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Comment#  ·   Fair (250 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Always borrow money from a pessimist; he doesn't expect to be paid back.

Unknown, in Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (204 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Change is good, but dollars are better.

Unknown, in Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (1122 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Figure it out. Work a lifetime to pay off a house. You finally own it and there's no one to live in it.

Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, in Life and Death and Wealth and Poverty

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Comment#  ·   Fair (324 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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, in Wealth and Poverty and Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (439 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I'm opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position.

Mark Twain, in Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (542 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, the other is getting it.

Oscar Wilde, in Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (913 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Behind every great fortune, there is a crime.

Honoré de Balzac, in Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (270 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he is buying.

Fran Lebowitz, in Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (470 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.

Lao Tsu, in Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (915 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in Wealth and Poverty

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Comment#  ·   Fair (279 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The economy depends about as much on economists as the weather does on weather forecasters.

Jean-Paul Kauffmann, in Science and Religion and Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (820 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

Some of the worst torments imaginable accompany wealth. And yet many a poor man is eager for preferment and dreams of somehow "improving" his estate. Where money and property are concerned, none but vagrants are wise.

Christopher Spranger, The Effort to Fall, in Wealth and Poverty

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Comment#  ·   Fair (1091 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Alas, fortune does not change men; it unmasks them.

Stephen T. Steve, in Vice and Virtue and Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (535 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Money may be the husk of many things, but not the kernel. It buys you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not loyalty; days of joy, but not peace or happiness.

Henrik Ibsen, in Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (1006 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, that gives happiness.

Thomas Jefferson, in Wealth and Poverty and Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (2766 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Money is like an arm or leg: use it or lose it.

Henry Ford, in Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (845 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich, as well as the poor, to sleep under the bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

Anatole France, in Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (1047 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.

Benjamin Franklin, in Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (1168 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.

Benjamin Franklin, in Life and Death and Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (1186 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.

Robert Frost, in Wealth and Poverty

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