It is no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street, and for Wall Street.

—Mary Lease, c. 1890

The money market is to a commercial nation what the heart is to man.

—William Pitt, 1805

A merchant may, perhaps, be a man of an enlarged mind, but there is nothing in trade connected with an enlarged mind.

—Samuel Johnson, 1773

For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation.

—Charles Baudelaire, c. 1865

A merchant shall hardly keep himself from doing wrong.

—Ecclesiasticus, c. 180 BC

More pernicious nonsense was never devised by man than treaties of commerce.

—Benjamin Disraeli, 1880

Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with the necessities.

—John Lothrop Motley, 1858

Money speaks sense in a language all nations understand.

—Aphra Behn, 1677

Trade’s proud empire hastes to swift decay.

—Oliver Goldsmith, 1770

Wants keep pace with wealth always.

—Timothy Titcomb, 1859

The money we have is the means to liberty; that which we pursue is the means to slavery.

—Jean-Jacques Rousseau, c. 1770

One man’s loss is another man’s profit.

—Michel de Montaigne, c. 1580

Trade is a social act.

—John Stuart Mill, 1859