Greed Quotes

 Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed. 
Author: Channing Pollock
Nationality: American
b. 4 March 1880  - d. 17 August 1946
  
 Covetousness is a sort of mental gluttony, not confined to money, but greedy of honor and feeding on selfishness. 
Author: Nicolas Chamfort
Nationality: French
b. 6 April 1741  - d. 13 April 1794
  
 Covetousness, by a greediness of getting more, deprives itself of the true end of getting; it loses the enjoyment of what it had got. 
Author: Thomas Sprat
Nationality: English
b. December 1635  - d. 20 May 1713
  
 Experience is an asset of which no worker can be cheated, no matter how selfish or greedy his immediate employer may be. 
Author: Napolean Hill
Nationality: American
b. 25 October 1883  - d. 08 November 1970
  
 Form no covetous desire, so that the demon of greediness may not deceive thee, and the treasure of the world may not be tasteless to thee. 
Author: Zoroaster
Nationality: Iranian
b. December 628  - d.  December 551
  
 Freedom is the ferment of freedom. The moistened sponge drinks up water greedily; the dry one sheds it. 
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1809  - d. 7 October 1894
  
 Greed rips a man's sack. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Greed, lust, fear, anger, misfortune, unhappiness, all are derived from foolishness. Thus, foolishness is the greatest of poisons. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 I believe, bad and all as it is, that the greed of capitalism is the only driving force there is. 
Author: Lang Hancock
Nationality: Australian   
 I have news for the forces of greed and the defenders of the status quo: your time has come - and gone. It's time for change in America. 
Author: Bill Clinton
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1946
  
 If you find your mind tempted and entangled in greed, you must suppress the greed and control the temptation; Be the master of your own mind. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 If you're in trouble, or hurt or need-go to the poor people. They're the only ones that'll help-the only ones. 
Author: John Steinbeck
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1902  - d. 20 December 1968
  
 It is economic slavery, the savage struggle for a crumb, that has converted mankind into wolves and sheep ... My prison-house ... is but the intensified replica of the world beyond, the larger prison locked with the levers of Greed, guarded by the spawn of Hunger. 
Author: Alexander Berkman
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1870  - d. 28 June 1936
  
 Nothing, not love, not greed, not passion or hatred, is stronger than a writer's need to change another writer's copy. 
Author: Arthur Evans
Nationality: English
b. 8 July 1851  - d. 11 July 1941
  
 Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness. 
Author: Laozi
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 604  - d.  December 531
  
 Selfishness is the dynamo of our economic system... which may range from mere petty greed to admirable types of self- expression. 
Author: Felix Frankfurter
Nationality: American
b. 15 November 1882  - d. 22 February 1965
  
 Take off your cloak of dread Take up the seed Learning to grow is love Fear is the root of greed. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 The avaricious man is like the barren sandy ground of the desert which sucks in all the rain and dew with greediness, but yields no fruitful herbs or plants for the benefit of others. 
Author: Zeno of Citium
Nationality: Greek
b. December 334  - d.  December 262
  
 The dynamo of our economic system is self-interest which may range from mere petty greed to admirable types of self-expression. 
Author: Felix Frankfurter
Nationality: American
b. 15 November 1882  - d. 22 February 1965
  
 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 out of them, molding them into money. 
Author: Sir Rabindranath Tagore
Nationality: Indian
b. 7 May 1861  - d. 7 August 1941
  
 The man who fights for his fellow-man is a better man than the one who fights for himself. 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: Indian
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 The more gross the fraud the more glibly will it go down, and the more greedily be swallowed, since folly will always find faith where impostors will find imprudence. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 The world is always burning, burning with the fire of greed, anger and ignorance; one should flee from such dangers as soon as possible. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment. And there is no greater disaster than greed. He who is contented with contentment is always content. 
Author: Laozi
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 604  - d.  December 531
  
