This planet has — or rather had — a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy. Douglas Adams, in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979), Introduction All the perplexities, confusions, and distresses in America arise, not from defects in their constitution or confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, as much from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation. John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson (25 August 1787) Money, now this has to be some good shit.
Martin Amis, Money, a Suicide Note (1984)
The usual definition of the functions of money are that money is a medium of exchange, a measure of value, a standard of deferred payment and a store of value. Riches are a good handmaid, but the worst mistress.
Wealth is a good servant, a very bad mistress
L'argent est un bon serviteur, et un méchant maître
Money is a good servant, a dangerous master.
Francis Bacon, De Dignitate et Augmentis Scientiarum (1623), Book Six The last two have sometimes been attributed to Dominique Bouhours, but are probably just translations of Bacon's words. L'argent est un bon serviteur, mais un méchant maître.
Money is a good servant but a bad master.
Quoted by Francis Bacon. (French Proverb.) In Menegiana, II. 296. 1695. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 521-24. Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
Francis Bacon, 'Of seditions and Troubles', Essays, 15
I look at Paris Hilton, think about her parents' fortune and her grandparents' fortune. She thought she had it all together. A whole lot of people think that, that when you got money you can do anything you want to do. But I want to tell you there...
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