Money Quotes

Florence Nightengale has morphed into Vampira.

Friday, May 1st, 2009
Hospital at Scutari

Health care costs are sucking the blood out of the economy, for one thing. Consider poor General Motors, once America’s flagship corporation and now sinking under the weight of its employee health benefits – which account for at least $1,500 of the sticker price of each new vehicle. As GM proceeds with mass layoffs, other companies thrash…

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Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth

Sunday, April 26th, 2009
towering tree

The style, the house and grounds and “entertainment,” pass for nothing with me. I called on the king, but he made me wait in his hall, and conducted like a man incapacitated for hospitality. There was a man in my neighborhood who lived in a hollow tree. His manners were truly regal. I should have…

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There is no such thing as absolute value in this world. You can only estimate what a thing is worth to you.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
beets fresh from the earth

You can only estimate what a thing is worth to you. Does gardening in a city pay? You might as well ask if it pays to keep hens, or a trotting-horse, or to wear a gold ring, or to keep your lawn cut, or your hair cut. It is as you like it. In a certain sense, it is a sort of profanation to consider if my garden pays…

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Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.

Monday, April 13th, 2009
FDR First Inauguration 1933

Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy, the moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days, my friends, will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our…

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