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15 Quotes About Money From People Who Have Made Lots of It

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Opinions about money range dramatically, even among those who have a lot of it. Some consider it the root of all evil while others consider it totally irrelevant to their success.

Whether it’s in its acquisition, expenditure, saving or investing, most people devote a lot of time thinking about wealth and money. While it’s easy to be overwhelmed and disillusioned, some of the planet’s wealthiest inhabitants have clearly stated their position on the almighty dollar.

Here’s what some of the greatest influencers of our time had to say about it.

“Rule number 1: Never lose money. Rule number 2: Never forget rule number 1.” — Warren Buffett

“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.” — Steve Jobs

“I can understand wanting to have millions of dollars, there’s a certain freedom, meaningful freedom, that comes with that. But once you get much beyond that, I have to tell you, it’s the same hamburger.” — Bill Gates

“I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous.” — Beyoncé

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“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” — Maya Angelou

“I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can’t help it. It’s the truth.” — Charlie Chaplin

“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.” — Henry Ford

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

“Beware of small expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

“He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses much more; He who loses faith, loses all.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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

“Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” — Oprah Winfrey

“There are people who have money, and there are people who are rich.” — Coco Chanel

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