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50 Quotes on Greed

Is greed good? Read these 50 quotes to find out.

Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people. - Garrison Keillor

For greed all nature is too little. - Seneca

From the first day to this, sheer greed was the driving spirit of civilization. - Friedrich Engels

Greed and globalization aren't just America's fault. - Arlo Guthrie

Greed has driven the world crazy. And I think I'm lucky that I have a place over here that I can call home. - Nina Simone

Greed has taken the whole universe, and nobody is worried about their soul. - Little Richard

Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction. - Erich Fromm, Escape From Freedom

Greed is the inventor of injustice as well as the current enforcer. - Julian Casablancas

But at a certain point, and I don't really know... people have asked me this. I don't know exactly what it was that pushed me towards directing, but I think it was a naive notion that if I directed I would be able to play all the roles. A kind of greed. - Peter Bogdanovich

The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure. - B.C. Forbes

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If your thinking is sloppy, your business will be sloppy. If you are disorganized, your business will be disorganized. If you are greedy, your empoyees will be greedy, giving you less and less of themselves and always asking for more. - Michael Gerber

If you think of life as like a big pie, you can try to hold the whole pie and kill yourself trying to keep it, or you can slice it up and give some to the people around you, and you still have plenty left for yourself. - Jay Leno

Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it's greedy or loving. - Dan Millman

It is not the man who has little, but he who desires more, that is poor. - Seneca

We are rich only through what we give. - Anne-Sophie Swetchine

Any success you have is despite your lack of giving, not because of it. - Richard Carlson

The greed of gain has no time or limit to its capaciousness. Its one object is to produce and consume. It has pity neither for beautiful nature nor for living human beings. It is ruthlessly ready without a moment's hesitation to crush beauty and life. - Rabindranath Tagore

The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines. - Charles Kuralt

Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed. - Channing Pollock

The covetous man is always in want. - Horace

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed. - Mahatma Gandhi

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, "What's in it for me?" - Brian Tracy

There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it. - Maya Angelou

We have always known that heedless self interest was bad morals, we now know that it is bad economics. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed. - Siddhartha Gautama

When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses. - Shirley Chisholm

Greed is an imperfection that defiles the mind; hate is an imperfection that defiles the mind; delusion is an imperfection that defiles the mind. - Siddhartha Gautama

I will tell you the secret to getting rich on Wall Street. You try to be greedy when others are fearful. And you try to be fearful when others are greedy. - Warren Buffett

If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States. - Henry A. Wallace

In his love for the world, the greedy is like the silkworm: the more it wraps in its cocoon, the less it has of escaping from it, until it dies of grief. - Imam Muhammad al-Baqir

Even the most beautiful scenery is no longer assured of our love after we have lived in it for three months, and some distant coast attracts our avarice: possessions are generally diminished by possession. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Stealing to eat ain't criminal-stealing to be rich is. - Andrew Vachss, A Bomb Built in Hell

It didn´t occur to me until later that there´s another truth, very simple: greed in a good cause is still greed. - Stephen King, Wolves of the Calla

Fraud is the daughter of greed.
- Jonathan Gash, The Great California Game

The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good: Greed is right, greed works. - "Wall Street", screenplay by Stanley Weiser

This avarice
Strikes deeper, grows with more pernicious root.
- William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Poverty wants much; but avarice, everything. - Publilius Syrus

We're all born brave, trusting and greedy, and most of us remain greedy. - Mignon McLaughlin

One of the weaknesses of our age is our apparent inability to distinguish our needs from our greeds. - Don Robinson

It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all. - Democritus

Greed will always leave you dissatisfied because you'll never be able to get everything you desire. Greed never allows you to think you have enough; it always destroys you by making you strive ever harder for more. - Rabbi Benjamin Blech, Taking Stock: A Spiritual Guide to Rising Above Life's Ups and Downs

Envy and desire and ambition drive a man out of the world. Torah, Avot 4:21

Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions. - Bible, Luke 12:15

When everyone covets something, they are easily annoyed by it. - Baltasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him. - Voltaire

Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear. - Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave

Greed's worst point is its ingratitude. - Seneca

Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness, except greed, which does make us more vulnerable than loneliness. - Thomas Harris

There was a time in my life when I thought I had everything - millions of dollars, mansions, cars, nice clothes, beautiful women, and every other materialistic thing you can imagine. Now I struggle for peace. - Richard Pryor

There are three gates to self-destructive hell: lust, anger, and greed. - Bhagavad Gita 16:21

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D., N.C.C., L.M.H.C., is the author of Making the Grade with ADD and ADD and Your Money. 

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