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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Greed (33 Quotations)

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Satiety is a mongrel that barks at the heels of plenty.
~ Minna Antrim

 

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Avarice is the vice of declining years.
~ George Bancroft

 

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Greed is all right, by the way I think greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself.
~ Ivan F. Boesky

 

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Nothing retains less of desire in art, in science, than this will to industry, booty, possession.
~ Andre Breton

 

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

 

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I have news for the forces of greed and the defenders of the status quo; your time has come and gone. It's time for change in America.
~ Bill Clinton

 

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

 

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Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear.
~ Cyril Connolly

 

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From top to bottom of the ladder, greed is aroused without knowing where to find 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

 

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

 

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The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm, capitalism is that kind of a system.
~ Milton Friedman

 

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

 

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If your desires be endless, your cares and fears will be so too.
~ Thomas Fuller

 

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Avarice is the sphincter of the heart.
~ Matthew Green

 

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

 

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Avarice, the spur of industry.
~ David Hume

 

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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

 

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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

 

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For at least another hundred years we must pretend to ourselves and to every one that fair is foul and foul is fair; for foul is useful and fair is not. Avarice and usury and precaution must be our gods for a little longer still.
~ John Maynard Keynes

 

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The wish to acquire more is admittedly a very natural and common thing; and when men succeed in this they are always praised rather than condemned. But when they lack the ability to do so and yet want to acquire more at all costs, they deserve condemnation for their mistakes.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli

 

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