Finance Quotes

It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.

— Henry Ford

Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.

— Benjamin Franklin

It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.

— Albert Camus

Part of your heritage in this society is the opportunity to become financially independent.

— Jim Rohn

Don’t gamble take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up, then sell it. If it don’t go up, don’t buy it.

— Will Rogers

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.

— Epictetus

A big part of financial freedom is having your heart and mind free from worry about the what-ifs of life.

— Suze Orman

I am favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it’s possible.

— Milton Friedman

Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.

— Donald Trump

Inflation is taxation without legislation.

— Milton Friedman

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it’s just the opposite.

— John Kenneth Galbraith

I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.

— Honore de Balzac

Our incomes are like our shoes if too small, they gall and pinch us but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip.

— John Locke

As sure as the spring will follow the winter, prosperity and economic growth will follow recession.

— Bo Bennett

The poor don’t know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity.

— Jean-Paul Sartre

Owning a home is a keystone of wealth – both financial affluence and emotional security.

— Suze Orman

Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.

— Andrew Carnegie

The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets.

— John D. Rockefeller

The propensity to truck, barter and exchange one thing for another is common to all men, and to be found in no other race of animals.

— Adam Smith

Wealth, in even the most improbable cases, manages to convey the aspect of intelligence.

— John Kenneth Galbraith

Any informed borrower is simply less vulnerable to fraud and abuse.

— Alan Greenspan

In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value.

— Alan Greenspan

It’s not the having, it’s the getting.

— Charles Spurgeon

One of the funny things about the stock market is that every time one person buys, another sells, and both think they are astute.

— William Feather

Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.

— John Kenneth Galbraith

Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It’s to see my dividends coming in.

— John D. Rockefeller

Money is to my social existence what health is to my body.

— Mason Cooley

All money is a matter of belief.

— Adam Smith

A moderate addiction to money may not always be hurtful but when taken in excess it is nearly always bad for the health.

— Clarence Day

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

— J. Paul Getty

We at Chrysler borrow money the old-fashioned way. We pay it back.

— Lee Iacocca

Many people are in the dark when it comes to money, and I’m going to turn on the lights.

— Suze Orman

The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.

— Andrew Carnegie

For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation.

— Charles Baudelaire

We had a booming stock market in 1929 and then went into the world’s greatest depression. We have a booming stock market in 1999. Will the bubble somehow burst, and then we enter depression? Well, some things are not different.

— Jeffrey Sachs

Security depends not so much upon how much you have, as upon how much you can do without.

— Joseph Wood Krutch

Today, if you look at financial systems around the globe, more than half the population of the world – out of six billion people, more than three billion – do not qualify to take out a loan from a bank. This is a shame.

— Muhammad Yunus

We cannot both preach and administer financial matters.

— Saint Stephen

The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward.

— John Maynard Keynes

Starting out to make money is the greatest mistake in life. Do what you feel you have a flair for doing, and if you are good enough at it, the money will come.

— Greer Garson

I finally know what distinguishes man from the other beasts: financial worries.

— Jules Renard

The number-one job of the hedge-fund manager is not to make sure that you can retire with a smile on your face – it’s for him to retire with a smile on his face.

— Mark Cuban

I don’t think about financial success as the measurement of my success.

— Christie Hefner

The problem of how we finance the welfare state should not obscure a separate issue: if each person thinks he has an inalienable right to welfare, no matter what happens to the world, that’s not equity, it’s just creating a society where you can’t ask anything of people.

— Jacques Delors

I made my money by selling too soon.

— Bernard Baruch

Poverty is unnecessary.

— Muhammad Yunus

It is incumbent upon each of us to improve spending and savings practices to ensure our own individual financial security and preserve the collective economic well-being of our great society.

— Ron Lewis

I’m involved in the stock market, which is fun and, sometimes, very painful.

— Regis Philbin

The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor.

— William Temple

We’ve taken the view that if the rest of the world would democratize and create market economies, that would spread the benefits of prosperity around the world, and that it would enhance our own prosperity, and our own stability and security, as well.

— Jeffrey Sachs

The only way that we can reduce our financial dependence on the inflow of funds from the rest of the world is to reduce our trade deficit.

— Martin Feldstein

Thirty to 40 years ago, most financial decisions were fairly simple.

— Scott Cook

Gold and silver, like other commodities, have an intrinsic value, which is not arbitrary, but is dependent on their scarcity, the quantity of labour bestowed in procuring them, and the value of the capital employed in the mines which produce them.

— David Ricardo

There can be no rise in the value of labour without a fall of profits.

— David Ricardo

Infinite growth of material consumption in a finite world is an impossibility.

— E. F. Schumacher

Capital is that part of wealth which is devoted to obtaining further wealth.

— Alfred Marshall

The price of every thing rises and falls from time to time and place to place and with every such change the purchasing power of money changes so far as that thing goes.

— Alfred Marshall

The economy is a very sensitive organism.

— Hjalmar Schacht

Money is the best rule of commerce.

— William Petty

Thirteen thousand dollars a year is not enough to raise a family. That’s not enough to pay your bills and save for their future. That’s barely enough to provide for even the most basic needs.

— Thomas Carper

To beat the market you’ll have to invest serious bucks to dig up information no one else has yet.

— Merton Miller

You only need to make one big score in finance to be a hero forever.

— Merton Miller

The rate of interest acts as a link between income-value and capital-value.

— Irving Fisher

It is bad policy to regulate everything… where things may better regulate themselves and can be better promoted by private exertions but it is no less bad policy to let those things alone which can only be promoted by interfering social power.

— Friedrich List

I wasn’t a financial pro, and I paid the price.

— Ruth Handler

I’ve always supported myself. I like the sense of knowing exactly where I stand financially, but there is a side of me that longs for a knight in shining armor.

— Barbara Feldon

The job of the Central Bank is to worry.

— Alice Rivlin

Under capitalism each individual engages in economic planning.

— George Reisman

As a novelist, I tell stories and people give me money. Then financial planners tell me stories and I give them money.

— Martin Cruz Smith

Rounding to the nearest cent is sufficiently accurate for practical purposes.

— Alexander John Ellis

In almost every profession – whether it’s law or journalism, finance or medicine or academia or running a small business – people rely on confidential communications to do their jobs. We count on the space of trust that confidentiality provides. When someone breaches that trust, we are all worse off for it.

— Hillary Clinton

Every nation has to either be with us, or against us. Those who harbor terrorists, or who finance them, are going to pay a price.

— Hillary Clinton

If it isn’t the sheriff, it’s the finance company I’ve got more attachments on me than a vacuum cleaner.

— John Barrymore

I was a great student at a great school, Wharton School of Finance.

— Donald Trump

Finance, like time, devours its own children.

— Honore de Balzac

If you want to fight the evil you see in finance and industry, get to work reading the corporate filings, see if there has been fraud, and where you find it, report it to the SEC or write about it or blog about it.

— Ben Stein

I’m looking for backing for an unauthorized auto-biography that I am writing. Hopefully, this will sell in such huge numbers that I will be able to sue myself for an extraordinary amount of money and finance the film version in which I will play everybody.

— David Bowie

Where are the jobs going to come from?Small business, manufacturing and clean energy. Where’s the money to finance them? The banks and the corporations in America today have lots of money that they can invest right now.

— William J. Clinton

Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger.

