Unfamiliar Quotations

Wealth and Poverty

"The top ten hedge fund managers make more than all the kindergarten teachers in the United States." - Joseph J. Ellis (2018)

"A small coin held close to the eye blocks out the world." - Rabbi Harold Schulweis

"I am an American from the tip of my wallet to the bottom of my bank account." - Charles Salzberg

"I tried selling out, but nobody bought." - Grace Petrie

"If there was a shred of truth to the claim that the rich are our nation's job creators, then given how rich the rich have gotten, America should be drowning in jobs!" -Nick Hanauer, multi-millionaire.

"My experience is that no one ever has enough money, especially the rich." - Paul Lees-Haley

"The smartest people have fantasy-based retirement plans."  -Teresa Ghilarducci

"I spent the coin I used to toss." - John Fullbright

"The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time."  - Willem de Kooning

"By the time I make a  million dollars, they'll have a coin for it."-Erik Frandsen

"Poverty - real poverty - separates you from the rest of the world in a way that nothing else - not race, not gender, not sexuality, not religion - can do. You are forever outside, watching through the window at the party everyone else is enjoying."  -Victor J. Banis

"Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed."  - Herman Melville

“There’s such a thing as actors paying their mortgages too publicly.” -Simon Brett

“Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.” -Woody Allen

“I’m truly sorry to have caused inconvenience.” – Mark Karpeles, owner of Mount Gox, on having lost $450 million of his customers’ money.

“The more I buy, the more I’m bought.” -Joe Pug

"If you want to break even at the casinos, play the change machine!" – Utah Phillips

"Money makes people rich; it is a fallacy to think it makes them better, or even that it makes them worse.” - Terry Pratchett
"I've been on welfare and food stamps...did anyone help me?" - Craig T. Nelson


"People of the same trade seldom meet together even for merriment or diversions but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices." -Adam Smith

"The creditors are a superstitious sect, great observers of set days and times." -Benjamin Franklin
"This particular American view of 'success' ...as near as I can make it out, is the ability to keep out of jail." -Charles Dudley Warner, 1896

"He owns a private yacht that he can sail on any time, because he never wants to miss the boat again."-Maury Meulheisen,

"Money can't buy off the lightning." -Stephen King 

"Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attraction asthat from which they draw their gains." -Thomas Jefferson

"Wealth is a great predicter of topography." -Patrick Irelan

“I’m going to be enormously rich and moving up to a lower tax bracket.” - Garrison Keillor.

"I never bought a man who wasn't for sale." -Senator William Andrews Clark, Montana

"Beyond a certain amount, money costs too much." -Michael Z. Lewin