"Money for me has only one sound: liberty."
Gabrielle Chanel
[Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel] (1883-1971) French fashion designer, founder of the fashion brand Chanel
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 -- Anonymous      
 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
The response to this quote is likely to be directly proportional to how much money any reader has.
 -- Anonymous     
    Well of COURSE, "Anonymous" has to say that, but he/she hasn't the guts to tell us his/her name. The reason I don't like this quote is that it offends people who don't have a lot of money in order to say the same thing. Money controls our very living and how we spend it or use it is what we reap from it. If we don't have what the next door neighbor has, then we get jealous because the neighbor has more money, hence, money seizes our very thoughts.
     -- De, Coventry     
     -- Anonymous      
     -- Anonymous      
     -- philippe, paris     
    what does liberty meen?
     -- wotcha!, whoville     
    It's why I get up and do my best to achieve excellence every day. Try buying a plane ticket to vist the Louvre with "good intentions." And De? Maybe YOU get jealous of what your neighbor has, personally I admire the neighbor who has achieved more than I. He sets a good example.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    One should not assume that realizing that money is not liberty means that the speaker does not have money... such assumptions just reinforce the same (invalid) assumption. The two are indeed separable, and that is a higher goal than just becoming a money grubber... respect those who are happy and doing good in the world, be they rich in money or not.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US     
    The ability to measure the achievement of excellence by way of wealth accumulated is not necessarily "money grubbing" Reston. In fact its the "Hillary" school of thinking that would label it so.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    It's said that the love of money is the root of all evil, perhaps, but the LACK of money runs a close second.
     -- jim k, Austin     
    Money is a tool, use it or lose it. It is property and property is the fruit of all our labors.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    The accumulation of wealth is the accumulation of future self-determination. That is why the progressive "elite" want to take our wealth from us: they want to determine the future of the benighted class. It's easy to control people who have to grovel in squalor, begging for a few crumbs.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    You can bet that there is a lot more to this story. Imagine a woman in a man's world making the impact she did in the early 1900s. Chanel is an inspiration and indeed she knows liberty. Only a person who expects a government to feed and clothe him would curse money. Money isn't greed -- greed is greed. To curse money is to curse liberty -- I don't understand how that is misunderstood? I think it is just plain jealousy and a victim-consciousness.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Ken, Archer, Cal, Jim....like the way you think! :) Vote them all out in 2010
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
     -- Areeb Tariq, Pakistan      
    Liberty is: “The power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, except from the laws of nature.” (Bouvier’s Law Dictionary) Liberty is the “exemption from extraneous control.  The power of the will, in its moral freedom, to follow the dictates of its unrestricted choice, and to direct the external acts of the individual without restraint, coercion, or control from other persons.  Liberty is the right which nature gives to all mankind of disposing of their persons and property after the manner they judge most consistent with their happiness, on condition of their acting within the limits of the law of nature, and so as not to interfere with an equal exercise of the same rights by other men.” (Black’s Law Dictionary 1st ed.). Clarifying original fact, natural law intent, and de jure jurisprudence: “Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.” (Thomas Jefferson) “The Natural Liberty of Man is to be free from any Superior Power on Earth, and not to be under the Will or Legislative Authority of Man, but to have only the Law of Nature for his Rule.” (John Locke - second most quoted source for creation of the Constitution) “Personal liberty, or the Right to enjoyment of life and liberty, is one of the fundamental or natural Rights, which has been protected by its inclusion as a guarantee in the various constitutions, which is not derived from, or dependent on, the U.S. Constitution, which may not be submitted to a vote and may not depend on the outcome of an election. It is one of the most sacred and valuable Rights, as sacred as the Right to private property ⋯ and is regarded as inalienable.” (16 C.J.S., Constitutional Law, Sect.202, p.987). Liberty, under “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” (Declaration of Independence) – natural law, is the state of exercising all inalienable rights. “All men are created equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; among which are the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing the obtaining of happiness and safety.” (George Mason)

    The term or concept: "money", appears no where in the definition of liberty.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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