— Mario Puzo

Canadians know that the promise of a recession didn’t happen because of anything we did here. If you look at all the causes of the recession, problems in mortgage markets, the problems in the banking sector, the problems in government finance in countries like Greece, none of those problems were in present Canada.

— Stephen Harper

At this point, I don’t get hired a lot because people don’t think I could finance a movie.

— Martha Plimpton

The monarchy is foremost a business, and it’s important to them that the British public continue to finance the excessive luxurious lifestyles of the now quite enormous, wasteful and useless ‘royal’ family. I find it very sad.

— Steven Patrick Morrissey

There is a growing literature about the multitude of journalism’s problems, but most of it is concerned with the editorial side of the business, possibly because most people competent to write about journalism are not comfortable writing about finance.

— Russell Baker

We all know that Americans love their statistics – in sport, obviously. And in finance too.

— Evan Davis

I have come close to producing films. But generally by the time they hit the screen, there’s about 50 people with producer credits, so what’s the point. I usually find scripts I like with no money attached and take them to producers that I know and try to raise finance.

— Tim Roth

I worked with a group of people who argued day and night – professors, officials, the Minister of Finance – but there were decisions that I had to make.

— Shimon Peres

My real adversary has no name, no face, no party. It will never be elected, yet it governs – the adversary is the world of finance.

— Francois Hollande

My adversary is the world of finance.

— Francois Hollande

I don’t want euro bonds that serve to mutualize the entire debt of the countries in the euro zone. That can only work in the longer-term. I want euro bonds to be used to finance targeted investments in future-oriented growth projects. It isn’t the same thing. Let’s call them ‘project bonds’ instead of euro bonds.

— Francois Hollande

One of the things that’s great about New York is that it is not a one-industry town. It has education, academia, the service industry, arts, publishing, theater, politics, fashion, finance, as well as movie-making.

— Sarah Jessica Parker

These heroes of finance are like beads on a string when one slips off, all the rest follow.

— Henrik Ibsen

In 1973, women got 59 cents on the dollar now we are getting 74 cents on the dollar. In the area of finance and business, we are at 68 cents on the dollar.

— Billie Jean King

Qaddafi is hated because he is the leader of a small country that is rich, but he uses his money to finance liberation struggles.

— Louis Farrakhan

Small- and medium-sized businesses need access to a diverse range of finance options, including non-bank lending. These new forms of finance are still small in scale today but they should, over time, bring additional choice and greater competition to the lending market.

— Vince Cable

What we now call ‘finance’ is, I hold, an intellectual perversion of what began as warm human love.

— Robert Graves

You want to put out a TV show? If you have the money to do it on your own, by yourself, and you have a TV network, you can do it by yourself. But the nature of the beast is, art needs finance. That’s how this industry works. So until the Internet becomes our source of entertainment – and watch it, I believe it will – this is how things go.

— Nathan Fillion

I feel sorry sometimes for these sportsmen and women who put in just as much effort as the footballers. For example, athletes train at least as hard as footballers but have to be happy if they can earn enough to finance a decent education.

— Angela Merkel

The FHA’s success provides strong evidence that government can and should play a role in the nation’s mortgage finance system. It also demonstrates that although government intervention in the economy during the Great Recession was messy, things would have been a lot messier without it.

— Mark Zandi

The studios don’t finance anymore, they get outside funds.

— Robert Rodriguez

If you go back to the time of J.P. Morgan, the world of high finance was completely wholesale. The prestigious investment banks on Wall Street appealed exclusively to large corporations, governments, and to extremely wealthy individuals.

— Ron Chernow

But now, more and more, its society is concerned with economy and finance.

— Tadao Ando

Let’s not overlook, though, what we do know about the campaign finance scandal, and the fact the Chinese were involved in our presidential campaign and our congressional campaigns.

— Fred Thompson

I personally believe that there’s going to be a good case for the government preserving some type of guarantee to make sure that people have the ability to borrow to finance a house even in a very damaging recession. I think there’s going to be a good case for that.

— Timothy Geithner

I have a lot of trouble understanding all the detail of finance and administration – but if you combine intellectual and professional capacity with a social conscience, you can change things: countries, structures, economic models, colonial states.

— Evo Morales

I like eating out. I like buying beautiful paintings and being surrounded by beautiful things. I have to finance that life. I can barely afford a pension scheme because I don’t make enough money.

— Andrew Motion

I believe in capitalism for everybody, not necessarily high finance but capitalism that works for the working men and women of this country who are out there paddling alone in America right now.

— Rick Santorum

‘Survivor’ wouldn’t have happened had I not gone out there and helped CBS to sell sponsors to finance the first one. Part of my thinking on ‘Survivor’ was that it should have rewards that are corporate brands. A Big Mac, one thimble-full of Coca-Cola.

— Mark Burnett

As Michigan’s voice on the Senate Finance Committee and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I will continue working to make sure the next generation of advanced technologies and alternative fuel vehicles are made right here in America.

— Debbie Stabenow

People just want to hear some common sense… and I bring to bear the experience in local government and state government and national government – I was the first woman in history on the Senate Finance Committee – not to mention the diplomatic international experience.

— Carol Moseley Braun

The reason that minorities and women don’t have a better shot at getting elected to the Senate or to statewide office is because the campaign finance rules are so skewed as to make it very difficult for non-traditional candidates to raise the money necessary to get elected.

— Carol Moseley Braun

To finance this trade deficit, the U.S. has to borrow from the rest of the world or sell American assets like stocks, businesses, and real estate to the rest of the world.

— Martin Feldstein

But because we in the United States finance our current account deficit by borrowing in our own currency, we can move to a more competitive dollar without the adverse effects that followed currency declines in other countries.

— Martin Feldstein

And I think it’s a prudent, responsible way, given the scale of the emergency, the scale of the damage still facing America, that we finance these additional support for the unemployed as well as the support for small business. We think there’s a good case for doing it now. We want to do it in an overall fiscally responsible way.

— Timothy Geithner

Finance is critical. If sufficient investment is made in infrastructure and venture capital is made available, there will be a big improvement in the situation.

— Sanjay Kumar

Now both my films have been number one at the Australian box office and it took about two years just to get the finance for this film, so if it’s hard for me then God help everyone else.

— Yahoo Serious

Three years after starting, by physically doing everything from raising the finance to special effects, we’d finally cobbled together our low budget film.

— Yahoo Serious

I know what I don’t know. To this day, I don’t know technology, and I don’t know finance or accounting.

— Bernard Ebbers

The number one lobby that opposes campaign finance reform in the United States is the National Association of Broadcasters.

— Robert McChesney

But having said that, what’s happening with campaign finance reform and our political culture is devastating.

— Robert McChesney

There were a lot of people dreaming about making films, and they would finance maybe 6 films a year. Because they were funded by the government, the films sort-of had to deal with serious social issues – and, as a result, nobody went to see those films.

— Renny Harlin

The hope is they would like to bring it to Broadway next year, so we’ll see that’s to come in the end of the finance year and everybody else and also real estate and what theaters are available at the time but I would like to come back with it.

— Blair Underwood

Sharia has become an increasingly significant force in American capitalism, thanks to the embrace by Wall Street and the U.S. government of so-called Sharia-Compliant Finance. Indeed, this country’s taxpayers now own the largest purveyor of sharia-compliant insurance products in the world: AIG.

