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In today’s workaday world, there’s a lot of emphasis placed on success – and particularly, on monetary success. Many people worldwide are convinced that their true path to happiness lies in only one thing – getting as much money as they can.
But in fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Money cannot buy happiness – that may sound like a trite old quote, but it’s true! Money, in and of itself, cannot satisfy you. While money can be helpful, it can never ensure that you’re happy.
Here are four powerful quotes about the nature of money and success that are sure to help you understand that fact. We’ll take a bit to talk about each one, and discuss how these quotes are relevant to our modern, money-focused world.
My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. – Steve Jobs
This quote is poignant – and in the case of Steve Jobs, almost prophetic. Steve Jobs was one of the wealthiest people alive, but even that could not save him from pancreatic cancer, which claimed his life in 2011.
Steve Jobs had more money than just about anyone on earth – but in the end, his time was more precious – and cut short by his illness. This just goes to show that money isn’t insurance against pain, suffering, or death – so if you focus on money over everything else, you’re just wasting your time.
Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference. – Barack Obama
This quote may surprise you – didn’t we just say that money wasn’t a solution to your problems? Well, it’s not – but that doesn’t mean that money is unimportant.
You see, money can’t provide happiness in and of itself – but it can help you live a happy life. Having enough money to get buy, to buy a few luxuries, and to be financially secure is certainly important to a happy life!
The problem begins when you focus on money only for its own sake. Money should always be seen as a means to happiness – never as the “be-all-end-all” of your happiness.
This is a wonderful planet, and it is being completely destroyed by people who have too much money and power and no empathy. – Alice Walker
This quote illustrates the logical conclusion of choosing money over everything else. People today are so blinded by greed that they can’t even understand the negative effects their pursuit of wealth has on the rest of the world.
Bankers have luxury mansions while children starve in the streets. Oil companies make billions while toxic chemicals are dumped into oceans. This is what happens when a lust for money overcomes everything else – the complete destruction of the world.
Though it may be an extreme example, it certainly serves to show the outcome of a money-focused attitude – a willingness to pursue wealth, even at the cost of the entire world.
I think the person who takes a job in order to live – that is to say, for the money – has turned himself into a slave. – Joseph Campbell
This quote may seem confusing at first – we all have to work to live, don’t we? Well, we do – but only to a certain point. You see, many people focus on their careers or their professions above all else – pursuing money and success endlessly, never satisfied with what they have.
Then, 20 years down the line, they take a look back – sure, they may have a corner office and a high salary, but was it worth it? The countless hours? Neglecting fun, friends, and family? Living your life to work – instead of working to live?
The answer to this question is usually “no.” If you work only for money, you will be unhappy. You may have money, but you will hate what you do – and the money will never be enough to satisfy you.
So don’t focus on choosing a job that pays the most. Focus on doing something you love – on working a job that pays enough, but lets you live your life the way you want to. If you do, you’ll be happy – even if you make a little less.
Think About These Quotes – And Reflect On Your Own Life
Perhaps you’ve been living your life in pursuit of money over everything else. If that’s the case, take some time to think about these quotes, and discuss them with other people on Paralign.
You’re sure to gain some valuable insights about your own life, the role of money in it, and the ways in which you can seek happiness – and not just monetary wealth.