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Greed

  • ... avarice is especially, I suppose, a disease of the imagination.

  • Grandma said that always to be grasping for more and more things and missing more and more values was no way for immortal souls to behave. Grandma called it carnal.

  • We're all born brave, trusting, and greedy, and most of us remain greedy.

  • It was left for the present age to endow Covetousness with glamour on a big scale, and to give it a title which it could carry like a flag. It occurred to somebody to call it Enterprise. From the moment of that happy inspiration, Covetousness has gone forward and never looked back.

  • Some folk are always thirsting for water from other people's wells.

  • I think that it is terrible to want to have your cake and eat it, too. So I put my cake on a very high shelf; always being careful, however, that a tall stool is nearby.

  • ... avarice breeds envy, a worm that is always gnawing, letting the avaricious enjoy neither their own nor anyone else's good.

  • To have and not to give is often worse than to steal.

  • How is it possible, that the love of gain and the lust of domination should render the human mind so callous to every principle of honor, generosity and benevolence?

    • Abigail Adams,
    • to her husband, John Adams (1775), Letters of Mrs. Adams ()
  • Greed stains our culture, soaks our sensibilities and has replaced grace as a sign of our intimacy with the divine.

  • If my hands are fully occupied in holding on to something, I can neither give nor receive.

    • Dorothee Sölle,
    • in Mary A. Warner and Dayna Beilenson, eds., Women of Faith and Spirit ()
  • Give 'em an inch and they'll take an ell ...

  • ... having too much is never enough.

  • I long to see everything, to know everything, to learn everything!

    • Marie Bashkirtseff,
    • 1878 , in Mary J. Serrano, trans., The Journal of a Young Artist ()
  • Global commerce is driven by a single conviction: the inalienable right to earn profit, regardless of any human cost.

  • The price of peace is to abandon greed and replace it with giving, so that none will be spiritually injured by having more than they need while others in the world still have less than they need.

  • One of the key problems of the business world is that greed has become culturally acceptable.

  • The trouble with the new world we have watched being created over the past decade is that it sees no further than money. People have always been obsessed with money, of course — greed is as old as history. But when the institutions that govern all our lives forget there was ever anything else, then it gets dangerous.

  • When any man accumulates more than he can earn with his own hands, he begins to enrich himself at the expense of the youth, the sweat, the blood, the joy of his fellow men.

  • So think a billion, that's a thousand million, and have you ever tried / To think a trillion? Think a trillion dollars a day. / That's the gross national product of the USA. / There's people who say the American eagle is more like a vulture. / I say don't piss on your own culture. / Naturally there's a whole lot of greed and / That's no problem because money buys freedom.

  • Being rich has never stopped anyone from being greedy.

  • ... the truly covetous have never enough!

  • Avarice, with all its black attendants, is confessedly a crime of old age, and seldom arrives at maturity till accompanied with gray hairs.

  • Desire for gain and fear of loss burn like fire.

  • Greed can be very dangerous because you sacrifice your soul for the sake of something material, and then you start sacrificing people in order to keep that which is material.

  • Avarice is rarely the vice of youth ...

  • What in the rising man was industry and economy, becomes in the rich man parsimony and avarice.

  • Classism and greed are making insignificant all other kinds of isms.

    • Ruby Dee,
    • in Brian Lanker, I Dream a World ()
  • I am greedy. Puritans scold me / for running breathlessly / over life's table of contents / and for wishing and longing for everything.

  • Lust was a reliable emotion, but greed was altogether simpler to satisfy and you got to keep your clothes on.