Money and work
Trollope believed in being rewarded for work, and considered that it is money that drives civilisation.
There are men who love work, who revel in that, who attack it daily with renewed energy, almost wallowing in it, greedy of work, who go to it almost as the drunkard goes to his bottle, or the gambler to his gaming-table. These are not unhappy men, though they are perhaps apt to make those around them unhappy.
The more a man earns the more useful he is to his fellow-men.
So debt had come upon them, and rude men pressed for small sums of money - for sums small to the world, but impossibly large to them.
'It is for you,' said he, 'to think whether our names on your title-page are not worth more to you than the increased payment.' This seemed to me to savour of that high-flown doctrine of the contempt of money which I have never admired. I did think much of Messrs. Longman's name, but I liked it best at the bottom of a cheque.
Oh the City, the weary City, where men go daily to look for money, but find none.
There are faces which, in their usual form, seem to bluster with prosperity.
There is hardly a pleasure in life equal to that of laying out money with a conviction that it will come back again. The conviction, alas, is so often ill founded, but the pleasure is the same.
The man who is insensible to the power money brings with it must be a dolt.
If honest men did not squabble for money, in this wicked world of ours, the dishonest men would get it all; and I do not see that the cause of virtue would be much improved.
Competition, that beautiful science of the present day, by which every plodding cart-horse is converted into a racer.
Very grand; but the young trees show the new man. A new man may buy a forest; but he can't get park trees.
A man cannot leave his work for ever without some touch of melancholy.
It is the nature of man to appreciate his own work.
There is no vulgar error so vulgar, - that is to say, common or erroneous, as that by which men have been taught to say that mercenary tendencies are bad. A desire for wealth is the source of all progress. Civlization comes from what men call greed.