Thoughts on currency

Published: Dec 3, 2016


It’s amazing: The moment you show cash, everyone knows your language.
—Aravind Adiga

Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, I will go to the mountain of myrrh and to the hill of frankincense.
—Song of Solomon 4:6

The meek shall inherit the earth, but not the mineral rights.
—J Paul Getty

The people of Nebraska are for free silver and I am for free silver. I will look up the arguments later.
—William Jennings Bryan


Gold conjures up a mist about a man, more destructive of all his old senses and lulling to his feelings than the fumes of charcoal.
—Charles Dickens

Underpinning the value of gold is that if all else fails, you can use it to make pretty things.
—Brad Delong


One of the most fascinating things about bitcoin is that it entrances financial conspiracy theorists, clear-eyed pragmatists and die-hard sceptics alike.
—Nathaniel Popper

The people recognise themselves in their commodities.
—Herbert Marcuse


The US government has a technology called a printing press... that allows it to produce as many US dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost.
—Ben Bernanke

Using bitcoin is an effete act of rebellion, like wearing a hoodie or getting a tattoo that’s well-covered by your work clothes.
—W Ben Hunt


Paper is poverty. It is only the ghost of money, and not money itself.
—Thomas Jefferson


If the price of gold keeps climbing, maybe we ought to think about selling our pile of this sterile stuff.
—Malcolm Forbes

(This story appears in the 09 December, 2016 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from To visit our Archives, click here.)

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