100 Surprising Money Quotes (Get Inspired Fast!)

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 100 of the best money quotes I could find. The goal? To give you the inspiration and motivation that will ultimately make you wealthier. You’ll discover quotes by Warren Buffett, T. Harv Eker, Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, and more. Enjoy!

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The rich invest in time, the poor invest in money. Warren Buffett

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The more you learn, the more you earn. Warren Buffett

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If you make meaning, you’ll make money. Guy Kawasaki

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Rich people believe “I create my life”. Poor people believe “Life happens to me”. T. Harv Eker

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Earn with your mind, not your time. Naval Ravikant


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Trade money for time, not time for money. You’re going to run out of time first. Naval Ravikant

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Stop buying things you don’t need, to impress people you don’t even like. Suze Orman

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If it’s only about money we are hopeless. If it’s about people we are hopeful. Maxime Lagacé

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There are people who have money and people who are rich. Coco Chanel

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I make myself rich by making my wants few. Henry David Thoreau


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The money you have gives you freedom; the money you pursue enslaves you. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it’s only money. Alan Watts

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Money is a great servant but a bad master. Francis Bacon

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Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can’t buy. Haruki Murakami

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I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer. Jim Carrey


The Best Money Quotes

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All the money you made will never buy back your soul. Bob Dylan

When I had money everyone called me brother. Polish proverb

I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money. Pablo Picasso

My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. Steve Jobs

Money moves from those who do not manage it to those who do. Dave Ramsey

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Taking drugs and thinking that you are happy is like taking a loan and thinking you have money. Thibaut

That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest. Henry David Thoreau

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


Wealth is not about having a lot of money; it’s about having a lot of options. Chris Rock

The ultimate purpose of money is so that you do not have to be in a specific place at a specific time doing anything you don’t want to do. Naval Ravikant

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Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much. Erich Fromm

Seek wealth, not money or status. Wealth is having assets that earn while you sleep. Money is how we transfer time and wealth. Status is your place in the social hierarchy. Naval Ravikant

Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end. Bob Marley

The best way to become a billionaire is to help a billion people. Peter Diamandis

The rich invest their money and spend what is left; the poor spend their money and invest what is left. Jim Rohn

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Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math. Ambrose Bierce

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled. Barack Obama

You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity. Thomas Wolfe

Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life. John Wooden

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The Most Famous Money Quotes

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Searching for a famous money quote or author? Check out these by Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, Disney, Picasso, etc.
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Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget Rule No. 1. Warren Buffett

I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute. Warren Buffett

The more money you make the more problems you get. Christopher George Latore Wallace (Notorious B.I.G.)

We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies. Walt Disney

Money can’t buy happiness, but it will certainly get you a better class of memories. Ronald Reagan

If you can get paid for doing what you love, every paycheck is a bonus. Oprah Winfrey

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Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Benjamin Franklin

I don’t know a single person who got rich by just saving their money. Barbara Corcoran (Source)

There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else. Sam Walton (Walmart)

We have always believed that it’s possible to make money without being evil. Larry Page (Google)

Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will. Nelson Mandela

Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed. Mahatma Gandhi

The rich cannot accumulate wealth without the co-operation of the poor in society. Mahatma Gandhi

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Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune. Jim Rohn

Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money. Johnny Cash

We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like. Tyler Durden (Fight Club)

When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion. Voltaire

I don’t care too much for money, for money can’t buy me love. The Beatles

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There are two things people want more than sex and money… recognition and praise. Mary Kay Ash

Short Money Quotes

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One-liners, short money quotes, thoughts, and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, and backgrounds.
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Rich people are committed to being rich. Poor people want to be rich. T. Harv Eker

Be your money’s master, not its slave. Publilius Syrus

Money doesn’t buy happiness – it buys freedom. Naval Ravikant

Rich people focus on opportunities. Poor people focus on obstacles. T. Harv Eker

A man in debt is so far a slave. Ralph Waldo Emerson

All money is a matter of belief. Adam Smith

Money may be spent but never squandered. Li Ka Shing

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Some people are so poor, all they have is money. Unknown

Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells. J. Paul Getty

It does not take money to make money. Robert T. Kiyosaki

Making money is not a thing that you do – it’s a skill that you learn. Naval Ravikant (Source)

Money doesn’t change people. It unmasks them. Unknown

Money is a way of measuring wealth but is not wealth in itself. Alan Watts

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Without wisdom, gold is quickly lost by those who have it. George S. Clason (The Richest Man In Babylon)

A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money. W. C. Fields

Money is the best deodorant. Elizabeth Taylor

Life is a game. Money is how we keep score. Ted Turner

Rich people think big. Poor people think small. T. Harv Eker

Rich people play the money game to win. Poor people play the money game to not lose. T. Harv Eker

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The fools in life want things fast and easy — money, success, attention. Robert Greene

If money’s where you find happiness, you’ll always be poor. NF

If you cannot control your emotions, you cannot control your money. Warren Buffett

Money grows on the tree of persistence. Japanese proverb

Money has no grey areas. You either make it or you lose it. Kevin O’Leary (Shark Tank)


Inspirational Money Quotes

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Fortune sides with him who dares. Virgil

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. Oscar Wilde

I find out what the world needs. Then, I go ahead and invent it. Thomas A. Edison

It’s not how much money you make, but how much money you keep, how hard it works for you, and how many generations you keep it for. Robert T. Kiyosaki

There is gold everywhere. Most people are not trained to see it. Robert T. Kiyosaki

Once you’ve achieved success, you’re free to do whatever you like. Kevin O’Leary (Shark Tank)

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You don’t get rich by spending your time to save money. You get rich by saving your time to make money. Naval Ravikant

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas Edison

I’m hard working, frugal, steadfast, willing to learn and to build a credible name. Li Ka Shing

Like Warren, I had a considerable passion to get rich, not because I wanted Ferraris – I wanted the independence. I desperately wanted it. Charlie Munger

It’s not about the money. It’s about the life I want to live. Unknown

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Make your goal more than money. Make it about helping people and creating a better future. Maxime Lagacé

If your goal is to be comfortable, chances are you’ll never get rich. But if your goal is to be rich, chances are you’ll end up mighty comfortable. T. Harv Eker (Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, Amazon book)

Rich people choose to get paid based on results. Poor people choose to get paid based on time. T. Harv Eker

Where the determination is, the way can be found. George S. Clason (The Richest Man in Babylon, Amazon book)

Opportunity is a haughty goddess who wastes no time with those who are unprepared. George S. Clason (The Richest Man in Babylon)

To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy. Bette Davis

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The goal isn’t more money. The goal is living life on your terms. Chris Brogan

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. Warren Buffett

If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die. Warren Buffett

Money Quotes: The Conclusion

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Ultimately, there’s one investment that supersedes all others: Invest in yourself. Warren Buffett

Key Takeaways

  • Money is not evil. Losing your health and your honor for money is.
  • Who is the richest man? The one with health, friends, and free time.
  • Being rich is a state of mind. Stop thinking about scarcity. Start thinking about abundance.
  • How to make more money?
    • Learn faster than others
    • Adapt faster than others
    • Create more value than others
  • Life is a game and you’ll end up unhappy if you play alone, only for money.

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

You can find him on X, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube.

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July 1, 2022

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