To be famous is so nice
Suck my dick, kiss my ass
In limousines, we have sex
Every night with my famous friends
—Miss Kittin & The Hacker, "Frank Sinatra"
I follow the Golden Rule
How can a man resist?
When the gold in his hand
Lets him rule the land
With an iron fist!
— The Golden Rule (Dark Reprise), Twisted
"And it's very very funny
When you've lots and lots of money
To be horrible to those with none"
— The Chorus of the New York Upper Crust, How to Make your Own Gilbert and Sullivan Opera
When I think of the good things that life has to give,
I'm reluctantly forced to agree
That the number of people who know how to live
Is restricted, quite simply, to me.
For life is like cricket: we play by the rules
But the secret which few people know,
Which keep men of class well apart from the fools
Is to think up the rules as you go.
"The very rich can afford to give offense wherever they go."
—Elizabeth Bennett, Pride and Prejudice
"Bick, you shoulda shot that fella a long time ago. Now he's too rich to kill."
—Uncle Bawley, Giant
"I'm incredibly rich, so no one will think of pressing charges."
"It's a shame rich megalomaniacs are immune from the law. Otherwise, we could just call the police."
— Yugi, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series
"For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
"It is easier for a camel to enter the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God."
—Jesus Christ, The Bible
"You've heard of the Golden Rule, haven't you? 'Whoever has the gold makes the rules.'"
— Jafar, Aladdin
Joe Moore: (accepts change) Makes the world go round.
Bobby Blane: What's that?
Bobby: Some people say 'love.'
Joe Well, they're right, too. It is love. Love of gold.
King of Id: Remember the Golden Rule.
Peasant: What's the Golden Rule, sire?
Another peasant: Whoever has the gold makes the rules.
— The Wizard of Id
"See, if he was poor, we'd call him crazy. But since he was rich, we just called him sir."
— Earl about Chubby Sr., My Name Is Earl
Strannix: What are you gonna do when you get two hundred million dollars in the bank?
Commander Krill: Buy the presidency!
"Its just money; its made up. Pieces of paper with pictures on it so we don't have to kill each other just to get something to eat. It's not wrong. And it's certainly no different today than its ever been. 1637, 1797, 1819, 37, '57, '84, 1901, '07, '29, 1937, 1974, 1987—Jesus, didn't that fuck up me up good—'92, '97, 2000 and whatever we want to call this. It's all just the same thing over and over; we can't help ourselves. And you and I can't control it, or stop it, or even slow it. Or even ever-so-slightly alter it. We just react. And we make a lot money if we get it right. And we get left by the side of the side of the road if we get it wrong. And there have always been and there always will be the same percentage of winners and losers. Happy foxes and sad sacks. Fat cats and starving dogs in this world. Yeah, there may be more of us today than there's ever been. But the percentages-they stay exactly the same."
—John Tuld, Margin Call
"There are many things you'll never understand. This is one of them. [Holding a stack of dollars while looking at Frank's drawn gun] You see, Frank, there are many kinds of weapons. And the only one that can stop that is this. Now, shall we get back to our little problem?"
— Morton, Once Upon a Time in the West
Helena: I'm quite happy to finish my time and pay my debt to society.
Peggy Peabody: Helena, for God's sake, pull yourself together. You're a Peabody.
Helena: What difference does that make?
Peggy Peabody: Peabodys don't have debts, darling. Not to anyone. And certainly not to society.
— The L Word, "Lady of the Lake"
"Your Holiness," said a Sentry quietly and respectfully, "A diplomat from the Scottish Empire requests an audience."
"Send him in, please," smiled Alferius, looking forward to this. The Scots had been mad enough to have their Cardinal vote against his predecessor, and then him! Now would come the grovelling, as their barely reconciled Empire desperately tried to keep clear of excommunication once more. Well, Alferius had plans for them, and he didn't think the Scots were going to like any of them. Now that he was Pope, there was no force short of God that could prevent him from having his own way, and HE was the one who decided what God "thought".
The doors closed behind the Scottish Diplomat as he entered, and Alferius recognised Gille Calline The Balleol, a well known and well liked Diplomat who had dined with and maintained good relationships with Pope Stephanus. What he didn't recognize was the fixed expression of determination on the Diplomat's face, or the large sack he carried with him. Gille strode purposefully across the length of the office to the massive desk behind which sat the Pope, cursing himself for not standing earlier and now placing himself in a weak looking position. But he needn't have bothered, the normally subtle and careful Gille was acting under Prince Edmund's orders today, and he was anything but subtle.
"Your Holiness," he grunted, upending the sack he held and pouring a massive pile of florins onto the desk, "You have no problem with the Scottish Empire."
And Alferius, well known for his rather "uncatholic" tastes, stared at the money for only a few seconds before saying, "I have no problem with the Scottish Empire."
Abbie Carmichael: The laws for the rich are different.
