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Famous Quotes & Quotations About Greed:

Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.
~ Charles Caleb Colton.

Avarice is generally the last passion of those lives of which the first part has been squandered in pleasure, and the second devoted to ambition. He that sinks under the fatigue of getting wealth, lulls his age with the milder business of saving it.
~ Samuel Johnson.

Wars and revolutions and battles are due simply and solely to the body and its desires. All wars are undertaken for the acquisition of wealth; and the reason why we have to acquire wealth is the body, because we are slaves in its service.
~ Socrates.

Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer.

Avarice, the spur of industry.
~ David Hume.

Big mouthfuls often choke.
~ Italian Proverb.

Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.
~ Thomas Jefferson.

For greed all nature is too little.
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca.

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

He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.
~ Henry David Thoreau.

I see in the future a crisis approaching that fills me with anxiety. As a result of the war, corporations have become enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow. The money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its rule by preying upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is concentrated in a few hands and the Republic destroyed.
~ Abraham Lincoln.

Kindness trumps greed: it asks for sharing. Kindness trumps fear: it calls forth gratefulness and love. Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns.
~ Marc Estrin.

Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself are much condemned to have an itching palm.
~ William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar.

Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him.
~ Voltaire.

Our world has grown weary of greed, exploitation and division, of the tedium of false idols and piecemeal responses, and the pain of false promises.
~ Pope Benedict XVI.

So for a good old-gentlemanly vice, I think I must take up with avarice.
~ Lord Byron.

The avaricious person is ever in want; let your desired aim have a fixed limit.
~ Horace.

The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever.
~ Anatole France.

The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism - ownership of Government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. The ordinary objects of human endeavour - property, outward success, luxury - have always seemed to me contemptible.
~ Albert Einstein.

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