Posts Tagged ‘money’

Hagar the Horrible was asked which he’d choose: power, gold or true happiness

September 19, 2009

The comic strip character Hagar the Horrible was asked which he’d choose: power, gold or true happiness. ‘Power. With power I’d get the gold and then I’d be happy.’

Steve Hagan, Buddhism, p.36

Recall the most worthless, unnecessary expenditure you have made

September 19, 2009

Let me ask you to recall the most worthless, unnecessary expenditure you have made in the last year. Perhaps it was an electric can opener which now sits in the garage, or a suit of clothes which will never be worn. Do you realize that this item was not purchased with your money; it was bought with your time which you traded for money. In effect, you swapped a certain proportion of your alloteted days on earth for that piece of junk which now clutters your home. Furthermore, no power on earth could retrieve the time which you squandered on its purchase. It is gone forever. We are investing our lives in worthless materialism, both in the original expenditures and on subsequent upkeep and maintenance.

James Dobson

How were the circus receipts today?

September 14, 2009

How  were  the  circus  receipts  today  at  Madison Square Garden?

P.T. Barnum’s dying words

How to get the girls and make a fortune…

September 11, 2009

The longest serving Mormon prophet, Brigham Young, died on 29th August 1877, leaving…seventeen wives, 56 children and a personal fortune of nearly $2 million.

Mike and Ann Thomas, Mormonism, Alpha, p.48

He impoverishes himself out of love

September 10, 2009

(a Christian) impoverishes himself out of love, so that he is certain he may never overlook a brother in need, especially if he knows he can bear poverty better than his brother. He likewise considers the pain of another as his own pain. And if he suffers any hardship because of having given out of his own poverty, he does not complain.

Clement of Alexandria, A.D. 190, misc. bk.4, ch.7

I love music and I want to be very rich

September 10, 2009

I’ve done the groupie bit… but I’m not in the band to sleep around. I am in it for two big reasons. I love music and I want to be very rich.

Noel Gallagher, Oasis

Money is like muck

September 10, 2009

Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.

Francis Bacon

When a man leaves the world, neither silver nor gold nor precious stones nor pearls accompany him, but only the Torah he has learnt and the good works he has carried out.

…He who has one hundred craves for two hundred; and having achieved two hundred (is not satisfied with the same increment, but) desires four hundred.

The Mishnah (oral law complied by Judah ha-Nasi)

Money can’t buy you friends, but you get a better class of enemy.

Spike Milligan

Is gold not good?

September 10, 2009

Saint Augustine asked rhetorically, “Is gold not good?” and answered, “Yes, it is good. But the evil use good gold for evil, and the good use good gold for good.

Richard Pipes, Communism, 2002, p.2

Riches are not forbidden, but the pride of them is.

John Chrysostom

Easy come, easy go and maybe come back again

September 10, 2009

Mike Tyson claims he blew half a billion dollars (£310) “on bad advice, cars, jewellery, houses, maintenance payments to his first wife Robin and tax arrears…but I’ll get it back again now my life’s together.

The Sun

The problem is the unfortunate love I have for money

September 10, 2009

I had a great passion for the game, my team-mates and my country, but the problem is the unfortunate love I have for money.  I do like money. I’m not going to try to get away from that.

Hansie Cronje, former South African cricket captain, killed in a plane crash 1st June, 2002, admitting his part in match fixing leading to his being banned from international cricket.

The tragedy here is that he was such a talented player with everything going for him – it’s not as if he was remotely poor either. Even more tragic was the fact that he was a professed Christian as the following extract from hiw confession reads:

“I have been a Christian since childhood days when I grew up in the house of two wonderful people, Ewie and San-Marie Cronje. I was reborn after the tragic death of a four-year-old girl on the north coast road to Stanger. I tried to live a Christian life and walk the way the Lord wanted me to walk…

“I would like to apologise to all my family members who stood right behind me through this, especially (his wife) Bertha and all the other Christians who prayed for me.