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130 Greed Quotes to Help You Veer Away From Selfishness

3. “Greed is permanent slavery.” – Ali ibn Abi Talib

4. “We’re all born brave, trusting and greedy, and most of us remain greedy.” – F Mignon McLaughlin 

5. “Three great forces rule the world—stupidity, fear, and greed.” – Albert Einstein 

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

7. “Greed is a fat demon with a small mouth and whatever you feed it is never enough.” – Janwillem van de Wetering

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

9. “Avarice, in old age, is foolish—for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey’s end?” – Cicero

10. “Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.” – Charlie Chaplin

11. “Greed is so destructive. It destroys everything.” – Eartha Kitt

12. “Avarice hoards itself poor. Charity gives itself rich.” – German Proverb

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

14. “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 Dostoyevsky

15. “The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion.” – Bodhidharma

16. “Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence.” – Mason Cooley

17. “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

18. “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me.’” – Brian Trac

19. “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

20. “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.” – Warren Buffett

21. “Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.” – Charles Caleb Colton

22. “For greed all nature is too little.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

24. “We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.” – Stephen Hawking

25. “Greed’s worst point is its ingratitude.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

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

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

29. “Greed is an imperfection that defiles the mind.” – Siddhartha Gautama

30. “Covetousness, by a greediness of getting more, deprives itself of the true end of getting. It loses the enjoyment of what it had got.” – Thomas Sprat

31. “Be on your guard against all kinds of greed. For one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” – Luke 12:15

32. “Greed makes man blind and foolish, and makes him an easy prey for death.” – Rumi

33. “The greed of gain has no time or limit to its capaciousness. Its one object is to produce and consume. It has pity neither for beautiful nature nor for living human beings. It is ruthlessly ready without a moment’s hesitation to crush beauty and life.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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

35. “The twin killers of success are impatience and greed.” – Jim Rohn

36. “A greedy person and a pauper are practically one and the same.” – Swiss Proverb

37. “Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.” – Garrison Keillor

38. “Poverty wants much, but avarice, everything.” – Publilius Syrus

39. “Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” – Edward Abbey

40. “If you ask for too much, you lose even that which you have.” –

41. “Greed has driven the world crazy. And I think I’m lucky that I have a place over here that I can call home.” –

42. “The point is that you can’t be too greedy.” –

43. “Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed.” – Pavel Durov

44. “Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.” – Mwai Kibaki

45. “Take heed, and beware of covetousness—for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” – Luke

46. “There are a lot of people who are doing wonderful things, quietly, with no motive of greed, or hostility toward other people, or delusions of superiority.” – Charles Kuralt

47. “Greed is the assumption that it is all for my consumption.” – Andy Stanley

48. “The avaricious man is like the barren sandy ground of the desert which sucks in all the rain and dew with greediness, but yields no fruitful herbs or plants for the benefit of others.” – Zeno

49. “There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.” – Siddhartha Gautama

50. “Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.” – Erich Fromm

51. “Only those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy.” – Aaron Swartz

52. “It is not the man who has little, but he who desires more, that is poor.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

53. “Manifest plainness. Embrace simplicity. Reduce selfishness. Have few desires.” – Lao Tzu

54. “Callous greed grows pious very fast.” – Lillian Hellman

55. “Fear and greed are potent motivators. When both of these forces push in the same direction, virtually no human being can resist.” – Andrew Weil

56. “The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.” – Charles Kuralt

57. “Avarice, or the desire of gain, is a universal passion which operates at all times, at all places, and upon all persons.” –

58. “There’s enough on this planet for everyone’s needs but not for everyone’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi

59. “What is infinite? The universe and the greed of men.” – Leigh Bardugo

60. “Greed bows to me. It is my servant and my lever.” – Leigh Bardugo

61. “When there is money, there is also greed. Everyone wants to talk to you when there is money. Only if you have the passion for it, you must become a philanthropist, else it’ll become a headache.” – Sudha Murty

62. “I find it odd—the greed of mankind. People only like you for as long as they perceive they can get what they want from you. Or for as long as they perceive you are who they want you to be.” – C. JoyBell C.

63. “Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.” – Henry David Thoreau

64. “Greed is the inventor of injustice as well as the current enforcer.” – Julian Casablancas

65. “Those who are greedy of praise prove that they are poor in merit.” – Plutarch

66. “Our labour preserves us from three great evils—weariness, vice, and want.” –

67. “Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, the thirst that is unquenchable?” – Kahlil Gibran

68. “One of the weaknesses of our age is our apparent inability to distinguish our needs from our greeds.” – Don Robinson

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

70. “The curse of the romantic is a greed for dreams, an intensity of expectation that, in the end, diminishes the reality.” – Marya Mannes

71. “It didn’t occur to me until later that there´s another truth, very simple. Greed, in a good cause, is still greed.” – Stephen King

72. “In our daily life, we encounter people who are angry, deceitful, intent only on satisfying their own needs. There is so much anger, distrust, greed, and pettiness that we are losing our capacity to work well together.” – Margaret J. Wheatley

73. “Greed will always leave you dissatisfied because you’ll never be able to get everything you desire. Greed never allows you to think you have enough. It always destroys you by making you strive ever harder for more.” – Rabbi Benjamin Blech

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

75. “Do not follow vain desires—for verily he who prospers is preserved from lust, greed, and anger.” – Abu Bakr

76. “The lust of avarice as so totally seized upon mankind that their wealth seems rather to possess them than they possess their wealth.” – Anonymous

77. “Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.” –

78. “Happy the man who has learned the cause of things and has put under his feet all fear, inexorable fate, and the noisy strife of the hell of greed.” – Virgil

