Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson Quote – Every man is rich or poor …

Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments; any enlargement of wishes is therefore equally destructive to happiness with the diminution of possession, and he that teaches another to long for what he never shall obtain is no less an enemy to his quiet than if he had robbed him of part of his patrimony.

- Samuel Johnson1

  1. The Rambler, No. 163 (October 8, 1751) []


Voltaire Quote – In general, the art of government …

En général, l’art du gouvernement consiste à prendre le plus d’argent qu’on peut à une grande partie des citoyens, pour le donner à une autre partie.

Translates to: In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.

- Voltaire1

  1. Dictionnaire philosophique, p. 136 []

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill Quote – What is the use of living …

What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone? How else can we put ourselves in harmonious relation with the great verities and consolations of the infinite and the eternal? And I avow my faith that we are marching towards better days. Humanity will not be cast down. We are going on swinging bravely forward along the grand high road and already behind the distant mountains is the promise of the sun.

- Winston Churchill1

  1. From Liberalism and the Social Problem, pg. 87 -  Speech in Dundee, Scotland (1908-10-10) []


Voltaire Quote – Money is always to be found …

On en trouve [l'argent] toujours quand il s’agit d’aller faire tuer des hommes sur la frontière: il n’y en a plus quand il faut les sauver.

Translates to: Money is always to be found when men are to be sent to the frontiers to be destroyed: when the object is to preserve them, it is no longer so.

- Voltaire1

  1. Œuvres complètes, p. 136 []

Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman Quote – There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy …

There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it’s only a hundred billion. It’s less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.

- Richard Phillips Feynman1

  1. Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics, Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher, pg. xx []

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy Quote – The more is given the less …

The main thing is that the more is given the less the people will work for themselves, and the less they work the more their poverty will increase.

- Leo Tolstoy1

  1. Help For The Starving []

Quentin Crisp

Quentin Crisp Quote – Never keep up with Joneses …

Never keep up with Joneses: drag them down to your level. It’s cheaper.

- Quentin Crisp1

  1. As quoted in The Naked Civil Servant, p. ii []

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson Quote – It is better to live …

It is better to live rich, than to die rich.

- Samuel Johnson1

  1. The Life of Samuel Johnson, Vol III, April 17, 1778 []

Cicero, Latin

Cicero Quote – Nihil tam munitum quod non …

Nihil tam munitum quod non expugnari pecunia possit.

Translates to: Nothing is so fortified that it can’t be conquered with money.

- Attributed to Cicero1

  1. []

Fight Club

Movie Quote – Fight Club – It’s just, when you buy furniture …

It’s just, when you buy furniture, you tell yourself: that’s it, that’s the last sofa I’m gonna need. No matter what else happens, I’ve got that sofa problem handled. I had it all. I had a stereo that was very decent, a wardrobe that was getting very respectable. I was so close to being complete.

- Narrator in Fight Club