Not sure why it’s been so long since I posted a literary quote here, but let’s go with this one I just came across in Michael Dirda’s Bound to Please collection:
"It is a mistake to suppose that a man is a better man because he despises money. Few do so, and those few in doing so suffer a defect. Who does not desire to be hospitable to his friends, generous to the poor, liberal to all, munificent to his children, and to be himself free from the carking fears which poverty creates? The subject will not stand an argument; — and yet authors are told that they should disregard payment for their work, and be content to devote their unbought brains to the welfare of the public. Brains that are unbought will never serve the public much."
—Anthony Trollope, An Autobiography