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Entry from December 01, 2022
“Money can’t buy you happiness, but poverty can’t buy you anything”

A proverbial saying is that “money can’t buy happiness.” “Money can’t buy happiness, but poverty can’t buy anything” is a saying that has been printed on many images. “Money can’t buy you happiness, but poverty can’t buy you anything” has also been printed on many images.

“Money can’t buy happiness, but neither can poverty” is another form of the saying, frequently credited to American humorist Leo Rosten (1908-1997), that has also been printed on many images. “There is no greater crime than to waste an excess foolishly when others are in need for as Shaw said ‘money can’t buy happiness but then neither can poverty’” was printed in the San Antonio (TX) Express and News on July 24, 1960. “Mannie Manheim says money can’t buy happiness, but neither can poverty” was printed in the Citizen-News (Los Angeles, CA) on June 9, 1964. “Money can’t buy happiness but neither can poverty” was printed in the Doug Larson column in the Green Bay (WI) Press-Gazette on December 4, 1974. “Money can’t buy happiness, but neither can poverty. - Leo Rosten” was posted on the newsgroup dk.videnskab.jura on August 28, 2006. It’s probable that Hollywood writer Mannie Manheim --not Leo Rosten (who also wrote for Hollywood)—popularized the saying.

“But if money doesn’t buy happiness, neither does poverty” was printed in the Miami (FL) Herald on January 24, 1986. “According to Bennett: ‘Money doesn’t buy happiness, but neither does poverty’” was printed in the book Human Resource Management in High Technology Firms (1987) by Archie Kleingartner and Carolyn S. Anderson. “I like a one-liner used by the late comedian Redd Foxx: ‘Money doesn’t buy happiness, but neither does poverty’” was printed in Knight Ridder Tribune Business News (Washington, DC) on July 5, 2005. “Money doesn’t buy happiness but neither does poverty” was posted on Reddit—Showerthoughts on July 15, 2018. 

“Maybe money can’t buy happiness...but poverty can’t buy anything” was printed in the Wheat Center News (Dutton, MT) on April 19, 1979. “Perhaps the answer lies in humorist Sheldon Arbuckle’s insight: ‘Money may not buy happiness, but poverty can’t buy anything’” was printed in the book A Practical Guide for Advanced Writers in English as a Second Language (1984) by Paul Munsell and Martha Clough. “Money can’t buy happiness. Poverty can’t buy anything “ was printed in the Doug Larson column in Green Bay (WI) Press-Gazette on November 27, 1986. “Money can’t buy happiness, but poverty can’t buy ANYTHING” was posted on the newsgroup alt.romance.chat on February 8, 1994.

“Money can’t buy you happiness, but poverty can’t buy you anything” was posted on the newsgroup linux.debian.devel on June 11, 2005. “Money can’t buy you happiness, but poverty can’t buy you anything. - Timur Sahin” was posted on Twitter by YerMom on July 16, 2009. “Money can’t buy you happiness, but poverty can’t buy you anything” was posted on Reddit—Oneliners on December 1, 2022.

“Money cannot buy you happiness, but poverty can buy you misery” was printed in the Winnipeg (Manitoba) Sun on November 24, 2004. “So money can’t buy you happiness but poverty can buy you misery” was posted on Twitter by Joshua Bye on May 24, 2010. “It is true, as the saying goes, that money can’t buy you happiness. But poverty can buy you misery” was printed in the book Abundance: The Inner Path to Wealth (2022) by Deepak Chopra.

“Money cant by you happiness but poverty will buy you nothing...just a thought” was posted on Twitter by Janessa 🌱 on May 25, 2012. “Money can’t buy happiness but Poverty will buy you nothing” was posted on Twitter by Naija on November 28, 2022.


Newspapers.com
24 July 1960, San Antonio (TX) Express and News, “If I Had a Million Dollars?”, pg. 5-F, cols. 4-5:
“There is no greater crime than to waste an excess foolishly when others are in need for as Shaw said ‘money can’t buy happiness but then neither can poverty.’”
(Spoken by George Ellis.—ed.)

Newspapers.com
9 June 1964, Citizen-News (Los Angeles, CA), “Gossipel Truth For Hollywood” by Sidney Skolsky, pg. A-10, col. 7:
Mannie Manheim says money can’t buy happiness, but neither can poverty.

