Quotes: Money

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money (s) (noun), moneys (or) monies (pl)
1. A medium that can be exchanged for goods and services and is used as a measure of their values on the market, including among its forms a commodity such as gold, an officially issued coin or note (paper), or a deposit in a checking account or other readily liquifiable account.
2. The official currency, coins, and negotiable paper notes issued by a government.
3. Assets and property considered in terms of monetary value; wealth.
4. Etymology: "mint, coinage, metal currency", from Old French moneie, from Latin moneta, "mint, coinage"; from Moneta, a cult title of the goddess Juno, in or near whose temple at Rome money was coined; perhaps from monere, "to advise, to warn" with the sense of referring to the "admonishing goddess".

Moneta, a name related to the goddess Juno

One of the epithets of the goddess Juno, the wife of Jupiter in Roman mythology, was Moneta.

When the Romans established a mint at the temple of Juno Moneta, this epithet, or name, became a generic Latin term for a place where money is made. The English words mint and money are both derived from Latin moneta.

The considerable difference between the two words may be accounted for by the widely different routs by which each came into English.

Mint has been proven to have existed in Old English in the form of mynet, and has been in the language since it first developed there and it comes from a primitive Germanic borrowing from Latin moneta which is also the source of Old High German munizza, "coin".

In Middle French, Latin moneta became moneie, which was then borrowed into Middle English in the form moneye and from which we now have incorporated the word "money".

Webster's Word Histories
Merriam-Webster, Inc., Publishers;
Springfield, Massachusetts; 1989; pages 308-309.

Another version regarding the origin of the word "money"

In Roman mythology, Juno Regina was supposed to be the wife of Jupiter and queen of the heavens. Juno assumed many characters and had a host of divine responsibilities.

She watched over women, protected maidenhood, guided girls through the rites of marriage and she was the savior, the war-goddess, and the moon-goddess; however, most important of all, she was the goddess of warning.

The Romans were so grateful to Juno for telling them about the dangers ahead on various occasions that they built a temple to her on the Capitoline Hill and when coinage was devised, they set their mint in her temple, and as Juno Moneta, the goddess became the guardian of finances.

Her name Moneta was derived from the Latin word moneo, "warn", and finally entered Old French as moneie; and therefore, eventually became our word money.

Through another path, this same word, moneta, came into Old English as mynet, which finally was transformed into the word mint, that place where money is made.

Word Origins and Their Romantic Stories
by Wilfred Funk; Grosset & Dunlap, Publishers;
New York; 1950; pages 120-121.


Money is like manure, if you spread it around, it does a lot of good; but if you pile it up in one place, it stinks like hell.

—Based on a statement made by Clint Murchison, Jr., a millionaire oil man

Yogi Berra was supposedly asked what he would do if he found one million dollars in the street; he reputedly replied: “I’d see if I could find the guy who lost it, and if he was poor, I’d give it back to him.”

—Jack Rosenthal, “Yogi’s sayings bear repeating by heavy hitters”, The New York Times

The way to a man’s money is through his hobby.


Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.

—Frank Lloyd Wright

Money has many definitions, according to Evan Esar in his Esar's Comic Dictionary

Money is an old man's sex appeal.

Money is the fringe benefit of the job you enjoy.

Money is the only linguist that talks in all languages.

Money is the only thing that gets cheaper during inflation.

Money is the means of existence to some people, the end of existence to others.

Money is a universal passport to everywhere except heaven, and a universal provider of everything except happiness; however, it helps.

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