Jack McCoy: What laws for the rich?
"Fuck you! I shoot money!"
— Million Gunman, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
"Like they say, you can't be too rich, or too evil!"
— Bowser Koopa, Super Mario World
"Crime is for poor people. You don't have to rob a bank when you own it."
Gordon: Rich men don't go to jail.
Horatio Caine: You're not rich, Gordon. (arrests him)
—CSI: Miami, "Cross Jurisdictions"
Arthur: But you'd have to buy out the entire cabin. And the first class flight attendant...
Saito: I bought the airline.
[Everyone looks at Saito incredulously]
Saito: (awkward) It seemed neater.
"No! I never lose! I'm too rich to lose!"
— Remy Buxaplenty, The Fairly Oddparents storybook "Scout's Honor"
"Whose peace do the Goldcloaks enforce when the Hand proclaims one king and the Queen other? [Laughs] The man who pays them."
"You and I both know the real power in this world ain't magic - it's MONEY! Buckets of it."
—Doctor Facilier, The Princess and the Frog
"Ian rolled his eyes. Laws were for poor people."
— Operation Trinity, The 39 Clues
Those of you I haven’t been in contact with, please hear me out. I’m paying twice what Calvert is for a year’s salary, and I’m paying it all upfront. Look to the other team captains if you don’t believe me. Fish, Minor, Richards, Meck, I’ve talked to them, and they’ve agreed.
Ward: What are your powers?
Augustus St. Cloud: I have an inordinate amount, of money.
—The Venture Bros., "What Color Is Your Cleansuit?"
Mr Hyde: I am no gentleman, no, but I have money.
"Objection! The jury will note that my client is a wealthy celebrity!"
"I'm famous! FUCK YOU! I can do whatever I want! Those are the rules, civilian!"
— Peter Dreyfuss, Grand Theft Auto V
"The thing is that where I'm from, laws favored the rich and business savvy. The Corporate Dispute Zone don't favor the lower class that much."
—Kaitlyn, We Are Our Avatars
"What power has the law where only money rules?"
"There is no wall that is high enough to stop a horse with a cart filled with gold."
— Philip II of Macedon
"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance."
“The rich will strive to establish their dominion and enslave the rest. They always did. They always will… They will have the same effect here as elsewhere, if we do not, by [the power of] government, keep them in their proper spheres.”
—Gouverneur Morris, co-author of the U.S. Constitution in 1787
"The only problem with capitalism is the capitalists.”
"Mankind is divided into rich and poor, into property owners and exploited; and to abstract oneself from this fundamental division... means abstracting oneself from fundamental facts."
"The rich people are those who create wealth, and you have to treat them well so they continue to give wealth."
—Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, May 1988 speech
"Money is now a Great Wall of China separating American rich from poor, a division beginning to seem as eternal the Great Wall itself."
—Gore Vidal, Point to Point Navigation
"The only difference between Al Gore and George W. Bush is the velocity with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock."
—Ralph Nader on the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election
“According to the Supreme Court, money is now speech and corporations are now people. But when real people without money assemble to express their dissatisfaction with the political consequences of this, they’re treated as public nuisances and evicted.”
— Robert Reich, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor
"...if you had a truly capitalistic society, everything would be a commodity, including freedom. Well, since the U.S. is toward that end of spectrum, it means there's an awful lot of freedom around if you can afford it. So if you're a black organizer in the ghetto, you don't have much of it, and you're in trouble... But if you're a white professional like me, you can buy a lot of freedom."
"Unlike what neo-liberals say, market and democracy clash at a fundamental level. Democracy runs on the principle of ‘one man (one person), one vote’. The market runs on the principle of ‘one dollar, one vote’."
—Ha-Joon Chang, Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism
“Organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.”
"They say money doesn't buy happiness. That phrase should end with 'just kidding'."
"His 'signature spontaneous style' sometimes causes him to whip his dick out and request that the model get naked without warning. That's not Uncle Terry, just being typical Uncle Terry...If Richardson, a multi-millionaire, very successful, established fashion photographer says 'Maybe you should take your top off,' a 19-year-old, inexperienced model who's afraid of losing work will probably feel implied pressure to comply — something Richardson has to be aware of."
—Jezebel on photographer Terry Richardson
"You may have noticed that his apology was longer than four words and rightly suspected that he'd stolen it. He'd stolen it from Yahoo Answers... He followed this up with a sequence of Twitter apologies, all stolen from different sources... Some sites have discussed the meaning of this as if it was anything other than Shia unzipping his fly and urinating over everyone who ever made the mistake of paying attention to him. This is nothing but a rich man mocking the very idea of consequence. This soared into world-altering dickery when he hired Hollywood skywriters to scrawl another apology across the firmament. He would rather pay skywriters than his movie writer. He turned the heavens themselves into a fuck you."