— Frank Gaffney

If the Indian people want stories written about themselves, how they want them told, they are going to have to make them, they’re going to have to finance them. If you let Hollywood do it, Hollywood is going to get it wrong most of the time.

— Ricky Schroder

It is a sound principle of finance, and a still sounder principle of government, that those who have the duty of expending the revenue of a country should also be saddled with the responsibility of levying and providing it.

— Wilfrid Laurier

In Australia, they set up a special fund to kick films off. It was quite an enlightened sort of move. You could go to this government bureau with scripts and and get finance for films.

— Bruce Beresford

I’ve learned there’s a big difference between a long-focused value investor and a good short-seller. That difference is psychological and I think it falls into the realm of behavioral finance.

— James Chanos

I got IRS records to finance what I wanted to do.

— Penelope Spheeris

Actually criminal sanctions that are given could be up to five years for violating the rules and regulations under the campaign finance reform. This is like the Alien and Sedition Act of years and years ago, decades ago.

— Jay Alan Sekulow

I only make movies to finance my fishing’.

— Lee Marvin

It is usually people in the money business, finance, and international trade that are really rich.

— Robin Leach

In the deregulated realm of US banking and finance, crime does occasionally pay for its foul deeds, not in prison time but by making modest rebates to the victims.

— William Greider

If US per capita income continues to grow at a rate of 1.5 percent a year, the country will have plenty of money to finance comfortable retirements and high-quality healthcare for all citizens, including those at the bottom of the wage ladder.

— William Greider

The art and culture that is New York, communications, finance, all these things help make up New York. The rest of the country should be happy that we are what we are.

— David Dinkins

Unfortunately, money in politics is an insidious thing – and a loophole in our campaign finance system was taken advantage of with money going to existing or new 527 groups with the sole purpose of influencing the election.

— Olympia Snowe

We were told this war would be over in a matter of weeks, and that the Iraqis would be able to finance it with oil sales. We were promised it was not a mission of nation building.

— Sherrod Brown

In constant pursuit of money to finance campaigns, the political system is simply unable to function. Its deliberative powers are paralyzed.

— John Rawls

We’ll have a public power authority, which will also have the ability to build power or finance power. And more importantly, we’ll have more power than our economy provides. All of that will give us leverage we don’t have today.

— Gray Davis

There’s enormous progressive activism and, more often than not, success at the grassroots level – everything from living wage campaigns to efforts to finance our elections are having terrific success.

— Jim Hightower

In the long term, Germany didn’t need a finance minister who was absent during important negotiations in the European Council. But the chancellor strongly encouraged me to stay. And everything did work out for the best in the end.

— Wolfgang Schauble

What distinguishes the campaign finance issue from just about every other one being debated these days is that the two sides do not divide along conventional liberal/ conservative lines.

— James L. Buckley

We need real campaign finance reform to loosen the grip of special interests on politics.

— Tom Daschle

While neurological studies have tried to identify components responsible for fear and greed, the impact on finance is less clear.

— Andrew Lo

My expertise was in public finance, particularly corporate taxation, since I had worked at the US Treasury.

— Merton Miller

I had some of the students in my finance class actually do some empirical work on capital structures, to see if we could find any obvious patterns in the data, but we couldn’t see any.

— Merton Miller

Arbitrage proof has since been widely used throughout finance and economics.

— Merton Miller

We came from a family where we ran our own small business. Our dad made his own products. We made our own sausages, our own meatloafs, our own pickles. Dad had to do everything himself. He had to figure out how to finance his business.

— Marcy Kaptur

I was writing an earnest novel about cruises in the Caribbean and I just started writing ‘Bridget Jones’ to get some money, to finance this earnest work, and then I chucked it out.

— Helen Fielding

In fact, corporate and union moneys go overwhelmingly to incumbents, so limiting that money, as Congress did in the campaign finance law, may be the single most self-denying thing that Congress has ever done.

— Elena Kagan

Everyone knows in the industry that when these great roles come up, every two years, there’s a huge number of people up for them. I’m not one of those top five females that can personally finance any film.

— Joely Richardson

Europe is difficult to coordinate, and our main deficit may not even lie in this area of finance and economics, but in foreign and security policy. We have a leadership problem because we are still 27 different members who have still not decided on how to work with each other based on what we used to call a European constitution.

— Peer Steinbruck

I delivered lectures, and I was also a consultant for international companies in finance, both private equity and big venture capital funds.

— Ehud Barak

I turn up in Los Angeles every now and then, so I can get some big money films in order to finance my smaller money films.

— John Hurt

It’s very difficult to break into motion pictures, but it’s oddly easier for directors today because of independent films and cable, who have inherited for the most part those films of substance that the studios are reluctant to finance.

— Mark Rydell

As you know, Social Security functions under the premise that today’s workers will help finance benefits for retirees and that these workers will then be supported by the next generation of workers paying into the same system.

— Steve Israel

I now work for a finance company in Luxembourg with projects in South America and the Caribbean.

— Mathias Rust

I certainly want campaign finance reform. I just wish this would do it in a way that would stand up to a constitutional challenge.

— Ben Nelson

The more anxious, isolated and time-deprived we are, the more likely we are to turn to paid personal services. To finance these extra services, we work longer hours. This leaves less time to spend with family, friends and neighbors we become less likely to call on them for help, and they on us.

— Arlie Russell Hochschild

Large companies cannot finance political parties as their shareholders and employees have different political views.

— Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Masood Ahmed brings to the position of director of external relations extensive experience gained in a range of senior positions in international finance and development.

— Rodrigo Rato

Look, Congress has allocated more money to finance the upcoming Iraqi elections than it has for the American elections. There’s something wrong with that.

— Donna Brazile

Well, first let me say that I think health care reform is important. It has to be a priority. And our system is broken. The Finance Committee bill is the best effort yet, due in large measure to the efforts of my colleague, Olympia Snowe, but it’s not there yet. It falls short.

— Susan Collins

I don’t plan on going back to legal work. I wanted an international career, and finance seemed to be where some interesting career opportunities were.

— Nick Johnson

To be fair, lying is part and parcel of public life. Every politician has lied about something because they are owned by the special interest groups that finance their elections.

— Peter Schuyler

Our strength in finance has led us to set up an international financial centre with medium and long-term objectives, especially to develop Islamic financial and insurance services.

— Hassanal Bolkiah

Hats have been my thing pretty much my whole life but finance has not. I would go to the corner store and buy really cheap baseball style caps and wear those to school.

— Ne-Yo

I wanted to make Jerusalem as feature film. But we couldn’t finance it only through theatrical release, we couldn’t get all the money we needed. We had to get some money from television. So we said, ok, let’s do it both ways. So we did it in four parts.

— Bille August

Spain is finding it very difficult to finance itself with sovereign debt risk premium so high.

— Mariano Rajoy

Well, paycheck protection is an important ingredient for a successful campaign finance reform measure.

— Andrew Card

I’ve been writing a lot, I’ve a few projects I’m trying to finance, I do some acting, I do some directing… Apart from that, if I could get lower that a ten handicap on my golf game I’d be thrilled.

— Paul M. Glaser

Nobody wants campaign finance reform more than me. It would save me a fortune.

— Andrew Tobias

The confidence is really driven by the woman – whether she can have the confidence that there will be enough earning or income to finance all the domestic spending – but also by the middle-income class, which for many Asian countries has become the growth power for the economy.

