101 All-Time Best Quotes About Finding Financial Success, The
Manufacturer: Follow Me Press
The 101 All-Time Best Quotes About Finding Financial Success is the quintessential "must have" pocket guide to remind yourself that, you too, can find financial success. This Book is full of fiscal wisdom from the mouths of geniuses who have managed to succinctly capture complex financial theories and ideas and condense them into modest expressions that have withstood the tests of time.
Perhaps the best known and most frequently quoted legend of fiscal prowess is Benjamin Franklin. He was a hard working and innovative man and was one of America's earliest rags-to-riches successes. It has been well documented that, while a man of great wealth, he lived well below his means and championed frugality. His work ethic and innovative spirit made Franklin a self-made man and he was quick to point out that "He that rises late, must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night, while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him."
You will find great wisdom and insight within these pages. If you can find a way to internalize some of these sayings, I implore you to do so. I have found inspiration in these quotes and I hope that you do as well!
Randall Filbert's collection of quotes made me smile. Broken up into eight sections that focus on different ideas and perspectives about money and success, it's a quick and amusing read. From Ayan Rand whose point of view is interesting but pompous to Ben Franklin who has something to say about just about everything, I found myself chuckling time and again.
Take for example the section on "Saving Money." Filbert starts out with a World War II poster that urges Americans to: "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." I remembered my mother-in-law with affection. She was a young woman in the thirties and forties when times where harsh. When I first met her in the late sixties she was still careful with her resources, washing and reusing tin foil and saving her eggshells to put under her rhodendrons. I remember her horror when my Weight Watchers Diet called for a four-ounce can of tunafish. "I can spread that out to feed the whole family," she said as she shook her wooden spoon at me. In this book, Ben Franklin backs her up a few pages later with "Beware of little expenses; a small hole will sink a great ship." Old Ben had a reputation for thriftiness. I'm sure he and Louise Faulkner meet for tea made from reused teabags twice a week in heaven.
Of course, lots of people have something to say about money -- some with more authority than others. Filbert uses Warren Buffett, Zig Zagler, Winston Churchill, and J. Paul Getty -- and I understand why he chose them. However, I did have to look up a few of the others -- like Kin Hubbard (cartoonist) and Evan Esar (humorist) -- since both were before my time -- and neither approached the name recognition of Confuscious or Anoymous.
Some of the people quoted seemed to be trying a little hard. Marian Wright Edelman spent 39 words to say, "Be thrifty." Others wax philosophical like Goethe's, "Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action" which sounds more political than financial, if you ask me. And then there are those whose advice seemed a little preachy - including Thomas Jefferson who pontificated, "Never spend your money before you have it."
I much preferred the clever repartee of John Barrymore who cried, "Why is there so much month left at the end of the money?" I understand his pain. And I really loved Groucho Marx, but then again, who doesn't? I don't want to be a spoiler so I'll leave that one for you to find out when you read the book.
Reviewed by: Joyce Faulkner (2012)