Newspapers.com
4 December 1974, Green Bay (WI) Press-Gazette, “Doug’s Dugout: Disconnected Thoughts About Almost Anything” by Doug Larson, pg. A-5, col. 1:
Money can’t buy happiness but neither can poverty.

Newspapers.com
19 April 1979, Wheat Center News (Dutton, MT), “Walt’s Little Bit of Wit,” pg. 8, col. 1 ad:
Maybe money can’t buy happiness...but poverty can’t buy anything.
(Walt & Marge Means’ Frontier Inn.—ed.)

Newspapers.com
7 April 1980, Corpus Christi (TX) Times, “Around the City” by Eleanor Mortenson, pg. 3A, col. 1:
Contributed by a reader:
“The only things money can’t buy are happiness and poverty.”

Google Books
Beating Men at Their Own Game:
A Woman’s Guide to Successful

By Richard Hobart Buskirk and ‎Beverly Miles
New York, NY: McGraw-Hill
1981
Pg. 103:
People are fond of saying that money can’t buy happiness, but poverty doesn’t buy much either.

Newspapers.com
24 January 1981, Anniston (AL) Star, “Brainchild” by D. Morgan McVicar, pg. 1C, col. 3:
‘Money can’t buy happiness, but poverty sure can’t.’

Newspapers.com
17 June 1982, Philadelphia (PA) Daily News, “Higher Aspirations” by Larry Fields, pg. 53, col. 2:
Big Daddy Graham, who will be featured weekends at The Comedy Factory Outlet, points out that while money can’t buy you happiness, poverty can’t buy you a damned thing.

Newspapers.com
27 December 1982, Green Bay (WI) Press-Gazette, Doug Larson column, pg. A-15, col. 5:
Money can’t buy happiness, but neither can poverty.

Google Books
A Practical Guide for Advanced Writers in English as a Second Language
By Paul Munsell and Martha Clough
New York, NY: Collier Macmillan
1984
Pg. 119:
Perhaps the answer lies in humorist Sheldon Arbuckle’s insight: “Money may not buy happiness, but poverty can’t buy anything.”

Newspapers.com
24 January 1986, Miami (FL) Herald, Bill Braucher column, pg. 1BR, col. 1:
But if money doesn’t buy happiness, neither does poverty. Being broke doesn’t bring you a good night’s sleep. So it all depends on how one looks at it.—Ira Sandler, Lauderhill.

Newspapers.com
14 September 1986, The News-Leader (Springfield, MO), “The home museum of modern art” by Al Carlson, pg. 1G, col. 3:
Another poster greets Taylor with the message: “Money can’t buy happiness, but neither can poverty.”

Newspapers.com
27 November 1986, Green Bay (WI) Press-Gazette, Doug Larson column, pg. B-15, col. 5:
Money can’t buy happiness. Poverty can’t buy anything.

Google Books
Human Resource Management in High Technology Firms
By Archie Kleingartner and Carolyn S. Anderson
Lexington, MA: Lexington Books
1987
Pg. 98:
According to Bennett: “Money doesn’t buy happiness, but neither does poverty.”

Google Groups: sci.space
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Henry Spencer
Mar 9, 1992, 12:07:12 PM
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“Money can’t buy happiness, but poverty guarantees misery.”

Google Groups: alt.romance.chat
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Jason in the Hood
Feb 8, 1994, 11:59:06 AM
Heather Loresch (Primary TBE Zone) writes:
(...)
> Money can’t buy happiness, but poverty can’t buy ANYTHING.

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Ted Rohling
Jul 17, 1995, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
: Money can’t buy happiness; but neither can poverty.

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Adam Cooper
Jan 27, 1998, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
“Money can’t buy happiness, but poverty can’t buy anything.”

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Tekhne
Aug 3, 2000, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
Money can’t buy happiness, but poverty can’t buy ANYTHING.

Newspapers.com
24 November 2004, Winnipeg (Manitoba) Sun, “Words to love by,” pg. 27, col. 4:
Money cannot buy you happiness,
but poverty can buy you misery.

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Money can’t buy you happiness, but poverty can’t buy you anything.