 There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 What is so beneficial to the people as liberty, which we see not only to be greedily sought after by men, but also by beasts, and to be preferred to all things. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 When greed was all my love, My strength was none There is no seed, For those who plant a stone. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt. 
Author: St. Francis of Assisi
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1182  - d.  December 1226
  
 They have stolen the public lands. They have grasped all to themselves, and by their unprincipled greed brought a crisis of unparalleled distress on forty millions of people, who have natural resources to feed, clothe and shelter the whole human race.  
Author: Denis Kearney
Nationality: American
b. December 1847  - d.  December 1907
  
 There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.  
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 We are all born brave, trusting and greedy, and most of us remain greedy. 
Author: Mignon McLaughlin
Nationality: American
b. 6 June 1913  - d. 20 December 1983
  
 Do not follow vain desires; for verily he who prospers is preserved from lust, greed and anger. 
Author: Abu Bakr
Nationality: Saudi Arabian
b. December 573  - d.  December 634
  
 There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it. 
Author: Maya Angelou
Nationality: American
b. 4 April 1928
  
 The riskiest thing you can do is get greedy. 
Author: Lance Armstrong
Nationality: American
b. 18 September 1971
  
 Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence. 
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 Greed has driven the world crazy. And I think I'm lucky that I have a place over here that I can call home. 
Author: Nina Simone
Nationality: African-American
b. 21 February 1933  - d. 21 April 2003
  
 From the first day to this, sheer greed was the driving spirit of civilization. 
Author: Friedrich Engels
Nationality: German
b. 28 December 1820  - d. 5 August 1895
  
 Greed probably figures in my intellectual life as well, as I attempt to absorb a massive amount of information with consequent mental indigestion. 
Author: Etty Hillesum
Nationality: Dutch
b. 15 January 1914  - d. 30 November 1943
  
 Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction. 
Author: Erich Fromm
Nationality: American
b. 23 March 1900  - d. 18 March 1980
  
 These days I see America identified more and more with material things, less and less with spiritual standards. These days I see America acting abroad as an arrogant, selfish, greedy nation interested only in guns and dollars, not in people and their hopes and aspirations. We need a faith that dedicates us to something bigger and more important than ourselves or our possessions. Only if we have that faith will we be able to guide the destiny of nations in this the most critical period of world history. 
Author: William O. Douglas
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1898  - d. 19 January 1980
  
 We have come upon a phase of our history when ideals are only a veneer for greed and power, in public and private affairs, when devotion to duty and dedication to a public trust are to be weighted at all times against private advantages and personal gain, and when loyalties can be traded. 
Author: Ferdinand Marcos
Nationality: Filipino
b. 11 September 1917  - d. 28 September 1989
  
 I think maybe when you live with someone who is really very ill for a long time, it somehow gives you more of a greedy appetite for life and maybe, yes, you are less measured in your behaviour than you would otherwise be. 
Author: Nigella Lucy Lawson
Nationality: English
b. 6 January 1960
  
 Curst greed of gold, what crimes thy tyrant power has caused. 
Author: Virgil
Nationality: Roman
b. December 70  - d.  December 19
  
 Because men believe not in Providence, therefore they do so greedily scrape and hoard. They do not believe in any reward for charity, therefore they will part with nothing. 
Author: Isaac Barrow
Nationality: English
b. October 1630  - d. 4 May 1677
  
 There is no dream of love, however ideal it may be, which does not end up with a fat, greedy baby hanging from the breast. 
Author: Charles Pierre Baudelaire
Nationality: French
b. 9 April 1821  - d. 21 August 1867
  
