money doesn't grow on trees

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money doesn't grow on trees

  1. Wealth cannot be obtained without some effort; hence currency is not always available for a prospective purchase.
    • 1943, William Budington Duryee, Farming for security, page 187:
      Perhaps it was a Scotsman who, in response to an idea for lavish expenditure, first said "Money doesn't grow on trees".
    • 1975, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, page 39:
      Today's money worries certainly should make it easier for parents to teach their children that money doesn't grow on trees.
    • 2005, Kathie Rechkemmer, I Want to Teach My Child about Money, page 28:
      Money doesn't grow on trees — and even the paper for money isn't made of wood!


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  • Gregory Y. Titelman, Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings, 1996, →ISBN, p. 235.