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Money is something you got to make in case you don’t die.
— Max Asnas

Perhaps you have financial problems because you earn way too little and can’t cut expenses. In this case, if you want to upgrade from a dump you’re living in today to something closer to the Taj Mahal in the next few years, you have to make some changes in your life so that you make more money...

Ah, well, then I suppose I shall have to die beyond my means.
— Oscar Wilde

You will have to take a hard look at many things, such as the type of friends you have, how much TV you watch, your motivation level, how much of your creativity you use, your hard-core beliefs, your chosen career, your passions, and whether you suffer from the world-owes-me-a-living syndrome.

What better way to prove that you understand a subject than to make money out of it?
— Harorld Rosenberg (U.S. art critic)

To some degree, you will need to make some effort to either work more, change your line of work, or work smarter if you want to earn more money.

Tim O’Reilly stresses that it’s important to work on stuff that matters. He makes three very important points for making money:

Work on something that matters to you more than money.
Create more value than you capture.
Take the long view.

Of course, many people want to make money the easy way.

Important Key to Making a Lot of Money

Here is one secret to earning a lot of money: Start Small; Think Big! Fact is, too many people want instant riches and don't want to work for these riches.

Did you know that Microsoft made only $16,005 in revenue in its first year of operation?

Make Easy Money on The Money Café
How Much Money You Can Make as a Student Guinea Pig

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported how much money students can make if they are willing to be guinea pigs. Here are the going rates:

* $10 an hour for watching video clips
* $25 a day for quitting smoking
* $17 an hour for providing vaginal swabs and wearing a diaphragm for six hours
* $150 for discussing your relationship with your partner
* $300 a night for not sleeping and then getting your brain scanned
* $850 for receiving four rectal exams and providing 39 semen samples.

Make a Lot of Money Even When You Are Dead

The power of intellectual property is that you make money while you sleep. (That's why I sleep in until noon and take a nap in the afternoon, so that I can earn an extra hundred dollars or so.) Moreover, when you have some valuable intellectual property you can earn money after you die, even though there is not much point to it.

If you are wondering how to keep making lots of money after you die, say for a favorite environmental or charitable cause to which you donate the proceeds, then writing bestselling books has to be one of them.

According to, three out of the top six celebrities to earn multi-million dollar incomes in 2003 were writers: They were:

Charles Schultz who earned $32 million
J.R.R. Tolkien who earned $32 million
Dr. Suess who earned $16 million

The other three high-earning dead celebrities were singers: They were:

Elvis Presley who earned $40 million
John Lennon who earned $19 million
George Harrison who earned $16 million

Proof That an Author Can Make More Money than the Entire New York Yankees Baseball Team

A few years ago author Tom Clancy signed a record-breaking contract for a $45 million advance to write two books. This was satisfying to me because it meant that at least one author could make as much as the best paid professional baseball or football players.

There is even better news: Author J.K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter series, in 2003 actually made more money than the entire New York Yankees baseball team with a payroll of about $185 million ($205 million in 2005).

The Sunday Times of London reported that Rowling earned 125 million pounds (or about 215 million American dollars). "She is a money-making machine," declared Philip Berresford, compiler of the pay list. "She could be the first billionaire author."
How to Make Money

The shortest and best way to make your fortune is to let people see clearly that it is in their interests to promote yours.
— Jean de La Bruyére

Welfare is not a career opportunity.
— Unknown wise person

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
— Oscar Wilde

If you can't make money, make friends.
— Mezz Mezzrow

To turn $100 into $110 is work. To turn $100 million into $110 million is inevitable.
— Edgar Bronfman

Unusual Ways to Make Money

We rob banks.
— Actor Warren Beatty in the movie Bonnie
and Clyde

I can't do no literary work for the rest of this year because I'm meditating another lawsuit and looking around for a defendant.
— Mark Twain

All right, let's not panic. I'll make the money by selling one of my livers. I can get by with one.
— Homer Simpson

A lot of pop music is about stealing pocket money from children.
— Ian Anderson (British rock musician)

It is morally wrong to allow suckers to keep their money.
— "Canada Bill" Jones

I saw a sign at a gas station. It said "help wanted". There was another sign below it that said "self service". So I hired myself. Then I made myself the boss. I gave myself a raise. I paid myself. Then I quit.
— Steven Wright

Even though a number of people have tried, no one has yet found a way to drink for a living.
— Jean Kerr

The wise people are in New York because thefoolish went there first. That's the way wise
men make a living.
— Finley Peter Dunne

I wouldn’t be in a legitimate business for all the . . . . money in the world.
— Gennaro Anguilo (Boston organized crime boss)

What People Will Do to Make Money

I’m a copywriter for an ad agency. It involves being a total asshole. I do it for the money, it’s easy and horrible. I do nothing good for society.
— Isabelle Kuprin (U.S. advertising copywriter) As quoted in The Great Divide, book 1, section 5, by Studs Terkel (1988).

For money you would sell your soul.
— Sophocles

People will swim through shit if you put a few bob in it.
— Peter Sellers

They who are of the opinion that Money will do everything, may very well be suspected to do everything for Money.
— George Savile

People who think money can do anything may very well be suspected of doing anything for money.
— Mary Pettibone Poole

There is probably nothing that someone won't do for money.
— Herb Goldberg and Robert T. Lewis

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