Money Quote: A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.

Jonathan Swift Quote

“A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.” –  Jonathan Swift

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  • It’s pretty clear that one of the most solid rules of personal financing is separating your money from your emotions. Impulse buying, gambling, buying luxuries, being brand conscious; all of these things are governed by emotions. Use your head when spending money.

  • I think it’s perfectly fine to have money on your heart. Times are tough, and sometimes you have to have to do what you need to do to get by.

  • I don’t think it’s perfectly fine to have “money in the heart”. Money is just a concept to which we are slaves of; it for SURE should not be something we love, just something that we know how to use proper to achieve what we want to achieve.

  • The problem with having money in your heart is that it makes you greedy…and greed leads to some pretty heinous crimes so often. The only god I see getting worshipped in any consumerism driven market is that bloody dollar…and it’s an illusion. It’s fiat money…ALL money is fiat money and people kill each other for nothing. I personally loathe how people will kill themselves and others for the sake of something so worthless. The idea turns people into slaves or savages. The only real physical wealth is the planet and it’s resources…and a handful of people control it all and the most of us are too blinded by the drive for worthless pieces of paper and digital credits to wakup and smell the shite. Love of money is the root of all evil…I think that saying is very true. The day people wake up from the bullshite illusion and dream of money will be the day that humanity will lose a bit of it’s stupidity and just perhaps wise-up and grow up a bit.

  • I totally agree with that quote but I seem to have issues when it comes to my fiance’. I know he loves my but money has me beat.When he was released from jail we discovered we were having a baby boy.I knew a baby would change him but I did not know it would cause him to be money greedy. Notice I didn’t say money hungry.I say greedy because he makes enough money but he feels like its not enough and steady try to get money the fast way. The more I talk to him the worse it gets.Money has literally took control of my man and his feelings.

  • I love Jonathan Swift, so I’m surprised I’ve never heard this before now. It seems he could have written this today, as much as in his day. I think it’s always good to have a reminder of the importance of keeping things, especially money, in perspective, so I shared it with my friends.

  • Absolutely. Loving money too much will do you no good, so having it in your heart and looking at it in a way of, it’s really lovely and brings you a lot of things and you love it the more you get, you might be in debt. People who use their mind to manage money are more successful financially.

  • I think that allowing money to rule your heart is the most dangerous. To some degree, we all need money for survival, but should not use it frivolously, nor should we use it mindlessly. “A foole and his money be soone at debate: which after with sorow repents him too late” by Thomas Tusser or in today’s translation “A fool and his money are soon parted,” holds true here when wisdom is absent.

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