But tell me how did gold get

But tell me:  how did gold get to be the highest value?  Because it is uncommon and useless and gleaming and gentle in its brilliance; it always gives itself.  Only as an image of the highest virtue did gold get to be the highest value.  The giver’s glance gleams like gold.  A golden brilliance concludes peace between the moon and the sun.  Uncommon is the highest virtue and useless, it is gleaming and gentle in its brilliance:  a gift-giving virtue is the highest virtue.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, On the Gift-Giving Virtue, 1883

I hire tea by the bag martin

I hire tea by the tea bag.  ~Martin Amis, on renting the essentials of life after breaking up with a lover, Money: A Suicide Note, Viking 85, quoted in Time 11 Mar 85, verified in bartleby.com (Thanks to bartleby.com for verifying the details of the source.)

Intaxication euphoria at getting a refund from

Intaxication:  Euphoria at getting a refund from the IRS, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.  ~From a Washington Post word contest reader submission word contest in which readers were asked to alter a word by adding, subtracting or changing one letter, and supply a new definition

This planet has or rather had

This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this:  most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time.  Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.  ~Douglas Adams