The World of Finance

Sunday, March 18, 2012 – The World of Finance

Ask five economists and you’ll get five different answers (six if one went to Harvard). ~ Edgar R. Fiedler

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today. ~ Laurence J. Peter

Don’t gamble; take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up, then sell it. If it don’t go up, don’t buy it. ~ Will Rogers

A moderate addiction to money may not always be hurtful; but when taken in excess it is nearly always bad for the health. ~ Clarence Day

All money is a matter of belief. ~ Adam Smith

As a novelist, I tell stories and people give me money. Then financial planners tell me stories and I give them money. ~ Martin Cruz Smith

For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation. ~ Charles Baudelaire

I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race. ~ Honore de Balzac

I finally know what distinguishes man from the other beasts: financial worries. ~ Jules Renard

It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money. ~ Albert Camus

One of the funny things about the stock market is that every time one person buys, another sells, and both think they are astute. ~ William Feather

Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community. ~ Andrew Carnegie

The poor don’t know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward. ~ John Maynard Keynes

The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket. ~ Andrew Carnegie

The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets. ~ John D. Rockefeller

There can be no rise in the value of labor without a fall of profits. ~ David Ricardo

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it’s just the opposite. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger. ~ Mario Puzo

These heroes of finance are like beads on a string; when one slips off, all the rest follow. ~ Henrik Ibsen

What we now call “finance” is, I hold, an intellectual perversion of what began as warm human love. ~ Robert Graves

Creditor. One of a tribe of savages dwelling beyond the Financial Straits and dreaded for their desolating incursions. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons. ~ Woody Allen

We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs. ~ Gloria Steinem

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

I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position. ~ Mark Twain

I cannot afford to waste my time making money. ~ Louis Agassiz

There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either. ~ Robert Graves

When I have money, I get rid of it quickly, lest it find a way into my heart. ~ John Wesley

I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of ~ Pablo Picasso

This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy. ~ Douglas Adams

There are few sorrows, however poignant, in which a good income is of no avail. ~ Logan Pearsall Smith

Mammon, n.: The god of the world’s leading religion. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair. ~ Sam Ewing

Business is the art of extracting money from another man’s pocket without resorting to violence. ~ Max Amsterdam

I don’t like money, actually, but it quiets my nerves. ~ Joe Louis

Money and women. They’re two of the strongest things in the world. The things you do for a woman you wouldn’t do for anything else. Same with money. ~ Satchel Paige

It frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy. ~ Groucho Marx

If women didn’t exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning. ~ Aristotle Onassis

Money is much more exciting than anything it buys. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

Money isn’t the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on the “gotta have it” scale. ~ Zig Ziglar

Money is human happiness in the abstract; and so the man who is no longer capable of enjoying such happiness in the concrete, sets his whole heart on money. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won’t buy the wag of his tail. ~ Henry Wheeler Shaw

I once met an economist who believed that everything was fungible for money, so I suggested he enclose himself in a large bell-jar with as much money as he wanted and see how long he lasted. ~ Amory Lovins

Money is nothing more than arrogance on paper. ~ Hunter Brinkmeier

It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people. ~ Logan Pearsall Smith

A woman’s mink coat represents the sacrifice of a lot of little animals, including her husband. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. ~ Oscar Wilde

Finance is the art of passing currency from hand to hand until it finally disappears. ~ Robert W. Sarnoff

I have never been in a situation where having money made it worse. ~ Clinton Jones

No matter how rich you become, how famous or powerful, when you die the size of your funeral will still pretty much depend on the weather. ~ Michael Pritchard

I told the Inland Revenue I didn’t owe them a penny because I lived near the seaside. ~ Ken Dodd

My formula for success is rise early, work late and strike oil. ~ John Paul Getty

The pen is mightier than the sword, but no match for the accountant. ~ Jonathan Glancey

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. ~ Oscar Wilde

Money is just the poor man’s credit card. ~ Marshall McLuhan

I’m not a paranoid derranged millionaire. Goddamit, I’m a billionaire. ~ Howard Hughes

It’s morally wrong to allow a sucker to keep his money. ~ W. C. Fields

They were a people so primitive they did not know how to get money, except by working for it. ~ Joseph Addison

No one can earn a million dollars honestly. ~ William Jennings Bryan

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

I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need if I die by four o’clock this afternoon. ~ Henry Youngman

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