67 Greed Quotes

  • Greed is the lack of confidence of one’s own ability to create. – Vanna Bonta

 

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

 

  • Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance. – Charles Caleb Colton

 

  • Greed is not a financial issue. It’s a heart issue. – Andy Stanley

 

  • Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful. – Warren Buffett

 

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

 

  • He who is greedy is always in want. – Horace

 

  • Oh, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We’ve already got the stars. – Bette Davis

 

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

 

  • Greed is a fat demon with a small mouth and whatever you feed it is never enough. – Janwillem Van De Wetering

 

  • Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame. – Arthur Schopenhauer

 

  • It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly. – Samuel Butler

 

  • None of the quick fixes to the world’s problems are going to work, unless we change the dream of greed and scarcity that the world is dreaming. – John Perkins

 

  • To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. – Bertrand Russell

 

  • So the unwanting soul sees what’s hidden, and the ever-wanting soul sees only what it wants. – Lao Tzu

 

  • Big mouthfuls often choke. – Italian Proverb

 

  • The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury. – Charlie Chaplin

 

  • Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed. – Mahatma Gandhi

 

  • Our labour preserves us from three great evils — weariness, vice, and want. – Voltaire

 

  • The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn’t prepared to work for. – Habeeb Akande

 

  • You have succeeded in life when all you really want  is only what you really need. – Vernon Howard

 

  • Most of the mess that is called history comes about because kings and presidents cannot be satisfied with a nice chicken and a good loaf of bread. – Jennifer Donnelly

 

  • Greed is so destructive. It destroys everything. – Eartha Kitt

 

  • Any so-called material thing that you want is merely a symbol: you want it not for itself, but because it will content your spirit for the moment. – Mark Twain

 

  • We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. – Frederick Keonig

 

  • Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. – Edward Abbey

 

  • A greedy person and a pauper are practically one and the same. – Swiss Proverb

 

  • Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing. – Sylvia Plath

 

  • A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart. – Jonathan Swift

 

  • If your desires be endless, your cares and fears will be so too. – Thomas Fuller

 

  • If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires. – Epicurus

 

  • It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants. – Blaise Pascal

 

  • I am afraid that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, and that we have more curiosity than understanding. We grasp at everything, but catch nothing except wind. – Michel de Montaigne

 

  • Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires. – Lao Tzu

 

  • In a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy. – Matt Taibbi

 

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

 

  • There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed. – Siddharta Gautama

 

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

 

  • The Master said, The gentleman understands what is right, whereas the petty man understands profit. – Confucius

 

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

 

  • For greed all nature is too little. – Seneca

 

  • The lust of avarice as so totally seized upon mankind that their wealth seems rather to possess them than they possess their wealth. – Unkown

 

  • Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver. – Ayn Rand

 

  • He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money. – Benjamin Franklin

 

  • The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever. – Anatole France

 

  • Of all the icy blasts that blow on love, a request for money is the most chilling. – Gustave Flaubert

 

  • He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. – Socrates

 

  • There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up. – Oscar Wilde

 

  • A greedy father has thieves for children. – Serbian Proverb

 

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

 

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

 

  • There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed. – Mahatma Gandhi

 

  • It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly. – Thoreau

 

  • 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

 

  • Man is the only animal whose desires increase as they are fed; the only animal that is never satisfied. – Henry George

 

  • Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me. – Brian Tracy

 

  • Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. – Saint Augustine

 

  • It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little. – Diogenes of Sinope

 

  • Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. – Kierkegaard

 

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

 

  • Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do. – Thomas Carlyle

 

  • Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence. – Mason Cooley

 

  • There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. – J.R.R. Tolkien

 

  • There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontent. And there is no greater disaster than greed. – Lau Tzu

 

  • All the money you make will never buy back your soul. – Bob Dylan

Greed quotes

  • The avarice person is ever in want; let your desired aim have a fixed limit. – Horace

 

  • The Master said, If your conduct is determined solely by considerations of profit you will arouse great resentment. – Confucius