When I meet a government which says to me, "Your money or your life," why should I be in haste to give it my money?
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Civil Disobedience," originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government" (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 376, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
We are the only real aristocracy in the world: the aristocracy of money.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1936). Epifania, in The Millionairess, act 2, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 6, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1973).)
(Madonna [Madonna Louise Ciccione] (b. 1958), U.S. singer and actress. As quoted in People magazine, p. 74 (August 30, 1993).
At the time she said this, the popular performer's worth was estimated at $100 million, and she claimed to have taken "only three brief vacations in 10 years.")