The few who understand the system will either be so interested in its profits or be so dependent upon its favours that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system, will bear its burdens without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests.
- Unknown -
NOTE: often and wrongly attributed to a private communication from a Rothschild investment house in London to an associate banking firm in New York dated June 25, 1863
I know of nothing more despicable and pathetic than a man who devotes all the hours of the waking day to the making of money for money's sake.
- John D. Rockefeller -
as quoted in Money and Class in America (1988) by Lewis H. Lapham, note to Ch. 8.