While I travel in the Mideast, here are some of my favorite quotations about money, business and the workplace, collected over the years.
"Money is flat and meant to be piled up." (Scottish proverb).
"Gold and love affairs are difficult to hide." (Spanish proverb).
"A poor workman quarrels with his tools." (English Proverbs, 1670).
"Money is the root of all evil." (Bible: 1 Timothy 6:10).
"Lack of money is the root of all evil." (George Bernard Shaw).
"Gold hath been the ruin of many." (Ecclesiastes 21:6). (Ticker note: How true! Ivan Boesky, Michael Millken, Dennis Levine, John Guttfreund, to name a few.)
"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." (Shakespeare, Henry VI).
"Every man has three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog and ready money." (Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack). (Ticker Note: Benjamin Franklin said that, I didn't.)
"Steel is prince or pauper." (Andrew Carnegie, 1932).
"Never fear the want of business. A man who qualifies himself well for his calling, never fails of employment." (Thomas Jefferson).
"Wages ought not to be insufficient to support a frugal and well-behaved wage-earner." (Pope Leo XIII, 1810-1903).
"Business is like riding a bicycle; either you keep moving or you fall down." (John David Wright).
"GM is not in the business of making cars; GM is in the business of making money." (Thomas Murphy, former GM president).
"With an evening coat and a white tie, anybody, even a stockbroker, can gain a reputation for being civilized." (Oscar Wilde).
"Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it." (Samuel Butler, 1872).
"Become more humble as the stock market goes your way." (Bernard Baruch).
"Which way will stocks go? They will fluctuate." (J.P. Morgan).
"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man." (Mark Twain).
"People will buy anything that's one to a customer." (Sinclair Lewis).
"The money-getter is never tired." (Chinese proverb).
"Money makes not so many true friends as true enemies." (Thomas Fuller).
"Mistrust a subordinate who never finds fault with his superior." (Treasury of English Aphorisms, 1928).
"There's a sucker born every minute." (P.T. Barnum).
"He who would climb the ladder must begin at the bottom." (English proverb).
"Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth." (Proverbs 27:2).
"If you live with a lame man, you will learn to limp." (Plutarch).
"Beware, as long as you live, of judging people by appearances." (Jean de la Fontaine, 1668).
"A man in business must put up many fronts, if he loves his own quiet." (William Penn).
"There is always room at the top." (Daniel Webster).
"Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed at enterprises we failed in." (Gustav Flaubert).