Quotations on Greed

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Rulers do not reduce taxes to be kind. Expediency and greed create high taxation, and normally it takes an impending catastrophe to bring it down.
- Charles Adams
(Keywords: Expediency, Greed, Taxation, Taxes)

I think one of the most pervasive evils in this world is greed and acquiring money for money's sake. Once you have six houses and a plane, it's just about a number. It's never been anything I understood.
- Kevin Bacon
(Keywords: Money, Greed, Houses, World)

There is a lesson there about greed and it is a lesson I am willing to learn as well. Has it made me a distrustful person? I don't think so. But we probably look a bit more carefully at our financial situation now.
- Kevin Bacon
(Keywords: Financial, Greed, Now)

Do not follow vain desires; for verily he who prospers is preserved from lust, greed and anger.
- Abu Bakr
(Keywords: Anger, Greed, Lust)

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
(Keywords: Time, Greed, Needs, Sense, Want, Writer)

Fifa cannot sit by and see greed rule the football world. Nor shall we.
- Sepp Blatter
(Keywords: Football, Greed, World)

The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion.
- Bodhidharma
(Keywords: Anger, Delusion, Greed, Infinite, Mind)

But at a certain point, and I don't really know... people have asked me this. I don't know exactly what it was that pushed me towards directing, but I think it was a naive notion that if I directed I would be able to play all the roles. A kind of greed.
- Peter Bogdanovich
(Keywords: People, Greed, Play)

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
(Keywords: Change, Fault, Greed, Will)

I think war is based in greed and there are huge karmic retributions that will follow. I think war is never the answer to solving any problems. The best way to solve problems is to not have enemies.
- Sheryl Crow
(Keywords: War, Enemies, Greed, Problems, Will)

As time goes on we get closer to that American Dream of there being a pie cut up and shared. Usually greed and selfishness prevent that and there is always one bad apple in every barrel.
- Rick Danko
(Keywords: Time, Dream, American, Being, Greed, Selfishness)

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
(Keywords: Time, Greed, Reason, Right)

The music industry's actions at the time of 9/11 and since have been actions driven by patriotism in most instances, and greed and stupidity to a lesser degree. Sounds like real life doesn't it?
- Ronnie James Dio
(Keywords: Life, Music, Patriotism, Time, Actions, Greed, Stupidity)

We've been raised to compete, to want more! More! More! It's a way of life. It's about greed.
- Sandy Duncan
(Keywords: Life, Greed, Want)

From the first day to this, sheer greed was the driving spirit of civilization.
- Friedrich Engels
(Keywords: Civilization, Day, Driving, First, Greed, Spirit)

I don't think that fundamentalism has anything to do with Jesus Christ. They call themselves Christians, but if that's Christian, count me out. Fundamentalism is built on fear and greed. They're telling you to give them your money otherwise you're going to hell.
- Matthew Fox
(Keywords: Money, Fear, Christian, Greed, Hell)

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
(Keywords: Capitalism, Greed, Harm, Will)

Well first of all, tell me, is there some society you know of that doesn't run on greed? You think Russia doesn't run on greed? You think China doesn't run on greed? What is greed?
- Milton Friedman
(Keywords: Society, First, Greed, Russia)

Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.
- Erich Fromm
(Keywords: Effort, Greed, Satisfaction)

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
(Keywords: Time, Hope, Survival, Aggression, Destruction, Existence, Greed, Humanity, Weapons)

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
(Keywords: Life, Greed, Indigestion, Information)

They have stolen the public lands. They have grasped all to themselves, and by their unprincipled greed brought a crisis of unparalleled distress on forty millions of people, who have natural resources to feed, clothe and shelter the whole human race.
- Denis Kearney
(Keywords: People, Crisis, Greed, Public, Race)

Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.
- Garrison Keillor
(Keywords: Time, People, Greed, Vanity)

Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.
- Mwai Kibaki
(Keywords: Leadership, Opportunity, Greed, Privilege)

