Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote – Money Costs too Much

Ralph Waldo Emerson was most notably known for his poetry, but he was also an essayist, lecturer and philosophical leader of his time. A popular quote by him is, “Money often costs too much”.

Emerson could have meant many things with this quote, but I chose to interpret it as ‘what are we sacrificing for money?’ The saying “time is money” continues to resonate in my mind as I look over Emerson’s quote. Time is something we can’t get back, whether it be time to do what we enjoy, time with the family, or just time in general. My brother has often said to me, “do what you are passionate about, and the money will come eventually”.

Let’s not waste time, don’t let money cost ‘too much’. Money certainly does help ease some of the life struggles that we face, but money should not be the goal. It should be the perk you happened to pick up along the way.