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Saturday 19 July 2014


Well, here we are on week 4 of quotations

I wonder if I can ask readers to promote this feature on your blogs in order so get the word round - thanks!

This week is about Money Matters and how the subject seems to have inspired a number of quotations.

A conversation was recorded by the novelist Scott Fitzgerald, who was dazzled by the glamour of the rich:
Fitzgerald: "The rich are different from us."
Ernest Hemingway: "Yes, they have more money!"

The American critic John Leonard made the same point with a little more sophistication:
"The rich are different from you and me because they have more credit."

"Red Hot Momma" blues singer Sophie Tucker summed up her own experience:
"I have been poor and I have been rich. Rich is better!"

The rich, although more fortunate than many, may not yet behave decently. One of the dukes of Argyll remarked:
"As far as I'm concerned there are only two kinds of people in the world.  Those who are nice to their servants and those who are not!"

(Bet I can guess which category he was!)

How rich is rich?  According to multi-millionaire John Jacob Astor III :
"A man who has a million dollars is as well off as if he were rich!"

Wealth is a shield against even the harshest criticisms, as the glittering showman Liberace pointed out:
"What you said hurt me very much.  I cried all the way to the bank!"

American journalist Earl Wilson:
"Success is just a matter of luck. Ask any failure!"

American comedian Jack Benny, famed for his supposed meanness, is said to have been held up one day by a gangster:

Gangster:  "Your money or your life?"
Benny: "I'm thinking it over!"

Much loved and often married, Hollywood star, Zsa Zsa Gabor remembered that:
"I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back!"

One of the United States' Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, handed out much solid practical advise, including this:
"If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some!"

A mis-quote from George Bernard Shaw:
"Lack of money is the root of all evil!"

Evan Esar, "The mint makes it, it is up to you to make it last!"

Elizabeth Taylor, "Money is the best deodorant!"

Bob Hope, "A bank is a place which will lend you money if you can prove you don't need it!"

Little known Eddie Bluelights had a friend who was inspired by a banker's meanness, after declining him a business load.  The mean banker, wearing a glass eye, asked him why he was not looking into his real eye, to which he relied:
"There is so much more humanity in the glass one!"

Film star Lana Turner describes the perfect marriage:
"A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.  A successful woman is one who can find such a man!"

and the last for this week!

Quentin Crisp's view of social mobility:
"Never keep up with the Jones. Drag them down to your level. It's cheaper!"

Please keep your quotations coming in - I have a few ready to post but will do a special when I get a sufficient number.

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Have a good weekend and more funnies next week.


  1. favorite money quote (well it is kinda money):

    It doesn't matter whether you're selling Jesus or Buddha or civil rights or 'How to Make Money in Real Estate With No Money Down.' That doesn't make you a human being; it makes you a marketing rep. If you want to talk to somebody honestly, as a human being, ask him about his kids. Find out what his dreams are - just to find out, for no other reason. Because as soon as you lay your hands on a conversation to steer it, it's not a conversation anymore; it's a pitch. And you're not a human being; you're a marketing rep. ~The Big Kahuna (movie)

  2. My favorite money quote...from myself! ha.

    Money does not buy happiness unless you spend it on others.

    1. Very true, Betsy . . . good one.
      Will add that one next week :)

    2. "unless you give it away" might sound a bit smoother. :) Not to mention, it's just really fun to do!

    3. Couldn't agree more, Betsy.
      I would just love to make it my purpose in life to be able to get people out of financial burden and to help bring them to know The Lord. Now that would be a real cool thing to do and so much fun to help them. But it takes big bucks to do it! :)

    4. Yes, so true. But I think your calling is to spread sunshine and love...which has more value than money, anyway!

    5. And I do believe we commented on each other's blog just now at the exact same second! lol...

    6. You do say the most lovely things Betsy . . . me sunshine and love and more value than money . . . how touching . . . . well they can certainly have as much as they want of that and there is lots and lots left in the tank!

    7. Synchronized commenting:
      Cool - we must both have degrees in ESP . . . I was just hoping to grab a bite to eat and a mug of coffee! .. . . weird though wasn't it? :)

  3. Somehow just because you're a member of the Under Class you are just jealous of the Upper Class people like me who have oodles of money.

    Don't worry Eddie, if I saw you sitting in the High Street with your little tin mug, begging for pennies and I had a pocket full of them, do you think I could just walk past and ignore you, without giving you a second glance? You're dead right, I would!


    1. I had to put "joke" otherwise you might take offence like other people would. . . .

    2. LOL . . . before I got to your punch line I knew you would say that!!! . . . You are a riot!! . . . . but you've missed the point old chap! . . . I would love to give it away to the needy and have only some myself. :)

      Did you not bring Anthony with you? :)

    3. No need to put the word joke in.
      I know you are just joking - I think . . . lol
      And I would never get offended . . . . perhaps the word joker might be more appropriate!

