„Banks are an almost irresistible attraction for that element of our society which seeks unearned money.“

—  John Edgar Hoover, News summaries (7 April 1955).
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„Sometimes I think our central bank will keep printing money till we run out of trees.“

—  Jim Rogers American writer 1942
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„Beauty is that quality which, next to money, is generally the most attractive to the worst kinds of men;“

—  Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Context: Beauty is that quality which, next to money, is generally the most attractive to the worst kinds of men; and, therefore, it is likely to entail a great deal of trouble on the possessor. Ch. XVI : The Warning of Experience; Mrs. Maxwell to Helen

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„The ways by which you may get money almost without exception lead downward. To have done anything by which you earned money merely is to have been truly idle or worse.“

—  Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862
Context: The ways by which you may get money almost without exception lead downward. To have done anything by which you earned money merely is to have been truly idle or worse. If the laborer gets no more than the wages which his employer pays him, he is cheated, he cheats himself.

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„I sincerely believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a money aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826
The earliest known appearance of this statement is from 1895 (Joshua Douglass, "Bimetallism and Currency", American Magazine of Civics, 7:256). It is apparently a combination of paraphrases or approximate quotations from three separate letters of Jefferson (longer excerpts in sourced section): I sincerely believe, with you, that banking institutions are more dangerous than standing armies... Letter to John Taylor (1816) The bank mania...is raising up a moneyed aristocracy in our country which has already set the government at defiance... Letter to Josephus B. Stuart (1817) Bank paper must be suppressed, and the circulating medium must be restored to the nation to whom it belongs. Letter to John W. Eppes (1813)

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„My history of lending money from banks is that they want to know the ins and outs of the backside of a duck.“

—  Alan Sugar British business magnate, media personality, and political advisor 1947
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„Fresh out the bank, it's the Birdman Junior, money too long. Teachers, put away your rulers.“

—  Lil Wayne American rapper, singer, record executive and businessman 1982
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