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Greed is an uncontrolled longing for increase in the acquisition or use: of material gain; or social value, such as status, or power. Profoundly inspirational greed quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Greed Quotes

I have vanity and greed enough for one person. But at the same time, I feel in my bones you lose a lot of life’s value if you don’t see yourself as a member of the family of man. – Ralph Waite

Human beings are very complex creatures. This desire, this greed, this love is very complex. – Yash Chopra

Those who own much have much to fear. – Rabindranath Tagore

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I like to think that my arrogance, impetuosity, impatience, selfishness and greed are the qualities that make me the lovable chap I am. – Richard Hammond

Greed, accident, or malice may have harmful results, but, barring something truly apocalyptic, a resilient system can absorb such results without its overall health being threatened. – Jamais Cascio

I didn’t do it because of the underlying greed that’s prevailing, but it is about greed, doing the right thing at the right time using your clout when you have it and what for and what reason. – Danny Devito

If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it. – Socrates

To talk about balance, it’s easier to talk about what’s out of balance. And I think anytime that you have any disease, and disease meaning lack of ease, lack of flow… dis-ease. So any time there’s disease, you’re out of balance, whether it’s jealousy, anger, greed, anxiety, fear. – Ricky Williams

I vote far-left. I am frequently angered by corporate greed and think education ought to be free and teachers paid well. – Eleanor Catton

Now, you see, if you understand what I’m saying, with your intelligence, and then take the next step and say But I understood it now, but I didn’t feel it. Then, next I raise the question: Why do you want to feel it? You say: I want something more, because that’s again that spiritual greed. And you could only say that because you didn’t understand it. – Alan Watts

Materialism is the only form of distraction from true bliss. – Douglas Horton

The party which is out sees nothing but graft and incapacity in the party which is in; and the party which is in sees nothing but greed and animosity in the party which is out. – Agnes Repplier

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

Greed probably figures in my intellectual life as well, as I attempt to absorb a massive amount of information with consequent mental indigestion. – Etty Hillesum

The writer’s greed is appalling. He wants, or seems to want, everything and practically everybody, in another sense, and at the same time, he needs no one at all. – James A. Baldwin

An intriguing paradox of the 1990s is that it isn’t called a decade of greed. – Paul Samuelson

But love, like the sun that it is, sets afire and melts everything. what greed and privilege to build up over whole centuries the indignation of a pious spirit, with its natural following of oppressed souls, will cast down with a single shove. – Jose Marti

We cannot sacrifice our safety to the murderous greed of drug cartels. We cannot stand idly by as drop houses, kidnappings and violence compromise our quality of life. – Jan Brewer

What this is about, this is isn’t about pro sports, this is about greed. This is about money, power and arrogance. – Craig Davis

When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.’ – Joe Biden

To those supporters who were told that I abandoned them, that is untrue. I abandoned greed, corruption, and compromise, never you, and never the artistic gifts and abilities that sustained me. – Lauryn Hill

I learned to see myself and my role as a capitalist… as somebody who’s trying to harness, for myself and for society, the power of greed and the power of the will to acquire into something that makes the world a better place. That’s the version of capitalism that we want. – Guy Spier

People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves. – Aesop

There was no more good or evil in this world than we imagine there to be, either out of greed or out of innocence. Or sometimes madness. – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. – Ambrose Bierce

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

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

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

We associate the North Atlantic with cod. The motto of Newfoundland used to be ‘In cod we trust.’ It was a joke, but it was essentially true. But there is no cod anymore. And that’s extraordinary. It’s all because of either greed or politics – Canadian politics. – Simon Winchester

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Supermarket tabloids and celebrity gossip shows are not just innocently shallow entertainment, but a fundamental part of a much larger movement that involves apathy, greed and hierarchy. – Joseph Gordon-Levitt

While neurological studies have tried to identify components responsible for fear and greed, the impact on finance is less clear. – Andrew Lo

But all of this action goes on in the dark, hidden underground. It’s called stealing or piracy, as if sharing a wealth of knowledge were the moral equivalent of plundering a ship and murdering its crew. But sharing isn’t immoral – it’s a moral imperative. Only those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy. – Aaron Swartz

The American way of life, as I see it, is really the American way of death. Everything is determined by greed and the insatiable desire to be the richest and most powerful. And that desire is limitless. – Lydia Lunch

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

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

Greed has increasingly become a virtue among Wall Street bankers and corporate CEOs in the U.S. Nowhere else in the world do CEOs insist on receiving compensation as high compared to what their employees earn. – Simon Mainwaring

I took charge of the government as per my commitment to serving the country and the people, and not out of any greed for yet another post. – Khil Raj Regmi

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

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt. – St. Francis

We’re in a period of great greed right now, – Mark Patterson

Capitalism is against the things that we say we believe in – democracy, freedom of choice, fairness. It’s not about any of those things now. It’s about protecting the wealthy and legalizing greed. – Michael Moore

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

Deregulation created this epidemic of greed which according to the rules of capitalism was OK. Beyond that there was criminal behaviour. There have been no repercussions and it’s hard to make your peace with. – Brad Pitt

Fifa cannot sit by and see greed rule the football world. Nor shall we. – Sepp Blatter

Coal mining is an industry rife with mismanagement, corruption, greed and an almost blatant disregard for the safety, health and quality of life of its work force. Everyone knows this. Everyone has always known it. – Tawni O’Dell