5 July 2005, Knight Ridder Tribune Business News (Washington, DC), “Financial happiness an ever-changing concept” by Homer Brickey:
I like a one-liner used by the late comedian Redd Foxx: “Money doesn’t buy happiness, but neither does poverty.”

Google Groups: dk.videnskab.jura
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Henrik Stidsen
Aug 28, 2006, 4:39:48 PM
(...)
Money can’t buy happiness, but neither can poverty.
- Leo Rosten

9 September 2006, The Press (Christchurch, New Zealand), “Quote Unquote,” pg. B7:
“Money can’t buy happiness, but neither can poverty.”—Leo Rosten.

Twitter
The Quotations Page
@quotations
“Money can’t buy happiness, but neither can poverty.” - Leo Rosten http://tqpage.com/38644
2:00 PM · Apr 8, 2007

Twitter
Dying_Dalila
@Dying_Dalila
sure money can’t buy happiness buy poverty can’t buy you anything!
4:37 PM · Jul 15, 2008

Twitter
YerMom
@YerMom42
Money can’t buy you happiness, but poverty can’t buy you anything. - Timur Sahin #Hive
1:18 AM · Jul 16, 2009

Twitter
Richard Margolin
@RoboKindRichard
Money can’t buy you happiness but poverty can’t buy you anything.
12:46 AM · Nov 10, 2009

Twitter
Joshua Bye
@ByeJoshua
Up to $60,000 money and happiness correlate, but not over that point. So money can’t buy you happiness but poverty can buy you misery.
1:00 AM · May 24, 2010

13 June 2011, USA Today (McLean, VA), “College grads, leverage online tools in your job search,” pg. A1:
Be self-reliant

As you know, the days are gone when you would work for one company for 30 years, retire, get a gold watch and a pension for life. As a 50-year-old father with two college grads, ages 26 and 24, here’s the advice I give to them: Go for the money. Money can’t buy you happiness, but poverty can’t buy you anything.
(...)
Scott Lara
Jacksonville

Twitter
Janessa 🌱
@jriana__
Money cant by you happiness but poverty will buy you nothing...just a thought
9:41 AM · May 25, 2012

Twitter
Janni
@janni_chh
Money can’t buy you happiness, but poverty can’t buy you anything.
Timur Sahin
12:08 AM · Apr 1, 2014

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/ZEBO1234 July 15, 2018
Money doesn’t buy happiness but neither does poverty.

Reddit—Quotes
Posted by u/savage-dragon January 5, 2019
Money can’t buy happiness, but poverty can’t buy anything.
Realest shit I’ve ever read in a long time.

Twitter
The Minimalists
@TheMinimalists
Money doesn’t buy happiness. But neither does poverty.
1:02 PM · Oct 10, 2019

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/L_Prion December 27, 2019
Money can’t buy happiness but poverty can’t buy anything.

Google Books
Money Can’t Buy Happiness But Poverty Can’t Buy Anything
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Twitter
Sledgren
@Sledgren
Money can’t buy happiness and poverty can’t buy anything
7:06 AM · Feb 7, 2020

Twitter
#TUNDEOFALLTRADES
@melotreaah
Money can’t buy happiness and poverty can buy nothing.
1:04 AM · Jan 4, 2021

Twitter
Jordan Belfort
@wolfofwallst
Money can’t buy happiness but poverty can’t buy anything. #mondaythoughts
2:35 PM · Apr 19, 2021

Google Books
Abundance:
The Inner Path to Wealth

By Deepak Chopra, M.D.
New York, NY: Harmony Books
2022
Pg. ?:
It is true, as the saying goes, that money can’t buy you happiness. But poverty can buy you misery.

Twitter
Peter Obi’s sidechick 🥰❤️💃
@Chiceeeyyyy
Replying to @JJExclusive1
Money cannot buy happiness buh poverty will buy you nothing..not even peace of mind
3:11 PM · May 29, 2022

Twitter
Naija
@Naija_PR
Money can’t buy happiness but Poverty will buy you nothing
7:35 PM · Nov 28, 2022

Reddit—Oneliners
Posted by u/muratzel December 1, 2022
Money can’t buy you happiness, but poverty can’t buy you anything.

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