Top 100 Quotes About Money and Happiness

November 28, 2023

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Does money buy happiness? It's a hotly debated topic. Some say no, others say yes. These quotes about money and happiness show just how divided we can be on the subject.

Here are a few categories I’ll touch on:

  • Happiness
  • Relationships
  • Greed
  • Money management
  • Money is everything
  • Wealth
  • Success

Check out these 100 quotes about money and happiness to see where they both fit into your life.

Quotes About Money and Happiness

  1. “Time is your most valuable asset. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” —Jim Rohn
  2. “Maximizing your fulfillment from experiences—by planning how you will spend your time and money to achieve the biggest peaks you can with the resources you have—is how you maximize your life.” —Bill Perkins
  3. “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” —Benjamin Franklin
  4. “You can afford anything, but not everything.” —Paula Pant
  5. “Never spend your money before you have earned it.” —Thomas Jefferson
  6. “Do what you love and the money will follow.” —Marsha Sinetar
  7. “Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.” —Greg McKeown
  8. “That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.” —Henry David Thoreau
  9. “Try to save something while your salary is small; it’s impossible to save after you begin to earn more.” —Jack Benny
  10. “Money grows on the tree of persistence.” —Japanese proverb
  11. “Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.” — Bob Marley
  12. “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” —Henry David Thoreau
  13. “Money can feed the body. Love will feed the soul.” —Toni Payne
  14. “By aiming to die with zero, you will forever change your autopilot focus from earning and saving and maximizing your wealth to living the best life you possibly can.” —Bill Perkins
  15. “Once we let go of the things that don't matter, we are free to pursue all the things that really do matter.” —Joshua Becker

Uplifting Quotes on Money and Relationships

  1. “A relationship is like a bank. When you have deposited money, you can make a withdrawal. If you don’t have money,
    your check will bounce.” —Pastor Albert Ocran
  2. “Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.” —Samuel Butler
  3. “Your goals are the north star of your entire financial plan. Anytime there is a big debate about how you’re going to spend money, you need to look at how this is going to have a ripple effect on everything else you want to achieve and that can help solve the problem.” —Erin Lowry
  4. “He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses much more; He who loses faith, loses all.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. “This would be a much better world if more married couples were as deeply in love as they are in debt” —Earl Wilson
  6. “A father is someone who carries pictures in his wallet where his money used to be.” —Anonymous
  7. “For most of us, there is a significant financial advantage to getting married as long as you're sure it's the right person.” —Jesse Cramer
  8. “Love is when you are as concerned about someone else’s situation as you are about your own.” —Mitch Albom
  9. “Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.” —Mother Teresa
  10. “Money was made for the free-hearted and generous.” —John Ray

Quotes About Money and Greed

  1. “Enough is better than too much.” —Dutch proverb
  2. “Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.” —P.T. Barnum
  3. “Nothing but money is sweeter than honey.” —Benjamin Franklin
  4. “One cannot both feast and become rich.” —Ashanti proverb
  5. “Stretch your arm no further than your sleeve will reach.” —Turkish proverb
  6. “Wanna see how people really are? Wait till money is involved.” —Anonymous
  7. “Never complain about your troubles; they are responsible for more than half of your income.” —Robert R. Updegraff
  8. “Trade money for time, not time for money. You’re going to run out of time first.” —Naval Ravikant
  9. “A real woman is not impressed by money because she knows her love is priceless.” —Anonymous
  10. “Money only magnifies who you really are. If you are a happy person, more money will make you happier. If you are an unhappy person, more money will make you miserable.” —Robert Kiyosaki

