9 Money Quotes from the Rich and Famous


Napoleon HIll

Famous wealth and self-empowerment author Napoleon Hill had plenty to say about wealth development in his well-known “Think and Grow Rich” self-help book written in 1937. Hill had plenty to say about success, but also important advice about failure:

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.”

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Jonathan Swift

Anglo-Irish writer Jonathan Swift was known for his essays and satirical writings as well as his political ideas. He often took a cynical outlook on money, but left us with an important reminder about our finances:

"A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart."

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Robert Orben

While Robert Orben may be best-known as a comedy writer, he also wrote speeches for Gerald R. Ford. He attributes his success in life not to his time as a magician, but to working consistently:

"Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work."

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French Enlightenment writer Voltaire funneled his energy into writing mostly about freedom of expression and religion, but he also had a bit to say about money. Voltaire was a very successful international investor, but warned that people shouldn't be too consumed with money:

“Don't think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.”

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Tim O'Reilly

Wealthy entrepreneur Tim O'Reilly, dubbed the "Oracle of Silicon Valley," seems to be in agreement with Voltaire:

“Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations. You have to pay attention to money, but it shouldn't be about the money.”

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Thornton Wilder

Playwright Thornton Wilder was interested in how money shaped the character of different people. Wilder was wildly successful in his career, earning three Pulitzer prizes and penning famous titles such as “Hello, Dolly” and “Our Town.” Wilder suggested in his book “The Matchmaker” that it’s not a good idea to hold onto money too tightly:

“Money is like manure; it's not worth a thing unless it's spread around encouraging young things to grow.”

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Chris Rock

The famed actor, comedian, screenwriter, television producer, film producer, and director Chris Rock is said to have amassed a net worth of $70 million. His money philosophy appears to be a simple one:

“Wealth is not about having a lot of money; it's about having a lot of options.”

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Warren Buffet

It seems nearly everyone everywhere is interested in what financial guru Warren Buffet has to say about money and financial strategies. Buffet is considered by many to be the most successful investor of the 20th century, and says:

"Invest in as much of yourself as you can, you are your own biggest asset by far."

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Bill Gates

But success and fortune and fame don’t always come at once. Software tycoon and philanthropist Bill Gates reminds us:

"Patience is a key element of success."

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