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
(Keywords: People, Superiority, Greed, Motive)

My head can get to murder and rape for profit because I can understand greed as a human motive, but I cannot understand the voyeuristic desire to watch such a film. I can comprehend one and I cannot comprehend the other.
- Donna Leon
(Keywords: Desire, Film, Greed, Motive, Murder, Profit)

Men of vision. Oh, I love the fine names men give each other to hide their greed and lust for adventure.
- Charles MacArthur
(Keywords: Love, Men, Vision, Adventure, Greed, Lust, Names)

I certainly understand that we're all trying to make a living, but I'm not thinking about that when I'm making it. And if that's your sole motivation, it's going to reflect that narcissistic greed, and you're going to hear it in the music.
- Aimee Mann
(Keywords: Music, Motivation, Greed, Living, Thinking, Trying)

The curse of the romantic is a greed for dreams, an intensity of expectation that, in the end, diminishes the reality.
- Marya Mannes
(Keywords: Dreams, End, Expectation, Greed, Reality, Romantic)

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
(Keywords: Love, Greed, Privilege, Spirit, Sun, Will)

The Bible and several other self help or enlightenment books cite the Seven Deadly Sins. They are: pride, greed, lust, envy, wrath, sloth, and gluttony. That pretty much covers everything that we do, that is sinful... or fun for that matter.
- Dave Mustaine
(Keywords: Bible, Books, Envy, Fun, Gluttony, Greed, Help, Lust, Pretty, Pride, Self, Wrath)

Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
- P. J. O'Rourke
(Keywords: Love, Power, Society, People, Alcohol, Causes, Drugs, Greed, Ignorance, Stupidity)

We didn't become the most prosperous country in the world just by rewarding greed and recklessness. We didn't come this far by letting the special interests run wild. We didn't do it just by gambling and chasing paper profits on Wall Street. We built this country by making things, by producing goods we could sell.
- Barack Obama
(Keywords: Country, Gambling, Greed, World)

Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed.
- Channing Pollock
(Keywords: Conceit, Desire, Greed, Living, Self)

The basis of tragedy is man's helplessness against disease, war and death; the basis of comedy is man's helplessness against vanity (the vanity of love, greed, lust, power).
- Dawn Powell
(Keywords: War, Love, Death, Comedy, Disease, Greed, Lust, Man, Tragedy, Vanity)

We have seen that in this country in the last few years, particularly on Wall Street, with the rise of the old human frailty of greed. This occurs when people begin to serve only their own needs to the detriment of everyone else.
- Lee R. Raymond
(Keywords: People, Country, Greed, Needs, Old, Years)

But men are so full of greed today, they'll sell anything for a little piece of money.
- Little Richard
(Keywords: Men, Money, Greed, Today)

Greed has taken the whole universe, and nobody is worried about their soul.
- Little Richard
(Keywords: Soul, Greed, Universe)

Greed has driven the world crazy. And I think I'm lucky that I have a place over here that I can call home.
- Nina Simone
(Keywords: Home, Greed, World)

It has always seemed strange to me... the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.
- John Steinbeck
(Keywords: Love, Men, Success, Quality, Failure, Honesty, Egotism, Feeling, First, Generosity, Greed, Kindness, Self, Understanding)

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
(Keywords: Men, Financial, Connection, Fraud, Greed, Selfishness)

What I would like to be remembered for is that Walter Washington changed the spirit of the people of this city, that he came in as mayor when there was hate and greed and misunderstanding among our people and the races were polarized.
- Walter Washington
(Keywords: People, Greed, Hate, Spirit, Washington)

In our daily life, we encounter people who are angry, deceitful, intent only on satisfying their own needs. There is so much anger, distrust, greed, and pettiness that we are losing our capacity to work well together.
- Margaret J. Wheatley
(Keywords: Work, Anger, Life, People, Distrust, Greed, Losing, Needs)

New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed... a race for rent.
- Frank Lloyd Wright
(Keywords: Money, Power, Greed, Monument, Race)









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