 Man is an evasive beast, given to cultivating strange notions about himself. He is humiliated by his simian ancestry, and tries to deny his animal nature, to persuade himself that he is not limited by its weaknesses nor concerned in its fate. And this impulse may be harmless, when it is genuine. But what are we to say when we see the formulas of heroic self-deception made use of by unheroic self-indulgence? What are we to say when we see asceticism preached to the poor by fat and comfortable retainers of the rich? What are we to say when we see idealism become hypocrisy, and the moral and spiritual heritage of mankind twisted to the knavish purposes of class-cruelty and greed? What I say is - Bootstrap-lifting! 
Author: Upton Sinclair
Nationality: American
b. 20 September 1878  - d. 25 November 1968
  
 The cause of all these evils was the lust for power arising from greed and ambition; and from these passions proceeded the violence of parties once engaged in contention. 
Author: Thucydides
Nationality: Greek
b. December 460  - d.  December 395
  
 "No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun - for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax - This won't hurt. 
Author: Hunter Stockton Thompson
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1937  - d. 20 February 2005
  
 The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm, capitalism is that kind of a system. 
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 Our country is wallowing in a miasma of political and class conflict, of greed and special interest, with regard to budget deficits, inflation and rising unemployment, the threats of both a bloody war and a devastating recession. How did we get into this mess? Because the press, during the 1980s committed one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century. The media took a dive, caved in, and did not tell the American people the price they would eventually pay for Reaganomics. 
Author: Carl Thomas Rowan
Nationality: American
b. 11 August 1925  - d. 23 September 2000
  
 I was appointed on a commission to investigate the conditions of the blind. For the first time I, who had thought blindness a misfortune beyond human control, found that too much of it was traceable to wrong industrial conditions, often caused by the selfishness and greed of employers. And the social evil contributed its share. I found that poverty drove women to a life of shame that ended in blindness. 
Author: Helen Adams Keller
Nationality: American
b. 27 June 1880  - d. 1 June 1968
  
 Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 Fear tends to manifest itself much more quickly than greed, so volatile markets tend to be on the downside. In up markets, volatility tends to gradually decline. 
Author: Philip Milton Roth
Nationality: American
b. 19 March 1933
  
 You would think that the former Communist Party of Australia operative Peter Cundall (he stood as a CPA Senate candidate in the 1961 Federal Election in Tasmania) would concentrate these days on such worthy causes as, say, organic farming. But no. Mr Cundall is still very much a political activist. Billed to address the National Press Club on 3 December 2003 on the topic 'The View From The Compost Heap', Mr Cundall quickly moved into standard-fare leftist rave mode. He bagged 'uncontrolled greed', 'the most powerful', 'the invasion of Iraq', George W. Bush and so on. As Ian Warden commented in the Canberra Times (4 December 2003), Peter Cundall emerged from the address as 'someone way to the left of Greens Senator Bob Brown'. Little wonder that he is such a hit with organic farming types at the public broadcaster - see Peter Cundall's (self-indulgent) self-profile on the cover of the April 2004 issue of Inside the ABC. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Greed is good. 
Author: Famous Misquotations
Nationality: Australian   
 In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.  
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 To those who can hear me, I say - do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed - the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power! Let us all unite! Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie! They do not fulfill their promise; they never will. Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people! Now, let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up, Hannah. The clouds are lifting. The sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world, a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed and brutality. Look up, Hannah. The soul of man has been given wings, and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow - into the light of hope, into the future, the glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up, Hannah. Look up. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 Avarice is to the intellect what sensuality is to the morals. 
Author: Anna Jameson
Nationality: British
b. 17 May 1794  - d. 17 March 1860
  
