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Top 70 Quotes About Greed (SELFISHNESS)

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“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
A healthy desire for wealth is not greed. It’s a desire for life. - Jen Sincero
A healthy desire for wealth is not greed. It’s a desire for life. – Jen Sincero
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 a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction. – Erich Fromm
Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful - Warren Buffett
Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful – Warren Buffett
There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment. And there is no greater disaster than greed. - Lao-tzu
There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment. And there is no greater disaster than greed. – Lao-tzu

“Where do the evils like corruption arise from? It comes from the never-ending greed. The fight for corruption-free ethical society will have to be fought against this greed and replace it with ‘what can I give’ spirit.”

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
He who is greedy is always in want. - Horace
He who is greedy is always in want. – Horace
It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all. - Democritus
It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all. – Democritus
There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it. - Maya Angelou
There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it. – Maya Angelou
Three great forces rule the world stupidity, fear and greed. - Albert Einstein
Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed. – Albert Einstein

20 Wise Quotes About Greed That Inspires Contentment

“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
Greed is not a financial issue. It's a heart issue. - Andy Stanley
Greed is not a financial issue. It’s a heart issue. – Andy Stanley
Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed. - Mwai Kibaki
Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed. – Mwai Kibaki
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. - Socrates
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. – Socrates
You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need. - Vernon Howard
You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need. – Vernon Howard

“The avaricious man is like the barren sandy ground of the desert which sucks in all the rain and dew with greediness, but yields no fruitful herbs or plants for the benefit of others.”

Zeno
We’re all born brave, trusting and greedy, and most of us remain greedy. - Mignon McLaughlin
We’re all born brave, trusting and greedy, and most of us remain greedy. – Mignon McLaughlin
There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed. - Siddharta Gautama
There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed. – Siddharta Gautama
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
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
When I see people scratching and clawing towards ambition and greed, I wonder why they are doing it and for what. - Raveena Tandon
When I see people scratching and clawing towards ambition and greed, I wonder why they are doing it and for what. – Raveena Tandon
Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. - Charlie Chaplin
Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. – Charlie Chaplin
You say, 'If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.' You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled. - Charles Spurgeon
You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled. – Charles Spurgeon
Greed is a fat demon with a small mouth and whatever you feed it is never enough. - Janwillem van de Wetering
Greed is a fat demon with a small mouth and whatever you feed it is never enough. – Janwillem van de Wetering
Greed is the assumption that it is all for my consumption. - Andy Stanley
Greed is the assumption that it is all for my consumption. – Andy Stanley
The point is that you can’t be too greedy. - Donald Trump
The point is that you can’t be too greedy. – Donald Trump
Greed is the inventor of injustice as well as the current enforcer. - Julian Casablancas
Greed is the inventor of injustice as well as the current enforcer. – Julian Casablancas
Callous greed grows pious very fast. - Lillian Hellman
Callous greed grows pious very fast. – Lillian Hellman
Greed is the lack of confidence of one's own ability to create. - Vanna Bonta
Greed is the lack of confidence of one’s own ability to create. – Vanna Bonta
From the first day to this, sheer greed was the driving spirit of civilization. - Friedrich Engels
From the first day to this, sheer greed was the driving spirit of civilization. – Friedrich Engels
Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence. - Mason Cooley
Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence. – Mason Cooley

2 Quotes About Greed and Selfishness

Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either. - Erich Fromm
Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either. – Erich Fromm
We're all basically made of the same stuff generosity and selfishness, goodness and greed. - Madeleine M. Kunin
We’re all basically made of the same stuff: generosity and selfishness, goodness and greed. – Madeleine M. Kunin

6 Quotes About Greed and Money

“Suddenly I find myself feeling sorry for those greedy, needy people whose huge salaries are never quite enough, whose sense of worth is defined by their own personal wad. What a diminished, impoverished world they must inhabit … We should feel sorry for them and their sadly limited lives. Then we should remember never to trust the judgement of those whose priorities are so idiotically skewed.”

Terence Blacker
New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed… a race for rent. - Frank Lloyd Wright
New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed… a race for rent. – Frank Lloyd Wright

“There was a time in my life when I thought I had everything – millions of dollars, mansions, cars, nice clothes, beautiful women, and every other materialistic thing you can imagine. Now I struggle for peace.”

Richard Pryor
There is nothing wrong with being well off as long as money has a social and ethical value and is not the object of one's own greed. - Aga Khan IV
There is nothing wrong with being well off as long as money has a social and ethical value and is not the object of one’s own greed. – Aga Khan IV

“When there is money, there is also greed. Everyone wants to talk to you when there is money. Only if you have the passion for it, you must become a philanthropist, else it’ll become a headache.”

