„It is better to be addicted to opium than to be addicted to money.“
„Money doesn’t mind if we say it’s evil, it goes from strength to strength. It’s a fiction, an addiction, and a tacit conspiracy.“
— Martin Amis, Money
Novelists in Interview (1985) edited by John Haffenden
„A moderate addiction to money may not always be hurtful; but when taken in excess it is nearly always bad for the health, it limits one's chance of indulging in nice simple pleasures, and in many cases it lowers the whole moral tone.“
— Clarence Day American writer 1874 - 1935
Context: The rich are not really a bad lot. We must not judge by appearances. If it weren't for their money they would be indistinguishable from the rest of us. But money brings out their weaknesses, naturally. Would it not bring out ours? A moderate addiction to money may not always be hurtful; but when taken in excess it is nearly always bad for the health, it limits one's chance of indulging in nice simple pleasures, and in many cases it lowers the whole moral tone. The rich admit this — of each other; but what can they do? Once a man has begun to accumulate money, it is unnatural to stop. He actually gets in a state where he wants more and more. This may seem incomprehensible to those who have never suffered from affluence, and yet they would feel the same way, in a millionaire's place. A man begins by thinking that he can have money without being its victim. He will admit that other men addicted to wealth find it hard to be moderate, but he always is convinced that he is different and has more self-control. But the growth of an appetite is determined by nature, not men, and this is as true of getting money as of anything else. As soon as a man is used to a certain amount, no matter how large, his ideas of what is suitable expand. That is the way men are made. ""Annual Report of the League for Improving the Lives of the Rich" in The Crow's Nest (1921)
— Woody Allen, Without Feathers
"The Early Essays".
— Gregory Bateson English anthropologist, social scientist, linguist, visual anthropologist, semiotician and cyberneticist 1904 - 1980
„Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.“
— Anne Herbert (writer) American journalist 1952
"The Next Whole Earth Catalog", (1980), p 331. http://lists.webjunction.org/wjlists/publib/2001-February/035270.html (Derived from the Gilbert Shelton quote, "Dope will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no dope."
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, statistician, former trader and risk analyst 1960
„Lord, the money we do spend on Government and it's not one bit better than the government we got for one-third the money twenty years ago. “
— Will Rogers American humorist and entertainer 1879 - 1935
„Nothing lulls and inebriates like money; when you have a lot, the world seems a better place than it actually is.“
— Anton Chekhov Russian dramatist, author and physician 1860 - 1904
Ничто так не усыпляет и не опьяняет, как деньги; когда их много, то мир кажется лучше, чем он есть.
„You do not ask what is the value, or what is the use, of this feeling. Of what use is the universe? What is the practical application of a million galaxies? Yet just because it has no use, it has a use—which may sound like a paradox, but is not. What, for instance, is the use of playing music? If you play to make money, to outdo some other artist, to be a person of culture, or to improve your mind, you are not really playing—for your mind is not on the music. You don't swing. When you come to think of it, playing or listening to music is a pure luxury, an addiction, a waste of valuable time and money for nothing more than making elaborate patterns of sound.“
— Alan Watts British philosopher, writer and speaker 1915 - 1973
„We regarded opium as a godsend. It did not develop into an illicit trade, though. There was no legal prohibition, no police running around trying to suppress drugs, driving up the price artificially, and no marketing system. There were no distant markets to send it to because shipping anything was slow at best and often unreliable, and travel was something you just didn't do anymore. Anybody could grow their own poppies or buy raw opium paste from one of the growers. Farmers made more money growing raspberries or asparagus. They grew poppies as a public service. A few people took to smoking opium, but those with an extremely apathetic attitude toward survival tended not to last long in the new disposition of things.“
— James Howard Kunstler American writer 1948
Chapter 5, p. 30
„You can get a much better fee — I tell you as auditors quite frankly — it's much easier to get a great deal of money out of somebody who's on a down spiral into becoming MEST than it is to get money out of somebody who is going on an up spiral toward becoming theta.“
— L. Ron Hubbard American science fiction author, philosopher, cult leader, and the founder of the Church of Scientology 1911 - 1986
"Philadelphia Doctorate Course" #15 (1952).
„The money-getter who pleads his love of work has a lame defense, for love of work at money-getting is a lower taste than love of money.“
— Ambrose Bierce American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist 1842 - 1913