— Sri Mulyani Indrawati

The war we are fighting today against terrorism is a multifaceted fight. We have to use every tool in our toolkit to wage this war – diplomacy, finance, intelligence, law enforcement, and of course, military power – and we are developing new tools as we go along.

— Richard Armitage

Many dotcoms recruited people from existing companies who were quite experienced in finance, marketing, distribution and other disciplines but not necessarily experienced in the Web culture.

— John Patrick

The Republican Party is not in the hands of the Jewish lobby in America as the Democratic Party must look quite often to Jewish money to finance candidates.

— Pete McCloskey

I understand that finance can be very complex.

— Kevin Harrington

The government is also looking at further benefits including enhanced capital allowances the use of Tax Incremental Finance and extra help from UK Trade and Investment on inward investment and trade opportunities.

— Andy Sawford

If I finance a bank and I know if the bank will get in trouble, I will be hit and I will lose money, I will put a price on that.

— Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Our goal is to make finance the servant, not the master, of the real economy.

— Alistair Darling

It starts with campaign finance reform.

— Zack Space

If you look on Amazon – if you do a search for personal finance, there are literally 20,000 books written on personal finance, and there’s no real reason for it. I mean, personal finance is pretty simple.

— Aaron Patzer

Like many other banks and finance companies, Green Tree used a process called securitization to resell its home loans to outside investors. Green Tree grouped thousands of these small loans into a pool worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

— Alex Berenson

To finance deficits, the government must sell bonds to investors, competing for capital that could otherwise be used to invest in stocks or corporate bonds. Government borrowings raise long-term interest rates, stifling economic growth.

— Alex Berenson

African runners regularly work out in the United States and Europe, and the International Olympic Committee sends some of the cash from the Games to Olympic committees in poor nations, which use the money to finance their own programs.

— Alex Berenson

If I had learned more about business ahead of time, I would have been shaped into believing that it was only about finances and quality management.

— Anita Roddick

I think I can hold every portfolio – defense, finance and Foreign Ministry. I think personally I’d like the foreign office.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Being in the consumer business helps us groom talent in areas like marketing, finance and logistics. We can benchmark our outsourcing business to our consumer business and its best practices.

— Azim Premji

The propensity to truck, barter and exchange one thing for another is common to all men, and to be found in no other race of animals.

— Adam Smith

The very nature of finance is that it cannot be profitable unless it is significantly leveraged… and as long as there is debt, there can be failure and contagion.

— Alan Greenspan

In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value.

— Alan Greenspan

Automating some of your finances can be incredibly convenient and is a great way to save time, but automating everything makes it too easy to go on autopilot and forget to pay attention to your personal finances.

— Alexa Von Tobel

Without any formal personal finance instruction in our high school or college curricula, many college seniors who graduate in the red will continue to make common financial mistakes that only exacerbate their debt burdens.

— Alexa Von Tobel

Without any formal personal finance education or trustworthy resources to tell them otherwise, the majority of people in the 18-to-24-year-old age bracket do not know how to use credit effectively, tackle debt or make wise decisions when it comes to spending.

— Alexa Von Tobel

We teach about how to drive in school, but not how to manage finances.

— Andy Williams

I’d always intended to make ‘Far North’ straight after ‘The Warrior.’ We had the rights to the short story, the script was in development, and I knew where I wanted to shoot it. It just took a long time getting the script together and raising the finance.

— Asif Kapadia

This time, instead of moving oceans and healing planets, let’s get our bills in order and pay down the debt so we control our own future.

— Artur Davis

While neurological studies have tried to identify components responsible for fear and greed, the impact on finance is less clear.

— Andrew Lo

Well, paycheck protection is an important ingredient for a successful campaign finance reform measure.

— Andrew Card

Our goal is to make finance the servant, not the master, of the real economy.

— Alistair Darling

If you want to fight the evil you see in finance and industry, get to work reading the corporate filings, see if there has been fraud, and where you find it, report it to the SEC or write about it or blog about it.

— Ben Stein

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

— Benjamin Franklin

Imperceptibly, the developed world’s manufacturing base was gradually eroding and being replaced by securitized finance that destroyed itself and nearly its economies in 2008.

— Bill Gross

In 1973, women got 59 cents on the dollar now we are getting 74 cents on the dollar. In the area of finance and business, we are at 68 cents on the dollar.

— Billie Jean King

As sure as the spring will follow the winter, prosperity and economic growth will follow recession.

— Bo Bennett

If I had sat around and waited until I had an idea to be a successful photographer, I would still be in finance.

— Brandon Stanton

In July of 2010, I lost my finance job in Chicago. Instead of updating my resume and looking for a similar job, I decided to forget about money and have a go at something I truly enjoyed. I’d purchased a semi-professional camera earlier that year and spent my free time taking photos in downtown Chicago.

— Brandon Stanton

I’ve always supported myself. I like the sense of knowing exactly where I stand financially, but there is a side of me that longs for a knight in shining armor.

— Barbara Feldon

The way we finance homes in this country is slow, filled with middlemen, who run a nonstandardized evaluation process. This makes financing a home cumbersome and difficult.

— Barry Ritholtz

I know what I don’t know. To this day, I don’t know technology, and I don’t know finance or accounting.

— Bernard Ebbers

If you don’t have a VP Finance on your team reporting to you, do yourself, your team, and your investors a favor and go hire one right now.

— Brad Feld

It was not my wish to come into politics. I was not a public person I preferred to spend my birthdays with family and friends. But the 2008 elections were fraudulent, so I decided to finance the opposition to make them stronger.

— Bidzina Ivanishvili

I grew up reading ‘2000 AD’ and the occasional Transformers and GI Joe comic, but when I could finance comics myself, I lasted only a little reading superheroes.

— Ben Peek

I wanted to make Jerusalem as feature film. But we couldn’t finance it only through theatrical release, we couldn’t get all the money we needed. We had to get some money from television. So we said, ok, let’s do it both ways. So we did it in four parts.

— Bille August

In Australia, they set up a special fund to kick films off. It was quite an enlightened sort of move. You could go to this government bureau with scripts and and get finance for films.

— Bruce Beresford

I was fortunate enough to model, but it was always work for me. It was a way to support myself and finance acting classes.

— Bar Paly

At 25, I made many companies. I was thinking more like a businessman or entrepreneur than a CEO. I created many companies, small companies, medium companies. I tried to be involved in many kinds of activities, in finance, in real estate, in mining.

— Carlos Slim

Many progressives understand Scalia, and other conservative judges, in crassly political terms – as opponents of affirmative action, abortion, gun control, and campaign finance legislation. But what Scalia cared most about was clear, predictable rules, laid down in advance.

— Cass Sunstein

American capitalists, enthralled by the doctrines of finance, have put their income statements in service of the balance sheet.

— Clayton M. Christensen

Back when ‘social’ had a broad definition, you could almost say that Yahoo Finance chat was the first social product.

— Carol Bartz

I believe that through knowledge and discipline, financial peace is possible for all of us.

— Dave Ramsey

I’m looking for backing for an unauthorized auto-biography that I am writing. Hopefully, this will sell in such huge numbers that I will be able to sue myself for an extraordinary amount of money and finance the film version in which I will play everybody.

