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50 Money Quotes by Famous People that Can Change Your Attitude Towards Money

50 Money Quotes by Famous People that Can Change Your Attitude Towards Money

When you need advice about your finances, it’s often quite inspirational, interesting, and even funny to research the opinions of famous businessmen, thinkers, and celebrities. Check out our 50 favorite money quotes below: we hope they can help you change your attitude towards money in a positive way.

1. “Money can’t buy friends, but you can get a better class of enemy.” Spike Milligan

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    2.  “Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.” Benjamin Franklin

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      3. “A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.” Jonathan Swift

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

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          5. “Money often costs too much.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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            6. “A man is rich in proportion to the things he can afford to let alone.” Henry David Thoreau

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              7. “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

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                8. “Money is usually attracted, not pursued.” Jim Rohn

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

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                    10. “Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.” Miguel de Cervantes

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                      11. “There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either.” Robert Graves

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

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

                      14. “Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of all evil, the sum of blessings.” Carl Sandburg

                      15. “It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.” Oscar Wilde

                      16. “It doesn’t matter about money; having it, not having it. Or having clothes, or not having them. You’re still left alone with yourself in the end.” Billy Idol

                      17. “What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more.” Seneca

                      18. “You use your money to buy privacy because during most of your life you aren’t allowed to be normal.” Johnny Depp

                      19. “The art is not in making money, but in keeping it.” Proverb

                      20. “The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.” Thomas Jefferson

                      21. “Money is the wise man’s religion.” Euripides

                      22. “Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for ten years.” Warren Buffett

                      23. “Put all good eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.” Andrew Carnegie

                      24. “Neither a borrower nor a lender be, for loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.” William Shakespeare

                      25. “Money is like mucknot good unless it be spread.” Francis Bacon

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

                      27. “Never ask of money spent Where the spender thinks it went. Nobody was ever meant To remember or invent What he did with every cent.” Robert Frost

                      28. “When I had money everyone called me brother.” Polish proverb

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

                      30. “If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.” Earl Wilson

                      31. “Money is a guarantee that we may have what we want in the future. Though we need nothing at the moment it insures the possibility of satisfying a new desire when it arises.” Aristotle

                      32. “Money and women are the most sought after and the least known about of any two things we have.” Will Rogers

                      33. “My formula for success is rise early, work late and strike oil.” JP Getty.

                      34. “I made my money the old-fashioned way. I was very nice to a wealthy relative right before he died” Malcolm Forbes

                      35. “Frugality includes all the other virtues.” Cicero

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

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

                      38. “Know what you own, and know why you own it.” – Peter Lynch

                      39. “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” Jim Rohn

                      40. “A treasure is to be valued for its own sake and not for what it will buy.” Graham Greene

                      41. “The way to stop financial joyriding is to arrest the chauffeur, not the automobile.” Woodrow Wilson

                      42. “I pity that man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth shall starve in the process.” Benjamin Harrison

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

                      44. “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin

                      45. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” Zig Ziglar

                      46. “In investing, what is comfortable is rarely profitable.” Robert Arnott

                      47. “Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are.” James W. Frick

                      48. “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” Carl Sandburg

                      49. “Make money your god, and it will plague you like the devil.” Henry Fielding

                      50. “If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.” Ben Franklin

                       

                      What’s your favorite money quote? Who is your role model when it comes to finances?

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                      How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

                      How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

                      Personal finances can push anyone to the point of extreme anxiety and worry. Easier said than done, planning finances is not an egg meant for everyone’s basket. That’s why most of us are often living pay check to pay check. But did anyone tell you that it is actually not a tough task to meet your financial goals?

                      In this article, we will explore ways to set financial goals and actually meet them with ease.

                      4 Steps to Setting Financial Goals

                      Though setting financial goals might seem to be a daunting task, if one has the will and clarity of thought, it is rather easy. Try using these steps to get you started.

                      1. Be Clear About the Objectives

                      Any goal without a clear objective is nothing more than a pipe dream, and this couldn’t be more true for financial matters.

                      It is often said that savings is nothing but deferred consumption. Therefore, if you are saving today, then you should be crystal clear about what it’s for. It could be anything, including your child’s education, retirement, marriage, that dream vacation, fancy car, etc.

                      Once the objective is clear, put a monetary value to that objective and the time frame. The important point at this step of goal setting is to list all the objectives that you foresee in the future and put a value to each.

                      2. Keep Goals Realistic

                      It’s good to be an optimistic person but being a Pollyanna is not desirable. Similarly, while it might be a good thing to keep your financial goals a bit aggressive, going beyond what you can realistically achieve will definitely hurt your chances of making meaningful progress.

                      It’s important that you keep your goals realistic, as it will help you stay the course and keep you motivated throughout the journey.

                      3. Account for Inflation

                      Ronald Reagan once said: “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hitman.” This quote sums up what inflation could do your financial goals.

                      Therefore, account for inflation[1] whenever you are putting a monetary value to a financial objective that is far into the future.

                      For example, if one of your financial goal is your son’s college education, which is 15 years from now, then inflation would increase the monetary burden by more than 50% if inflation is a mere 3%. Always account for this to avoid falling short of your goals.

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                      4. Short Term Vs Long Term

                      Just like every calorie is not the same, the approach to achieving every financial goal will not be the same. It’s important to bifurcate goals into short-term and long-term.

                      As a rule of thumb, any financial goal that is due in next 3 years should be termed as a short-term goal. Any longer duration goals are to be classified as long-term goals. This bifurcation of goals into short-term vs long-term will help in choosing the right investment instrument to achieve them.

