Money has never yet
made anyone rich.


Money is neither my god nor my devil.  It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it's greedy or loving.

Dan Millman
Everyday Enlightenment


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

So you think that money is the root of all evil?  Have you ever asked what is the root of money?  Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and people able to produce them.  Money is the material shape of the principle that people who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value.  Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears or of the looters, who take it from you by force.  Money is made possible only by the people who produce.  Is this what you consider evil?

Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged
Money is a wonderful thing, but it is possible to pay too high a price for it.

Alexander Bloch

Starting out to make money is the greatest mistake in life.  Do what you feel you have a flair for doing, and if you are good enough at it, the money will come.

Greer Garson


So, after "Save money and money will save you," here's my most important
dictum on dollars:  Money is worth only one thing--what you can trade it for.
And you should never--not ever--be afraid to trade it for things that
make you happy, things that can make your life fuller, richer, sweeter.

Money speaks a language everyone understands.  It's a universal provider for
most everything but happiness and a universal passport to most any place but
heaven.  Spend it accordingly:  Because you sure can't take it with you.
You've never seen a Brink's truck following a hearse.
And I'm willing to bet you never will.

Patti LaBelle


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To try to extinguish the drive for riches with money is like
trying to quench a fire by pouring butterfat over it.

Hindu proverb


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


Money is like any other language through which people communicate.  People
who speak the same language tend to find each other.  If you are one whose
money speaks of protection and hoarding, you will find yourself involved with
others whose money speaks the same language.  You will be staring at each
other with hooded eyes and closed fists and suspicion will be your common value.
  If your money speaks of sharing, you will find yourself among people who
want their money to speak the language of sharing,
and your world will be filled with possibility.

Kent Nerburn



Money is the last enemy that shall never be subdued.  While there
is flesh there is money--or the want of money; but money is
always on the brain so long as there is a brain in reasonable order.

Samuel Butler


Money is a sort of instinct.  It's a sort of property of nature in a person
to make money.  It's nothing you do.  It's no trick you play. It's a sort of
permanent accident of your own nature; once you start, you make
money, and you go on. . . But you've got to begin. . . You've got to get in.
You can do nothing if you are kept outside.  You've got to beat
your way in.  Once you've done that, you can't help it!

D.H. Lawrence
Lady Chatterley's Lover


No matter how successful a relationship may be, both sexually and
emotionally, the lack of money can hamper and undermine,
little by little, even the greatest passion.

Laura Esquivel
Swift as Desire


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

Francis Bacon

There's nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.


A business that makes nothing but money
is a poor kind of business.

Henry Ford

Money is good, love is wealth.

Doug Horton


If people get their attitude toward money straight, it will help
straighten out almost every other area of their lives.

Billy Graham


Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness,
of understanding, of peace.  Money will come if we seek first
the Kingdom of God--the rest will be given.

Mother Teresa


Money has never made people happy, nor will it; there is nothing
in its nature to produce happiness.  The more of it one has the
more one wants.  Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.

Benjamin Franklin



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Home life ceases to be free and beautiful as soon
as it is founded on borrowing and debt.

Henrik Ibsen
A Doll's House


A person can no more make money suddenly and largely, and be
unharmed by it, than one could suddenly grow from a
child's stature to an adult's without harm.

Henry Ward Beecher
Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit


If money is your hope for independence you will never have it.
The only real security that a person will have in this world is
a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.

Henry Ford

Money has inappropriately become the bottom line in today's society.  It needn't be that way, for other things could be the bottom line instead:  that people be happy, that children be cared for, that peace reign.
   There is nothing wrong with money.  Like everything else, it can be used for purposes of healing or purposes of destruction.  It isn't evil to make money.  We can be getting paid for a job and still not be doing it for the money.
   When that is our attitude, in fact, we are at our most abundant.  Internal abundance produces external abundance.  Purity does not mean absence of cash.  It means that you desire for money to be in your life to whatever extent and in whatever way it would serve God's purposes.
   We must create a new context for the experience of wealth.  What has been used to oppress can be used to heal.  Seek us first the kingdom of heaven.

Marianne Williamson

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


The money you make will only serve you as well as you serve others.

Duane Alan Hahn


Money doesn't give you any license to relax.  It gives you an opportunity
to use all your abilities, free of financial worries, to go forward,
and to use your superior advantages and talents to help others.

