Regarding Your Income

Sunday, March 22, 2009 – Regarding Your Income


Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed. The poor should be practical and prosaic. It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. ~ Oscar Wilde


A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. ~ Jane Austen


A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income. ~ George Bernard Shaw


Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. ~ Charles Dickens


There is nothing more demoralizing than a small but adequate income. ~ Edmund Wilson


All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income. ~ Samuel Butler


Strictly speaking, every citizen above a certain level of income is guilty of some offense. ~ Max Frisch


The poor tread lightest on the earth. The higher our income, the more resources we control and the more havoc we wreak. ~ Paul Harrison


Between persons of equal income there is no social distinction except the distinction of merit. Money is nothing: character, conduct, and capacity are everything. There would be great people and ordinary people and little people, but the great would always be those who had done great things, and never the idiots whose mothers had spoiled them and whose fathers had left them a hundred thousand a year; and the little would be persons of small minds and mean characters, and not poor persons who had never had a chance. That is why idiots are always in favor of inequality of income (their only chance of eminence), and the really great in favor of equality. ~ George Bernard Shaw


It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted. ~ Aeschylus


We have become ninety-nine percent money mad. The method of living at home modestly and within our income, laying a little by systematically for the proverbial rainy day which is due to come, can almost be listed among the lost arts. ~ George Washington Carver


A wise man will live as much within his wit as within his income. ~ Lord Chesterfield


I’m living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart. ~ e. e. cummings


Anger is an expensive luxury in which only men of certain income can indulge. ~ George William Curtis


Look, we play the Star Spangled Banner before every game. You want us to pay income taxes, too? ~ Bill Veeck


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


On my income tax 1040 it says “Check this box if you are blind.” I wanted to put a check mark about three inches away. ~ Tom Lehrer


Most men would feel insulted if it were proposed to employ them in throwing stones over a wall, and then in throwing them back, merely that they might earn their wages. But many are no more worthily employed now. ~ Henry David Thoreau


The more I see of democracy the more I dislike it. It just brings everything down to the mere vulgar level of wages and prices, electric light and water closets, and nothing else. ~ D. H. Lawrence


What’s the use you learning to do right, when it’s troublesome to do right and ain’t no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same? ~ 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


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


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


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, Parerga and Paralipomena, 1851