Greed Quotes

Read the best selected greed quotes by some famous people of their times. These quotes about greed will motivate and inspire you and you will be much wiser about the subject.


Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear. Cyril Connolly
Big mouthfuls often choke. Italian Proverb
Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance. Charles Caleb Colton
Wars and revolutions and battles are due simply and solely to the body and its desires. All wars are undertaken for the acquisition of wealth; and the reason why we have to acquire wealth is the body, because we are slaves in its service. Socrates
Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction. Erich Fromm
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. Bill Clinton
For greed all nature is too little. Seneca
For at least another hundred years we must pretend to ourselves and to every one that fair is foul and foul is fair; for foul is useful and fair is not. Avarice and usury and precaution must be our gods for a little longer still. John Maynard Keynes
The wish to acquire more is admittedly a very natural and common thing; and when men succeed in this they are always praised rather than condemned. But when they lack the ability to do so and yet want to acquire more at all costs, they deserve condemnation for their mistakes. Niccolo Machiavelli
Avarice, the spur of industry. David Hume
To hazard much to get much has more of avarice than wisdom. William Penn
You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker. Malcolm X
Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame. Arthur Schopenhauer
If your desires be endless, your cares and fears will be so too. Thomas Fuller
Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor. Thomas Jefferson
Satiety is a mongrel that barks at the heels of plenty. Minna Antrim
Avarice is the sphincter of the heart. Matthew Green
The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever. Anatole France
God forgives the sin of gluttony. Catalan Proverb
From top to bottom of the ladder, greed is aroused without knowing where to find ultimate foothold. Nothing can calm it, since its goal is far beyond all it can attain. Reality seems valueless by comparison with the dreams of fevered imaginations; reality is therefore abandoned. Emile Durkheim
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. Milton Friedman
Avarice is generally the last passion of those lives of which the first part has been squandered in pleasure, and the second devoted to ambition. He that sinks under the fatigue of getting wealth, lulls his age with the milder business of saving it. Samuel Johnson
The point is that you can't be too greedy. Donald Trump
Nothing retains less of desire in art, in science, than this will to industry, booty, possession. Andre Breton
Avarice is the vice of declining years. George Bancroft
So for a good old-gentlemanly vice, I think I must take up with avarice. Lord Byron
Greed is all right, by the way I think greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself. Ivan F. Boesky
It is of the nobility of man's soul that he is insatiable: for he hath a benefactor so prone to give, that he delighteth in us for asking. Do not your inclinations tell you that the WORLD is yours? Do you not covet all? Do you not long to have it; to enjoy it; to overcome it? To what end do men gather riches, but to multiply more? Do they not like Pyrrhus the King of Epire, add house to house and lands to lands, that they may get it all? Thomas Traherne
It is not the want, but rather abundance that creates avarice. Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself are much condemned to have an itching palm. William Shakespeare
Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him. Voltaire
The avarice person is ever in want; let your desired aim have a fixed limit. Horace
He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise. Henry David Thoreau

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