Not "Love of Money is the Root of Evil," please
February 8, 2010 10:44 AM   Subscribe

I want to give my husband a money clip for Valentine's day and am would love to have a sweet quote or phrase engraved on it, but I'm drawing a blank...

Can you help me think of any quotes, song lyrics, or snippets of poems that might be appropriate? I'd like for it to relate to love and money in some way, for example "Money can't buy me love" or "Even though we ain't got money, I'm so in love with you honey" but far less...cheesy. Any poet, writer, or musician is fair game, as long as the quote is nice. Our wedding rings are engraved inside with "we are for each other" from an e.e. cummings poem, and one wall of our bedroom has framed quotes from Kerouac, W.C. Williams, Haven Kimmel, The Magnetic Fields, and The Decemberists, among others, to give you an idea of what we like.

I'm not sure of a character limit, but let's assume there's not much room, so no long paragraphs or stanzas. Thanks!
posted by Bella Sebastian to Writing & Language (18 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
It doesn't have anything to do with money, but I've always been partial to that line from E. E. Cummings:
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)
posted by muddgirl at 10:47 AM on February 8, 2010 [2 favorites]

There is the Middle Kingdom Egyptian poem that says, more or less "With you I am happy, even without beer." Which might or might not be sweet, depending on your fondness for alcohol.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:48 AM on February 8, 2010 [2 favorites]

Do you have any in-jokes that make you both giggle fondly? Husband and myself engraved such an in-joke on our wedding bands - unique and means much more to us than a quote from someone else's emotional life.
posted by Billegible at 10:53 AM on February 8, 2010

I would get "But you shall shine more bright" or either the last line "You live in this, and dwell in lover's eyes" from Shakespeare's Sonnet 55

Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme;
But you shall shine more bright in these contents
Than unswept stone besmear'd with sluttish time.
When wasteful war shall statues overturn,
And broils root out the work of masonry,
Nor Mars his sword nor war's quick fire shall burn
The living record of your memory.
'Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
Even in the eyes of all posterity
That wear this world out to the ending doom.
So, till the judgment that yourself arise,
You live in this, and dwell in lover's eyes.

posted by Juicy Avenger at 10:55 AM on February 8, 2010

Best answer: How about:

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.
Audrey Hepburn

You know, instead of holding onto money?
posted by MustardTent at 10:57 AM on February 8, 2010

Best answer: ...for richer or poorer...
posted by 8dot3 at 10:57 AM on February 8, 2010 [2 favorites]

My dad used to pull out a wad of money from his pocket, shake it at me and say, "This is what it's all about!"

Kinda funny . . .
posted by Sassyfras at 11:22 AM on February 8, 2010

Best answer: "Dude, you are so money and you don't even know it!"
posted by tigrefacile at 11:24 AM on February 8, 2010 [2 favorites]

And maybe on a more serious note . . . how about ""tis better to give than to receive" or something along the lines of giving and being charitable?
posted by Sassyfras at 11:24 AM on February 8, 2010

Seconding the e.e cummings line that muddgirl suggested, have just written that in a valentines card!
posted by ellieBOA at 11:31 AM on February 8, 2010

"Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can."
- John Wesley
posted by ericc at 11:36 AM on February 8, 2010

Best answer: How about, "Love is the only gold"?(Alfred Lord Tennyson)
posted by LauraJ at 11:41 AM on February 8, 2010

GenjiandProust, can you link to or cite that poem? I can't find it (google shows me only your two AskMe comments about it!) and I'm intrigued. Thanks!
posted by headnsouth at 1:03 PM on February 8, 2010

Money goes, but love remains.

A couple more decent ones from this site:

"I don't care too much for money, for money can't buy me love." - The Beatles

"Money is usually attracted, not pursued." - Jim Rohn

"The art is not in making money, but in keeping it." - Proverb
posted by bearwife at 1:15 PM on February 8, 2010

"Only half of this is yours."
posted by Brian Puccio at 4:14 PM on February 8, 2010 [2 favorites]

Response by poster: Thanks, guys! Lots of good answers here, I marked my personal favorites. I ended up getting a small-ish clip with not much room, so I went with "for richer or poorer" in the end. Would have gone with "You're so money!" if I thought he would have known the reference.
posted by Bella Sebastian at 6:53 PM on February 8, 2010

"Can't buy me love"
posted by nosila at 8:08 PM on February 8, 2010

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