Money Quotes


Use these quotes as discussion or writing prompts.  Here are some suggestions for engaging students:


"Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like."

- Will Smith

“If you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money can’t buy.” 

- Proverb

"For I don't care too much for money, for money can't buy me love."

- The Beatles

"Early to bed, early to rise, keeps you healthy, wealthy and wise." 

- Benjamin Franklin

"A penny saved is a penny earned." 

- Benjamin Franklin

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

- Woody Allen

"Lack of money is the root of all evil." 

- George Bernard Shaw

"The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated."

- H. L. Mencken

"It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed."

- Kin Hubbard

"A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it."

- Bob Hope

"What's a soup kitchen?" 

- Paris Hilton

"The art is not in making money, but in keeping it." 

- Proverb

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

- Robert W. Sarnoff

"Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game."

- Donald Trump

"The trick is to stop thinking of it as 'your' money." 

- IRS auditor

"So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?" 

- Ayn Rand

"The art of living easily as to money is to pitch your scale of living one degree below your means." 

- Sir Henry Taylor

"Money is the best deodorant."

- Elizabeth Taylor

"A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."

- Yogi Berra

"Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one." 

- Benjamin Franklin

"Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work." 

- Robert Orben

"Money often costs too much." 

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments."

- Earl Wilson

"Don't tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I'll tell you what they are."

- James W. Frick

"Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune."

- Jim Rohn

"Money is the barometer of a society's virtue." 

- Ayn Rand

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

- George Lorimer

"Early to bed, early to rise, keeps you healthy, wealthy and wise."
- Benjamin Franklin

"Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time."
- Jim Rohn

"Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery."
- Charles Dickens

"My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income."
- Errol Flynn

"If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some."
- Benjamin Franklin

"Money is the opposite of the weather. Nobody talks about it, but everybody does something about it."
- Rebecca Johnson

"The Mint makes it first, it is up to you to make it last."
- Evan Esar

"The safest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it in your pocket."
- Kin Hubbard

“A man is rich in proportion to the things he can afford to let alone.”
- Henry David Thoreau

“I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.”
- Pablo Picasso

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

“The way to stop financial joyriding is to arrest the chauffeur, not the automobile.”
- Woodrow Wilson

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
- Thomas Edison

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
- Benjamin Franklin

“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”
- Zig Ziglar

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”
- Carl Sandburg

“Endless money forms the sinews of war.”
- Cicero

“Make money your god and it will plague you like the devil.”
- Henry Fielding

“It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.”
- Oscar Wilde

“Money alone sets all the world in motion.”
- Pubilius Syrus

“A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money.”
- Senator Everett Dirksen

“The art of living easily as to money is to pitch your scale of living one degree below your means.”
- Sir Henry Taylor

“That's the thing about Mother Nature, she really doesn't care what economic bracket you're in.”
- Whoopi Goldberg

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
- Derek Bok

"Unless you can watch your stock holding decline by 50%, without becoming panic stricken, you should not be in the stock market."
- Warren Buffett

"The ability to say no is a tremendous advantage for an investor."
- Warren Buffett

"The only investors who shouldn't diversify are those who are right 100% of the time.”
- Templeton

"Never spend money before you have it."
- Thomas Jefferson

"The biggest trouble with a sure thing, is the uncertainty."
- Unknown

"The large print giveth, and the small print taketh away.”
- Tom Waits

“Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.”
- Walt Disney

“I'm not really interested in making money.”
- Steven Spielberg

“The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal. They're about getting ratings, about making money, about doing stories that are easy to cover.”
- Al Franken

“To get rich, you have to be making money while you're asleep.”
- David Bailey

“A lot of people love Oreos. So their manufacturer is making money. That means more dividends for shareholders.”
- Maria Bartiromo

“With every story that TV covers, somebody - some corporation, some shareholders - are making money. That's true whether covering Libya, Iraq, the tsunami in Japan, Osama bin Laden, whatever story there is. That day, the shareholders are making money off it. Every newspaper that's sold, somebody's making a dime.”
- Nancy Grace

“The real key to making money in stocks is not to get scared out of them.”
- Peter Lynch

“The key to making money is to stay invested.”
- Suze Orman

“As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all - the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.”
- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

“You can be young without money, but you can't be old without it.”
- Tennessee Williams

“It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose your own.”
- Harry S. Truman

“Everyday is a bank account, and time is our currency. No one is rich, no one is poor, we've got 24 hours each.”
- Christopher Rice

“I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks. Got a fur sink. An electric dog polisher. A gasoline powered turtleneck sweater. And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too.”
- Steve Martin

“Got no checkbooks, got no banks. Still I'd like to express my thanks - I've got the sun in the mornin' and the moon at night.”
- Irving Berlin

“Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.”
- Ambrose Bierce

Of all the icy blasts that blow on love, a request for money is the most chilling.”
- Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

“Money often costs too much.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson