For don’t forget, gentlemen, and this is my last message to you, the man worth while is not merely the man who takes things with a smile but also the man who’s trained in philosophy, PRACTICAL philosophy, so that instead of day-dreaming and spending all his time talking about ’ethics,’ splendid though they are, and ’charity,’ glorious virtue though that be, yet he never forgets that unfortunately the world judges a man by the amount of good hard cash he can lay away.
There are no more uses of "hard money" in the book.
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They will not acknowledge how in fact hard money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves.
Kurt Vonnegut -- Slaughterhouse-Five
Talents and accomplishments that can’t be turned into money, let Count Dirlos have them; but when such gifts fall to one that has hard cash, I wish my condition of life was as becoming as they are.