I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
The banking collapse was caused, more than anything, by bad government policy and the total failure of bad regulation, rather than by greed.
Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws.
Mayer Amschel Rothschild
It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.
What is robbing a bank compared to founding one?
Drive-in banks were established so most of the cars today could see their real owners.
E Joseph Cossman
I hesitate to deposit money in a bank. I am afraid I shall never dare to take it out again. When you go to confession and entrust your sins to the safe-keeping of the priest, do you ever come back for them?
I saw a bank that said ‘24 Hour Banking’, but I don’t have that much time.
When you need to borrow money the Mob seems like a better deal I think. ‘You don’t pay me back I break both yer legs.’ Is that all? You won’t take my house or wreck my credit rating? Fine where do I sign? Legs? Fine. You don’t even have to sign anything.
If you owe your bank a hundred pounds, you have a problem. But if you owe a million, it has.
John Maynard Keynes
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(This story appears in the 09 August, 2013 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)