Sudha Murty

“But that’s the nature of money. Whether you have it or not, whether you want it or not, whether you like it or not, it will try to define your days. Our task as human beings is not to let it.”

Phil Knight

3 Quotes About Greed and Power

“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
The hypocrisy of some is that we like to think of ourselves as sophisticated and evolved, but we're still also driven by primal urges like greed and power. - Michael Leunig
The hypocrisy of some is that we like to think of ourselves as sophisticated and evolved, but we’re still also driven by primal urges like greed and power. – Michael Leunig
We live in a system that espouses merit, equality, and a level playing field, but exalts those with wealth, power, and celebrity, however gained. - Derrick Bell
We live in a system that espouses merit, equality, and a level playing field, but exalts those with wealth, power, and celebrity, however gained. – Derrick Bell

7 Quotes About Greed and Fear

Fear and greed are potent motivators. When both of these forces push in the same direction, virtually no human being can resist. - Andrew Weil
Fear and greed are potent motivators. When both of these forces push in the same direction, virtually no human being can resist. – Andrew Weil
Happy the man who has learned the cause of things and has put under his feet all fear, inexorable fate, and the noisy strife of the hell of greed. - Virgil
Happy the man who has learned the cause of things and has put under his feet all fear, inexorable fate, and the noisy strife of the hell of greed. – Virgil
Fear, greed and hope have destroyed more portfolio value than any recession or depression we have ever been through. - James O'Shaughnessy
Fear, greed and hope have destroyed more portfolio value than any recession or depression we have ever been through. – James O’Shaughnessy
If your desires be endless, your cares and fears will be so too. - Thomas Fuller
If your desires be endless, your cares and fears will be so too. – Thomas Fuller
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry. - Edgar Allan Poe
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry. – Edgar Allan Poe
Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed. - Pavel Durov
Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed. – Pavel Durov
Greed is normally balanced by fear. - Peter Schiff
Greed is normally balanced by fear. – Peter Schiff

3 Quotes About Greed and Nature

“The greed of gain has no time or limit to its capaciousness. Its one object is to produce and consume. It has pity neither for beautiful nature nor for living human beings. It is ruthlessly ready without a moment’s hesitation to crush beauty and life.”

Rabindranath Tagore
Ignorance, hatred and greed are killing nature. - Masanobu Fukuoka
Ignorance, hatred and greed are killing nature. – Masanobu Fukuoka
For greed all nature is too little. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
For greed all nature is too little. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

4 Quotes About Greed and Needs

“The world says: “You have needs – satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don’t hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more.” This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder.”

Fyodor Dostoevsky
There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed. - Mahatma Gandhi
There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed. – Mahatma Gandhi
We shall have to practice to lead our life on the basis of our needs, not under the influence of our greed. - Lobsang Tenzin
We shall have to practice to lead our life on the basis of our needs, not under the influence of our greed. – Lobsang Tenzin

“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

15 Quotes About Greed That Will Make You Think

“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
Microsoft is not about greed. It's about innovation and fairness. - Bill Gates
Microsoft is not about greed. It’s about innovation and fairness. – Bill Gates
Greed is so destructive. It destroys everything. - Eartha Kitt
Greed is so destructive. It destroys everything. – Eartha Kitt

“This society is driven by neurotic speed and force accelerated by greed and frustration of not being able to live up to the image of men and woman we have created for ourselves; the image has nothing to do with the reality of people.”

Yoko Ono
The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines. - Charles Kuralt
The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines. – Charles Kuralt

“A man must fortify himself and understand that a wise man who yields to laziness or anger or passion or love of drink, or who commits any other action prompted by impulse and inopportune, will probably find his fault condoned; but if he stoops to greed, he will not be pardoned, but render himself odious as a combination of all vices at once.”

Apollonius of Tyana
The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion. - Bodhidharma
The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion. – Bodhidharma

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

“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
Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness, except greed. - Thomas Harris
Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness, except greed. – Thomas Harris

“Human behavior is subject to the same laws as any other natural phenomenon. Our customs, behaviors, and values are byproducts of our culture. No one is born with greed, prejudice, bigotry, patriotism and hatred; these are all learned behavior patterns. If the environment is unaltered, similar behavior will reoccur.”

Jacque Fresco
Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people. - Garrison Keillor
Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people. – Garrison Keillor
It didn’t occur to me until later that there´s another truth, very simple greed in a good cause is still greed. - Stephen King
It didn’t occur to me until later that there´s another truth, very simple: greed in a good cause is still greed. – Stephen King
Greed has taken the whole universe, and nobody is worried about their soul. - Little Richard
Greed has taken the whole universe, and nobody is worried about their soul. – Little Richard

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