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

Money is human happiness in the abstract:  they, then, who are no longer
capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devote their hearts
entirely to money.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Money is a needful and precious thing, and when well used, a noble thing,
but I never want you to think it is the first or only prize to strive for.
I'd rather see you poor men's wives, if you were happy, beloved,
contented, than queens on thrones, without self-respect and peace.

Louisa May Alcott


To possess money is very well; it may be a valuable servant;
to be possessed by it is to be possessed by the devil, and one
of the meanest and worst kind of devils.

Tryon Edwards

Money is like a beautiful thoroughbred horse--very powerful and
always in action, but unless this horse is trained when very young,
it will be an out-of-control and dangerous animal when it grows to maturity.

Dave Ramsey

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower


If you want to know what God thinks of money,
just look at the people he gave it to.

Dorothy Parker


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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 Horace Lorimer


Money can buy you the husk of many things, but not the kernel.
It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not
health; acquaintances, but not friends; days of joy,
but not peace and happiness.

Henrik Ibsen


I also made two very important discoveries as time went on. In the first
place, I discovered that making money was easy. I had been led to believe
that money and possessions would insure me a life of happiness and peace
of mind. So that was the path I pursued. In the second place, I discovered
that making money and spending it foolishly was completely meaningless.
I knew that this was not what I was here for, but at that time
I didn't know exactly what I was here for.

Peace Pilgrim


We teach children to save their money. As an attempt to counteract
thoughtless and selfish expenditure, that has value.  But it is not
positive; it does not lead the child into the safe and useful avenues
of self-expression or self-expenditure.  To teach a child to
invest and use is better than to teach him or her to save.

Henry Ford
My Life and Work


Money. . . those who don't have enough of it are only aware of what it
can buy them. When you finally have enough of it you become aware--
acutely aware--of all the things it can't buy ... the really
important things, like youth, health, love, peace of mind.

F. Paul Wilson
The Tomb


The secret of the difficulties of those people who make a great deal of money,
and yet are always in want of it, is this--they throw it away as soon as they
get it on the first whim or extravagance that strikes them, and have nothing
left to meet ordinary expenses or discharge old debts.

William Hazlitt

“The love of money is the root of all evil.”  He who tries to attain
unto it too quickly, or dishonestly, will fall into many snares, no
doubt about that.  The love of money.  What is that?  It is making
an idol of money, and idolatry pure and simple everywhere is
condemned by the Holy Scriptures and by man's common sense.
The man that worships the dollar instead of thinking of the purposes
for which it ought to be used, the man who idolizes simply money,
the miser that hordes his money in the cellar, or hides it in his
stocking, or refuses to invest it where it will do the world good,
that man who hugs the dollar until the eagle squeals
has in him the root of all evil.

Russell H. Conwell

So, how to become friends with money?  First, you have to forget everything
you've ever been told about it.  And then you have to put in its place a new
message:  There's nothing in the universe that isn't God.  And God, and the
energy which is God, is found in everything, including money.  It isn't like
God is everywhere except in your billfold.  In fact, God is everywhere.

Neale Donald Walsch
Little Book of Life


If we have not developed a reservoir of spiritual wealth, no amount of money
is likely to make us happy.  Spiritual wealth provides faith.  It gives us love.
It brings and expands wisdom.  Spiritual wealth leads to happiness
because it guides us into useful or loving relationships.

John Marks Templeton
Worldwide Laws of Life



I have watched people with vast amounts of money who would not give
away a nickel out of fear that they would be made poor, and poor people
who always seemed to have enough to share with others.  I have seen the
gracious rich, the criminal poor, the hustler, and the saint.  All of them have
one thing in common:  The way they deal with money is a result of how
they think about money, not of how much money they have.

Kent Nerburn


It's a grand thing to be able to take your money in your hand and to
think no more of it when it slips away from you than you
would a trout that would slip back into the stream.

Augusta Gregory


Your beliefs about money are the key determinant--more than education
or talent or even opportunity--of your level of financial stability.  There
are plenty of stories of well-educated and talented people who suffer in
poverty, consciously seeking financial support while unconsciously
avoiding it--and an equal number of others with les education who seem
to attract money like magnets.  The irony of negative beliefs about money
is that we did not choose them, but they were programmed by religious
and cultural assumptions, and by mass media imagery in films and
literature, about the relationships of money and spirituality.

Dan Millman
Everyday Enlightenment