money (often) unmakes the men who make it
/mˈʌni ˈɔfən ʌnmˌeɪks ðə mˈɛn hˌuː mˈeɪk ɪt/
used to emphasize the negative impacts of wealth on an individual's character and values, as it can lead to greed, selfishness, and a loss of moral values
the nearer the church, the farther / further from God
/ðə nˈɪɹɚ ðə tʃˈɜːtʃ ðə fˈɑːɹðɚ fˈɜːðɚ fɹʌm ɡˈɑːd/
used to suggest that excessive focus on religious institutions or practices can lead to a loss of true spiritual connection or faith
the devil dances in empty pockets
/ðə dˈɛvəl dˈænsᵻz ɪn ˈɛmpti pˈɑːkɪts/
used to imply that financial distress or poverty can lead to desperation and immoral behavior
muck and money (often) go together
/mˈʌk ænd mˈʌni ˈɔfən ɡˌoʊ təɡˈɛðɚ/
used to suggest that financial success and wealth often come with a price, and that one may need to engage in unpleasant or unethical activities to achieve it
ill-gotten gains (shall) never prosper
/ˈɪlɡˈɑːʔn̩ ɡˈeɪnz ʃˌæl nˈɛvɚ pɹˈɑːspɚ/
used to emphasize that any wealth or success obtained through dishonest or unethical means is unlikely to last or bring true happiness
where there is muck there is brass
/wˌɛɹ ðɛɹ ɪz mˈʌk ðɛɹ ɪz bɹˈæs/
used to imply that there is often money to be made in unpleasant or undesirable tasks or situations
a bribe will enter without knocking
/ɐ bɹˈaɪb wɪl ˈɛntɚ wɪðˌaʊt nˈɑːkɪŋ/
used to imply that bribery can allow someone to bypass rules, regulations, and laws that are meant to ensure fairness and accountability
a thief passes for a gentleman when stealing has made him rich
/ɐ θˈiːf pˈæsᵻz fɚɹə dʒˈɛntəlmən wɛn stˈiːlɪŋ hɐz mˌeɪd hˌɪm ɹˈɪtʃ/
used to imply that wealth and success can sometimes mask a person's immoral or criminal behavior, making them appear respectable or honorable
everyone has their / a price
/ˈɛvɹɪwˌʌn hɐz ðɛɹ ɐ pɹˈaɪs/
used to imply that people can be influenced by money or incentives, and may compromise their ethics or integrity if the price is high enough
ill-gotten, ill-spent
/ˈɪlɡˈɑːʔn̩ ˈɪlspˈɛnt/
used to suggest that money or other gains obtained through dishonest or unethical means are likely to be wasted or used inappropriately
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