"money, O Drug! said I aloud, what art thou good for?"

Crusoe’s outburst on money is one of the most famous passages of the novel. He convincingly argues that money is useless to him in his situation, with tools and food of far more value. In this way he effectively rejects a central pillar of western society. However, these words prove to be somewhat at odds with his materialistic attitude – he keeps the money safe and takes it with him on his escape from the island.