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Greed Quotes

These Motivational Quotes about Greed are dedicated to your career and personal success in life.

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Expectation Disappointment Envy

We can never get enough of what we don't really need.
- Matthew Kelly

Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another,
but let him work diligently and build one for himself,
thus by example assuring that his own
shall be safe from violence when built.
- Abraham Lincoln

It is not the man who has too little,
but the man who craves more, that is poor.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

 

The Principal Causes of Our Suffering
are Our Expectations and Our Assumptions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

As selfishness and complaint
pervert and cloud the mind,
so love with its joy
clears and sharpens the vision.
- Helen Keller

Freedom from desire leads to inner peace.
- Lao-Tzu


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There is a sufficiency in the world
for man's need but not for man's greed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

New York City is a great monument
to the power of money and greed...
a race for rent.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

You shall not covet your neighbor's house;
you shall not covet your neighbor's wife,
nor his male servant, nor his female servant,
nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.
- Exodus 20:17

You should never be content with so little,
when you can reach out for something big.
- Charles L. Allen
(This quote is about making a big difference
in the world - not about greed)

It is hard to interest those who have everything,
in those who have nothing.
- Helen Keller

The ugliest word in the world is revenge.
It spells hate; it spells fear; it spells greed.
For my loss, I must kill; I must steal - must avenge.
It's your fault; you must pay; you must bleed.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What I loathe is the multi-national conglomerates who
must take responsibility for the degradation and pollution
of so much of our landscape with their factory farming and greed.
- Fay Godwin

The organization and constant onward sweep of this
movement exemplifies the resentment of the many toward the selfishness,
greed and the neglect of the few.
- John L. Lewis

The basis of tragedy is man's helplessness against disease,
war and death; the basis of comedy is man's helplessness
against vanity (the vanity of love,
greed, lust, power).
- Dawn Powell

There is enough in the world for everyone's need,
but not enough for everyone's greed.
- Frank Buchman

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

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

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.
- Philip Roth

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

Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others.
It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.
- Mwai Kibaki

Microsoft is not about greed.
It's about innovation and fairness.
- Bill Gates

The writer's greed is appalling.
He wants, or seems to want, everything and practically everybody,
in another sense, and at the same time,
he needs no one at all.
- James A. Baldwin

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

As time goes on we get closer to that American Dream
of there being a pie cut up and shared.
Usually greed and selfishness prevent that and there
is always one bad apple in every barrel.
- Rick Danko

Fifa cannot sit by and see greed rule the football world.
Nor shall we.
- Sepp Blatter

The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions,
passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons.
Greed, anger, and delusion.
- Bodhidharma

Looking so cool, his greed is hard to conceal,
he's fresh out of law school, you gave him a license to steal.
- Al Stewart

For greed all nature is too little.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

Rulers do not reduce taxes to be kind.
Expediency and greed create high taxation,
and normally it takes an impending catastrophe to bring it down.
- Charles Adams

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

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

The beast for me is greed.
Whether you read Dante, Swift, or any of these guys,
it always boils down to the same thing:
the corruption of the soul.
- Ben Nicholson

There are a lot of people who are doing wonderful things,
quietly, with no motive of greed, or hostility toward other people,
or delusions of superiority.
- Charles Kuralt

All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud,
fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
- Edgar Allan Poe

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

If we go on the way we have, the fault is our greed
and if we are not willing to change,
we will disappear from the face of the globe,
to be replaced by the insect.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

John will never send a boy or girl in a uniform anywhere
in the world because of our need and greed for oil.
- Teresa Heinz

Time!
Joyless emblem of the greed of millions,
robber of the best which earth can give.
- Amy Lowell

Do not follow vain desires; for verily he who prospers is preserved from lust,
greed and anger.
- Abu Bakr

We've been raised to compete, to want more!
More!
More!
It's a way of life.
It's about greed.
- Sandy Duncan

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

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

The curse of the romantic is a greed for dreams,
an intensity of expectation that, in the end,
diminishes the reality.
- Marya Mannes

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

But men are so full of greed today, they'll sell anything
for a little piece of money.
- Little Richard

When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got
on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed.
He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'
- Joe Biden

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

Men of vision.
Oh, I love the fine names men give each other to hide
their greed and lust for adventure.
- Charles MacArthur

Greed probably figures in my intellectual life as well,
as I attempt to absorb a massive amount of information
with consequent mental indigestion.
- Etty Hillesum

An intriguing paradox of the 1990s is that it isn't
called a decade of greed.
- Paul Samuelson

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

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.
- Denis Kearney

Most of the time common stocks are subject to irrational
and excessive price fluctuations in both directions
as the consequence of the ingrained tendency of most
people to speculate or gamble...
to give way to hope, fear and greed.
- Benjamin Graham

My head can get to murder and rape for profit because
I can understand greed as a human motive,
but I cannot understand the voyeuristic desire to watch such a film.
I can comprehend one and I cannot comprehend the other.
- Donna Leon

Well first of all, tell me, is there some society you
know of that doesn't run on greed? You think Russia
doesn't run on greed? You think China doesn't run on greed? What is greed?
- Milton Friedman

I certainly understand that we're all trying to make a living,
but I'm not thinking about that when I'm making it.
And if that's your sole motivation, it's going to reflect that narcissistic greed,
and you're going to hear it in the music.
- Aimee Mann

Undoubtedly there are, in connection with each of these things,
cases of fraud, swindling, and other financial crimes;
that is to say,
the greed and selfishness of men are perpetual.
- William Graham Sumner

I think war is based in greed and there are huge karmic
retributions that will follow.
I think war is never the answer to solving any problems.
The best way to solve problems is to not have enemies.
- Sheryl Crow

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.
- P. J. O'Rourke

The music industry's actions at the time of 9/11 and
since have been actions driven by patriotism in most instances,
and greed and stupidity to a lesser degree.
Sounds like real life doesn't it?
- Ronnie James Dio

But love, like the sun that it is, sets afire and melts everything.
what greed and privilege to build up over whole centuries
the indignation of a pious spirit,
with its natural following of oppressed souls,
will cast down with a single shove.
- Jose Marti

Most individuals have always thought themselves not
big enough or significant enough to have an effect on the whole planet,
a notion which conversely made them think they could
afford big arrogance and big greed over its resources.
- Lynette Fromme

At a time when unbridled greed, malignant aggression,
and existence of weapons of mass destruction threatens
the survival of humanity,
we should seriously consider any avenue that offers some hope.
- Stanislav Grof

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

We did not find it difficult to deal with Bush and his administration,
because it is similar to regimes in our countries -
both types include many who are full of arrogance and greed.
- Osama bin Laden

I don't think that fundamentalism has anything to do with Jesus Christ.
They call themselves Christians, but if that's Christian,
count me out.
Fundamentalism is built on fear and greed.
They're telling you to give them your money otherwise you're going to hell.
- Matthew Fox

The Bible and several other self help or enlightenment
books cite the Seven Deadly Sins.
They are: pride, greed, lust, envy, wrath,
sloth, and gluttony.
That pretty much covers everything that we do,
that is sinful...
or fun for that matter.
- Dave Mustaine

We didn't become the most prosperous country in the
world just by rewarding greed and recklessness.
We didn't come this far by letting the special interests run wild.
We didn't do it just by gambling and chasing paper profits on Wall Street.
We built this country by making things,
by producing goods we could sell.
- Barack Obama


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