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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 Quotes.

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 Quotes.

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

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 Quotes.

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 Quotes.

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

It is not the want, but rather abundance that creates avarice.
~ Michel Eyquem de Montaigne.

It's time for greatness - not for greed. It's a time for idealism - not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action.
~ Marian Wright Edelman.

I've never been the big recording star I'd love to be some day. I've had lots of hits off and on through the years but I've never had the success of other artists - one hit after another back-to-back-to-back and big hits, where every song is going to be number one. I'm not greedy or nothing. I just want everything. Is there something wrong with that?
~ Dolly Parton Quotes.

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 Quotes, Julius Caesar.

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

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 Quotes.

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 Quotes.

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.
~ Niccolò Machiavelli.

To hazard much to get much has more of avarice than wisdom.
~ William Penn.

To those who followed Columbus and Cortez, the New World truly seemed incredible because of the natural endowments. The land often announced itself with a heavy scent miles out into the ocean. Giovanni di Verrazano in 1524 smelled the cedars of the East Coast a hundred leagues out. The men of Henry Hudson's Half Moon were temporarily disarmed by the fragrance of the New Jersey shore, while ships running farther up the coast occasionally swam through large beds of floating flowers. Wherever they came inland they found a rich riot of color and sound, of game and luxuriant vegetation. Had they been other than they were, they might have written a new mythology here. As it was, they took inventory.
~ Frederick Turner.

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