I am just a banker “doing God’s work”.
Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs (1954–), quoted in the Wall Street Journal, May 2010
Banks are the temples of America. This is a holy war. Our economy is our religion.
Giannina Braschi, novelist (1953–), United States of Banana (2011)
Mr Victim, I’m glad to say that I’ve got the go-ahead to lend you the money you require. Yes, of course we will want as security the deeds of your house, of your aunt’s house, of your second cousin’s house, of your wife’s parents’ house, and of your grannie’s bungalow, and we will in addition need a controlling interest in your new company, unrestricted access to your private bank account, the deposit in our vaults of your three children as hostages ...