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Character is money; and according as the man earns or spends the money, money in turn becomes character. As money is the most evident power in the world's uses, so the use that he makes of money is often all that the world knows about a man.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

What's money without happiness?
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Penny wise, pound foolish.
      - Robert Burton,
        Anatomy of Melancholy--Democritus to the Reader
         (p. 35)

Still amorous, and fond, and billing,
  Like Philip and Mary, on a shilling.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. III, canto I, l. 687)

Mammon wins his way where seraphs might despair.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Ready money is Aladdin's lamp.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Wisdom, knowledge, power,--all combined.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Yes! ready money is Aladdin's lamp.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

How beauteous are rouleaus! how charming chests
  Containing ingots, bags of dollars, coins
    (Not of old victors, all whose heads and crests
      Weigh not the thin ore where their visage shines,
        But) of find unclipt gold, where dully rests
          Some likeness, which the glittering cirque confines,
            Of modern, reigning, sterling, stupid stamp;--
              Yes! ready money is Aladdin's lamp.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto XII, st. 12)

Money, in truth, can do much, but it cannot do all. We must know the province of it, and confine it there, and even spurn it back when it wishes to get farther.
      - Thomas Carlyle

To a shower of gold most things are penetrable.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Whoever has sixpence is sovereign over all men,--to the extent of the sixpence; commands cooks to feed him, philosophers to teach him, kings to mount guard over him,--to the extent of sixpence.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Money, which is of very uncertain value, and sometimes has no value at all and even less.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Frederick the Great
         (bk. IV, ch. III)

Capitalism is using its money; we socialists throw it away.
      - Fidel Castro, Observer

Make ducks and drakes with shillings.
      - George Chapman, Eastward Ho!
         (act I, sc. 1)

The way to resumption is to resume.
      - Salmon Portland Chase,
        Letter to Horace Greely

I knew once a very covetous, sordid fellow who used to say, "Take care of the pence, for the pounds will take care of themselves."
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope,
        Letters, quoting Lowndes

Nothing is so secure as that money will not defeat it.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

As I sat at the Cafe I said to myself,
  They may talk as they please about what they call pelf,
    They may sneer as they like about eating and drinking,
      But help it I cannot, I cannot help thinking
        How pleasant it is to have money, heigh-ho!
          How pleasant it is to have money!
      - Arthur Hugh Clough, Spectator Ab Extra

To cure us of our immoderate love of gain, we should seriously consider how many goods there are that money will not purchase, and these the best; and how many evils there are that money will not remedy, and these the worst.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Money was made, not to command our will,
  But all out lawful pleasure to fulfil.
    Shame and woe to use, if we our wealth obey;
      The horse doth with the horseman run away.
      - Abraham Cowley,
        Imitations--Tenth Epistle of Horace
         (bk. I, l. 75)

Stamps God's own name upon a lie just made,
  To turn a penny in the way of trade.
      - William Cowper, Table Talk (l. 421)

I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.
      - e e cummings (Edward Estlin Cummings)

The sinews of affairs are cut.
      - attributed to Demosthenes, by Aeschines

Money, Paul, can do anything.
      - Charles Dickens

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