Many things have been said about money. Lack of it is the root of all evil, it makes the world go ’round, it’s a gas. That it can’t buy morals, character, or love. It is also one of “The Big Four” of topics not to discuss during a Dinner Party.

It seems to be a driving force behind so many recent news articles. The American health-care system, the Fyre Festival debacle, even President Trump’s tax returns. I’ve learned a lot about money over my lifetime and I’m still not really sure what to think of it exactly.

What will I be doing to make money for the remainder of my lifetime? Why am I finding it so difficult to earn my version of a livable wage? How do I value money in comparison to success?  I think now is a good time for me to take a look at what money means to me by learning what others with more of it than I have said about it through the years.

I’ll start this retrospect in quotes with the more negative ones and work down to the more positive ones.

“Men are like bank accounts. Without a lot of money they don’t generate a lot of interest.” – Unkown

I couldn’t find the origin of this quote but, I would imagine the person who said this died alone.

“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.” – Oscar Wilde

Say, Oscar, isn’t that your Mother over there?

“Life is a game. Money is how we keep score.” – Ted Turner

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

Both of these men started out with millions of dollars. Their pursuit of money was virtually complete upon their birth. Also, money is not the one and only measure of success. There are people who are idolized and revered for living great and interesting lives without having any amount of money at all. The Dalai Lama had a great quote about money, however, he is a man that lives a structured life without the need for it. He has a perspective on money that not many of people are afforded, for better or worse. Much like Mr. Turner and President Trump but, for entirely different reasons.

“There is a gigantic difference between earning a great deal of money and being rich.” – Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich – 1, Ted Turner – 0, Donald Trump – 0.

“A fool and his money get a lot of publicity.” – Al Bernstein

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Rogers

“A fool and his money are soon elected.” – Will Rogers


“He who steals money is put in jail. He who seizes a kingdom is proclaimed emperor.” – Japanese Proverb

“If you have a gun, you can rob a bank but, if you have a bank, you can rob everyone.” – Bill Maher

Sad but, true in both scenarios.

“Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money.” – Johnny Cash

Perspective on success from one world class musician. I myself, like Rob Schneider, believe success is eating and sleeping indoors.

“They say money doesn’t bring happiness, but everyone still wants to prove it for themselves.” – Unknown

“Don’t think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.” – Voltaire

“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish but, it will not replace you as the driver.” – Ayn Rand

“Money is not the only answer but, it makes a difference.” – Barack Obama

I don’t find happiness in money but, I know that I am happier when I’m not worried about it like I am right now. I understand that it isn’t the only venue to find personal happiness through, exactly like Ayn Rand and President Obama have said.

“Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so they know the value of things, not the price.” – Victor Hugo

“Money is a 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

Now we’re getting somewhere. I like these guys.

“It’s not the money that matters, it’s how you use it that determines its true value.” – Unknown

This is a close estimation of how I value money. I only want enough money to keep a roof over my head, clothes on my back, food on my table, and reliable transportation back and forth to the job that affords me that if needed. I’ve never sought to be rich or famous. Even when I wanted to be a musician, I knew there were more ways to make money other than just being in a world-touring band.

“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.” – Henry Ford

This quote really scared some newly formed perspective into me. The idea being that I have done a lot of different jobs during my lifetime only in the pursuit of money and therefore, independence. I know that there is a middle ground for me and thus, why I have put my time and energy into new ventures.

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” – Maya Angelou

The “how” of making money part is starting to solidify.

“The goal isn’t more money, the goal is living your life on your own terms.” – Chris Brogan

There it is, the one quote I was hoping to find. The one that matches up to all the questions I had about money before I even started looking up the answers.

I find that money is a very polarizing subject, I can understand why but, it was something I felt that I needed to talk about. As I tried to talk about it over the past few days, I have basically been told to shut up because my views didn’t match up with others. That isn’t how conversations work. That isn’t how real progress is made. People are starting to truly understand that America has issues with the wealth gap and wealth inequality. If you can’t even talk about these things and put them into perspective, then you’re never going to improve upon the situation.

“Doing nothing accomplishes nothing, gains nothing, changes nothing, and wins nothing. You have to make a move.” – Richelle E. Goodrich


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