 We could call it Romnesia: the ability of the very rich to forget the context in which they made their money. To forget their education, inheritance, family networks, contacts and introductions. To forget the workers whose labour enriched them. To forget the infrastructure and security, the educated workforce, the contracts, subsidies and bailouts the government provided. Every political system requires a justifying myth. The Soviet Union had Alexey Stakhanov, the miner reputed to have extracted 100 tonnes of coal in six hours. The US had Richard Hunter, the hero of Horatio Alger's rags-to-riches tales. Both stories contained a germ of truth. Stakhanov worked hard for a cause in which he believed, but his output was probably faked. When Alger wrote his novels, some poor people had become very rich in the US. But the further from its ideals (productivity in the Soviet Union, opportunity in the US) a system strays, the more fervently its justifying myths are propounded. As the developed nations succumb to extreme inequality and social immobility, the myth of the self-made man becomes ever more potent. It is used to justify its polar opposite: an unassailable rent-seeking class, deploying its inherited money to finance the seizure of other people's wealth. Advertisement The crudest exponent of Romnesia is the Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart. ''There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire,'' she insists. ''If you're jealous of those with more money, don't just sit there and complain; do something to make more money yourselves - spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising and more time working Remember our roots, and create your own success.'' Remembering her roots is what Rinehart fails to do. She forgot to add that if you want to become a millionaire - in her case a billionaire - it helps to inherit an iron ore mine and a fortune from your father and to ride a commodities boom. Had she spent her life lying in bed and throwing darts at the wall, she would still be stupendously rich. Rich lists are stuffed with people who either inherited their money or who made it through rent-seeking activities: by means other than innovation and productive effort. They're a catalogue of speculators, property barons, dukes, IT monopolists, loan sharks, bank chiefs, oil sheikhs, mining magnates, oligarchs and chief executives paid out of all proportion to any value they generate. Looters, in short. The richest mining barons are those to whom governments sold natural resources for a song. Russian, Mexican and British oligarchs acquired underpriced public assets through privatisation, and now run a toll-booth economy. Bankers use incomprehensible instruments to fleece their clients and the taxpayer. But as rentiers capture the economy, the opposite story must be told. Scarcely a Republican speech fails to reprise the Richard Hunter narrative, and almost all these rags-to-riches tales turn out to be bunkum. ''Everything that Ann and I have,'' Mitt Romney claims, ''we earned the old-fashioned way.'' Old-fashioned like Blackbeard, perhaps. Two searing exposures in Rolling Stone magazine document the leveraged buyouts which destroyed viable companies, value and jobs, and the costly federal bailout which saved Romney's political skin. Romney personifies economic parasitism. The financial sector has become a job-destroying, life-crushing machine, which impoverishes others to enrich itself. The tighter its grip on politics, the more its representatives must tell the opposite story: of life-affirming enterprise, innovation and investment, of brave entrepreneurs making their fortunes out of nothing but grit and wit. There is an obvious flip side to this story. ''Anyone can make it - I did without help'' translates as ''I refuse to pay taxes to help other people, as they can help themselves'' - whether or not they inherited an iron ore mine from daddy. In the article in which she urged the poor to emulate her, Rinehart also proposed that the minimum wage should be reduced. Who needs fair pay if anyone can become a millionaire? In 2010, the richest 1 per cent in the US captured an astonishing 93 per cent of that year's gain in incomes. In the same year, corporate chief executives made, on average, 243 times as much as the median worker (in 1965 the ratio was 10 times lower). Between 1970 and 2010, the Gini coefficient, which measures inequality, rose in the US from 0.35 to 0.44: an astounding leap. As for social mobility, of the rich countries listed by the OECD, the three in which men's earnings are most likely to resemble their father's are, in this order, Britain, Italy and the US. If you are born poor or born rich in these nations, you are likely to stay that way. It is no coincidence that these three countries all promote themselves as lands of unparalleled opportunity. Equal opportunity, self-creation, heroic individualism: these are the myths that predatory capitalism requires for its political survival. Romnesia permits the ultra-rich both to deny the role of other people in the creation of their own wealth and to deny help to those less fortunate than themselves. 
Author: George Monbiot
Nationality: English
b. 27 January 1963
  
 it is a sin directly against one's neighbor, since one man cannot over-abound in external riches, without another man lacking them. It is a sin against God, just as all mortal sins, inasmuch as man condemns things eternal for the sake of temporal things. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  




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