It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen. – George MacDonald

Time! Joyless emblem of the greed of millions, robber of the best which earth can give. – Amy Lowell

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

With Napster and the sharing of music, of course, there are going to be people who exploit it. Greed has no end. But there’s a lot of good that could happen. We shouldn’t let the economic concerns of the major labels infringe on our freedom to share music. – Ian MacKaye

You show me a capitalist, and I’ll show you a bloodsucker. – Malcolm X

Obviously you have to make a profit to put out a newspaper. I’m not an idiot. But when the margins are in excess of 25 per cent you’re talking about greed. – Carl Hiaasen

Social networks do best when they tap into one of the seven deadly sins. Facebook is ego. Zynga is sloth. LinkedIn is greed. – Reid Hoffman

Sitting with a deck of cards in your hand all day is an obsession. Visiting print shops and bookstores and libraries is an obsession. And writing about this is an obsession. I think, in general, most collectors are obsessed. I think the only form of a rationalized greed is when you’re collecting something you are supposedly serious about. – Ricky Jay

We all seem to be about aggression and greed. It’s a massive pressure that affects us all. – Eric Cantona

At a time when unbridled greed, malignant aggression, and existence of weapons of mass destruction threatens the survival of humanity, we should seriously consider any avenue that offers some hope. – Stanislav Grof

The miser is as much in want of what he has as of what he has not. – Publilius Syrus

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

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

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

The great thing about behavioural psychology and economics is that they help us to see that there are actually pretty good reasons why human beings swing from greed to fear, and why we’re not really calculating machines or utility-maximisers. – Niall Ferguson

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Fear tends to manifest itself much more quickly than greed, so volatile markets tend to be on the downside. In up markets, volatility tends to gradually decline. – Philip Roth

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

Greed is not a financial issue. It’s a heart issue. – Andy Stanley

The moral angle to the foreclosure crisis – and, of course, in capitalism we’re not supposed to be concerned with the moral stuff, but let’s mention it anyway – shows a culture that is slowly giving in to a futuristic nightmare ideology of computerized greed and unchecked financial violence. – Matt Taibbi

We want to bear witness today that we know the relation between corporate greed and what goes on too often in the Supreme Court decisions. – Cornel West

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

It is easy to get everything you want, provided you first learn to do without the things you cannot get. – Elbert Hubbard

We already have – thanks to technology, development, skills, the efficiency of our work – enough resources to satisfy all human needs. But we don’t have enough resources, and we are unlikely ever to have, to satisfy human greed. – Zygmunt Bauman

The banking collapse was caused, more than anything, by bad government policy and the total failure of bad regulation, rather than by greed. – Nigel Farage

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

What I loathe is the multi-national conglomerates who must take responsibility for the degradation and pollution of so much of our landscape with their factory farming and greed. – Fay Godwin

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

It’s impossible to translate Wall Street greed into one or two demands. – Cornel West

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

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

One is never wholly conscious of the greed hidden in one’s heart until one hears the sweet sound of silver. – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The notion that a society could be regulated entirely by market forces is a utopian fantasy: an impossible dream generated by imagining what the world would be like if everyone’s behavior was utterly consistent with some abstract moral ideal-in this case, economic theories that assume all human action is based on calculating, systematic, (but scrupulously law-abiding), greed. – David Graeber

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

For too long, humanity has acted with an outrageous lack of responsibility. We wanted everything for ourselves: greed, really. We failed to look at the overall picture and did not take into consideration those with whom we share the world. – Shari Arison

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

We stress humanity, and this is done at considerable cost. We can’t have a lot of dramatics that other shows get away with – promiscuity, greed, jealousy. None of those have a place in ‘Star Trek.’ – Gene Roddenberry

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

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

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

A newspaper is a public trust, and we will suffer as a society without them. It is not the Internet that has killed them. It is their own greed, it is their own stupidity, and it is capitalism that has taken our daily newspapers from us. – Michael Moore

The organization and constant onward sweep of this movement exemplifies the resentment of the many toward the selfishness, greed and the neglect of the few. – John L. Lewis

If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States. – Henry A. Wallace

Undoubtedly there are, in connection with each of these things, cases of fraud, swindling, and other financial crimes; that is to say, the greed and selfishness of men are perpetual. – William Graham Sumner

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

If you don’t work yourself up into a fever of greed and covetousness in an art museum, you’re just not doing the job. – Thomas Hoving

Greed has been with human beings forever. We have a number of things in our species that you would call ‘the dark side,’ and greed is one of them. If you don’t put certain structures in place or restrictions on those parts of our being that come from that dark place, then it gets out of control. – Michael Moore

Human beings may well be unable to break free of the dictatorship of greed that spreads like a miasma over the world, but no longer will we be an inarticulate and ignorant humanity, confused by our enslavement to superior cruelty and weaponry. – Alice Walker

It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants. – Blaise Pascal

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

Riots born out of political issues aren’t the same as those born out of personal greed. – Ross Kemp

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

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

Ours is an upbeat, a hurried, hasty beat. It keeps pressing us to go farther, to include everything so that we can savor everything, so that we can know everything, so that we will miss nothing. Partly it’s greed, but mainly its curiosity. We just want to experience it. And we do. – Agnes de Mille

But men are so full of greed today, they’ll sell anything for a little piece of money. – Little Richard

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