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George Bernard Shaw Quotes on Money & Wealth (15 Quotes)


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  • Nobel prize money is a life-belt thrown to a swimmer who has already reached the shore in safety
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • The surest way to ruin a man who doesn't know how to handle money is to give him some.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty-stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • Money is indeed the most important thing in the world and all sound and successful personal and national morality should have this fact for its basis.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • The universal regard for money is the one hopeful fact in our civilization. Money is the most important thing in the world. It represents health, strength, honour, generosity and beauty.... Not the least of its virtues is that it destroys base people as certainly as it fortifies and dignifies noble people.
    (George Bernard Shaw)


  • Money is the most important thing in the world. It represents health, strength, honor, generosity, and beauty as conspicuously as the want of it represents illness, weakness, disgrace, meanness, and ugliness.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • We are the only real aristocracy in the world: the aristocracy of money.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • To withhold deserved praise lest it should make its object conceited is as dishonest as to withhold payment of a just debt lest your creditor should spend the money badly.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • Between persons of equal income there is no social distinction except the distinction of merit. Money is nothing character, conduct, and capacity are everything. . .
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • The trouble, Mr. Goldwyn is that you are only interested in art and I am only interested in money.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • When a man says money can do anything, that settles it: he hasn't got any.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • Gambling promises the poor what property performs for the rich -- something for nothing.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • Under exciting circumstances, wealth cannot be enjoyed without dishonor, or foregone without misery.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • Lack of money is the root of all evil.
    (George Bernard Shaw)


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