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Finance Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old finance quotes, finance sayings, and finance proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

I try not to borrow, first you borrow then you beg.

Ernest Hemingway

You don't have to be like most people around you, because most people never become truly rich and wealthy.

Manoj Arora

Too many people spend money they earned to buy things they don't want to impress people that they don't like.

Will Rogers

A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.

Jonathan Swift

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.

Benjamin Franklin

Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip.

John Locke

The stock market is filled with individuals who know the price of everything, but the value of nothing.

Phillip Fisher

Invest in yourself. Your career is the engine of your wealth.

Paul Clitheroe

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.     

Benjamin Franklin

There can be no rise in the value of labour without a fall of profits.

David Ricardo

Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.     

Benjamin Franklin

What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.     

Julia Cameron

It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.

George Horace Lorimer

You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.

Dave Ramsey

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.

Norman Vincent Peale

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.     

Epictetus

Try to save something while your salary is small; it’s impossible to save after you begin to earn more.     

Jack Benny

Never spend your money before you have it.

Thomas Jefferson

The individual investor should act consistently as an investor and not as a speculator.     

Ben Graham

A big part of financial freedom is having your heart and mind free from worry about the what-ifs of life.

Suze Orman

All money is a matter of belief.     

Adam Smith

I would not pre-pay. I would invest instead and let the investments cover it.     

Dave Ramsey

Money is a good servant but a bad master.

Francis Bacon, Sr.

Every once in a while, the market does something so stupid it takes your breath away.

Jim Cramer

Finance is critical. If sufficient investment is made in infrastructure and venture capital is made available, there will be a big improvement in the situation.     

Sanjay Kumar

The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward.     

John Maynard Keynes

Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I made my money the old-fashioned way. I was very nice to a wealthy relative right before he died.     

Malcolm Forbes

Personal finances are like people’s personal health, crucial and tragic to the sufferer but tedious to the listener.

Thomas Keneally

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