— David Bowie

Gold and silver, like other commodities, have an intrinsic value, which is not arbitrary, but is dependent on their scarcity, the quantity of labour bestowed in procuring them, and the value of the capital employed in the mines which produce them.

— David Ricardo

Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.

— Donald Trump

I was a great student at a great school, Wharton School of Finance.

— Donald Trump

I went to the Wharton School of Finance, the toughest place to get into. I was a great student.

— Donald Trump

Look, Congress has allocated more money to finance the upcoming Iraqi elections than it has for the American elections. There’s something wrong with that.

— Donna Brazile

Let’s not allow the voice of the people to be overwhelmed by the siren song of those who opposed regulation, who demanded that government should stand aside and let finance and business run the show.

— David Blunkett

As Michigan’s voice on the Senate Finance Committee and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I will continue working to make sure the next generation of advanced technologies and alternative fuel vehicles are made right here in America.

— Debbie Stabenow

The art and culture that is New York, communications, finance, all these things help make up New York. The rest of the country should be happy that we are what we are.

— David Dinkins

I can remember when I first went into the Himalayan area way back in 1951. Money, for instance, was not important at all to the local people. But now, finance has become just as important to them as it is to us, and this is a change maybe not for the better.

— Edmund Hillary

I’ve lived to see key parts of my research absorbed in textbooks and in central banks around the world. And some finance ministries, too.

— Edmund Phelps

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Wolfgang Schaeuble, her finance minister, are right to oppose fiscal and bank unions without political union.

— Edmund Phelps

My dad works in finance, so he kept giving me the stats: only one in a hundred actors makes it. He’d ask, ‘Have you thought about producing?’

— Eddie Redmayne

Banks were once places to hold money and were very careful in lending to finance families as they built a future – bought homes, bought cars, took out student loans.

— Elizabeth Warren

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.

— Epictetus

I have a lot of trouble understanding all the detail of finance and administration – but if you combine intellectual and professional capacity with a social conscience, you can change things: countries, structures, economic models, colonial states.

— Evo Morales

In ‘Citizens United v. FEC’, the Supreme Court ruled that sections of the federal campaign finance law known as McCain-Feingold imposed unconstitutional restrictions on the First Amendment rights of corporations.

— Eric Schneiderman

I delivered lectures, and I was also a consultant for international companies in finance, both private equity and big venture capital funds.

— Ehud Barak

In fact, corporate and union moneys go overwhelmingly to incumbents, so limiting that money, as Congress did in the campaign finance law, may be the single most self-denying thing that Congress has ever done.

— Elena Kagan

We all know that Americans love their statistics – in sport, obviously. And in finance too.

— Evan Davis

As an assistant in the polytechnic department, I was able to finance new studies and got my Physics Masters Degree in 1958 and my Ph.D. in 1959.

— Francois Englert

Sharia has become an increasingly significant force in American capitalism, thanks to the embrace by Wall Street and the U.S. government of so-called Sharia-Compliant Finance. Indeed, this country’s taxpayers now own the largest purveyor of sharia-compliant insurance products in the world: AIG.

— Frank Gaffney

The government that came into power after the April 1994 elections was going to need a budget. It was drafted by our finance minister, Derek Keys, and he convinced them of the necessity to stay within the free-market principles that had been in force in South Africa for decades.

— F. W. de Klerk

I gladly, I voluntarily gave up the kind of commercial film career I had going as soon as I had enough money to finance my own films.

— Francis Ford Coppola

Let’s not overlook, though, what we do know about the campaign finance scandal, and the fact the Chinese were involved in our presidential campaign and our congressional campaigns.

— Fred Thompson

Customers are a great way to finance a business for many reasons. First, customer financing is typically non dilutive. They want something from you other than equity in your business. Customers also help you fit your product to the market. And customers will help debug and improve the quality of the product.

— Fred Wilson

My real adversary has no name, no face, no party. It will never be elected, yet it governs – the adversary is the world of finance.

— Francois Hollande

For Randy Neugebauer, the Texas Republican who chairs the investigations subcommittee, the top sources of funding for his 2012 reelection campaign are from the insurance, banking, finance, securities and real estate industries.

— Gary Weiss

Cities are the origins of global warming, impact on the environment, health, pollution, disease, finance, economies, energy are all problems that are confronted by having cities. That’s where they – all these problems come from.

— Geoffrey West

If all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion.

— George Bernard Shaw

My issue with campaign finance is 100 percent disclosure. Wear a suit with patches from your big contributors. Depending on the size of the contribution, that’s how big the patch should be.

— Gary Johnson

In Britain, polls show large majorities in favour of mansion taxes and higher taxes on the finance sector.

— Geoff Mulgan

Athol Fugard became famous as a playwright, so although ‘Tsotsi’ the book was written in the ’60s, it was only published in the ’80s. It was then optioned pretty much every year by producers. I think the problem was that holding onto its period setting made it very hard to get finance.

— Gavin Hood

We are in a position of financial and social power, and we could be agents of change in our society. Without pretension, I believe we could be a nice little gardener who takes care of the garden, and hopefully our neighbor will do the same. Then, maybe we’ll achieve a better world.

— Guy Laliberte

We’ll have a public power authority, which will also have the ability to build power or finance power. And more importantly, we’ll have more power than our economy provides. All of that will give us leverage we don’t have today.

— Gray Davis

These heroes of finance are like beads on a string when one slips off, all the rest follow.

— Henrik Ibsen

It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.

— Henry Ford

About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends.

— Herbert Hoover

In almost every profession – whether it’s law or journalism, finance or medicine or academia or running a small business – people rely on confidential communications to do their jobs. We count on the space of trust that confidentiality provides. When someone breaches that trust, we are all worse off for it.

— Hillary Clinton

One of the reasons this election is so important is because the Supreme Court hangs in the balance. We need to overturn that terrible Supreme Court decision, Citizens United, and then reform our whole campaign finance system.

— Hillary Clinton

Every nation has to either be with us, or against us. Those who harbor terrorists, or who finance them, are going to pay a price.

— Hillary Clinton

Finance, like time, devours its own children.

— Honore de Balzac

Our strength in finance has led us to set up an international financial centre with medium and long-term objectives, especially to develop Islamic financial and insurance services.

— Hassanal Bolkiah

I was writing an earnest novel about cruises in the Caribbean and I just started writing ‘Bridget Jones’ to get some money, to finance this earnest work, and then I chucked it out.

— Helen Fielding

What you get out of an M.B.A. programme, no matter how much experience, is functional tools and understanding in disciplines: you’ll understand economics, you’ll understand marketing, finance, accounting. That, M.B.A. programmes do very well.

— Henry Mintzberg

Access to capital is important for all firms, but it’s particularly vital for startups and young firms, which often lack a sufficient stream of earnings to increase employment and internally finance capital spending.

— Janet Yellen

I’ve never preached one sermon on money, on just finances. I want to stay away from it.

— Joel Osteen

Our incomes are like our shoes if too small, they gall and pinch us but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip.

— John Locke

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it’s just the opposite.

— John Kenneth Galbraith

Wealth, in even the most improbable cases, manages to convey the aspect of intelligence.

— John Kenneth Galbraith

Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.

— John Kenneth Galbraith

We have this film that we hope to finance, it’s called ‘Southern Rights.’ It’s a documentary about segregated proms that are still happening in the South of America. So there’s a black prom and a white prom, so we hope to finance a film soon about that.

