Money and work

Trollope believed in being rewarded for work, and considered that it is money that drives civilisation.

  • In the Post Office it was my principle always to obey authority in everything instantly, but never to allow my mouth to be closed as to the expression of my opinion.

    An Autobiography

  • There is no human bliss equal to twelve hours of work with only six hours in which to do it.

    Orley Farm

  • 'It is for you,' said he, 'to think whether our names on your title-page are not worth more to you than the increased payment.' This seemed to me to savour of that high-flown doctrine of the contempt of money which I have never admired. I did think much of Messrs. Longman's name, but I liked it best at the bottom of a cheque.

    An Autobiography

  • Oh the City, the weary City, where men go daily to look for money, but find none.

    The Three Clerks

  • When we talk of sordid gain and filthy lucre, we are generally hypocrites


  • There is hardly a pleasure in life equal to that of laying out money with a conviction that it will come back again. The conviction, alas, is so often ill founded, but the pleasure is the same.

    Ralph The Heir

  • The man who is insensible to the power money brings with it must be a dolt.

    Lady Anna

  • If honest men did not squabble for money, in this wicked world of ours, the dishonest men would get it all; and I do not see that the cause of virtue would be much improved.

    Barchester Towers

  • Very grand; but the young trees show the new man. A new man may buy a forest; but he can't get park trees.

    Phineas Finn

  • He knew that work alone could preserve him from sinking - hard, constant, unflinching work, that one great cure for all our sorrow.

    The Bertrams

  • There are men who love work, who revel in that, who attack it daily with renewed energy, almost wallowing in it, greedy of work, who go to it almost as the drunkard goes to his bottle, or the gambler to his gaming-table. These are not unhappy men, though they are perhaps apt to make those around them unhappy.

    Ralph The Heir

  • Fraud and dishonesty had been the very principle of his life, and had so become a part of his blood and bones that even in this extremity of his misery he made no question within himself as to his right judgment in regard to them.

    The Way We Live Now

  • Of course he had committed forgery; - of course he had committed robbery. That, indeed, was nothing, for he had been cheating and forging and stealing all his life.

    The Way We Live Now

  • There is nothing so comfortable as money ... If a man have enough, let him spend it freely. If he wants it, let him earn it honestly. Let him do something for it, so that the man who pays it to him may get its value.

    The Duke's Children