Money Management Quotes

  1. “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” —Jim Rohn
  2. “If you want to reap financial blessings, you have to sow financially.” —Joel Osteen
  3. “Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.” —Norman Vincent Peale
  4. “The person who doesn't know where his next dollar is coming from usually doesn't know where his last dollar went.” — Anonymous
  5. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” —Zig Ziglar
  6. “Wealth doesn't happen overnight. If you are consistent with your actions, you will see the results that you want.” —Erika Young
  7. “Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.” —Miguel de Cervantes
  8. “Success is not the result of making money; earning money is the result of success—and success is in direct proportion to our service.” —Earl Nightingale
  9. “Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can’t buy.” —Haruki Murakami
  10. “The more your money works for you, the less you have to work for money.” —Idowu Koyenikan
  11. “Beware of small expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” —Benjamin Franklin
  12. “The first rule in making money is not to lose it.” —Steven J. Lee
  13. “Budgeting is people telling their money where to go instead of asking where it went.” —John C. Maxwell
  14. “More people should learn to tell their dollars where to go instead of asking them where they went.” —Roger Babson
  15. “The focus is what is right before you – to give it your best. It sows the seeds of tomorrow.” —Kiran Bedi

Money is Everything Quotes

  1. “Money often costs too much.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. “Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” —Ayn Rand
  3. “If you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money can’t buy.” —Anonymous
  4. “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.” —Will Rogers
  5. “Those who are of the opinion that money will do everything may reasonably be expected to do everything for money.”
    —Edward Wood
  6. “Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.” —John Wooden
  7. “It all came down to money—the great equalizer and common denominator.” —James Ellroy
  8. “Happiness can be the result, not of spending more money on oneself, but rather of giving money away to others.” — Christian Smith

More Quotes About Wealth and Happiness

  1. “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” —Henry David Thoreau
  2. “Wealth flows from energy and ideas.” —William Feather
  3. “Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” —Epictetus
  4. “No wealth can ever make a bad man at peace with himself.” —Plato
  5. “There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it’s only money.” —Alan Watts
  6. “The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.” —Anonymous
  7. “The highest wealth is absence of greed.” —Seneca the Younger
  8. “Wealth is largely the result of habit.” —John Jacob Aster
  9. “If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.” —Socrates
  10. “If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.” —Edmund Burke
  11. “Money can buy many things, but nothing more valuable than your freedom.” —JL Collins

Quotes About Success and Money

  1. “Here’s how I think of my money—as soldiers—I send them out to war every day. I want them to take prisoners and come home, so there’s more of them.” —Kevin O’Leary
  2. “Know what you own and know why you own it.” —Peter Lynch
  3. “The money you make is the symbol of the value you create.” —Idowu Koyenikan
  4. “Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.” —Ken Hakuta
  5. “To get rich, you have to be making money while you’re asleep.” —David Bailey
  6. “Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.” —Napoleon Hill
  7. “Fortune sides with him who dares.” —Virgil
  8. “Change brings huge opportunity, and money loves change, especially when the change increases in speed.” —Rob Moore
  9. “Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it. And others do just the same with their time.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  10. “Money is like manure. You have to spread it around, or it smells.” —J. Paul Getty
  11. “Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.” —Anonymous

More Quotes About Money and Happiness

  1. “You can be young without money, but you can’t be old without it.” —Tennessee Williams
  2. “If you cannot control your emotions, you cannot control your money.” —Warren Buffett
  3. “There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it, and when he can.” —Mark Twain
  4. “There is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune: go there with a large one.” —Jack Yelton
  5. “A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.” —Robert Frost
  6. “It doesn’t matter how low the dollar will go, I will always bend down and pick it up.” —Anonymous
  7. “It’s amazing how fast later comes when you buy now.” —Milton Berle

Final Thoughts on Quotes About Money and Happiness

Quotes about money and happiness can help put things in perspective, especially when times get tough. I hope you’ve found these quotes on the relationship between happiness and money inspiring for your own life.

To find more uplifting quotes about giving back, saving money, and achieving both financial success and happiness, check out more episodes of the Marriage Kids and Money Podcast. You’re sure to learn something new about the world and even yourself!


Which of these quotes about money and happiness is your favorite? Why?

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Andy Hill

Andy Hill, AFC® is the award-winning family finance coach behind Marriage Kids and Money - a platform dedicated to helping families build wealth and happiness. With millions of podcast downloads and video views, Andy’s message of family financial empowerment has resonated with listeners, readers and viewers across the world. When he's not "talking money", Andy enjoys being a Soccer Dad, singing karaoke with his wife and relaxing on his hammock.

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