide satisfaction?

- Boethius (c.470-524), Roman philosopher and politician, pictured right



No 33Money and Investment Quotes

The most precious treasure is virtue.

- Gautama Buddha (563-483 BC), founder of Buddhism, pictured right



No 34Money and Investment Quotes

I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth.

(from The Who's 1966 song Substitute) 

- Pete Townsend (1945- ), pop musician and member of The Who (pictured right).


No 35

The best richness is the richness of the soul.

- Muhammad (570-632), founder of the Islamic religion, pictured right



No 36

I've been poor and I've been rich - rich is better.Money and Investment Quotes

- Sophie Tucker (1887-1966), pictured right, the American singer and actress




No 37Money and Investment Quotes

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

- Seneca (c.4 BC-65 AD), Roman philosopher, pictured right.



No 38Money and Investment Quotes

Money will not purchase happiness for the man who has no concept of what he wants,

(Francisco d’Anconia in the 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged)

- Ayn Rand (1905-1982), pictured right , Russian-born American writer, pictured right



No 39Money and Investment Quotes

Virtue springs not from possessions, but from virtue springs possessions and all other human blessings,

- Socrates (470-399 BC), Greek philosopher, pictured right.



No 40Money and Investment Quotes

Poverty is a lot like childbirth - you know it's going to hurt before it happens, but you'll never know how much until you've experienced it.

- J.K. Rowling (1965- ), pictured right, English writer.

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