Dorothy L. Sayers on Working for it

Posted by admin on Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dorothy L. Sayers Money Quotation saying we mean different things when we propose our money works for us. Dorothy L. Sayers said:
 
Every time a man expects, as he says, his money to work for him, he is expecting other people to work for him Quote
 

“Every time a man expects, as he says, his money to work for him, he is expecting other people to work for him” — Dorothy L. Sayers

 

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This quote from Dorothy L. Sayers suggests that the notion of moneyworking” for someone by accruing interest or returns actually means relying on the labor and efforts of others to generate that wealth.

The best interpretation is that Sayers believed passive income streams require active work being done by someone, whether employees, customers or other contributors in the chain of business.

When people expect to gain wealth simply by having money without working themselves, according to Sayers it implies exploiting the industry and productivity of other people.

The implication seems to be that true self-sufficiency requires one’s own work, while relying on returns from invested money entails indirectly benefiting from and living off the work of others. Sayers appears to be criticizing an attitude of expecting wealth creation without personal effort or contribution.

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