79. “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

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

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

82. “Fraud is the daughter of greed.” – Jonathan Gash

83. “Greed, envy, sloth, pride, and gluttony—these are not vices anymore. No, these are marketing tools. Lust is our way of life. Envy is just a nudge towards another sale. Even in our relationships, we consume each other, each of us looking for what we can get out of the other. Our appetites are often satisfied at the expense of those around us. In a dog-eat-dog world, we lose part of our humanity.” – Jon Foreman

84. “Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness, except greed, which does make us more vulnerable than loneliness.” – Thomas Harris

85. “If your thinking is sloppy, your business will be sloppy. If you are disorganized, your business will be disorganized. If you are greedy, your employees will be greedy, giving you less and less of themselves and always asking for more.” – Michael Gerber

86. “This avarice, strikes deeper, grows with more pernicious root.” – William Shakespeare

87. “Ignorance, hatred, and greed are killing nature.” – Masanobu Fukuoka

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

89. “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

90. “Greed is good. Sex is easy. Youth is forever.” – Bret Easton Ellis

91. “The only two things you can truly depend upon are gravity and greed.” – Jack Palance

92. “It’s not greed that drives the world, but envy.” – Charlie Munger

93. “If it weren’t for greed, intolerance, hate, passion, and murder, you would have no works of art, no great buildings, no medical science, no Mozart, no Van Gogh, no Muppets, and no .” – Jasper Fforde

94. “Then we should remember never to trust the judgement of those whose priorities are so idiotically skewed.” – Terence Blacker

95. “If you think of life as like a big pie, you can try to hold the whole pie and kill yourself trying to keep it, or you can slice it up and give some to the people around you, and you still have plenty left for yourself.” – Jay Leno

96. “Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear.” – Cyril Connolly

97. “Greed and globalization aren’t just America’s fault.” – Arlo Guthrie

98. “Greed may not be good, but it’s not so bad either. You humans think greed is just for money or power, but everyone wants something they can’t have.” – Hiromu Arakawa

99. “The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works.” – Stanley Weiser

100. “There is no force more potent in the modern world than stupidity fueled by greed.” – Edward Abbey

101. “Classism and greed are making insignificant all the other kinds of isms.” – Ruby Dee

102. “Stealing to eat ain’t criminal-stealing to be rich is.” – Andrew Vachs

103. “What kind of society isn’t structured on greed?” – Milton Friedman

104. “Envy and desire and ambition drive a man out of the world.” – Torah

105. “The human heart is greedy. It will use religion, color, or any other excuse to justify its greed. Blame the human heart.” – Bono

106. “From top to bottom of the ladder, greed is aroused without knowing where to find the ultimate foothold. Nothing can calm it, since its goal is far beyond all it can attain. Reality seems valueless by comparison with the dreams of fevered imaginations. Reality is therefore abandoned.” – Emile Durkheim

107. “Human behavior is subject to the same laws as any other natural phenomenon. Our customs, behaviors, and values are byproducts of our culture. No one is born with greed, prejudice, bigotry, patriotism, and hatred. These are all learned behavior patterns. If the environment is unaltered, similar behavior will reoccur.” – Jacque Fresco

108. “Capitalism has been called a system of greed—yet it is the system that raised the standard of living of its poorest citizens to heights no collectivist system has ever begun to equal, and no tribal gang can conceive of.” – Ayn Rand

109. “A healthy desire for wealth is not greed. It’s a desire for life.” – Jen Sincero

110. “Where do the evils like corruption arise from? It comes from the never-ending greed. The fight for corruption-free ethical society will have to be fought against this greed and replace it with ‘what can I give’ spirit.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

111. “The beast for me is greed. Whether you read Dante, Swift, or any of these guys, it always boils down to the same thing—the corruption of the soul.” – Ben Nicholson

112. “The desire for money may be an indication of greed, but I want to argue that greed is a much more subtle vice than simply the desire to be rich.” – Stanley Hauerwas

113. “Politicians never accuse you of ‘greed’ for wanting other people’s money—only for wanting to keep your own money.” – Joseph Sobran

114. “Fear, greed, and hope have destroyed more portfolio value than any recession or depression we have ever been through.” – James O’Shaughnessy

115. “Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.” – Edwin Way Teale

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

117. “To those who can hear me, I say—do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed. The bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress.” – Charlie Chaplin

118. “A man must fortify himself and understand that a wise man who yields to laziness or anger or passion or love of drink, or who commits any other action prompted by impulse and inopportune, will probably find his fault condoned—but if he stoops to greed, he will not be pardoned, but render himself odious as a combination of all vices at once.” – Apollonius of Tyana

119. “The covetous man is always in want.” – Horace

120. “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.” – William Blake

121. “There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

122. “I don’t like greed, I don’t like ignorance. I really don’t like anger. But I love love.” – David Crosby

123. “Man is the only animal whose desires increase as they are fed. The only animal that is never satisfied.” – Henry George

124. “A greedy father has thieves for children.” – Serbian Proverb

125. “Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed.” – Channing Pollock

126. “Life is easy, life is delightful. It’s only hard on your illusions, your ambitions, your greed, your cravings.” – Anthony de Mello

127. “Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it’s greedy or loving.” – Dan Millman

128. “No purpose intervenes between I and you, no greed and no anticipation—and longing itself is changed as it plunges from the dream into appearance. Every means is an obstacle. Only where all means have disintegrated encounters occur.” – Martin Buber

129. “We live in a system that espouses merit, equality, and a level playing field, but exalts those with wealth, power, and celebrity, however gained.” – Derrick Bell

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