quotations about greed
Hunger for gold is made greater as more gold is acquired.
AURELIUS CLEMENS PRUDENTIUS, Hamartigenia
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
Say not you know another entirely till you have divided an inheritence with him.
JOHANN CASPAR LAVATER, Aphorisms on Man
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
He who wishes to grow rich in a day will be hanged in a year.
LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life
Covetousness is an eager desire of getting and keeping the goods of this life in a manner that is contrary to the command of God, and inconsistent with the welfare of men. It consists in an habitual tendency or lust of the soul, whereby it is carried out and inclined towards the enjoyment of worldly riches, as its highest and chiefest good.
WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine
If more of us valued food and cheer above hoarded gold, it would be a much merrier world.
J. R. R. TOLKIEN, The Hobbit
Avarice is a passion full of paradox, a madness full of method; for, although the miser is the most mercenary of all beings, yet he serves the worst master, more faithfully than some Christians do the best, and will take nothing for it. He falls down and worships the God of this world, but will have neither its pomps, its vanities, nor its pleasures, for his trouble. He begins to accumulate treasure as a mean to happiness, and by a common but morbid association, he continues to accumulate it as an end. He lives poor, to die rich; and is the mere jailer of his house, and the turnkey of his wealth. Impoverished by his gold, he slaves harder to imprison it in his chest, than his brother slave to liberate it from the mine.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
If you ask for too much, you lose even that which you have.
ISAAC ASIMOV, Foundation's Edge
The Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need but not for every man's greed.
MAHATMA GANDHI, attributed, Mahatma Gandhi: The Last Phase
Greed is merely a species of nearsightedness.
HENRY FORD, introduction, My Life and Work
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 covetous man is ever in want.
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.
Greed puts out the sun.
URSULA K. LE GUIN, The Other Wind
Money does not sate Avarice, but stimulates it.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS, The Moral Sayings of Publilius Syrus