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If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be
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.
Scottish proverb

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.
Warren Buffett

Avarice and happiness never saw each other, how then should they become acquainted?
Benjamin Franklin

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.
John Steinbeck

Water quenches thirst and food sates our hunger, but no amount of gold will satisfy greed.
Chinese proverb

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

Greed is an imperfection that defiles the mind; hate is an imperfection that defiles the mind;
delusion is an imperfection that defiles the mind.
Buddha

The greedy man stores all but friendship.
Irish proverb

Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed.
Albert Einstein

There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment.
And there is no greater disaster than greed.
Lao Tzu

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

Covetousness is never satisfied till its mouth is filled with earth.
Dutch proverb

When all other sins are old avarice is still young.
French proverb

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.
Chinese proverb

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."
Eckhart Tolle

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are
always asking, "What's in it for me?"
Brian Tracy

For greed all nature is too little.
Seneca

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
good.
Jordan Belfort

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
you're rich!
Dave Ramsey

Poverty wants much; but avarice, everything.
Syrus

Avarice commonly occasions injury to the person who displays it.
Mexican proverb

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.
Lao Tzu

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.
Will Durant

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

Greed's worst point is its ingratitude.
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

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

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