    4. I somehow regard you and Anthony as Mr Bingley and Mr Darcy from Pride and prejudice . . . . I wonder who you are but Betsy (Elizabeth) would make a very good Elizabeth Bennett. Perhaps you are Mr Wickham and I shall be Mr Darcy!! . . . . . . lol

    5. Why pick on poor Anthony? I don't even know him personally, I only helped him get his foot onto the blogging ladder because I'm just a kindly old soul who would help anybody in difficulty. Well, there maybe one exception. . . . .

    6. Oh he's alright! He's Mr Bingley and he is a very nice chap.
      It's you I am a bit worried about as Mr Wickham
      At first I am a miserable git as Mr Darcy but Miss Bennett makes me see the error of my ways and end up ok.

      hahaha! Well it was very nice of you to help Anthony so I shall get Jane Austen to rewrite the book and make Mr Wickham ok too, ok? . . . lol

    7. This comment thread is better than the post! :)

    8. Ahh! Miss Elizabeth Bennett has graced us with her presence!! . . .
      I think I might do a Pride and Prejudice skit . . . how about that??

      . . . but Mr Bingley has not shown up and Mr Wickham is licking his wounds . . . lol . . . . and Mr Bingley thinks that means lots of love!! . . hahah

    9. By the way, who is this Jane Austin, has she got a blogpage?

    10. Oh she just wrote the book and for a while lived in Bath nearby - I don't think she set up a blog page - she was quite a dumbo with computers!! :)

  4. I read somewhere that the longest recorded laugh in history was that burglar saying to Jack Benny, "Your money or your life.." What brought down the house was that Jack Benny simply gave a coy glance at the audience while saying nothing. The actor playing the burglar didn't know what to do so he repeated the line. This time Benny, the notorious miser, said, "I'm thinking about it!" That was the second longest laugh ever recorded.

    1. Jack Benny was a genius of comedy and so was George Burns and Bob Hope . . . :)

  5. I love this week's collection of quotes Eddie! But I think this quote from Henry Miller is still at the top of my list for quotes about money since 'wordplay' is also involved:
    To walk in money through the night crowd, protected by money, lulled by money, dulled by money, the crowd itself a money, the breath money, no least single object anywhere that is not money, money, money everywhere and still not enough, and then no money or a little money or less money or more money, but money, always money, and if you have money or you don't have money it is the money that counts and money makes money, but what makes money make money?
    Tropic of Capricorn (1939)

    BTW - I linked to this blog post of quotes, but you haven't tagged these posts or I would have been able to provide a link to all four posts so far...will you consider tagging this weekly series? Can't wait to see future posts of quotes =-)

    1. Thanks Monica - and that is one humdinger of a quote!!! . . . he must have swallowed the dictionary!
      Writing to yo about the tag idea . . . :) Eddie

  6. lol yeah the banks give a big screw you
    When money has to come due
    Learn the value indeed
    Some are all about the greed
    If only monoply money would count
    Then I'd be in the money by a high amont

    1. I'd steal your Boardwalk any day!
      Then you'd be sorry you came to play!

    2. Our streets are all called by London Names
      But for else they would be exact same games
      I think you both should go to jail
      And not pass GO or on board set sail,
      And you could treat me to a dinner
      For being such a worthy winner!! . . . . . hahaha

    3. Pat and I sharing a cell?
      That would just be plain hell!

    4. Agreed so this is what I'll do
      I'll 'though the dice in for you two
      And to keep you out of dire trouble
      You both can try to throw a double
      And if you can match the same two numbers
      You can leave Patt to his jailbird slumbers
      And give lead him such a merry dance
      And take community chest or take a chance
      But don't land on my hotels
      Cause that's the end! Hear the bells?

    5. That sounds fair enough
      but you can keep that hotel stuff.
      I'd rather own the railroads dear
      and be the leading engineer.
      Those charming steam trains of long ago
      would be the road I'd want to hoe,
      Equally spaced around the board
      always running and looking forward,
      If only the Great Western were included
      and the Orient Express, they've eluded.
      and how about The Flying Scotsman,
      Where the conductor is a kind gentleman?
      Only the American rails are here,
      but I dream of the British ones, I fear.

    6. Over here its not quite the same
      Because no trains are in our game
      We are the very funniest of nations
      On our's we have four London Stations
      No railroad corporations, I fear
      Water and Electric corps. appear
      And then income tax we have to pay
      If we land on the square come what may
      But we might win a beauty contest
      And get £10 from each and every guest
      But you sound as though you are alarming
      When you say our trains are much more charming!!
      I think II'll photograph the board
      To highlight diffs in each ward !!! lol

    7. And please tell us all
      how many beauty contests you've won at your hall?
      How great if the money collected was real....
      and now we're back to what Pat said in his spiel.

    8. Alas not a single time
      I did not get a lonely dime
      But I'll have you know it's more than maybe
      I was a lovely and charming little baby . . . . . . .. . lol
      It' seem we have 'monopolized' this space
      As we post pour memories at my place
      I wonder if Pat is still locked up
      Or has managed to 'escaup' . . . . . . . . . lol

  7. I don't expect I'll ever be rich, so I can't speak to any of this!

    1. You and me both . . . .
      Thanks . . . . and I will come over and read your new comment tonight . . . . :) Eddie


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