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

Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett Quote – When I go to my office …

When I go to my office every morning, I feel like I’m going to the Sistine Chapel to paint.

-Warren Buffett (“Eye” Women’s Wear Daily, October 10, 1985, p. 10)

The Koran

Koran Quote – The Children of Israel, 17.31

And do not kill your children for fear of poverty; We give them sustenance and yourselves (too); surely to kill them is a great wrong.

- The Koran, The Children of Israel, 17.31

Claudian, Latin

Claudian Quote – Semper inops quicumque cupit

Semper inops quicumque cupit.

Translates to: Whoever desires is always poor.

- Claudian1

  1. Claudian: in two volumes, p. 40, line 200 []

Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett Quote – As Jesse Owens’ child, your …

As Jesse Owens’ child, your development would not be facilitated by letting you start 100-yard dashes at the 50-yard line.

- Warren Buffett1

  1. Andrew Kilpatrick, Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett, (Birmingham: APKE, 1994) p. 98 []

John Maynard Keynes

John Maynard Keynes Quote – The importance of money flows …

The importance of money flows from it being a link between the present and the future.

- John Maynard Keynes1

  1. As quoted in What Every Principal Would Like to Say… …and What to Say Next Time: Quotations for Leading, Learning, and Living (2000) by Noah benShea []

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson Quote – A decent provision for the …

A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.

- Samuel Johnson1

  1. The Life of Samuel Johnson, Vol II by James Boswell []

The Koran

Koran Quote – The Cow 2.117

It is not righteousness that you turn your faces towards the East and the West, but righteousness is this that one should believe in Allah and the last day and the angels and the Book and the prophets, and give away wealth out of love for Him to the near of kin and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and the beggars and for (the emancipation of) the captives, and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate; and the performers of their promise when they make a promise, and the patient in distress and affliction and in time of conflicts– these are they who are {rue (to themselves) and these are they who guard (against evil).

- The Koran, The Cow 2.117

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare Quote – Many a time and oft …

Many a time and oft
In the Rialto you have rated me
About my monies, and my usuances:
Still have I borne it with a patient shrug,
For sufferance is the badge of all our tribe.
You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog,
And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine,
And all for use of that which is mine own.
Well then, it now appears you need my help:
Go to then: you come to me, and you say,
Shylock, we would have monies; You say so;
You, that did void your rheum upon my beard,
And foot me, as you would spurn a stranger cur
Over your threshold; monies is your suit.
What should I say to you? Should I not say,
Hath a dog money? is it possible
A cur can lend three thousand ducats?
or
Shall I bend low, and in a bondman’s key,
With bated breath and whispering humbleness,
Say this, —
Fair sir, you spet on me Wednesday last;
You spurn’d me such a day; another time
You call’d me — dog; and for these courtesies
I’ll lend you thus much monies?

- William Shakespeare1

  1. The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Act I, scene iii []

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin Quote – Idleness and pride tax with …

Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments. If we can get rid of the former, we may easily bear the latter.

- Benjamin Franklin1

  1. Letter on the Stamp Act, July 1, 1765, reported in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919) []