Banking is not the creator of our prosperity but the creation of it. It is not the cause of our wealth, but it is the consequence of our wealth; and if the industrial energy and development ... were to be hindered or relaxed, then finance and all that finance means, will follow trade to the countries which are more successful than ourselves.
[Joseph Chamberlain, British politician, 1904]
People in the cheaper seats clap, the rest of you just rattle your jewels.
[John Lennon of The Beatles playing at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London in 1963]
When Bobby got back from Las Vegas, he said he noticed he was pausing just a little bit longer than usual after putting his money into parking meters and Xerox machines.
[From Stories from the Nerve Bible by Laurie Anderson, 1994]
I simply cannot help making money. I will tell you my secret if you wish. It is this: I never buy at the bottom and I always sell too soon.
[Attributed to Baron Rothchild in Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefèvre, 1922]
The speculative public is incorrigible. In financial terms it cannot count beyond 3. It will buy anything, at any price, if there seems to be some "action" in progress. It will fall for any company identified with "franchising," computers, electronics, science, technology, or what have you [the Internet], when the particular fashion is raging.
[From The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham, 1973]
The man knew everything, apparently because he had a lot of money.
[From The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin, 1974]