If you have means, you can do any thing you like. This phrase means that if we have money, we can implement our plans or start doing something productive.

Also, it money is used in a generic sense here. It could broadly mean the necessary resources. Also, I am looking for something that implies a positive tone.

What is the English equivalent proverb or idiom for this one?

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Money talks.
Fig. Money gives one power and influence to help get things done or get one's own way.
Don't worry. I have a way of getting things done. Money talks.
I can't compete against rich old Mrs. Jones. She'll get her way because money talks.

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs.

  • Thank you. Also, I am looking for one which indicates that if one has the necessary resources, one can do anything they wish for. Money is one of it.
    – user75512
    Sep 8, 2017 at 5:51

From Thucydides (460 - 400 BC)

the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.


This one has been around for quite some time.

Ecclesiastes 10:19 {NET Bible}:BibleHub

Feasts are made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything.

The original wasn't in English, of course, and Solomon appears to have taken a spiritual nose-dive.

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    Cf "The original wasn't in English" - on the other hand, the ones who translated the Bible into English provided a wealth of expressions in common use even today. And they definitely produced English expressions. :)
    – Lawrence
    Sep 8, 2017 at 14:16

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