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Quotes on Wealth, Success, and All Things Money

The following quotes on wealth, success, and money are insights from famous and successful people across the globe.

In a recent blog post, Brian Tracy stated:

"The starting point of financial independence is the development of what Napoleon Hill called a prosperity consciousness. You must become a financial success in your thinking long before you can become rich in your reality.

The most important single step you take on the road to wealth, personal finances and financial independence is the decision to change your thinking and to impress into your mind an unshakable belief that you can and will achieve your financial goals.

Both poverty and riches are the result of a state of mind, and this change in thinking must happen before anything else happens."

To that end, the following quotes on wealth are meant to help you think positively about investing, trading, and money management.

"One investor’s two rules of investing: 1. Never Lose Money 2. Never forget rule No. 1."

~Warren Buffett: American Investor

Photo of Bill Lipschutz

"If most traders would learn to sit on their hands 50% of the time, they would make a lot more money."

~Bill Lipschutz: Co-founder of Hathersage Capital Management

"Increased borrowing must be matched by increased ability to repay. Otherwise, we aren't expanding the economy, we're merely puffing it up."

~Henry C. Alexander: CEO of JP Morgan & Company from 1950-1959

"There are more important things in life than a little money, and one of them is a lot of money."


Bust of Aristotle

"Money is the guarantee that we may have what we want in the future. Though we need nothing at the moment, it insures the possibility of satisfying a new desire when it arises."

~ Aristotle

Bust of Roger Bacon

"More people should learn to tell their dollars where to go instead of asking them where they went."

~ Roger Bacon: English philosopher and Franciscan friar

Photo of PT Barnum

"Money is a terrible master, but an excellent servant."

~ P.T. Barnum: Founder of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Photo of Bernard Baruch

"Increased wages, higher pensions, more unemployment insurance, all are of no avail if the purchasing power of money falls faster (ed. inflation rises)."

~ Bernard M. Baruch: American financier, stock-market speculator, statesman, and political consultant

"Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money."

~ W.J. Cameron: Spokesman for Henry Ford

Lithograph of Cervantes

"Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn."

~ Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra: Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright (Don Quixote)

Photo of Charles Colton

"It is a common observation that any fool can get money; but they are not wise that think so."

~ Charles Caleb Colton: English cleric, writer and collector

Photo of Calvin Coolidge

"There is no dignity quite so impressive and no independence quite so important as living within your means."

~ Calvin Coolidge: 30th President of the United States

"Money, which represents the prose of life, and is hardly spoken of in parlors without apology, is in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson: American lecturer, essayist, and poet (Transcendentalist)

"A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry; but money answereth all things."

~ Ecclesiastes 10:19

Photo of Harvey Firestone

"A man with a surplus can control circumstances, but a man without a surplus is controlled by them, and often he has no opportunity to exercise judgment."

~ Harvey Firestone: American businessman, and the founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company

"One of the advantages of possessing money is that it facilitates one's independence and mental attitude. The man head over heels in debt is more slave than independent."

~ B.C. Forbes: Scottish financial journalist and author who founded Forbes Magazine

Photo of Henry Ford

"Money is like an arm or leg - use it or lose it."

~ Henry Ford: American industrialist and the founder of the Ford Motor Company

Painting of Benjamin Franklin

"Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship."

~ Benjamin Franklin: One of the Founding Fathers of the United States

Picture of Bob Hope

"A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it."

~ Bob Hope: American comedian and actor

"A man’s treatment of money is the most decisive test of his character – how he make it and how he spends it."

~ James Moffatt: British Biblical Scholar

Painting of Jonathan Swift

"A wise many should have money is in his head, but not in his heart."

~ Jonathan Swift: Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (Gulliver's Travels)

Painting of Edmund Burke

"If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed."

~ Edmund Burke: Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher

"To acquire wealth is difficult, to preserve it more difficult, but to spend it wisely is most difficult of all."

~ Edward Day: 55th United States Postmaster General

"Remember, diamonds are only lumps of coal that stuck to their jobs."

~ B.C. Forbes: Scottish financial journalist and author who founded Forbes Magazine

Painting of Samuel Johnson

"A man who both spends and saves money is the happiest man, because he has both enjoyments."

~ Samuel Johnson: British author

Photo of John Maynard Keynes

"A speculator is one who runs risks of which he is aware, and an investor is one who runs risks of which he is unaware."

~ John Maynard Keynes: British economist

Photo of Jesse Livermore

"Never buy at the bottom, and always sell too soon."

~ Jesse L. Livermore: early 20th century stock trader

Lithograph of Edward Young

"I have about concluded that wealth is a state of mind, and that anyone can acquire a wealthy state of mind by thinking rich thoughts."

~ Edward Young: English poet