Greed quotes page 1
If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly
said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.
Sir Francis Bacon
It is hard for a greedy eye to have an honest heart.
Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. And if they insist
on trying to time their participation in equities, they should try to be fearful when others are
greedy and greedy when others are fearful.
Avarice and happiness never saw each other, how then should they become acquainted?
If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much and I would have it on its knees,
miserable, greedy and sick.
Water quenches thirst and food sates our hunger, but no amount of gold will satisfy greed.
There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.
Greed is an imperfection that defiles the mind; hate is an imperfection that defiles the mind;
delusion is an imperfection that defiles the mind.
The greedy man stores all but friendship.
Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed.
There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment.
And there is no greater disaster than greed.
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.
Covetousness is never satisfied till its mouth is filled with earth.
When all other sins are old avarice is still young.
Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us
into misery and bloodshed.
Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator
Greed comes into one's heart to steal peace of mind.
The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is
right. Greed works.
Wall Street, 1987
Carl Jung tells in one of his books of a conversation he had with a Native
American chief who
pointed out to him that in his perception most white people have tense faces, staring eyes,
and a cruel demeanor. He said: "They are always seeking something. What are they seeking?
The whites always want something. They are always uneasy and restless. We don't know
what they want. We think they are mad."
Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are
always asking, "What's in it for me?"
For greed all nature is too little.
The most destructive belief that was ever installed in my mind - greed is good. Greed cuts
through! I'm like, "Ah, greed is good." Bullshit! Greed is not good. Greed is fucking destructive.
Greed is literally about wanting as much as you can, as fast as you can and you don't care
who gets hurt along the way! The first thing that happens when greed takes hold, is all
ethics go flying out the window... Greed is not good. It's ambition that's good. Passion that's
New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed - a race for rent.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Money is not evil... Money makes you more of what you are now. If you're a greedy jerk
without money, you'll be a greedy jerk with money too. But if you enjoy giving to others
even when you didn't really have much to give, just think what you'll be able to do when
Poverty wants much; but avarice, everything.
Avarice commonly occasions injury to the person who displays it.
It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living
freely and nobly.
Henry David Thoreau
Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.
Don't let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dream, and he thinks you're crazy.
Succeed, and he thinks you're lucky. Acquire wealth, and he thinks you're greedy. Pay no
attention. He simply doesn't understand.
Robert G. Allen
As long as he fears or remembers insecurity, man is a competitive animal. Groups, classes,
nations and races similarly insecure compete as covetously as their constituent individuals,
and more violently, knowing less law and having less protection; Nature calls all living things
to the fray.
Microsoft is not about greed. It's about innovation and fairness.
Greed's worst point is its ingratitude.
Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the
campfires of gentle people.
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like