Jonathan Swift on Advice vs. Dollars

Posted by admin on Sunday, February 17, 2013

Jonathan Swift Money Quotation saying we have more interest in cash above advice that could do more long term good, and that somehow we believe dollars are better. Jonathan Swift said:
 
No man will take counsel, but every man will take money. Therefore, money is better than counsel Quote
 

“No man will take counsel, but every man will take money. Therefore, money is better than counsel” — Jonathan Swift

 

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In this quote, Jonathan Swift seems to be commenting cynically on human nature and decision making. He suggests that while people may not listen to or heed good advice (“no man will take counsel”), they will readily accept money in exchange for things or favors (“every man will take money”). Therefore, according to Swift, money has more influence and power over people than wise counsel or recommendations.

The quote implies that people are more motivated by financial gain than thoughtful, objective guidance. Swift appears to believe money can too often override rational consideration of alternatives, and that this prioritizing of money over advice can lead to poor decisions and outcomes.

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