"Money talks” (meaning that money has influence) is an old financial saying, cited in print in various forms to before 1700. “It goes without saying” means that something is obvious and doesn’t need to be said. “Money no longer talks—it just goes without saying” has been cited in print since at least April 1948. “Money doesn’t talk these days—it goes without saying” has been cited in print since at least May 1950.
The saying means that money has so much influence these days that it no longer has to “talk”—its influence is obvious and “goes without saying.”
10 April 1948, Christian Science Monitor, “Over the Editor’s Desk” by W.W.C., pg. WM19:
There is a fellow feeling in one of the items which appears in the latest issue of “Chats” that has come to my desk: “Money no longer talks—it just goes without saying.”
10 June 1948, Belleville (KS) Telescope, “Literary Indigestion of the Kansas Press,” sec. 2, pg. 1, col. 2:
Money no longer talks—it just goes without saying.—Hollyrood (iazette.
1 December 1948, Seattle (WA) Times, pg. 6, col. 2:
Money no longer talks—it just goes without saying.—Everson News.
August 1949, The Rotarian, pg. 63, col. 2:
Money no longer talks. It just goes without saying. — Boisetarian, Boise, Idaho.
19 May 1950, Deming (NM) Headlight, pg. 5, col. 7:
Money doesn’t talk these days—it goes without saying.
2 June 1950, Chicago (IL) Tribune, pg. A1:
Money doesn’t talk these days—it goes without saying.—SANTA FE MAGAZINE.
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28 July 1950, Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT), “Wise and Otherwise,” pg. 3B, col. 5:
HERE IT IS AGAIN
Money doesn’t talk these days. It goes without saying.— Santa Fe Magazine.
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By Edward L. Friedman
New York, NY: Harper
Money doesn’t talk these days. It goes without saying.
Executive’s Treasury of Humor for Every Occasion
By William R. Gerler
West Nyack, NY: Parker Pub. Co.
Money doesn’t talk these days — it goes without saying.
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18 July 1969, The Dispatch (Lexington, NC), “Roby Leonard’s Coin Coiner,” pg. 2, col. 8:
I’ve said money talks— but now it goes without saying.
3650 Jokes, Puns, & Riddles
By Anne Kostick, Charles Foxgrover and Michael J. Pellowski
New York, NY: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
Joe: In my experience, money talks.
Moe: In my experience, money doesn’t: it just goes without saying.
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