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Today’s post is brought to you by the Top Ten Tuesday topic of inspirational and thought-provoking book quotes and April being Financial Literacy Month. By combining two things I love, books and money, I’m sharing some bookish quotes about money that make me go “Hmmm …” If you’re also all about having bands in the coupe, then keep reading and delight in some of the best quotes from the wide world of literature that are all about the Benjamins.
Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.
I am not one who “plays the numbers” on a weekly basis, but I have to admit I buy a ticket when the jackpot gets really big in the dumb hope I’ll become an instant millionaire and finally reach financial freedom. Until then, I will abide by the above quote from Ambrose Bierce’s The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary. It’s better for current me and future me if I just put that money in the bank instead of wishing on a star and blowing money fast.
Business, you know, may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does.
We all know that family and money doesn’t always mix well, but the wise Ms. Austen lets us know that money in friendships may fare the same in Emma with the above quote. It’s best to keep money where it belongs… supporting your new favorite bookish blog. 😉
Of all the icy blasts that blow on love, a request for money is the most chilling.
This quote from Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert reminds me of a line “And you have the audacity to even come and step to me; Ask to hold some money from me until you get your check next week” from the still relevant Destiny’s Child hit “Bills, Bills, Bills.” I am no one’s Suga Momma. Go get your own Playboy!
Don’t you ever mind not being rich enough to buy all the books you want?
Of course I mind, Ms. Wharton! But I was not born into the elite of New York high society like Lily Bart’s friends and associates in The House of Mirth, and I have a crapton of student loans to pay off. I also like makeup. Please don’t turn this into Sophie’s Choice.
For I consider brains far superior to money in every way. You may have noticed that if one has money without brains, he cannot use it to his advantage; but if one has brains without money, they will enable him to live comfortably to the end of his days.
The Scarecrow is really dropping truth bombs on us lowly readers in The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum! The old adage is time is money, but that is not true. We can always use our brains, get our hustle on and make more money, but time is a finite resource we can never get back. #Message
Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.
Ayn Rand, The Darling of American Conservatism, does make a reasonable point in this quote from Atlas Shrugged. Money is just a tool essential to survive this provincial life. YES, it is a tool constantly toying with our emotions, but it is a tool nonetheless, and you must be the boss of it if you wish to thrive.
It’s easy to say you don’t care about money when you have plenty of it.
Truer words have (probably) never been spoken from unlikely bookish voice of reason, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. You don’t really have to think about money when your money in the bank is sitting with more than a few significant figures.
Credit is a system whereby a person who can’t pay, gets another person who can’t pay, to guarantee that he can pay.
When it comes to money, credit can be your best friend or your worst enemy. If it is your nemesis, then it may be due to you living this quote from Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. You’re basically robbing Peter to pay Paul. Stop it!
What good is money if it can’t buy happiness?
Let the church say “Amen” to this quote from Agatha Christie’s The Man in the Brown Suit because money can actually buy happiness when the struggle is real, and it’s hard to make it through the long month with a short check because money buys options.
Money looks better in the bank than on your feet.
No one wants to be like Carrie Bradshaw, unable to buy your rent-controlled apartment because you spent all your coint on Manolos and Chanel. Give a financial boost to future you, take some off the top, and put that ish in the bank! Power to the wise words of Sophia Amoruso from her memoir #GIRLBOSS.
Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute for tenderness.
This quote from Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Album is letting us know money may equal power, but none of that will give you affection. I guess, just like your degrees, your money can’t keep you warm at night … unless you burn it in the fireplace.
There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge. Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.
Napoleon Hill drops this quotastic gem in Think and Grow Rich. Overall, this quote makes me remember dealing with money is emotional and to have success we have to change our money mindset away from the broke mindset to the wealth mindset. And I definitely know that is easier said than done.
So…did you participate in this Top Ten Tuesday? Have you discovered any money gems in your latest reads? Are you a baller shot caller? Let us know in the comments! |RL
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