I could not have said it better myself…

Posted: June 12, 2012 in business, Life, Money

“If you reach for a star, you might not get one.  But you won’t come up with a hand full of mud either”

— Leo Burnett

“Never be haughty to the humble.  Never be humble to the haughty.”

— Jefferson Davis

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world:  the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.  Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

“Lack of money is the root of all evil.”

–G.B. Shaw

“The tide is high but I’m holding on.”


“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.

 “But at my back I always hear Time’s winged chariot hurrying near.”

“Gather the flowers, but spare the buds.”

Andrew Marvell

“Learn to drink coffee without sugar.”

“You’re better off missing a bus or an airplane once in a while than getting there too early all the time.”

“Don’t expect too much from the company you work for, even if it’s a good company.”

–Andy Rooney

“If you would take, you must first give.  This is the beginning of intelligence.”

— Tao Te King

“Being able to do something well is one of life’s great joys.”

— Frank Tyger

“It’s hubris to think that the way we see things is everything there is.”

Lisa Randall

“The sweaty players in the game of life always have more fun than the supercilious spectators.”

— William Feather

“We are all imbued with the love of praise.”

— Henry Fielding

“I have never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy as a cause for withdrawing from a friend.”

— Thomas Jefferson

“We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.” 

— Khalil Gibran

“Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.”

Mae West

“No one agrees with other people’s opinions, they merely agree with their own opinion expressed by somebody else.”

— Sydney Tremayne

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”

— Henry Ford

“Consider the mosquito.  He sings at his work and he keeps everlastingly at it.  The only way to stop him is to kill him.”

— JT Fisher

“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

Mark Twain

“Women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition.”

— Marilyn Monroe

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” 

— Coco Chanel

“Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”

“If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.”

 “Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor.”

— Ben Franklin

“Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.” 

–Terry Pratchett

“He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

“Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I shall not put.”

Winston Churchill

“But there’s also no doubt that many people, with fewer advantages than you, have overcome them to achieve much greater things”

— Mr. Money Mustache

“One of the greatest follies of our culture is the notion that possessions depict financial progress in your life.”

— Shilpan

“Why would I want to spend all my money on ‘stuff’ when I don’t even own my own time yet?”

Dividend Mantra

“I don’t think anything is ever quite the same to us after we are dead.”

— Don Marquis

“Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.” 

— Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” 

Katharine Hepburn

“The purpose in life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.”

–Rainer Maria Rilke

“It ain’t too hard to get along with somebody else’s troubles.”

–Steve Goodman

“In misfortune, which friend remains a friend?”


“Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.”

Groucho Marx

“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”

–Isaac Asimov

“Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.”

– John Allen Paulos.

“Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment.” 

— Ralph Marston

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.”

— Kurt Vonnegut

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” 

Anais Nin

“In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away.”

— Shing Xiong.

“To be without some things you want is an indispensable part of t happiness.”

— Bertrand Russell

Oh, and I think I’ve turned a worthy phrase or two:

Spend less than you earn – invest the surplus – avoid debt

You own the things you own and they in turn own you.

If your lifestyle matches or, god forbid exceeds, your income you are no more than a gilded slave.

As individuals we only have one obligation to society:  

To make sure we, and our children, are not a burden to others.                           

 Do you have your own favorites?  Maybe even turned a couple yourself?  Please share in the comments….

  1. ael says:

    I believe the original is from Sacha Guitry and goes like this: “our wisdom comes from our experience and our experience comes from our foolishness.”

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

    My favorite of them all!

    Thanks for an amazing collection of inspiration! And thanks even more for including me. I’m truly honored!

    Best wishes.

  3. Michele says:

    “The first and great commandment is: Don’t let them scare you.” (Elmer Davis)

    “To find out what one is fitted to do and to secure an opportunity to do it is the key to happiness.” (John Dewey)

    “It is one of the blessings of friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

    “What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?” (Adam Smith)

    “Never drive a car when you’re dead.” (Tom Waits)

  4. JTH says:

    Getting ready to retire (30 days). Corporate job. Pension and 401k. Do I take a lump sum on pension or take an annuity?

  5. Trisha Ray says:

    You have many of my favorites…! This I wrote down 45 years ago:
    Also: “The world is a great book, of which those who never stir from home read only a page:”
    – Augustine
    and –
    “…all life is an experiment, the more you make, the better….”

  6. jess says:

    “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about dancing in the rain”
    “Life’s too short to be living some one else’s dream”
    “Life is what happens when you’re too busy making plans”
    “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.” Walt Disney

    and of course, my favorite: “God must love stupid people, cause he made alot of them.” – my grandmother.

  7. Poor Student says:

    “There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” – Roger Staubach

    “It takes twenty years to become an overnight success.” – Eddie Cantor

    “Outside of a dog a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it is too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

    Anytime I have a chance to use this Groucho quote I do, and yours reminded me of it.

    Great list.

  8. 101 Centavos says:

    Ben Franklin, Terry Pratchett, Mark Twain, Mae West, and Will Rogers all in one spot. Nice collection, Jim.
    No quotes to add, just a couple of provers and sayings
    Amat Victoria Curam (Victory loves preparation) – Latin Proverb
    A tavola non s’invecchia (at the dinner table, you don’t get old) – Italian proverb
    Il vino e’ il latte dei vecchi (Wine is the milk for old people) – Italian proverb
    A fool and his head are soon parted – Klingon proverb
    Finally, one that we picked up from an Eritrean friend a long ways back. “If your friend is like honey, don’t lick him too much”, meaning, of course, don’t take advantage of your friends.

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  11. Jim Camasto says:

    “Self-sufficiency means that one does not have to extort ecological fertility from the earth in order to trade with the empire for baubles.”
    – William Kötke

    “It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society”
    – J. Krishnamurti

  12. A says:

    “Money, it’s a gas, grab that cash with both hands and make a stash”

  13. Fritz Hahn says:

    Fellow readers – thanks for your contributions as well!
    Fritz, the New Mexico Lobo

  14. AFTER getting fuc*ed is the wrong time to consider consequences…

    – My late grandmother

  15. A says:

    “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Oscar Wilde

  16. Shilpan says:

    Thank you for the link. I am honored for the mention.

  17. Fun post! Favorites: Vonnegut, Nin, Marilyn Monroe and Eleanor Roosevelt. All of their quotes are fabulous, and these are no exceptions.

  18. A fool and his money…….are a fun date!

    Live hard not soft; eat hard not soft; seek fiber in foods and in life.
    Helen Nearing

  19. A fool and his money……..are a fun date.

  20. gestalt162 says:

    “With great power comes great responsibility.”

    -My mom, later co-opted by Spiderman

  21. John says:

    Keep a cool tool, fool.

  22. Tara C says:

    My favorite is a variation of one you have above:

    Good judgement comes from experience, and experirence comes from bad judgement. :-)

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