Money makes the world go round, the song goes. As far as shipping is concerned, it can make the world go up and down and even sideways. Money or the love of it is what fuels the expansion of shipping fleets and port facilities and the development of new technologies. Unfortunately, it has also led to the commodification of seafarers and to shipowners cutting corners in the name of profit. The following quotes reflect different attitudes toward money. Enjoy reading.

Money, money, money
Must be funny
In the rich man’s world
Money, money, money
Always sunny
In the rich man’s world
All the things I could do
If I had a little money
It’s a rich man’s world
It’s a rich man’s world

~Swedish pop group ABBA (“Money Money Money”)

It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.

~Albert Camus

The desire for wealth is nearly universal, and none can say it is not laudable, provided the possessor of it accepts its responsibilities, and uses it as a friend to humanity.

~P. T. Barnum

The capacity for true enjoyment of idleness is lost in the moneyed class and can be found only among people who have a supreme contempt for wealth. It must come from an inner richness of the soul in a man who loves the simple ways of life and who is somewhat impatient with the business of making money.

~Lin Yutang

Money is a new form of slavery, and distinguishable from the old simply by the fact that it is impersonal — that there is no human relation between master and slave.

~Leo Tolstoy

Don’t think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.


The Worship of Mammon by Evelyn de Morgan, 1909

If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.

~Dorothy Parker

If Heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing, it would not have given them to such a scoundrel.

~Jonathan Swift

While money can’t buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of misery.

~Groucho Marx

Simple, genuine goodness is the best capital to found the business of this life upon. It lasts when fame and money fail, and is the only riches we can take out of this world with us.

~Louisa May Alcott

To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it.

~G.K. Chesterton

Wall Street, New York City — 1915 photograph by Paul Strand

…as a cousin of mine once said about money, money is always there but the pockets change; it is not in the same pockets after a change, and that is all there is to say about money.

~Gertrude Stein

~Barista Uno

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