                      By now, you should be ready with your list of financial goals. Now, it’s time to go all out and achieve them.

                      How to Achieve Your Financial Goals

                      Whenever we talk about chasing any financial goal, it is usually a two-step process:

                      • Ensuring healthy savings
                      • Making smart investments

                      You will need to save enough and invest those savings wisely so that they grow over a period of time to help you achieve goals.

                      Ensuring Healthy Savings

                      Self-realization is the best form of realization, and unless you decide what your current financial position is, you aren’t heading anywhere.

                      This is the focal point from where you start your journey of achieving financial goals.

                      1. Track Expenses

                      The first and the foremost thing to be done is to track your spending. Use any of the expense tracking mobile apps to record your expenses. Once you start doing it diligently, you will be surprised by how small expenses add up to a sizable amount.

                      Also categorize those expenses into different buckets so that you know which bucket is eating most of your pay check. This record keeping will pave the way for cutting down on un-wanted expenses and pumping up your savings rate.

                      If you’re not sure where to start when tracking expenses, this article may be able to help.

                      2. Pay Yourself First

                      Generally, savings come after all the expenses have been taken care of. This is a classic mistake when setting financial goals. We pay ourselves last!

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                      Ideally, this should be planned upside down. We should be paying ourselves first and then to the world, i.e. we should be taking out the planned saving amount first and manage all the expenses from the rest.

                      The best way to actually implement this is to put the savings on automatic mode, i.e. money flowing automatically into different financial instruments (mutual funds, retirement accounts, etc) every month.

                      Taking the automatic route will help release some control and compel us to manage what’s left, increasing the savings rate.

                      3. Make a Plan and Vow to Stick With It

                      Learning to create a budget is the best way to get around the uncertainty that financial plans always pose. Decide in advance how spending has to be organized

                      Nowadays, several money management apps can help you do this automatically.

                      At first, you may not be able to stick to your plans completely, but don’t let that become a reason why you stop budgeting entirely.

                      Make use of technology solutions you like. Explore options and alternatives that let you make use of the available wallet options, and choose the one that suits you the most. In time, you will get accustomed to making use of these solutions.

                      You will find that they make it simpler for you to follow your plan, which would have been difficult otherwise.

                      4. Make Savings a Habit and Not a Goal

                      In the book Nudge, authors Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein advocate that, in order to achieve any goal, it should be broken down into habits since habits are more intuitive for people to adapt to.

                      Make savings a habit rather than a goal. While it might seem to be counterintuitive to many, there are some deft ways of doing it. For example:

                      • Always eat out (if at all) during weekdays rather than weekends. Weekends are more expensive.
                      • If you are a travel buff, try to travel during off-season. You’ll spend significantly less.
                      • If you go shopping, always look out for coupons and see where can you get the best deal.

                      The key point is to imbibe the action that results in savings rather than on the savings itself, which is the outcome. Focusing on the outcome will bring out the feeling of sacrifice, which will be harder to sustain over a period of time.

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                      5. Talk About It

                      Sticking to the saving schedule (to achieve financial goals) is not an easy journey. There will be many distractions from those who are not aligned with your mission.

                      Therefore, in order to stay the course, surround yourself with people who are also on the same bandwagon. Daily discussions with them will keep you motivated to move forward.

                      6. Maintain a Journal

                      For some people, writing helps a great deal in making sure that they achieve what they plan.

                      If you are one of them, maintain a proper journal, where you write down your goals and also jot down the extent to which you managed to meet them. This will help you in reviewing how far you have come and which goals you have met.

                      When you have a written commitment on paper, you are going to feel more energized to follow the plan and stick to it. Moreover, it is going to be a lot easier for you to track your progress.

                      Making Smart Investments

                      Savings by themselves don’t take anyone too far. However, savings, when invested wisely, can do wonders.

                      1. Consult a Financial Advisor

                      Investment doesn’t come naturally to most of us, so it’s wise to consult a financial advisor.

                      Talk to him/her about your financial goals and savings, and then seek advice for the best investment instruments to achieve your goals.

                      2. Choose Your Investment Instrument Wisely

                      Though your financial advisor will suggest the best investment instruments, it doesn’t hurt to know a bit about the common ones, like a savings account, Roth IRA, and others.

                      Just like “no one is born a criminal,” no investment instrument is bad or good. It is the application of that instrument that makes all the difference[2].

                      As a general rule, for all your short-term financial goals, choose an investment instrument that has debt nature, for example fixed deposits, debt mutual funds, etc. The reason for going for debt instruments is that chances of capital loss is less compared to equity instruments.

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                      3. Compounding Is the Eighth Wonder

                      Einstein once remarked about compounding:

                      “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it… He who doesn’t… Pays it.”

                      Use compound interest when setting financial goals

                        Make friends with this wonder kid. The sooner you become friends with it, the quicker you will reach closer to your financial goals.

                        Start saving early so that time is on your side to help you bear the fruits of compounding.

                        4. Measure, Measure, Measure

                        All of us do good when it comes to earning more per month but fail miserably when it comes to measuring the investments and taking stock of how our investments are doing.

                        If we don’t measure progress at the right times, we are shooting in the dark. We won’t know if our saving rate is appropriate or not, whether the financial advisor is doing a decent job, or whether we are moving closer to our target.

                        Measure everything. If you can’t measure it all yourself, ask your financial advisor to do it for you. But do it!

                        The Bottom Line

                        Managing your extra money to achieve your short and long-term financial goals

                        and live a debt-free life is doable for anyone who is willing to put in the time and effort. Use the tips above to get you started on your path to setting financial goals.

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