— John Legend

New York City is the most important location in the world… it is the center for fashion, culture and finance.

— Jared Kushner

If it isn’t the sheriff, it’s the finance company I’ve got more attachments on me than a vacuum cleaner.

— John Barrymore

After two decades of personal finance reporting, I’ve heard every excuse in the book for not saving money. That said, none of them really hold up – at least over the long term.

— Jean Chatzky

I turn up in Los Angeles every now and then, so I can get some big money films in order to finance my smaller money films.

— John Hurt

The problem of how we finance the welfare state should not obscure a separate issue: if each person thinks he has an inalienable right to welfare, no matter what happens to the world, that’s not equity, it’s just creating a society where you can’t ask anything of people.

— Jacques Delors

In constant pursuit of money to finance campaigns, the political system is simply unable to function. Its deliberative powers are paralyzed.

— John Rawls

Security depends not so much upon how much you have, as upon how much you can do without.

— Joseph Wood Krutch

We’ve taken the view that if the rest of the world would democratize and create market economies, that would spread the benefits of prosperity around the world, and that it would enhance our own prosperity, and our own stability and security, as well.

— Jeffrey Sachs

We had a booming stock market in 1929 and then went into the world’s greatest depression. We have a booming stock market in 1999. Will the bubble somehow burst, and then we enter depression? Well, some things are not different.

— Jeffrey Sachs

There’s enormous progressive activism and, more often than not, success at the grassroots level – everything from living wage campaigns to efforts to finance our elections are having terrific success.

— Jim Hightower

Businesses in my constituency want help to address the skills mismatch at local level which leaves employers with staff shortages and young people without jobs. They want access to reliable sources of finance, including a network of local banks.

— Jo Cox

Actually criminal sanctions that are given could be up to five years for violating the rules and regulations under the campaign finance reform. This is like the Alien and Sedition Act of years and years ago, decades ago.

— Jay Alan Sekulow

The longer I go on, the more I am aware of the power of finance.

— Justin Welby

Everyone knows in the industry that when these great roles come up, every two years, there’s a huge number of people up for them. I’m not one of those top five females that can personally finance any film.

— Joely Richardson

After serving in the Korean War, I actually started working towards a master’s degree in finance.

— John Cullum

I think there’s a number of pillars to success. One is you’ve got to have a great idea. The other is you’ve got to have a constituency, you’ve got to have finance, and you’ve got to be able to raise awareness.

— Jeremy Gilley

If I finance a bank and I know if the bank will get in trouble, I will be hit and I will lose money, I will put a price on that.

— Jeroen Dijsselbloem

As dismayed as Americans are with the influence of the special interests that finance election campaigns, they’ve been reluctant to embrace the alternative: taxpayer-financed elections.

— John Harwood

Many dotcoms recruited people from existing companies who were quite experienced in finance, marketing, distribution and other disciplines but not necessarily experienced in the Web culture.

— John Patrick

I took some time off after ‘Titanic’ because I needed to let the dust settle and recharge my battery. I felt, ‘OK, you’ve been given a tremendous opportunity what are you going to do with it? Now your name can finance movies that you do want to do.’

— Leonardo DiCaprio

Qaddafi is hated because he is the leader of a small country that is rich, but he uses his money to finance liberation struggles.

— Louis Farrakhan

Economically considered, war and revolution are always bad business.

— Ludwig von Mises

In the old days we were the challenger brand competing against the big banks, but today I go round the world and I sit with governors of central banks and finance ministers and, in some cases, prime ministers. They all know Travelex. We are regarded as the establishment – the world’s largest retailer of foreign currency.

— Lloyd Dorfman

We’re extremely excited about the assets that Yahoo has in the areas of Sports and Finance and Email and News. You match those up with AOL, and we’ve just made an exponential leap in capabilities here.

— Lowell McAdam

Prior to SunRun, I was headed toward a career in venture capital and then realized I wanted to apply my knowledge of finance more directly to helping change the world.

— Lynn Jurich

To finance longer life spans, we must convince individuals to start investing now for the long term. But longevity should be an asset that can be levered, not a curse. They must understand that there’s a cost to sitting in cash. No one talks about that cost.

— Laurence D. Fink

After my father died, we were pretty much wiped out financially as a family, so I decided to give finance a try.

— Leon Black

If you’re running an engineering or finance company, all companies depend on ideas and ingenuity. I think the principles of creative leadership apply everywhere, whether it’s an advertising company or whether you’re running a hospital.

— Ken Robinson

As long as we, in the United States, continue to insist that our politicians have to spend all of their time raising millions of dollars for television ads, it will be corrupt. If we leave it up to the politicians to clean up lobbying and finance reform, nothing is going to change.

— Kevin Spacey

We’ve never been people that go around and confront people that have been financially successful and say, ‘We hate you. We envy you because of how well you’re doing.’

— Marco Rubio

You and I come by road or rail, but economists travel on infrastructure.

— Margaret Thatcher

Being rich is a good thing. Not just in the obvious sense of benefitting you and your family, but in the broader sense. Profits are not a zero sum game. The more you make, the more of a financial impact you can have.

— Mark Cuban

Today, if you look at financial systems around the globe, more than half the population of the world – out of six billion people, more than three billion – do not qualify to take out a loan from a bank. This is a shame.

— Muhammad Yunus

As a trusted institution with brick-and-mortar facilities in every corner of the United States, our public Postal Service is uniquely positioned to serve as a communications, finance, and service hub for the 21st century.

— Marcia Fudge

Advances in technology – hugely beneficial though they are – render us vulnerable in new ways. For instance, our interconnected world depends on elaborate networks: electric power grids, air traffic control, international finance, just-in-time delivery, and so forth.

— Martin Rees

Argentina has decided to take its place in the global landscape. We need important companies of the world to finance and construct roads, ports, waterways, energy, trains. We’re a huge country that only depends on trucks today. It’s impossible.

— Mauricio Macri

When you print money, the money does not flow evenly into the economic system. It stays essentially in the financial service industry and among people that have access to these funds, mostly well-to-do people. It does not go to the worker.

— Marc Faber

At this point, I don’t get hired a lot because people don’t think I could finance a movie.

— Martha Plimpton

But because we in the United States finance our current account deficit by borrowing in our own currency, we can move to a more competitive dollar without the adverse effects that followed currency declines in other countries.

— Martin Feldstein

To finance this trade deficit, the U.S. has to borrow from the rest of the world or sell American assets like stocks, businesses, and real estate to the rest of the world.

— Martin Feldstein

For those of us in the financial world, Black Friday has a strong negative connotation, referring to a stock market catastrophe.

— Mark Skousen

Survivor’ wouldn’t have happened had I not gone out there and helped CBS to sell sponsors to finance the first one. Part of my thinking on ‘Survivor’ was that it should have rewards that are corporate brands. A Big Mac, one thimble-full of Coca-Cola.

— Mark Burnett

Finance industry executives earn an annual income, including benefits, grants and bonuses, that can reach over eight million shekels a year.

— Moshe Kahlon

As a novelist, I tell stories and people give me money. Then financial planners tell me stories and I give them money.

— Martin Cruz Smith

My expertise was in public finance, particularly corporate taxation, since I had worked at the US Treasury.

— Merton Miller

I had some of the students in my finance class actually do some empirical work on capital structures, to see if we could find any obvious patterns in the data, but we couldn’t see any.

