money can’t buy happiness

A recurrent theme in invectives against materialism down the ages, but this formulation of it appears to be comparatively recent.

1856 G. C. BALDWIN Representative Women 215 Gold cannot buy happiness, and parents who compel their daughters to marry for money, or station, commit a grievous sin against humanity and God.

1873 E. KELLOGG Arthur Brown vii. 118 ‘I had rather have friends who love me for my own sake..than all the money in the world.’ ‘Money won’t buy happiness, Walter.’

1984 ANON. in R. Byrne Other 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said (1985) I. no. 220 Whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop.

2002 Washington Post 19 June C15 (Blondie comic strip) ‘Bumstead, your problem is that you worry too much about money. Money can’t buy happiness, you know.’ ‘Has it bought you happiness, boss?’ ‘Yeah, but that’s just me!’

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