Money Talks, but is Money the Root of all Evil?


So you have made your million dollars, or maybe a billion dollars, or more, or are well on your way to achieving your objective of … how much? Perhaps you have made and then lost a lot of money, maybe even more than once and in different ventures, so how do you feel now? Are you happy with your efforts and your current life, and if so, what part does money actually play in how you feel, how satisfied you are with yourself. Maybe you are simply curious as to how people with more money than you are ever likely to accumulate feel about what they have, and how they made it?

The quotes in this article are from generally famous people across several industries and businesses, philosophers and writers, who have mostly made quite a lot of money, or have seen the effects that money can have, large or small amounts, and in some cases observed poverty and how people cope with having little of no money at all. Of course, it’s easy to be wise after the fact – having made a fortune to then look back and reflect on what you did to accumulate your wealth and how this has had an effect on your outlook on life; if you have never been wealthy, you can’t do that.

So it is worth reading what (mostly) ‘rich’ people now think about money – is it indeed ‘the root of all evil ‘ as the apostle Paul commented thousands of years ago, or is it simply the way you acquire it, and perhaps most importantly what you do with what can be a considerable excess, once you’re in a position to live comfortably – whatever that means to any individual.

Some quotes are clearly humourous, but still have the ring of truth.


Richard Branson

Businessman Richard Branson
“Never go into business purely to get money. If that’s the motive, you’re better off doing nothing.”

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Music mogul Simon Cowell
“Money brings you security and choice. You can make decisions in a different way if you have a lot of money. But when you have nothing, you have a naiveté, and a more fearless attitude because you have nothing to lose.”

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CEO and founder of Instagram Kevin Systrom
“I think not focusing on money makes you sane because in the long run it can probably drive you crazy.”

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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs
“I’m the only person I know that’s lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year… It’s very character-building.”

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Disney founder Walt Disney
“Disneyland is a work of love. We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.”

Warren Buffett
Business magnate Warren Buffett
“I will tell you the secret to getting rich on Wall Street. You try to be greedy when others are fearful. And you try to be fearful when others are greedy.”

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates
“I have $100 billion… You realize I could spend $3 million a day, every day, for the next 100 years? And that’s if I don’t make another dime…”

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Business mogul Donald Trump
“Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.”


Singer Beyoncé
“I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value.”

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Actress Elizabeth Taylor
“Money is the best deodorant.”

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Actor Will Smith
“Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.”

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Model and TV presenter Tyra Banks
“Don’t chase the money, even if you want to be a banker. Chase the passion. Chase the dream.”

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Actor William Shatner
“If saving money is wrong, I don’t want to be right!”

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Musician Bob Dylan
“Money doesn’t talk; it swears.”

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Actor Humphrey Bogart
“The only point in making money is so that you can tell some big shot where to go.”

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Singer and actor Justin Timberlake
“The way I grew up, I was always taught that it’s uncouth to talk about money, and that’s not what should inspire you.”

Dwayne Johnson
Actor and former pro wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
“1995: $7 in my pocket. I knew two things: I’m broke as hell and one day I won’t be.”

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Musician Elton John
“I have a lot of money stashed away, but I do live my life from day to day.”

Michael Moore
Filmmaker Michael Moore
“I’m a millionaire, I’m a multi-millionaire. I’m filthy rich. You know why I’m a multi-millionaire? Cause multi-millions like what I do.”

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Musician and designer Kanye West
“So many people talk about their investments or how much money they have, but there’s so many rich people who spend a lot of that trying to buy a piece of happiness.”

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Rapper and actor 50 Cent
“Money is freedom. Money is a private plane. Money is no metal detection.”

Brooke Shields
Actress Brooke Shields
“I’m so naive about finances. Once when my mother mentioned an amount and I realized I didn’t understand, she had to explain: ‘That’s like three Mercedes.’ Then I understood.”

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Actor Steve Martin
“I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks. Got a fur sink. An electric dog polisher. A gasoline powered turtle-neck sweater. And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too.”

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Comedian Groucho Marx
“Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.”

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Comedian Charlie Chaplin
“I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can’t help it. It’s the truth.”

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Rapper Eminem
“I always try to be smart. I try to treat all the money I’m making like it’s the last time I’m going to make it.”

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Actor Jim Carrey
“I refuse to feel guilty. I feel guilty about too much in my life, but not about money. I went through periods when I had nothing, so somebody in my family had to get stinkin’ wealthy.”

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Singer Cher
“I’m scared to death of being poor. It’s like a fat girl who loses 500 pounds but is always fat inside. I grew up poor and will always feel poor inside. It’s my pet paranoia.”

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Marvel Comics Chairman Stan Lee
“I’ve been very lucky. All I wanted was to pay the rent. Then these characters took off and suddenly there were Hulk coffee mugs and Iron Man lunch boxes and The Avengers sweatshirts everywhere. Money’s okay, but what I really like is working.”

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Model and TV host Heidi Klum
“What are you going to do if you have all the money in the world and all the things that you wanted to achieve in your business, but you have no one to share it with? You come home alone at the end of the day – and then what?”

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Comedian Bob Hope
“A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.”

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Comedian Joan Rivers
“People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured that if you have enough money, you can have a key made.”

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Musician Johnny Cash
“Success is having to worry about everything in the world, except money.”

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Musician Billy Idol
“It doesn’t matter about money; having it, not having it. Or having clothes, or not having them. You’re still left alone with yourself in the end.”

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Director Woody Allen
“Another good thing about being poor is that when you are seventy, your children will not have you declared legally insane in order to gain control of your estate.”

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Actor Robert De Niro
“Money makes your life easier. If you’re lucky to have it, you’re lucky.”

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Rapper Snoop Dogg
“If you stop at general math, you’re only going to make general math money.”

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TV host and producer Oprah Winfrey
“Everybody wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”

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Musician Bob Marley
“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”


Missionary Mother Teresa
“Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.”

Karl Marx
Philosopher Karl Marx
“I do not like money, money is the reason we fight.”

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Politician Nelson Mandela
“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.”

Writer Jonathan Swift
“A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.”

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Author J.K. Rowling
“Whatever money you might have, self-worth really lies in finding out what you do best.”

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Former US President Ronald Reagan
“Money can’t buy happiness, but it will certainly get you a better class of memories.”

Oscar Wilde
Writer Oscar Wilde
“When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.”

Peter Griffin
‘Family Guy’ Peter Griffin
“It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white… the only color that really matters is green.”

Barack Obama
US President Barack Obama
“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself, and it will leave you unfulfilled.”

Artist Pablo Picasso
“I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.”

Daniel Wanburg
Daniel Wanburg
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  1. When the difference between being allowed to live or die comes down to a single $100,000 surgery and you are left knowing that you are going to die in less than 5 years.. or the difference between living on the streets or coming up with $5000 is the reality you becomes obvious what the statement means. is the devil if such a thing exists…its as close as it gets. Lose your job because your boss gets sick and closes the business and suddenly without the money you face homelessness…yeah…strait evil to the tenth degree!


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