“Nature revealed a wondrous sense of justice when she admitted money into the world merely as a limited legal tender. All the greatest things in life, those of mind, heart and soul, she put safely beyond the power of money to buy. Money, in its purchasing capacity, is restricted to the material things of life, those that appeal to the senses in some way, and to service, comfort, luxury and position. Just a little way beyond these is a clearly marked dead-line that money as a mere finality cannot cross.
Mere money can buy none of the eternal realities of life—all that makes living highest, truest and best. They are as far beyond its reach as the Polar Star. It cannot buy love, happiness, honour, truth, justice, faith, self-respect, hope, trust, friendship, loyalty, courage, genius—any of the fine manifestations of mind and heart and soul. When money enters the field of the intangible, it ceases to be legal tender for realities. It can buy only semblances, substitutes, imitations, never realities. In this field, it can buy only evils, never virtues. It is only in the market of the material things of this life that it can buy what it will.” ~ William George Jordan
The funny thing about money is that it is a perfectly healthy medium of exchange until it is put ahead of the things it cannot buy. I’ve heard many people say “money is the root of all evil,” but in so saying they are missing two important words from the original quote. The original quote did not say “money is the root of all evil”; it said that the “love of money is the root of all evil.”
There is a BIG difference between the two. Money, like any material thing in life, is not intrinsically bad or evil. What is done with it determines its value.