— Merton Miller

When you’re building a company, you need to continually strengthen every component – finance, strategic partnerships, executive team, and relationships with every last constituency.

— Michael J. Saylor

It’s very difficult to break into motion pictures, but it’s oddly easier for directors today because of independent films and cable, who have inherited for the most part those films of substance that the studios are reluctant to finance.

— Mark Rydell

I was OK in school, but I always missed a lot because I was playing so much. But if I’d stuck at it, I imagine that I’d be doing something financial or economical. Finance always attracted me, even though maths was always a bit of a love-hate relationship. I would have tried playing football, but I don’t think I’d have made it.

— Matteo Manassero

When I became finance minister, they called me Okonjo-Wahala – or ‘Trouble Woman.’ It means ‘I give you hell.’ But I don’t care what names they call me. I’m a fighter I’m very focused on what I’m doing, and relentless in what I want to achieve, almost to a fault. If you get in my way, you get kicked.

— Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

I don’t plan on going back to legal work. I wanted an international career, and finance seemed to be where some interesting career opportunities were.

— Nick Johnson

Infosys demonstrated to the world that an Indian company could implement standards of quality, operations, finance that compare with the best. That is a legacy I am happy with.

— N. R. Narayana Murthy

I was the first businessman to say, ‘You should give tax benefit to only small companies. You should say your profits are exempt to a limit of Rs. 50 crore or so, but beyond that, you should pay taxes.’ I have been arguing with successive finance ministers on this.

— N. R. Narayana Murthy

If we can increase the share of Islamic finance for the world, countries can benefit – and certainly, Malaysia can benefit from that.

— Najib Razak

If you’re a teenager in Palo Alto launching an app, you know from the outset how you plan to finance your business.

— Natalie Massenet

In abandoning the understanding that things – services, goods, wars, and houses – have costs, we risk becoming infantilised, incapable of making decisions about government or finance, and perhaps above all about the environment, the wellbeing of the planet upon which we depend and which our children will inherit from us.

— Nick Harkaway

Tom DeLay may or may not have broken campaign finance laws, but he did his best to look like he was breaking them.

— P. J. O’Rourke

I founded Atari in my garage in Santa Clara while at Stanford. When I was in school, I took a lot of business classes. I was really fascinated by economics. You end up having to be a marketeer, finance maven and a little bit of a technologist in order to get a business going.

— Nolan Bushnell

Without industry, finance and government consciously and collaboratively ensuring that capital flows to where it is needed in order to ensure the scaling up of climate change solutions, whatever deal is agreed risks never being realised.

— Noreena Hertz

There have been a lot of critiques of the finance industry’s having possibly foisted subprime mortgages on unknowing buyers, and a lot of those kinds of arguments are even more powerful when used against college administrators who are probably in some ways engaged in equally misleading advertising.

— Peter Thiel

I’ve been writing a lot, I’ve a few projects I’m trying to finance, I do some acting, I do some directing… Apart from that, if I could get lower that a ten handicap on my golf game I’d be thrilled.

— Paul Michael Glaser

Europe is difficult to coordinate, and our main deficit may not even lie in this area of finance and economics, but in foreign and security policy. We have a leadership problem because we are still 27 different members who have still not decided on how to work with each other based on what we used to call a European constitution.

— Peer Steinbruck

To be fair, lying is part and parcel of public life. Every politician has lied about something because they are owned by the special interest groups that finance their elections.

— Peter Schuyler

Unfortunately, money in politics is an insidious thing – and a loophole in our campaign finance system was taken advantage of with money going to existing or new 527 groups with the sole purpose of influencing the election.

— Olympia Snowe

Art is like a stock with a decent return for people in finance, and they get to feel like they are involved with culture, spend time with artists, as part of their dividend.

— Rachel Kushner

I’m involved in the stock market, which is fun and, sometimes, very painful.

— Regis Philbin

The studios don’t finance anymore, they get outside funds.

— Robert Rodriguez

I believe in capitalism for everybody, not necessarily high finance but capitalism that works for the working men and women of this country who are out there paddling alone in America right now.

— Rick Santorum

I could not finance a movie on my own. Frankly, I could not even afford to take a year off. I, like most people in America, need to keep making money.

— Rob Thomas

If the Indian people want stories written about themselves, how they want them told, they are going to have to make them, they’re going to have to finance them. If you let Hollywood do it, Hollywood is going to get it wrong most of the time.

— Ricky Schroder

If you go back to the time of J.P. Morgan, the world of high finance was completely wholesale. The prestigious investment banks on Wall Street appealed exclusively to large corporations, governments, and to extremely wealthy individuals.

— Ron Chernow

There is a growing literature about the multitude of journalism’s problems, but most of it is concerned with the editorial side of the business, possibly because most people competent to write about journalism are not comfortable writing about finance.

— Russell Baker

Landing a million-dollar investment for your startup is exhilarating. But as big as that number sounds, it doesn’t go far. Many startups just getting off the ground won’t have a CFO to monitor finances. It doesn’t take much for spending to spiral out of control.

— Ryan Holmes

In the business world, we can point to instances when a lack of integrity has bankrupted entire companies – in sectors as different as finance, telecommunications, manufacturing, and energy.

— Rex Tillerson

My father, being a Scotsman, taught me to look after finances. I’m shrewd. Some people may call me tight.

— Rod Stewart

Particularly with internships, you have to work for a year with no money. How on Earth are you going to finance that?

— Rob James-Collier

The special sphere of finance within economics is the study of allocation and deployment of economic resources, both spatially and across time, in an uncertain environment. To capture the influence and interaction of time and uncertainty effectively requires sophisticated mathematical and computational tools.

— Robert C. Merton

And at a relatively early age, ten or so, I invested my first share of stock. And I used to follow, look at companies and so forth. But throughout the whole period, and indeed right through my college years, while I was involved in the stock market, always interested in finance, I never thought of it as a full-time job.

— Robert C. Merton

But having said that, what’s happening with campaign finance reform and our political culture is devastating.

— Robert McChesney

During my undergraduate training at UCLA, I was studying finance and securities my particular interest was with mutual funds. Wanting to get into a high position at some of the companies that were doing that, I knew that law would be useful.

— Robert Shapiro

A person’s credit report is one of the most important tools consumers can use to maintain their financial security and credit rating, but for so long many did not know how to obtain one, or what to do with the information it provided.

— Ruben Hinojosa

My finances have been decimated by a group of people, such as my ex-attorney, my ex-business manager, and an estate planner, specifically. And they have conspired together to – to co-op my corporations, put in trustees without my knowledge.

— Randy Quaid

What we now call ‘finance’ is, I hold, an intellectual perversion of what began as warm human love.

— Robert Graves

When I work with countries struggling to pay for budgets or finance trade deficits, I reflect on how Americans do not spend a moment considering the unique advantages of being able to issue bonds and print money freely.

— Robert Zoellick

There were a lot of people dreaming about making films, and they would finance maybe 6 films a year. Because they were funded by the government, the films sort-of had to deal with serious social issues – and, as a result, nobody went to see those films.

— Renny Harlin

It is usually people in the money business, finance, and international trade that are really rich.

— Robin Leach

Financial literacy is an issue that should command our attention because many Americans are not adequately organizing finances for their education, healthcare and retirement.

