„Let some people get rich first.“
"Nanxun" (Southern Tour) of 1992. Quoted in The Economist http://www.economist.com/node/639652 (31 May 2001). A summarization of several quotations from Deng Xiaoping, known in Chinese as, "让一部分人先富起来", News of the Communist Party of China http://cpc.people.com.cn/GB/34136/2569304.html World Development Report 2009 https://books.google.com/books?id=ZkDE5CxAqHcC&pg=PA73&lpg=PA73&dq=%22some+areas+must+get+rich+before+others%22&source=bl&ots=ezli3nfD8W&sig=ACfU3U2wto-q9C3waDTgnGgB2xLgodbruA&hl=en&sa=X The Nanxun Legacy and China's Development in the Post-Deng Era https://books.google.com/books?id=jDJqDQAAQBAJ&pg=PA202&dq=%22to+get+rich+first%22&hl=en&sa=X.
Misattributed or apocryphal
„Revolution: Political movement which gets many people´s hopes up, let´s even more people down, makes almost everybody uncomfortable, and a few, extraordinarily rich. It is widely held in high regard.“
— Adolfo Bioy Casares Argentine novelist 1914 - 1999
"Revolución: Movimiento político que ilusiona a muchos, desiluciona a más, incomoda a casi todos y enriquece extraordinariamente a unos pocos. Goza de firme prestigio."
Descanso de caminantes, 2001.
„Most rich people get rich by taking what they want without paying for it. It’s the way of the world.“
— John Brunner, libro The Tides of Time
Fuente: The Tides of Time (1984), Chapter 5 (p. 83)
„Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don't let yourself believe it will happen to you.“
— Muhammad Ali African American boxer, philanthropist and activist 1942 - 2016
„I always like to say to people who want to be rich and famous, try being rich first. See if that doesn't cover most of it.“
— Bill Murray American actor and comedian 1950
'I know how to be sour'
„Good people get hurt—bad people get ahead, get rich, get your girl. Good doesn’t triumph over evil. So, do I believe in God?
He doesn’t believe in me.“
— Malcolm Azania, libro The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad
Fuente: The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad (2004), Chapter 56 “At Last, the Box, Explained” (p. 319)
— Alastair Reynolds, Zima Blue
Zima Blue (p. 403)
Short fiction, Zima Blue and Other Stories (2006)
„There are two types of poor people, those who are poor together and those who are poor alone. The first are the true poor, the others are rich people out of luck.“
— Jean Paul Sartre, libro The Devil and the Good Lord
Act 4, sc. 5
The Devil and the Good Lord (1951)
„Saigon is like all the other great modern cities of the world. It's the mess left from people getting rich.“
— P. J. O'Rourke American journalist 1947
All the Trouble in the World (1994)
„Medicaid is a study in contradiction. Thanks to it, America's neediest get health care paid for by taxpayers. Often they get better health care than taxpayers can afford for themselves. The program is both 'free' and break-the-bank expensive. It lets poor people look rich and rich people look poor, and it rewards lawyers and druggists with real wealth. Medicaid works so well it's going broke.“
— Joe Barton United States congressional representative from Texas 1949
[Save Medicaid from itself, The Washington Times, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2005/oct/30/20051030-100351-6365r/?page=all]
„The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first and love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.“
— Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
Letter to S. Stanwood Menken, chairman, committee on Congress of Constructive Patriotism (January 10, 1917). Roosevelt’s sister, Mrs. Douglas Robinson, read the letter to a national meeting, January 26, 1917. Reported in Proceedings of the Congress of Constructive Patriotism, Washington, D.C., January 25–27, 1917 (1917), p. 172
Contexto: Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood—the virtues that made America. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
— Louisa May Alcott, libro Mujercitas
Fuente: Little Women
— Jenny Han, libro Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Fuente: Always and Forever, Lara Jean
„People who are rich want to be richer, but what's the difference? You can't take it with you. The toys get different, that's all. The rich guys buy a football team, the poor guys buy a football. It's all relative.“
— Martina Navrátilová American-Czech tennis player 1956
Martina (Alfred A. Knopf, 1985), p. 210.
„Some Argentines, without means, do it,
People say, in Boston, even beans do it.
Let's do it, let's fall in love.“
— Cole Porter American composer and songwriter 1891 - 1964
"Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love" (there have been many variant renditions of this song by various artists).
„If you haven’t already noticed, all my books are about a lonely person looking for some way to connect with other people.
In a way, that is the opposite of the American Dream: to get so rich you can rise above the rabble, all those people on the freeway or, worse, the bus.“
— Chuck Palahniuk American novelist, essayist 1962
Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories (2004)