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"If you're begging for your life, why don't you ask your money to save you?!"
Kenshin to Kanryu, Rurouni Kenshin

"Do you know what money can't buy, Kanryu? It's what you're begging for right now. Your life."
Kenshin to Kanryu, Rurouni Kenshin, live-action version.

Bane: (to an underling) Leave us.
Daggett: No! You stay here. I'm in charge!
(Bane gently places a heavy hand on Daggett's shoulder)
Bane: Do you feel in charge?
Daggett: (slowly realizing just how thoroughly screwed he actually is) ...I paid you a small fortune.
Bane: (disapprovingly) And this gives you power over me?
Daggett: (scared) What is this?
Bane: Your money and infrastructure have been important. Till now.

"Fools look at the Westerlands and see gold. Fools see our wealth and call it strength. Gold is just another rock. The Westerlands are strong because of House Lannister. From strong leadership comes unity; from unity comes power."
Tywin Lannister, Game of Thrones

As you grew older, you realized that wealth, once it passes a certain point, becomes irrelevant - a mere tool with which to acquire other tools. The real currency of the world is reputation and credibility.
Character Assassin, Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Assamite (Revised)

When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will man realize that he cannot eat money.
Native American proverb (supposedly)

Lamar: (about Devin Weston) That dude real shady.
Trevor: Oh, he's repulsive, but, well, once he's paid us, he can be whatever we want him to be.
Lamar: What you want him to be?
Trevor: I want him to be someone who understands that all the money in the world can't save him from a nasty guy who thinks he's an asshole.
Grand Theft Auto V, "Pack Man"

Old moneybags was looking to harvest occult energy and infuse it into himself. The kind of power he was after would usually require years - even lifetimes - of secluded study. Oh, and a little something called talent. Winter thought he could bypass all that with cash. Lots of it. I'm all for pay-to-win, but at some point you need to cut your losses. Occult powers are like strings on the President - you either wield them or you don't.
Kirsten Geary on Nathaniel Winter, The Secret World

Making money is all well and good, but it's ultimately a form of myopia. The secret is not found in how much money a person makes, but in what that money represents.
Mage: The Ascension - Convention Book: Syndicate

Red Mage: The world will end in less than 24 hours, Thief. Who cares about money?
Thief: I don't know what you guys have in mind, but I'm going to stay rich and opulent in the end times.
Red Mage: Are you joking?
Black Mage: Day-to-day survival will be the only thing anyone cares about. Money wouldn't be worth the act of picking it up.
Red Mage: A dirt farmer with a plow would be the richest man in the world because he could make the food.
Thief: Wealth that belongs to those who make it? Great elf in the sky... We must stop this horrible future no matter the cost! So long as said cost remains on the backs of the poor.

"Respect is the ultimate coin. What's the point of being rich if you can't look at yourself in the mirror?"
Dalton Russell, Inside Man

"All you care about is money. This town deserves a better class of criminal, and I'm gonna give it to 'em."

"The Borg is the ultimate user. They're unlike any threat your Federation has ever faced. They're not interested in political conquest, wealth, or power as you know it. They're simply interested in your ship, its technology. They've identified it as something they can consume."

Dr. Sivana: What sin best befits you, father?
Mr. Sivana: I'll give you anything. Money. The company? You want the company?
Dr. Sivana: There it is: greed. Do you honestly think all this...material you've accumulated amounts to actual power?


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