Banks and Money

A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.
Bob Hope (1903 – 2003)

Drive-in banks were established so most of the cars today could see their real owners.
E. Joseph Cossman

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

I don’t have a bank account, because I don’t know my mother’s maiden name.
Paula Poundstone

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826), (Attributed)

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.
Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870), David Copperfield, 1849

If all the rich people in the world divided up their money among themselves there wouldn’t be enough to go around.
Christina Stead (1903 – 1983), House of All Nations (1938) “Credo”

Endless money forms the sinews of war.
Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC), Philippics

Lack of money is the root of all evil.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)

4 Responses

  1. This is a fantastic series of quotations, Archie. I love this. Thomas Jefferson was an amazingly wise prescient man. I wonder what he would make of our present economic crisis. Since our Supreme Court decided that corporations could be considered as individuals, the impressive stream of money that was flowing from them to politicians turned into a veritable Niagara. No longer do our politicians even pretend to be listening to the constituents who actually cast their votes, their eyes and ears are focused fixedly upon the source of money.

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  2. My landlord owns well over a million pounds worth of commercial and residential property outright – no mortgages.
    Yet when I was at his house in January this year, he was on the phone to his bank answering questions about his finances because he wanted to borrow £25,000 to improve his house – he was turned down!!!
    Bankers? line them up against the wall with the politicians…….

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