— Ron Lewis

You can be this super-successful woman who’s smart and effective but still feminine. When I worked in finance, I didn’t always think that was possible.

— Ruzwana Bashir

There are some risks we choose to take because the benefits from taking them exceed the possible costs. Optimal behavior takes risks that are worthwhile. This is the central paradigm of finance: we must take risks to achieve rewards, but not all risks are equally rewarded.

— Robert F. Engle

You look at marketing: everything that’s happening in marketing is digitized. Everything that’s happening in finance is digitized. So pretty much every industry, every function in every industry, has a huge element that’s driven by information technology. It’s no longer discrete.

— Satya Nadella

I worked with a group of people who argued day and night – professors, officials, the Minister of Finance – but there were decisions that I had to make.

— Shimon Peres

We were told this war would be over in a matter of weeks, and that the Iraqis would be able to finance it with oil sales. We were promised it was not a mission of nation building.

— Sherrod Brown

Canadians know that the promise of a recession didn’t happen because of anything we did here. If you look at all the causes of the recession, problems in mortgage markets, the problems in the banking sector, the problems in government finance in countries like Greece, none of those problems were in present Canada.

— Stephen Harper

My father, born in Colorado, met my mother, born in Switzerland, when he went into the finance company where she worked and asked for a loan.

— Susan Straight

Finance is critical. If sufficient investment is made in infrastructure and venture capital is made available, there will be a big improvement in the situation.

— Sanjay Kumar

People used to ask me for advice, and I’d say, ‘Please, don’t ask me!’ Yes, I did economics at Oxford, but that’s not the same as having a broad knowledge of personal finance.

— Sophie Kinsella

Well, first let me say that I think health care reform is important. It has to be a priority. And our system is broken. The Finance Committee bill is the best effort yet, due in large measure to the efforts of my colleague, Olympia Snowe, but it’s not there yet. It falls short.

— Susan Collins

Thirty to 40 years ago, most financial decisions were fairly simple.

— Scott Cook

Orrin Hatch is old enough to be my father, and I don’t want my father running the United States Senate Finance Committee.

— Scott Howell

Let’s not forget, it was the government, Department of Finance and Central Bank that decided to unfairly land the taxpayers of this country with unmitigated losses of Anglo and massive legacy issues that would have been expected when nationalising a fraudulent bank.

— Sean Quinn

As you know, Social Security functions under the premise that today’s workers will help finance benefits for retirees and that these workers will then be supported by the next generation of workers paying into the same system.

— Steve Israel

In our experience at Safeway, we’re confident that we can actually improve the quality of health care while taking costs down and using the savings to help finance coverage of low-income people who are clearly going to need help to pay for insurance.

— Steven Burd

When you think of Yahoo, they had a shot to be what Vox is doing, in terms of taking content and distribution, and really focusing on news, sports, finance – the things that uniquely Yahoo was really terrific at – and really build that whole flywheel.

— Susan Decker

The only way to permanently change the temperature in the room is to reset the thermostat. In the same way, the only way to change your level of financial success ‘permanently’ is to reset your financial thermostat. But it is your choice whether you choose to change.

— T. Harv Eker

I tend to split my activities into fun, income and legacy. The number of things in that finance bucket is pretty few and far between and doesn’t consume much time at all.

— Timothy Ferriss

The Obama Justice Department has decided to cease the prosecution of the Muslim Brotherhood’s U.S.-based front groups, identified as unindicted coconspirators in the Holy Land Foundation case – the largest terrorism finance case in U.S. history.

— Trent Franks

Any constitutional amendment that simply gives Congress the option of regulating campaign finance fails to immediately achieve what the American people want, and that is a complete reversal of Citizens United and other Supreme Court decisions that have allowed corporations and the wealthy few to drown out the voices of everyday voters.

— Ted Deutch

I am a graduate in business management with specialisation in finance, and I love accounts!

— Tena Desae

As much as you need to know your operations, if you don’t understand the finance side and how to do the business, you’re never going to be successful. So you might be the best operator or visionary, but if you don’t understand the finance side… I’m successful because I know the finance side, but I also know operations it’s not an accident.

— Tilman J. Fertitta

I know how to finance something. It’s easier today because, as you’re more successful, everybody wants to do deals with you. But even in the beginning, when I took Landry’s public, I owned 100 percent of it. I never had investors or anything. I was just always able to find a way to do it.

— Tilman J. Fertitta

My mother inspired me to treat others as I would want to be treated regardless of age, race or financial status.

— Tommy Hilfiger

I have come close to producing films. But generally by the time they hit the screen, there’s about 50 people with producer credits, so what’s the point. I usually find scripts I like with no money attached and take them to producers that I know and try to raise finance.

— Tim Roth

And I think it’s a prudent, responsible way, given the scale of the emergency, the scale of the damage still facing America, that we finance these additional support for the unemployed as well as the support for small business. We think there’s a good case for doing it now. We want to do it in an overall fiscally responsible way.

— Timothy Geithner

There’s such a thing, if you’re a finance man, as hitting the figures you need to hit. But there’s no equivalent in acting. It’s a creative field. It’s subjective. That’s what I love about it.

— Will Poulter

Don’t gamble take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up, then sell it. If it don’t go up, don’t buy it.

— Will Rogers

A budget tells us what we can’t afford, but it doesn’t keep us from buying it.

— William Feather

One of the funny things about the stock market is that every time one person buys, another sells, and both think they are astute.

— William Feather

My friends in Paris are writers, or something like that, whereas my friends in New York are doing cool stuff in finance and living very different lives. In writing, it’s pretty solitary, so it doesn’t really matter who’s around.

— Whit Stillman

It is a sound principle of finance, and a still sounder principle of government, that those who have the duty of expending the revenue of a country should also be saddled with the responsibility of levying and providing it.

— Wilfrid Laurier

In the West, if a city faces financial difficulties, it’ll go bankrupt. But in China, cities will be subsidised by the Ministry of Finance. So some small- and medium-sized cities aren’t worried about going bankrupt. They figure the central government will help them out.

— Wang Shi

In the deregulated realm of US banking and finance, crime does occasionally pay for its foul deeds, not in prison time but by making modest rebates to the victims.

— William Greider

If US per capita income continues to grow at a rate of 1.5 percent a year, the country will have plenty of money to finance comfortable retirements and high-quality healthcare for all citizens, including those at the bottom of the wage ladder.

— William Greider

In the long term, Germany didn’t need a finance minister who was absent during important negotiations in the European Council. But the chancellor strongly encouraged me to stay. And everything did work out for the best in the end.

— Wolfgang Schauble

For some time, I thought being a producer would be a more fulfilling career than being an actor. But then I went to a conference in Cannes with 300 other producers, all desperately chasing finance for their projects… and realized being an actor wasn’t so bad after all!

— William Kircher

Small- and medium-sized businesses need access to a diverse range of finance options, including non-bank lending. These new forms of finance are still small in scale today but they should, over time, bring additional choice and greater competition to the lending market.

— Vince Cable

Because I spent many years during my previous life as an academic researching game theory, some commentators rushed to presume that as Greece’s new finance minister, I was busily devising bluffs, stratagems and outside options, struggling to improve upon a weak hand. Nothing could be further from the truth.

— Yanis Varoufakis

Now both my films have been number one at the Australian box office and it took about two years just to get the finance for this film, so if it’s hard for me then God help everyone else.

— Yahoo Serious
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