Weekend Words: Cash

Quentin Massys, “The Moneylender and his Wife” (1514), oil on panel, 71 x 68 cm, Musée du Louvre, Paris (image via Web Gallery of Art)

This week the Guardian reported that a Dutch man who received brain implants to treat “a severe form of obsessive compulsive disorder” has developed “a sudden and powerful love for the music of Johnny Cash.”

The article cites Dr. Ali Rezai, “a neurosurgeon who routinely performs deep brain stimulation implants,” who believes that the patient, whose favorite Cash songs are “Fulsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire,” and “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” “may always have had the potential to be a Johnny Cash fan, but that it was a predilection that could only emerge when his disorder was being suppressed.”

“’I don’t know why he had a particular predilection for Johnny Cash,’ he added. ‘Maybe it has a certain rhythm.’”

“If it were not for the intellectual snobs who pay — in solid cash — the tribute which philistinism owes to culture, the arts would perish with their starving practitioners. Let us thank heaven for hypocrisy.”

—Aldous Huxley

“Nothing knits man to man, the Manchester School wisely taught, like the frequent passage from hand to hand of cash.”

—Walter Sickert, “The Language of Art”

“Divorce is the one human tragedy that reduces everything to cash.”

—Rita Mae Brown

“Don’t worry about your physical shortcomings. I am no Greek god. Don’t get too much sleep and don ‘t tell anybody your troubles. Appearances count: Get a sun lamp to keep you looking as though you have just come back from somewhere expensive: maintain an elegant address even if you have to live in the attic. Never nickel when short of cash. Borrow big, but always repay promptly.”

—Aristotle Onassis

“All social rules and all relations between individuals are eroded by a cash economy, avarice drags Pluto himself out of the bowels of the earth.”

—Karl Marx

“Fame is only good for one thing – they will cash your check in a small town.”

—Truman Capote

“From birth to 18 a girl needs good parents. From 18 to 35, she needs good looks. From 35 to 55, good personality. From 55 on, she needs good cash. I’m saving my money.”

—Sophie Tucker

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