quotations about greed
Hunger for gold is made greater as more gold is acquired.
AURELIUS CLEMENS PRUDENTIUS, Hamartigenia
Say not you know another entirely till you have divided an inheritence with him.
JOHANN CASPAR LAVATER, Aphorisms on Man
If more of us valued food and cheer above hoarded gold, it would be a much merrier world.
J. R. R. TOLKIEN, The Hobbit
Greed is a way of avoiding making choices: if I have everything I don't have to choose what I want. And choosing what I want means giving up some pleasures for other pleasures.
ADAM PHILLIPS, On Balance
The wickedness of man is boundless; it seems at first as if a trifle would content him, but his passions invigorate by gratification; always indulged, always craving, and continually preying on him who feeds him.
There are some sordid minds, formed of slime and filth, to whom interest and gain are what glory and virtue are to superior souls; they feel no other pleasure but to acquire money.
JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, Les Caractères
Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.
JESUS, Luke 12:15
The world says: "You have needs -- satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don't hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more." This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder.
FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Brothers Karamazov
With education and development, greed is modified into ordinary selfishness, and becomes a desire for better things or improved conditions. Then follows enlightened self-interest which recognizes obligations to others, and through the different phases of liberality to the other extreme of excessive sympathy or misplaced generosity which pauperizes the recipients, and works injuries hardly less than the exactions of sordid greed.
CHARLES HUBERT MCDERMOTT, The Gospel of Greed
The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the LORD will prosper.
SOLOMON, Proverbs 28:25
I frankly don't see anything wrong with greed. I think that the people who are always attacking greed would be more consistent with their position if they refused their next salary increase. I don't see even the most Left-Wing scholar in this country scornfully burning his salary check. In other words, "greed" simply means that you are trying to relieve the nature-given scarcity that man was born with. Greed will continue until the Garden of Eden arrives, when everything is superabundant, and we don't have to worry about economics at all.
MURRAY N. ROTHBARD, Economic Controversies
Greed is a fat demon with a small mouth and whatever you feed it is never enough.
JANWILLEM VAN DE WETERING, Just a Corpse at Twilight
It is greed that appears before any of the other great heralds to see if there is something in you to exploit.
D. E. PHOENIX, Revelations of the Fallen: The Blasphemy of Astrial Belthromoto
When one sees the way in which wealth-getting enters as an ideal into the very bone and marrow of our generation, one wonders whether a revival of the belief that poverty is a worthy religious vocation may not be ... the spiritual reform which our time stands most in need of.
WILLIAM JAMES, The Varieties of Religious Experience
Greedy folk have long arms.
I am Covetousness, begotten of an old churl in a leather bag: and might I now obtain my wish, this house, you and all, should turn to gold, that I might lock you safe into my chest.
CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
JESUS, Matthew 6:24
The love for material things grows like a fungus in the soul and destroys the loveliness of the human heart utterly.
CARYLL HOUSELANDER, The Reed of God
To what do you not drive human hearts, cursed for craving gold!
ARIANA FRANKLIN, Mistress of the Art of Death
Some men think that the globe is a sponge that God puts into their hands to squeeze for their own garden or flower-pot.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit